BIG Running Weekend 2022 – 25th to the 27th March.
Come and explore the Outdoor City with us! There’s a route to suit every ability, from 4.5km through to 24km, 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, Dynafit and Raidlight. 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, Petzl will be along with their head torches for you to try on the evening runs.
The Big Running Weekend Challenger…
So if you are joining the led runs why not give the Big Running Weekend Challenger a go. All you have to do is run more than 50kms over the course of the three days. Pick up the “Challenger Card” from reception, note the run you have completed and ask one of the leaders to initial your efforts. Then hand back the card once you have completed the challenge and we will be in touch. Your 2022 Challenger Hoodie awaits you.
Friday 25th, 6:00pm. 5km (max) 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 25th, 8:00pm. 5km Night Run with special guest Stuart Walker.
Saturday 26th, 8:00am. 14km Red Route. Don’t forget to carry spare kit plus a little food and water.
Saturday 26th, 8:30am. 10km Blue Loop.
Saturday 26th, 10:30am. Family 5km Blue Loop. Ideal for 9 years and upwards, those that are used to a run.
Saturday 26th, 2:00pm. 21km Black Route, heading out into the Peak District. A challenge, yet run at a pace to suit everyone. Don’t forget to carry spare kit plus a little food and water.
Saturday 26th, 3:30pm. 5km Chill Out Run with our very special guest Charlotte Arter.
Saturday 26th, 8:00pm (ish). 5km Night Run This time we will head across the road to the ‘Dark Side’ ;-). Head torches available to borrow from Petzl.
Sunday 27th, 10:00am. 21km Black Route, heading out into the Peak District. A challenge, yet run at a pace to suit everyone. Don’t forget to carry spare kit plus a little food and water.
Sunday 27th, 10:30am. 5km or 10km Morning Wake Up Run… A great way to celebrate Mothers Day with the family as we will return to the Discovery Centre after 5km, before continuing onwards.
Sunday 27th, 3:30pm. The Last Person Standing 10km. The last led run of the BIGRW … until BIGRW 2023 that is!!
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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*!
Inov8 Black route – This challenging 24km route heads out along the Porter valley and up onto Stanage and Burbage edges where you can enjoy views across the Peak District, then returns to the start via the Limb valley. The route is a mix of rocky trail and open ground, so please make ensure you wear suitable trail shoes and bring a waterproof layer, plus any food and drink you will need during the run*.
*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.