What is the BIG Running Weekend?
22nd, 23rd and 24th March 2019.
Part of the Sheffield 'Outdoor City Festival of the Outdoors' which is now in its fourth year, the BIG Running Weekend rejoins for the second time.
Based from the Ecclesall Woodland Discovery Centre the BIG RW is organised by Wood Run in association with Sheffield’s leading independent running Store Accelerate will offer a multitude of running activity that will test more than just your legs!
It is also about running activity for all the family and will include workshops and talks to help you improve your running, a chance to ‘test shoes and kit’ and you can challenge yourself with the the BIG Running Weekend Challenge. There will be a mix of running experts available all weekend for everyone to talk to. Plus, for those that want to take their off road running to another level there is Trail School.
Summary of the Weekend's Events
As part of the weekend there will be a series of challenging ‘Led Runs’, that should you go for the Big Running Weekend Challenge you will cover a maximum of 47 Kilometres from Friday evening through to Sunday afternoon and cover three of the Outdoor City Run Routes: the Inov8 Black, the Accelerate Red and the Ecclesall Blue loop.
Are you fit enough for the challenge?
The event kicks off on Friday morning as we organise a series of led runs around the city, in association with Runners Agaisnt Rubbish. So get ready to go 'plogging', plus we will supply the packs to make things easier. The evening gets underway at the Discovery Centre with a serious of mini talks under the topic of 'Leave Nothing but Footprints, Take Nothing but Photographs'. This will be followed by a talk from one of the Scott International Running Ambassadors. The evening closes with a led run…your call, but let’s get this party away and running!
Saturday will kick off with led runs, training sessions hosted by Wood Run covering Technique, Strength and Stability. Plus there will be sessions suitable for newcomers, juniors and those 'Running Past 50'. Not forgetting navigation, strength-stability classes and a chance to join the Junior ATR runners in one of their training sessions. Then to round the day off there will be an evening of running and adventure films and talks.
On Saturday and Sunday there is also the chance to attend the Accelerate Performance Centre Trail School, in which a variety of topics will be covered ranging from Running Technique through to Training Goal Setting and steps to writing a Training Plan. All practical steps to help you plan a more effective training program and to discover the areas that will help make you a better runner.
Sunday takes on a more family flavour with our much in demand Family Wood Run and a shorter Led Run suitable for 9 years and up. A great way for the family to explore the area.
To find out more about the full list of time-tabled activities visit the bigrunningweekend.co.uk
What is the Cost of the Weekend?
To keep things straightforward the cost for the whole weekend is £10 for anyone over the age of 16. We would ask that youngsters are always accompanied by an adult. Your weekend pass and details will be sent out to you a couple of weeks before the event. Your wristband is what gets you onto each of the activities, into the talks and films etc. No wristband then no partcipation. That said anyone who wants to come along and take a look around, then more the merrier!
The Trail School will cost £30 and includes your BIG Running Weekend Pass.
What Happens to the money raised from the event?
Simply it stays with Wood Run. 20% of the profit will go back into maintaining the Outdoor City Run Routes and ensuring the waymarkers are always there to be followed.
In addition we also part-fund the Run Leaders and Coaches at WoodRun to attend coaching courses and other relevant ongoing personal development. This is something in time we would like to roll out to and help others with groups using the Run Routes.
Inov-8 have already contributed to helping establish the run routes, fully supporting the Inov-8 Black Route.
What is the WoodRun?
WoodRun is a weekly coached training session that now has three regular running groups that meet up every Thursday morning at 9:15am to leave for 9:30. It’s not a run as such, yet it is a session geared towards improving running technique, strength and also stability using the tracks and trails within Ecclesall Woods.
Wood Run caters for all abilities and ages form late teens upwards, and costs £2 a session and is led by fully qualified and trained coaches. Pictured, Kid's Wood Run, something that takes place during the school holidays and will definitely be a part of the Sunday's activities.
Who is Supporting the BIG Running Weekend?
Some pretty big names on the local and international running scene. British based company Scott will be leading the pack with Inov-8, Saucony and Silva all heavily involved.
Each will as a minimum be there to talk kit and gear, and to give you the chance to try their latest footwear on the trails of Ecclesall Woods or on one the longer more testing routes.
Scott will also be heavily involved in the ‘Talks’ and Film evening, whilst Silva are hosting a Workshop on Night Time Trail Running.
Accelerate, Sheffield’s leading independent running store, along with the Accelerate Performance Centre will be involved throughout the weekend. Leading runs, coached sessions and the Trail School.
Ecclesall Woodland Discovery Centre
Set in the extensive and beautiful Ecclesall woods, the Woodland Discovery Centre is the perfect indoor and outdoor facility for a spectrum of events and a visit to the woods.
The centre runs craft courses all through the year from cider making to wood work skills. Public events in the autumn and spring celebrate Sheffield’s rich woodland heritage and demonstrates the unique facilities of the centre, as well as providing activities such as story-telling, discovering nature and traditional uses of wood in the home and garden.
It is also home to Wood Run and the Woodland Coffee Stop. Four of the Outdoor City Run Routes also start and finish from here, including the two longest routes: The Inov-8 Black Run and the Accelerate Red Route.