Roald Dahl Challenge
0930 - Sunday 13th May

Hope you're all fit and ready for the Roald Dahl Challenge! This is just a brief summary of the key information. For more details please visit the race website.

It's the most colourful bling we've ever produced for this event and if anyone is inclined to come along in a bit of themed fancy dress we'll have a couple of little awards for the best!

The course is part of the Trans - Pennine Way on pretty decent tarmac trail. It's possible that there may be a tiny bit of mud still in a place or two left over from winter but nothing that can't be skipped around and road shoes are the way to go.

Navigation is simple as basically you're on an old railway line, there are no turns, just a few gentle curves and you run along to the turnaround and then head back again to the Community Centre! (Course Map is here)

Just remember the golden rules

•  Don't miss the turnaround! (There is a gate with a road behind it so its really very hard to miss!)

•  Watch out for any cyclists, horses or walkers who may be out on path, its not a closed route.

This is a timed event, not a fixed distance event. If you complete at least one lap, then you are an official finisher and will receive a medal, a goody bag and an official finish in the results. If you want to complete the marathon distance, then you'll need to complete 6 loops, a half marathon would be 3 loops, an ultra will be 7 loops or more and we'll have 50k option too of 7 loops and a short out and back.

You must have started your final loop by a strict 6 hours 00 minutes after the start and as is traditional with ultra events, this is a strictly enforced time limit. As long as you are out of the base camp before the 6 hours 00 minutes limit you'll be able to complete that loop (even if you finish after the 6 hour threshold). There will be no mileage credit for partial laps.

Finally you'll have to tell us when you're finished, not the other way around. As it's a timed event, if you wish you can stop, have a rest and continue, eat cake or you can just stop!

We'll have an “official finishers bell” for this purpose, (Rachel will be the keeper!) when you're done for the day, ring the bell and the goodies will be yours!

Lap Counting

At race registration you'll be handed a small laminated lap counting card, attach this to yourself with a safety pin or cable tie. At the end of each loop get this punched through by one of the hole puncher chaps or chappesses. So basically at the end of each lap, get your card punched, or ring the bell!


The weather is looking dry and quite mild, high of 13C, not much breeze, chance of a shower in the afternoon, but hopefully we'll miss that and stay dry. Should be good conditions for running.


We've got vegan goody bags for some of you, If you'd like one and you haven't got a little "V" on your number please let us know as we have a couple spare or if we give you a "black" goody bag then please ask for a "blue" one.


I know a few folk don't drink so if you are one of those and don't want the can of beer or cider in the goody bag then please say and we'll trade you for some coke, we've got a few cans tucked away for those that prefer that.

Roald Dahl Challenge Website
Race Location

Community Centre, Church St, Penistone, Sheffield S36 6AR

Google Maps »

Race Registration

Opens at 0830.
Briefing at 0920.
Start 0930.


There is about 30 car parking spaces at the Community Centre for the early birds, otherwise there is essentially unlmited free street parking in the area. If you take a 60 second look at Google Maps you'll be able to see the area and the streets to park in. Church Street, Shrewsbury Road & Eastfield Avenue are all free parking and within a few hundred yards.

Getting There

The M1 will be closed between jcns 23A and 24 from Friday evening until Sunday evening. (This is Leicester / Loughborough / Nottingham area) if you're travelling up from the South then the A1(M) heading North would be the way to go.

Aid Station

None of the usual running nonsense at Base Camp, so no isotonic drinks, fruit or energy gels, But there will be cookies, crisps, jelly babies, M&Ms, pringles, nuts and all that sort of thing, there is just going to be the one aid station on the course (and it's about a 4.37 mile loop) and we'll have cups of water and squash to drink.


These open at 0830. They are located in the Community Centre


Please, please, please don't! We'll have bins at base camp.


One of our longer term goals is the reduction of waste at events. One way you can help is by bringing a bottle that can be refilled (you can leave it at base camp if you like), thus saving cup wastage or simply reusing cups at the aid station, we have jugs there and the lovely ladies happy to fill up a cup again for you (or help yourself!)

Neck Warmers/Mugs

We now have SVN "Neck Warmers" (absolutely nothing like the well known buffs) and SVN green mugs for sale at £5 cash on race days.


Unfortunately due to permit conditions, and hence insurance coverage, we're no longer allowed to let runners run with dogs


If you're running on Saturday too please keep your number to use at this event too!

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