Two Turtle Doves

Race Organiser

Race Organiser
Steve Franklin
Date
Boxing Day December 2018
Start
11 am, Totley Athletics Club Pavillion, The Cricket Inn, Lane Head Road, S17 Map
Cost
£5 pre-entry, £6 on the day
Pre-enter
Post or drop your entry form into Front Runner Running Store
Facilities
Toilets, Showers, Food, Pub, Limited Parking
Course
Printable Course Map

Introduction

After the success of the Two Turtle Doves race in 2017 we will be running the event again.

The Course

Like all races from the pavilion it starts with the customary lapof the cricket pitch, out onto the tarmac for a quick kilometre to the end of Strawberry Lee Lane. On entering Blacka Moor woods the wide track soon steepens for the first punchy climb. Thankfully it’s shortlived and a steep descent down to the stepping stones follows. Do you wade through or skip over, you might not have a choice if it’s been wet!
The long climb of the Devil’s Elbow comes next, it’s never too steep but shouldn’t be under estimated, the ground is uneven the tree roots will do their best halt your progress. The path eases as you reach the top car park of Blacka Moor. A sharp left down the uneven bridleway leads you into the grazed sheep fields, a very quick downhill drops you at the bottom of the last climb. It’s a lot shorter than Devil’s but if the wind it blowing it can be just as head. Over the stone style and on to the home straight, all that’s left is the steep descent and tricky styles of the Horses’ Field. Just to finish you off the steep tarmac of Moss Lane will sap your quads before the last ditch sprint around the cricket pitch.

Mandatory kit

Due to the time of year you will be asked to carry full FRA Best Practice kit (Waterproof whole body cover (taped seams and attached hood) + hat + gloves + map + compass + whistle + emergency food). Should the weather be very kind the RO reserves the right to reduce the minimum kit required. Ensure you bring EVERYTHING just in case.

The route

TTTD is 7.8km with 270 metres of ascent making it a BS category race. Due to access on Blacka Moor and Totley Moor the route is entirely on PRoW is well marked. Flags must be followed at all times.

How to enter

There are 3 entry options:

  1. You can pre-enter (£5) by post or by dropping your entry form into Front Runner Running Store (296 Sharrowvale Road, Sheffield S11 8ZL).
  2. Please print off the entry form and complete it in full and send with cash or cheque to; Steve Franklin, 330 Baslow Road, Sheffield, S17 3BG. Make cheques payable to Totley Athletics Club. The entry list will be available to view on Webscorer at the end of November.
  3. Alternatively, you can enter on the day (£6) from 09:40am. Entries close at 10:40am.

TTTD is open to 16+ year olds (age as on day of 26/12/18) a parent or guardian must complete the “Parental Consent Form for Junior Fell Runners”, this can be found on the FRA website and will also be available at the pavilion. You must neither start the race using a number obtained in someone else’s name nor give your number to someone else to use in the race.

Race Day

If you require assistance at any time, please contact Race Control on one of the following numbers:
Steve Franklin 07749 646272

This race is held under FRA Rules and runners must familiarize themselves with and comply with the FRA Requirements for Runners 2018 (the “Runners’ Rules”).
All runners must carry the kit required by the Race Organiser. Mandatory kit inspections may be performed on race day.  You will not be admitted to start the race unless you have passed this inspection. A further check may be undertaken on completion of the race – anyone completing the race without the required kit will be disqualified and reported to the FRA.
Your race number must not be folded or cut down and, at the start, all checkpoints and the finish, must be clearly visible on your chest. 
Numbers may be recorded at some checkpoints as well as at the finish; failure to show your number at checkpoints will lead to disqualification. 
Entrants may not take dogs on the course Competitors are responsible for their own safety when running on the roads at the start and finish of the race.
Runners are not required to record their arrival at checkpoints in any way. The only requirement is that competitors must run past the marshals (without taking short cuts) with their race numbers clearly visible.

Retirement procedure
Runners wishing to retire from the race MUST inform Race Control and not just a marshal. They should either:

    • Report to a checkpoint and then return directly to the finish to report to race control
    • Report directly to race control at Tigers RUFC when retiring between checkpoints or
    • Telephone Race Control (see numbers listed above)

Directions and Parking

The race starts from the Totley AC Pavillion, Bents Road, Totley Bents, S17. (GR303799)
Limited parking is available at the Totley Rifle Range and on Moss Lane – DO NOT PARK in the Cricket Inn car park, on Penny Lane or Bents Road. Follow the instructions given to you by the parking marshalls.