Tigger Tor 2022

Race OrganiserChris Day – mobile / WhatsApp / text 07930 944 001
ResultsAV Timing
FacebookFor updates visit the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tiggertor/
Race dateSunday 30th January 2022
Start location
Tigers RUFC, Dore Moor, Hathersage Road
Sheffield, S17 3AB – Link to Google Maps
Start time10am
RegistrationRegistration & spot kit check from 8.00am to 9.30am (min. FRA kit must be carried at all times during the race)
DistanceApprox. 9.7 miles / 15.6km
AscentApprox. 1,800ft / 560 m
Category FRA race category BM
Price £12 + 99p service charge (pre-entry ONLY)
EntriesLimited to 400 participants
FacilitiesToilets, showers, changing rooms, food, bar, car parking (car sharing encouraged)
Please note, water is provided, however, in order to reduce waste, plastic cups are not provided
MapClick here to view the Course Map JPG (right-click and select ‘save target as’ to download) or View the Course Map PDF
Route download in GPX and TCX format (ZIP file)

Introduction

2022 marks the 37th outing for the Tigger Tor Fell Race – the first race of the year in the Totley AC Race Series. The race starts and finishes at the Sheffield Tigers club house on Hathersage Road, Sheffield S17 and requires reaching 11 checkpoints in order via an un-marked route over Houndkirk Moor, Burgage Moor and Hathersage Moor. Landmarks include Burgage Edge (the continuation of Stanage Edge), Higger Tor, Winyards Nick, Toad’s Mouth (at the top of Padley Gorge near Fox House) & Houndkirk Hill providing some of the most beautiful scenery the Peak District has to offer. On race day, the Sheffield Tigers club house provides a convivial atmosphere with food and refreshments (including a licensed bar) along with showers and changing rooms.

However, the Tigger Tor race itself is not only a relatively ‘tough’ fell race with some very difficult terrain, but it is also subject to the winter weather. Temperatures on the day have regularly been well below zero on the moors and this is even before the effects of the wind chill. The course is unmarked so there may also an element of navigating using a map. Therefore, those with no prior fell running experience are STRONGLY DISCOURAGED from entering. If you have any doubts, please get in touch first with any questions.

All entrants:

  • must accept primary responsibility for their own safety
  • should familiarise themselves with the FRA ‘Hypothermia’ leaflet
  • agree to abide by the FRA rules at all times
  • carry the FRA minimum kit throughout the race along with any other items appropriate to the potential conditions

This race is held under FRA Rules. It has a distance of approximately 9.7 miles with total climb of around 1,600 feet. It is therefore a category B Medium race (over 10 km but less than 20 km, average not less than 25 metres climb per km, not more than 30% on road).

The locations of the checkpoints are unchanged from 2018 / 2019. However, as most of the race is run within a site of special scientific interest and formal consent for this event is grated by Natural England, we have had to mark the Ox Stones area as ‘out of bounds’ on the course map.

Entries & transfers

This race is online pre-entry only – there will be NO entry on the day.

The timing and entry system this year is provided by AV Timing. If you would like to transfer your entry, please use the link in the confirmation email you received when you bought your ticket. There is a pinned post on the Tigger Tor Facebook page to help find people looking for a ticket.

The route

Besides the start to checkpoint 1 and checkpoint 11 to the finish, this is an orienteering race. Checkpoints are mostly manned by marshals but there is no defined route. Checkpoints, as marked on the race route map, must be visited in numerical order.

Start to checkpoint 1 – this takes runners from the Sheffield Tigers ground, up the Hathersage Road, along a short path through a field, and then a short section of Sheephill Road and over a style. None of the roads are closed for the race so please take great care on this section – the Hathersage Road is a busy, fast road.

Suggested route

Checkpoint 1 to checkpoint 2 – follow the main path up the hill, cross the Houndkirk Road (bridleway) and over the heather moorland to Burbage Edge (CP2)

Checkpoint 2 to checkpoint 3 – descend the steep hill, and over the stream (CP3)

Checkpoint 3 to Checkpoint 4 – go through the boggy marshes, and up the hill to the Burbage car-park to Higger Tor path. Follow the path to Higger Tor north summit (CP4)

Checkpoint 4 to checkpoint 5 – follow the path over Higger south-south-west, descend the rocks, and follow the path to Wynyards Nick (CP5)

