Round Rotherham Run
(Rowbotham's Round Rotherham)
Saturday 20 October 2018
50 miles (80.5 km); 2,625 feet (800 m) of ascent
A trail run around Rotherham following the Rowbotham's Round Rotherham footpath mostly over farmland and rural areas on sign-posted paths, bridleways and roads with very little ascent. The weather was about perfect for running being a bit chilly early on and warming up as the day went on. Mostly clear skies were augmented with some friendly clouds that never once threatened rain.
First Man: Ben Hague; M; Rotherham Harriers and AC; 6:00:52
First Lady: 24th overall; Karen Nash; FV50; FRA; 8:41:15
Steven Jones: 48th; MV50; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 9:57:38
Mick Cochrane: 61st; MV70; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 10:30:33
John Vernon: 136th; MV60; Dark Peak Fell Runners; 14:54:42
Mick Cochrane was the first MV70 finisher out of 12 starters (2 DNF and 10 finishers).
There was a new Race HQ this year at the Manvers Waterfront Boat Club at Wath upon Dearne north of Rotherham. There was the option to sleep at the event centre on the Friday night to avoid a very early morning and travelling prior to the race. I opted for this and slept on the floor in a room containing another runner who was snoring like a rather old tractor long overdue for a service struggling up a particularly steep slope. The lights went on early on the Saturday giving plenty of time to get ready and watch the 6 am wave of starters depart. They were all reeled in and overtaken later when I set off in the 7 am wave of starters.
The weather was ideal for running - a bit chilly in the morning at the start but warming up later with clear skies and no rain. It was dry underfoot facilitating fast running. Indeed, nearly 17 minutes were taken off the course record. The new record of 6 hours no minutes and 52 seconds was set by Ben Hague of Rotherham Harriers and AC. This was more than an hour faster than the finishing time last year in 2017.
This was the last race in the Runfurther 2018 series.
Runfurther Championships 2018
In the individual results John Vernon of Dark Peak Fell Runners was third MV60.
1st Team Krypton - Karen Nash; Nick Ham; Robert Nash; 8,383
2nd Mercia Fell Runners - David Chetta; Dick Scroop; Stewart Bellamy; 6,444
3rd Horwich RMI Harriers - Andy Ford; Albert Sunter; Josie Greenhalgh; 6,290
4th Dark Peak Fell Runners - Steven Jones; Stuart Walker; John Vernon; 6,287
Dark Peak Fell Runners were very nearly third being just 4 points short of overtaking Horwich RMI Harriers. A new course record on the final race reduced the scope to gain extra points and leap into third place.
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