BIG Running Weekend 2022 – 18th- 20th March.
Come and explore the Outdoor City with us! There’s a route to suit every ability, from 4.5km through to 14km, taking place at various times across the weekend. All the routes start and finish at Ecclesall Woods Discovery Centre. Not sure what shoes to wear? Running the routes is a great chance to try out some of the great test shoes we will have on offer over the weekend from Scott Running, Saucony and Dynafit. If you are planning on doing one of the longer routes we suggest you have a quick run about in them first just in case they don’t work for you. Plus, Black Diamond will be along with their head torches for you to try on the evening runs.
Friday 18th, 6:00pm. 5km (max) Black Diamond Junior Head Torch Run. A great opportunity for junior runners aged 10 and upwards to have a night time adventure run – we might get our feet wet!
Friday 18th, 8:00pm. Black Diamond Night Run- 5km Blue Loop with special guest Ross Jenkins.
Saturday 19th, 8:00am. Run the Red Route 14km – Don’t forget to carry spare kit plus a little food and water.
Saturday 19th, 10:30am. 5km Family Woodland Led Run. Ideal for 9 years and upwards, those that are used to a run.
Saturday 19th, 3:00pm. Running with Championship Elite Runner Jo Pavey. The Saucony Woodland 5km or 10km Led Run- A stead social run with Jo- we will loop back to base after 5km so you can decided your distance.
Saturday 19th, 8:00pm (ish). Black Diamon Night Run 5kmThis time we will head across the road to the ‘Dark Side’ ;-). Head torches available to borrow from Black Diamond.
Sunday 20th, 10:30am. Woodland Led 10km Run. A great way to explore the woods- all abilities welcome
Sunday 20th, 1:00pm. Woodland Led Run 5km or 10km- we will do a 5km loop followed by another 5km loop- join us for half or all the run!
You can find the full timetable with links to all you need to know, right Here
Take a look at the route descriptions below to decide which runs you want to join:
Blue routes – There are two blue routes within Ecclesall Woods – the dark blue (4.5km) and the light blue (5km). You can choose to go out on one or the other, or do both if you want to run a little further. The routes both follow well trodden, mostly evenly surfaced, paths although some sections are uneven and can get a little muddy!
Accelerate Red route – This 14km route heads out along the Porter valley and through Lady Canning’s plantation before heading back to the start. The route is mostly rocky uneven trail and is exposed in places, so please ensure you bring a waterproof layer and wear suitable shoes*!
*The Health and Safety bit:
As run leaders and coaches, it is our job to keep the groups we lead safe. If you turn up to do one of the longer routes and we do not feel that you have come prepared, we will ask that you don’t join the group. This is not us being mean, we have to think about the safety of the group and each individual within it. Conditions on the edges can be very different to those in the valley, and it’s always better to take a jacket you don’t use than be stuck out on the moors without one when you need it!
Please check before you leave for your run that you have the right kit with you.