Event Locations

Locations

Sherwood Pines Forest

Edwinstowe, Mansfield NG21 9JL

Directional Notes – Once you have turned into the forest you’ll want to keep an eye out for the left turn into the car parks as it can be easy to miss on your first drive through.

Public Transport – The nearest train stations are Mansfield and Retford. Mansfield has a public bus to the county park roughly every 15 minutes (Bus No. 14, 15 or 15A to Archway Road or Sherwood Pines). This does vary at the weekend and it is always best to check the timetables before booking. After the bus, there is around a 1-mile walk into the forest to the start line. Usually, on a Sunday morning, it is best to pre-book a taxi to the start line. If you are staying overnight before the event and using public transport, then I would recommend looking at places to stay in Edwinstone, Clipstone, or Ollerton. All are a very short taxi ride from the forest.

Accommodation – There are cabins and camping spots located in Sherwood Pines Forest. As for hotels, you have a choice of Bridleways Guesthouse which is a lovely stay, Sherwood Forest Lodge, or numerous options in nearby Edwinsone and Ollerton. If you plan on staying in Mansfield then there is the Travelodge plus an array of other local hotels in the town. A little further afield just off the M1 at J28 you have the option of a Holiday Inn and a Premier Inn, which are around a 30-minute drive from the forest.

Facilities – We have permission to use the public toilets located on-site just a minute’s walk from the starting area., and they are open to the public as well so please be aware of this.

Parking – There is a large car park with Sherwood Pines Forest which we are permitted to use. There is a charge for the car park which we, unfortunately, cannot offer a discount on. It is currently set at £8 per car for the full day although I advise that you check their website before traveling (https://www.forestryengland.uk/sherwood-pines). As always we encourage people to car share or use public transport as much as possible when coming to our events. Not only does this mean we help the environment a little but it also means that people get to know each other a little more and you can share the costs of petrol and the car park! If you are looking for a lift or have space in your car, then make sure you post in our Team Rasselbock Facebook group to see who else is heading that way.

Getting To The Start Line – From the car park within the forest, there will be bright yellow arrows to the start line. These should take you to the main area of Sherwood Pines where the Visitor Center, Cafe and GoApe are located. You will want to walk down the side of the Visitor Center towards Go Ape and you will see a lodge on the left-hand side. We will be set up here with the Gazebos, registration, and aid station. If the event is sold out then we will have access to the education cabin for registration, bag storage and to keep warm in the winter months.

Headphones – Headphones are allowed on this route, although please make sure that you are still fully aware of your surroundings and the dangers that are nearby.

Marshals And Signage – The course will be fully signed in bright yellow reflective arrows so that you always know the route. There will be no fixed marshals on the course although there will be a running marshal on this course who will keep a check on the route, signs, and will have communications to the HQ in case you need any assistance at all.

Medical – There will be first aid and medical provided by Nottingham Search and Rescue in case of any incidence that may arise.

Notes – Please remember that this is a working forest and also a tourist destination. We will not have exclusive use of the course and we do not have priority over other members of the public. Please always give way and be courteous of other people. General common sense is in use here so please make sure you pack it in with your kit bag! We will provide litter bags and bins at the aid station so there is no excuse for littering around the forest.


Holme Pierrepont Country Park

Nottingham, NG12 2LU

General Directions – As you approach the water center on Adbolton Lane you’ll come to a split in the road. Here you’ll need to take the left-hand split and follow the signs to Park access. Continuing on this lane you will pass the corner of the boating lake on your right-hand side and shortly after you’ll pass through into the two graveled car parking areas.

Public Transport – The nearest train station is Nottingham, which has a public bus that runs close to the country park entrance. This service does vary at the weekend and it is always best to check the timetables before booking. It may work out cheaper to book a taxi and share the cost with others as the park is only 3 miles from the station.

Accommodation – As the event is just outside of Nottingham there are a huge range of places to stay. If you’re wanting to be as close to the start line as possible then you have the option of staying onsite at the waterpark. They have the option of a camping ground, archway pods, and a selection of basic rooms.

Facilities – Due to covid the changing rooms are currently not open to the public. Our toilet facilities are located 250 meters from race HQ and the start line. They will be signposts and arrows on site to direct you to these.

