4th July 2016 AUTHOR: dwhite CATEGORIES: Event Report

Round Sheffield Run

The Round Sheffield Run is a unique creative “multi-stage” running event following the beautiful Round Sheffield route, a superb running journey linking some of the best trails and parkland of Sheffield. The 11 timed stages make up 20km of the 24.5km route. The unique format breaks the route down into stages. Each stage being raced, and competitors receiving both results for each stage as well as a combined overall result. Competitors are allowed to walk or jog inbetween stages but beware as there is a time limit. The race format also opens up the course to all abilities. The event can be run as an individual or as “pairs”. Pairs must finish each individual stage with no more than 10 seconds between them. New this year is a team event with the top 3 from each team counting.

Race Card
Race Card

The start / finish area is in Endcliffe park and will welcome you with a relaxed family atmosphere. Local Artisan Coffee, Wood Fired Pizza, Bacon sandwiches, burgers and other delightful treats will be being griddled on our EPIC (Endcliffe Park Independent Cafe) BBQ as well as the Thornbridge beer tent serving some ice cold beer to enable you to celebrate your accomplishment.

Numbers and timing chips are collected on the day. For each stage you have to “dib in” and then “dib out” to record the time for each stage.

The race starts in waves, the 1st wave being 8.30-8.45 and then 8.45-9.00 through to 10.30. Competitors can start at any time during their allotted wave.  Stage 2 is the KOM (King of the mountains stage) – Stage 11 is the sprint stage. There will be special winners jerseys for these stages for both male and female winners.

I took part in this event last year with virtually no training, having entered and then getting injured during the EHH summer league run in East Park, I completed the course in what was for me a respectable 2.15.18, finishing 725th out of 881 finishers. Entries for this years event opened in the middle of January and the race filled up before the end of February.

This years event took place on Sunday 26 June. The weather was very warm and humid, a big change from the day before when Sheffield was hit with monsoon like downpours, and because of this I found todays run difficult in places but also very enjoyable. The first 4 stages, 2 uphill and 2 downhill and also tree covered, were very wet and muddy with water flowing down the course in a couple of places. From stage 5 the tree cover had mostly disappeared and so the routes were a lot more drier and solid underfoot will less mud and puddles. I suffered with my asthma on the first couple of stages but by the third my inhaler seemed to have done its job and I tried to settle down and enjoy the run. Unfortunately my knees then started to suffer from the step downhill sections on the 3rd and 4th stages. And so that was basically it for the rest of the stages try to limit the knee pain and make full use of the recovery stages, using every second I could and then off again to the next stage.

At the finish you collect a massive finishers medal and goody bag with a few leaflets in, there are also jelly babies, water, energy bars and this year a protein shake for all finishers as well. Timing chips are returned and downloaded and you receive a slip with your individual stage times plus an overall finish time as well. Despite the problems that I had, I managed to finish in 2.09.27, knocking nearly 6 mins off last years time and finished 839 out 1298.The course itself is well signposted and marshalled, also lots of spectators in the start/finish area and on some sections of the course.

The same organisers also run the Sheffield 101010 race, a 2 lap, 10k trail run again held in Endcliffe Park. This years event is on the 9th October, the week before the Gruesome Twosome and 3 weeks before Scarborough 10k. www.sheffield10k.com if anyone is interested.

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