a new one for 2012
I am in the process of putting together a 50 miler in Derbyshire next year. It will be a 2 loop route around Ladybower and Derwent resevoirs.
Online registration will open here at RW shortly.
The website http://www.enduranceevents.co.uk/
All the best
Picking a date that did not clash with any other major ultra distance events was a smart move.
The event sounds interesting, and I venture to suspect, will not be found wanting in terms of scenery.
I haven't taken part in the Round Rotherham, so couldn't compare it from personal experience. I hear it is a brilliant race and one that I wish I could have avoided by more than a month. I had to choose a date that was outside prime tourist season and not too close to other events in the calendar.
I can only tell you that I use the route for my tempo training and it is faster than anywhere I know in the area. Circumnavigating the resevoirs makes it flat/undulating so it is a good PB course in that respect. Also the trail / tracks are in good condition.
Another bonus is the fact that the route is mega obvious which eradicates any time lost due to navigation issues. It is simply a case of getting into a nice rhythm and enjoying the surroundings without worrying about missing turns.
i've done Rotherham and would say this route would be quite a bit quicker, i think there is a fair bit of road as you head around Howden Dam and then trail back along the other side, followed by a bit of roadbefore you head around Ladybower.....thats guessing a bit about the route tho.....
Woah, you are pretty spot on.
yeah there is a fair bit of road, but you can run along side the road on the thin track on the fairholmes side of Howden. I hope that makes sense. The first plan was to head over from Ladybower towards lose hill, but wanted to keep it simple in the end. From a safety point of view, having access to most of the route from one point is a massive plus.
I reckon I should get out and measure the percentages of road and trail for the website. The beauty is in the detail. I would say it is 70 / 30 in favour of road? I will report back
My plan is to have the fifty going clockwise and the 20 mile (fun run) going anti clockwise. The twenty is just two laps of Derwent.
As i said before, thanks for the input. I want this to be competely runner friendly and a great event.
£30 for a 50 mile ultra is a bargin and given where this one is it's going to be special.
Kingy How many aid stations do you want or can pay for/get volunteers for? Thinking one near the end of the road where the tree that was planted to open the dam might be the best for you logistics wise for a start.
Kingy just in case sheffield tri club do duathalon races where your planning. Might be worth contacting them if you arn't already in touch. shef tri
Something to think about is rotherham don't have lots of freebee's for the round rotherham. It's not a big issue for a lot of the people taking part and free stuff is far more on an issue for triathalon folks than ultra runners. Still not a bad idea through.
Depending on numbers you might find it cheaper to get the cafe in the car park at ladybower to sort out your hot food. Takes care of all the issue's you might be having with insurance and food certs. Get them to cook it, possibly with food you've sourced to keep the cost down and pass to a feed station run by volunteers nearby? Anouther thought might be to contact these guys at regather based in sheffield. Who might be able to help you out with marquee's and possibly food depending on your needs they would charge but would be depending on your needs cheaper than others. Got a link with then just so you don't think I'm being sly.
Cake, you are a legend.
At this rate you will be qualifying for a discounted entry fee!!!!!
Thank yoiu for the info. I have links with STC so will get some info from them. I know what you mean about freebies. The level of good bag is always a clincher. Triathlon is a great sport if you are a kit whore. I love a good finisher T-shirt.
My bezzer mate owns a cafe in Sheffield and says he can help. I have the contact details of the owners of the cafe at Fairholmes, so they are a good option. They will have power for site lighting too, which takes away the need for a generator. I want the finish line to be buzzing. Music, BBQ, chilli, beer etc.
I have a 4m x 4m mini marquee that can be used.
This is all very exciting.
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