Parking – There is ample parking available onsite, and is charged at a flat rate of £5 per car for the day. As always we encourage people to car share or use public transport as much as possible when coming to our events. Make sure that you post in the Rasselbock Facebook Group if you are able or are looking for someone to car share with.

Getting To The Start Line – You’ll want to exit from the bottom of the car park and cross over the road that you came in on. Pass the playground on your right-hand side and head towards the lake. You should spot the gazebo and flags on the large area of grass by the lakeside.

Headphones – Headphones are allowed on this route, although please make sure that you are still fully aware of your surroundings and the dangers that are nearby.

Marshals And Signage – The course will be fully signed in bright yellow reflective arrows so that you always know the route. There will be a few fixed marshals on the course alongside a running marshal on this course who will keep a check on the route, signs, and will have communications to the HQ in case you need any assistance at all.

Medical – There will be first aid and medical provided by Nottingham Search and Rescue in case of any incidence that may arise.

Notes – Please remember that this is a country park and watersports center and it is also open to the public. We will not have exclusive use of the course and we do not have priority over other members of the public. Please always give way and be courteous of other people. General common sense is in use here so please make sure you pack it in with your kit bag! We will provide litter bags and bins at the aid station so there is no excuse for littering around the park. It sounds daft, but please stay away from the edges of the lakes and ponds, we don’t want anyone falling in!


Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, S44 5QJ

General Directions – After leaving the M1 at junction 29 you’ll want to briefly turn onto the A6175 before taking a left onto Mill Lane. After around a mile you’ll want to take a left crossing underneath the motorway towards Hardwick Estate and Ault Hucknall. After passing Stainsby Mill the road will split and you’ll see the welcome sign for Hardwick, take the right-hand route through the estate gates. Follow the estate road for 1.3 miles and then follow the directions to the car park.

Public Transport – The public transport routes to Hardwick Hall are unfortunately not the best, although there are some bus routes that will get you close. I would highly recommend booking a taxi to the Hall and ride-sharing with other runners. The nearest train station to the Hall would be Mansfield followed by Chesterfield.

Accommodation – There are a few places closer to the estate, in Hardstoft and Teversal although these can sometimes be slightly pricy. The Shoulder at Hardstoft is a good stay located close to the Hall. I would recommend staying in either Mansfield or Chesterfield on the Friday night. If you plan on staying in Mansfield then there is the Travelodge plus an array of other local hotels in the town. A little further afield just off the M1 at J28 you have the option of a Holiday Inn and a Premier Inn, which are around a 20-minute drive from the Hall. Chesterfield has a huge array of hotels, lodges, and bed and breakfasts alongside your usual budget stays.

Facilities – There will be no changing rooms available so please arrive as ready as possible to run. The toilets are NOT located at the start line but instead around 3km around the route. Please bare this in mind when you’re fueling and hydrating!

Getting To The Start Line – Exact directions will be sent out in the pre-race email of how to get from the car park to the starting area.

Parking – There is ample parking available onsite, and is charged at a flat rate of £3 per car for the day. Although if you are a National Trust member then your parking will be free! As always we encourage people to car share or use public transport as much as possible when coming to our events. Make sure that you post in the Rasselbock Facebook Group if you are able or are looking for someone to car share with.

Headphones – Headphones are allowed on this route, although please make sure that you are still fully aware of your surroundings and the dangers that are nearby.

Marshals And Signage – The course will be fully signed in bright yellow reflective arrows so that you always know the route. There will be a few fixed marshals on the course alongside a running marshal on this course who will keep a check on the route, signs, and will have communications to the HQ in case you need any assistance at all.

Notes – Please remember that this is a National Trust site and it is also open to the public. We will not have exclusive use of the course and we do not have priority over other members of the public. Please always give way and be courteous of other people. General common sense is in use here so please make sure you pack it in with your kit bag! We will provide litter bags and bins at the aid station so there is no excuse for littering around the park. It sounds daft, but please stay away from the edges of the lakes and ponds, we don’t want anyone falling in!


