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Trail Championship

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic which has seen many races cancelled and following the success of our recent virtual events, Chris Walker has proposed that we have a 'virtual trail running championship' over the summer months.

Based on 6 local walking routes, each 'race' should be completed in the allotted 2 week window (4 weeks for race 6) with proof of time & route taken (in the form of Strava link or something similar) to be submitted to Anne Middleton by end of play on the last date of each race. To reduce unnecessary travelling, the route can be started at any point on the course as long as the start and finish are the same points. If you are unsure of the route, groups of up to 6 can run together, subject to social distancing. 

Scoring for the virtual championship will be based on WAVA % scores which take account of age, sex and distance as well as your race time. The WAVA scores will be added up over the 6 races. More information on WAVA can be found here.  

In addition to the overall men’s and ladies championships trophies, there are also vets (over 40) and supervets (over 50) categories for both men and women.

September rule change

Participants may submit a time for ONE race they missed or a new time for a race they previously completed. All race evidence must be submitted by 7pm on Sat 10th October.  


Steve at The School Run June  2019


Sarah at The School Run June  2019


Liz at Ambles Revenge Dec 2019

Photo Courtesy of Steve Frith

The Virtual Championship Routes  are :

(Click on brochure image for pdf copy courtesy of Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome)

Race 1 - Sunday 5th July - Saturday 18th July 

Skelmanthorpe Village trail


A scenic 3.4 mile route from the historic village of Skelmanthorpe.


Race 2 - Sunday 19th - Saturday 1st August

Denby Dale Village trail


A scenic 5 mile route from Denby Dale, the famous Pie Village.


Race 3 - Sunday 2nd August - Saturday 15th August

Ruins and Rebuilds


A pleasant and scenic circular route
(of about five and a half miles) from the Dunkirk Inn, Lower Denby, visiting the Gunthwaite area.


Race 4 - Sunday 16th August - Saturday 29th August

Denby and Cumberworth Circular trail


A 7 mile route visiting Denby Dale, Upper Denby, Upper Cumberworth & Skelmanthorpe.


Race 5  - Sunday 30th August - Saturday 12th September

Over the border trail


A 10 mile route from Clayton West over the border into South Yorkshire visiting Cawthorne & Cannon Hall as well as the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

NB - due to current YSP access restrictions, Race 5 has been shortened to ~8.9 miles.  Amended route map.

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Race 6 - Sunday 13th September - Saturday 10th Oct

Round Denby Dale walk


At 11 miles this route visits many local villages along the Dearne Valley from Emley to Upper Cumberworth.


NB. There is a 4 week window for this race.

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