Blacka Moor Chase – trail race

Race OrganiserPaul Grayson
Race date18th July 2024, 7.30 PM
Start locationTotley Pavilion, Lane Head Road, Sheffield S17 3BA
Google Map link
TimingsRegistration from 6.30pm
Race start 7.30pm
DistanceApprox. 6.7 km
Overall climbApprox. 270 m
FRA race categoryBS
Cost£7 pre entry or enter on the day (if not full)
Min. age16 years old – Parental consent form
FacilitiesToilets, showers, changing rooms, water (please bring own cup or bottle)
ParkingVery limited parking available. Please consider other transport, car shares, and parking further away
CoursePrintable Course Map

CAR PARKING

We no longer have access to the car park at the bottom of Moss Road so please try to do one or a combination of the following:
  • carshare
  • walk
  • jog
  • cycle
  • catch a bus – if you have 2 hours to spare

Introduction

The race starts and finishes outside the Totley AC pavilion which is at the top of the field behind the Cricket Inn (GR302799 or S17 3AZ). There is an entry limit of 250. There are changing facilities and showers available in the pavilion.

Blacka Moor is the fourth race of the annual Totley AC series of five races. The race starts from the cricket pitch outside the Totley AC pavilion. A lap of the field leads out onto a 1km tarmac stretch along Strawberry Lee Lane, a dead-end road. A short sharp climb heads up to the fell proper and the fields over Totley Moor lead to the top of Blacka Moor Woods. Here the route descends technical paths and tracks down the very steep ‘Piper Gate’. From the stepping stones there’s another sting before returning to Strawberry Lee Lane for a fast blast back to the cricket pitch. There are a number of exposed tree roots on the paths through Blacka Moor wood.
The route is entirely on PRoW. Blacka Moor and Totley Moor are relatively self-contained with a main road (which is never crossed) surrounding its perimeter. Due to the closed of nature and generally well maintained footpaths over 16s are allowed to run the event.

Prizes

There will be a prize giving ceremony inside the bar area. So head there for a well-deserved drink after your race. Prizes have been kindly donated by Katie Bell Physiotherapy & Wellness, DrinkWell UK and also The Cricket Inn. There will also be fruit/veg included in the prizes from Scrivens at Totley. There will be top 3 male/female, 1st Totley runner, and prizes in the following age groups: 

  • 18-23 
  • Senior 
  • V40 
  • V50 
  • V60 
  • V70 

There will also be a couple of spot prizes too. 
Thankyou to MyRaceKit for printing and supplying our race numbers.

The route

Checkpoints are marked on the map, usually, we will have marshals at all checkpoints, resource permitting. Runners must stick to the indicated route and pass all checkpoints in numerical sequence.

See the map for details of the route.
All runners MUST remain on the paths designated on the route map and abide by the instructions given at the start of the race and by marshals along the route.
This is a fixed route race as required by the race license issued by the Eastern Moors Partnership and Natural England. Any runners not abiding to the indicated route will be disqualified as none conformance with the license conditions will put the future of the race in jeopardy.

Entries & Transfers

This race is both pre-entry and entry on the day (if not full). To register for this race please enter online.
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 on the day of the race please contact race control directly:

  •  Contact TBC

This race is held under FRA Rules and runners must familiarize themselves with and comply with the FRA Requirements for Runners 2020 (the “Runners’ Rules”).

The race covers a distance of 6.7 kilometres with total climb of 272 metres. This means that the kit that runners are required to carry is at the discretion of the Race Organiser, depending on the weather conditions.
All runners should bring FRA Best Practice kit with them in case the weather is bad.
A decision will be made on the evening.

FRA Best Practice Kit (Waterproof whole body cover (taped seams and attached hood) + hat + gloves + map + compass + whistle + emergency food).
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
Road crossings will be marshalled but competitors are responsible for their own safety.
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 Totley AC Pavilion when retiring between checkpoints or
  • Telephone Race Control (see number listed above)

Directions

The race starts from:

  • Totley AC Pavilion, Lane Head Road, Totley, Sheffield S17 3AZ
Please carshare if possible. We are trying to minimise the impact of our races on the community in Totley and the environment. You can help by arranging to travel to the race with other members of your club. See the list of participants at https://www.avtiming.com/blackamoor

You are encouraged to come by bus if you can. The 97 bus to Totley from Sheffield High Street stops a five-minute walk from the start. Get off at the Cross Scythes pub on Baslow Road and walk down Hillfoot Road to Penny Lane.
Limited off road parking is available and will be signposted on the day. Please share cars if you are able to. Once the car park is full limited on road parking is available but please consider local residents and avoid parking across or opposite any drives or gateways, or damaging grass verges.

From North

Leave M1 at Junction 33. Head towards Sheffield City Centre on A57, after Dual Carriageway becomes a 50 mph zone follow signs for Ring Road and Services. Turn left onto the Ring Road (A6102). Follow the Ring Road for 4-5 miles until you come to the Meadowhead roundabout (clearly signed). Go straight across and get in the right hand lane, which turns right after about 100yds (signed for Castleton and Bakewell). At the bottom of the hill, at the roundabout, turn left. At the traffic lights turn left onto Abbeydale Road which turns into Baslow road (A621).
Follow this road until you get to Totley. Turn right after the Cross Scythes pub onto Hillfoot road and follow the road down to the Crown Inn. Turn left onto Penny lane, the Cricket pub is on the left before the playing field, and the Totley AC pavilion, where the race starts, is at the top of the playing field. Follow the Marshalls for parking directions. Please do not park in the pub car park.

From South

Leave M1 at Junction 29 towards Chesterfield, follow A61 to Sheffield until the Meadowhead Roundabout, turn left, then into right hand lane and then as above.