Gedling Country Park

Spring Ln, Nottingham NG4 4PE

General Directions – It is best to pop over to Google to plot your exact directions to the park. Once you are on Spring Lane though, the park is very obvious. It has the typical brown direction signs for Country Parks and is very well signposted. The entranceway is very wide and has a coal cart and a large “Welcome to…” sign on both sides of the entranceway. See Here.

Public Transport – The park is very well connected in terms of public transport. The main bus which runs from the center of Nottingham is the number 47 and it drops you off right outside the entrance to the Park. Please check on the bus times before traveling, but at the time of writing, there was one bus that will get you to the park at 9.50 am. Perfect Timing.

Accommodation – Nottingham hosts a huge range of places to stay, from your typical Travelodge and Premier Inns, Budget rooms and Hostels to fancier places depending on what you are looking for. If you’re wanting to stay closer to the park than the city center then have a look around Arnold, although it is only slightly closer than the city center

Facilities – There will be no changing rooms or showers available so please arrive as ready as possible to run. We will have access to the public toilets which are located next to the cafe building and roughly 150m from Race HQ.

Parking – There is ample parking available onsite, and as of writing there is currently no charge for the car park. As always we encourage people to car share or use public transport as much as possible when coming to our events. Make sure that you post in the Rasselbock Facebook Group if you are able or are looking for someone to car share with.

Getting To The Start Line – From the car park, you will notice the large modern building which houses the visitor center, cafe, and toilets. From this building, you will want to pass by the children’s play area and once there you will see our large Rasselbock Flags at Race HQ

Headphones – Headphones are allowed on this route, although please make sure that you are still fully aware of your surroundings and the dangers that are nearby.

Marshals And Signage – The course will be fully signed in bright yellow reflective arrows so that you always know the route. There will be a few fixed marshals on the course alongside a running marshal on this course who will keep a check on the route, signs, and will have communications to the HQ in case you need any assistance at all.

Medical – There will be first aid and medical provided by Nottingham Search and Rescue in case of any incidence that may arise.

Notes – Please remember that this is Country Park and it is also open to the public. We will not have exclusive use of the course and we do not have priority over other members of the public. Please always give way and be courteous of other people. General common sense is in use here so please make sure you pack it in with your kit bag! We will provide litter bags and bins at the aid station so there is no excuse for littering around the park. It sounds daft, but please stay away from the edges of the lakes and ponds, we don’t want anyone falling in!


Iffley Road Sports Center

Iffley Rd, Oxford OX4 1EQ

General Directions – It is best to pop over to Google to plot your exact directions to the Sports Center as there are multiple ways to get to the center through Oxford. The car parking area is limited at the sports center so we would reccomend parking at a car park close to the running track. We’re working on a dedicated space for cars to park close by and will let you know in the future if this comes together.

Public Transport – The sports center and running track is located just 1 mile from the center of Oxford, so the public transport links are many and run often. It is also just a short 30-minute walk from the main train station.

Accommodation – Oxford hosts a huge range of places to stay, from your typical Travelodge and Premier Inns, Budget rooms and Hostels to fancier places depending on what you are looking for.

Facilities – We will have full access to the Sports Center during its opening times along with all of its facilities which include toilets, changing rooms, and toilets. Outside of the sports center’s opening times, we will have a space at the track for back storage along with some toilets in the grandstands (Although these are very basic!).

Parking – There is limited parking at the sports center itself so we are working on an alternate event-only parking spot. There are lots of public parking places throughout the city that are connected via public transport to the running track. As always we encourage people to car share or use public transport as much as possible when coming to our events. Make sure that you post in the Rasselbock Facebook Group if you are able or are looking for someone to car share with.

Getting To The Start Line – There will be plenty of signs around the sports center to direct you on event day to the start line.

Headphones – Headphones are allowed on this route, although please make sure that you are still fully aware of your surroundings and the dangers that are nearby.

Medical – There will be first aid and medical provided by a local first aid company in case of any incidents that may arise.

Notes – We do have exclusive use of the running track so there should be no members of the public there on race day. The Sports Center will be open to the public though so please be respectful and courteous to other site users. General common sense is in use here so please make sure you pack it in with your kit bag! We will provide litter bags and bins at the aid station so there is no excuse for littering around the track.

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