Checkpoint 5 to checkpoint 6 – follow the rocky path nearly to the gate at Toad’s Mouth (CP6)

Checkpoint 6 to checkpoint 7 – take the boggy path north to the top of Carl Wark (CP7)

Checkpoint 7 to checkpoint 8 – turn back on yourself back down the hill but bear off left, through the marshes, over the stream and up the other side of the valley to Stone Trough (CP8)

checkpoint 8 to checkpoint 9 – follow the path north-east up the hill, through the heather moorland, past the back of Parson’s House, to cross the Houndkirk Road (bridleway), then follow the narrow, muddy path north-east to Houndkirk Hill (CP9)

Checkpoint 9 to checkpoint 10 – go over Houndkirk Hill and descend the rocks. Take the steep path down and over the stream, then follow the path up the other side to the bridge on Houndkirk Road (CP10)

Checkpoint 10 to checkpoint 11 – follow the path down the hill back towards the style (CP11)

To the finish

Checkpoint 11 to finish – follow the path parallel to Sheephill Road to a style (this style is normally very slippy!). Over the style onto the Sheephill Road – please remember that none of the roads are closed. follow Sheephill Road north then turn right down Long Line. After about 3/4 of a mile go through the gate to your right, follow the path through the field and up the small hill back to the Tigers ground. The finish is the other side of the rugby pitch.

The route between checkpoints 1 to 11 is optional, but apart from two short road sections between Tigers RUFC to checkpoint 1 and checkpoint 11 to Tigers RUFC, runners must not run along any roads.

Competitors must find their own way to each checkpoint without external assistance. Marshals will do no more than indicate the general direction in which you should proceed on leaving a checkpoint.

As indicated on the course map (link above), the area around the Ox Stones and all paths leading to it from Jumble Road and Ringinglow Road are strictly OUT OF BOUNDS.

Race Day

If you require assistance at any time then please contact Race Control on one of the following numbers:

07930 944 001 – Race organiser Chris Day

This race is held under FRA Rules and runners must familiarise themselves with and comply with the FRA Requirements for Runners 2018 (the “Runners’ Rules”).

Additionally, entrants should note the following:

  • Mandatory kit inspections may be performed on race day adjacent to the number collection desks.  You will not be admitted to the start pen 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.
  • ‘FRA Mandatory Minimum Kit’ (waterproof whole body cover (with taped seams and integrated attached hood) + hat + gloves + printed map of the route + compass + whistle and emergency food) will be mandatory and any runner presenting non-compliant kit will not admitted to the start pen and no refund of race fee will be provided. Note that kit inspections will include checking that whole body cover is waterproof (windproof/showerproof kit e.g. Montane Featherlite will not be accepted).
  • Please bring a reusable plastic cup if you would like a drink of water at the finish. Single use cups are not provided.
  • 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. 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 must take care and 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.
  • GPS devices are not permitted for navigational purposes. You will need to visit the checkpoints in numerical order as marked on the map (see link above).

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 controller
  • Report directly to race control at Tigers RUFC when retiring between checkpoints or
  • Telephone Race Control (see numbers listed above)

Useful information

Directions

The race starts from:
Sheffield Tigers RUFC
Dore Moor, Hathersage Road
Sheffield, S17 3AB

Limited parking is available in the rugby club grounds and at the Dore Moor Garden Centre (www.doremoor.co.uk/contact)

The Garden Centre car park entrance is on Brickhouse Lane. When coming from the direction of Hathersage, there is NO RIGHT TURN into Brickhouse Lane. Instead, continue and turn right into Cross Lane, then right again into Brickhouse Lane.

Once the available off-road parking is full, you will have to park on the road some way from the club; please allow sufficient time, park responsibly and avoid inconveniencing local residents.

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. Through the next set of lights (at Beauchief Hotel), follow the road until you come to a T Junction, turn left (onto the A625 to Hathersage). Go past the Dore Moor Inn and the ground is the next right. Please allow sufficient time to 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.

Mandatory FRA minimum kit 

All runners will be required to pass a kit check during registration and there will be kit spot checks at the finish. Any entrant attempting to run at any point without the full required kit will be disqualified immediately.

  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Printed map of the course (this could be a physical OS map or a print-out of the course map)
  • A whistle
  • Emergency food
  • Waterproof whole body cover (with taped seams and integrated, attached hood)
  • A navigation compass

Please note that digital versions of the course (for example on smart watches or mobile phones) will not be accepted.