Ourea Events has launched a new off-road running event in the shape of Sheffield Trail Race. The event is the first in a new Urban Trail Running Series that the company plans to introduce over the course of the year.
Scheduled for Sunday 27 July, the race is based on the famous Sheffield Round Walk route, which is 24.5km (15. 2 miles) in length. The course will incorporate a tour of the city’s parks and woodland whilst skirting the Peak District National Park. Mostly linked by footpaths and trails, the race route is 79% off-road and 21% on-road.
Race director Shaun Ohly commented on the route: “The Sheffield Trail-Rush course is challenging and adventurous with 700m (2,300 ft) of ascent as we follow the fantastic route of the Sheffield Round Walk. Already dubbed the ‘Sheffield Round Race’, the route is well known to many local runners who consider it one of the best urban trail runs in Sheffield … if not the entire north!”
The event will work in partnership with specialist retailers Accelerate, who will lend its full support to the race. Accelerate’s Stuart Hale feels the race has massive potential: “An urban trail race utilising the fantastic route of the Sheffield Round Walk was long overdue and I know that Shane Ohly and his team have the expertise and experience to deliver a stand-out trail race. It’s an exciting partnership and we hope to help grow Sheffield Trail-Rush into a nationally significant urban trail running event.”
Early bird entry, which runs up until the end of May, is priced at just £15.00. For more information and to register, visit the event website.