Over 2600 runners are preparing for the fifth installment of the Round Sheffield Run. The event, scheduled for Sunday 24 June, has become renowned for its creative format – the race is split over 11 stages with breaks to regroup and refresh. The race route takes competitors around some of the best trails and scenic parkland in Sheffield.
The event’s innovative set-up has its genesis in concepts pioneered in enduro-style Mountain Bike racing. The 11 timed stages make up 20k – each stage is raced and competitors will receive both results for each stage as well as a combined overall result.
Of the 11 stages, 9 are ‘liason stages’, which are designed to allow recovery, these are 100 – 750m in length. Participants are encouraged to swap stories at this point. The Round Sheffield route ends in Endcliffe Park, the route’s spiritual home.
Last year saw Sheffield Running Club’s Joe Sweetnam-Powell take top spot in a total time of 1:07:19, followed by Chris Bower (1:09:08) and Jorge Bronze (1:10:22). Kirsty Johnson was the lead female in 1:20:21 with Lauren Davies-Beckett (1:20:52) in second place.
Entries for the 2018 have already been snapped up. Keep an eye out for runABC North’s race report later this month.