Also: public transport
It should be possible to have floor space in the Event Centre on the Friday night, £5 paid in advance if possible or on the Friday night/Saturday morning. If you want to sleep at the event centre, let us know on your entry form (or by email to RoundRothEntries, if you change your mind and want to stay). I understand the Event Centre will be available from 9 pm and that the DVC management want a list of those staying. Until the Event Centre opens, the nearest warm places to wait are in local pubs. You may want to park at (or at least recce) the Event Centre first. Go back down the college access road to the first small roundabout (or walk through college grounds to right of access road when you are approaching sports centre). Then....
The Staithes: straight on to the larger Manvers roundabout and take the first left towards Wath. The Staithes is on your right after around 100 m.
Please aim to get to the Event Centre between 9 pm and 9:30 pm - we've got an early start on Saturday. You will have to wake people after 10:30!
Prices of other establishments may be from previous years. See our Facebook page for offers on accommodation (e.g. unwanted hotel rooms)
One of the nearest hotels to the event centre is the new Holiday Inn Express at Manvers, claimed to be the best hotel locally (information from Dearne Valley College). The run runs close to the hotel (in description, follow route to blue bridge and carry on along this road), approx 3 km from Event Centre. They are charging £39 single or double/twin bed & breakfast for the race weekend for those doing the event (2013 prices), including breakfast for the nights of Friday 18th October and Saturday 19th October (2013 - not sure if offer applies this year). You need to quote Round Rotherham to get the discounted rate; tel no is 01709 760666. (From the website, it seems we oldies can get a room for 2 + breakfast for £34!!)
Nearby is the Barnsley Travel Inn, Meadow Gate, Dearne Valley, Wombwell, 0870 197 7024, 3 miles from the event centre, see map, at the Wath roundabout (W on sketch map). It is close to the Rotherham to Barnsley bus route. £45.95 for a double room with no breakfast (old rate). Breakfast available at Brewster adjoining Travel Inn at any time. Although 3 miles from the start, the EC is straight along the road towards Mexborough to the Manvers roundabout, then half right towards Swinton to a second roundabout, straight ahead into college grounds. Directions to hotel: On the roundabout at the junction of the A633 (Barnsley to Mexborough road) and the A6195 (M1 junction 36 to Doncaster Road).
Sandygate Hotel, Sandygate, Wath upon Dearne, Rotherham 01709 877827 - a favourite amongst RRRers
Diane Monroe 39.50 GBP Single 49.50 GBP Double - with early breakfast before the race (2006). Approx 2 km from start - probably the closest accommodation to the Event Centre. From hotel, go north along Dearneway downhill to roundabout. Turn right (Doncaster Rd) past the Staithes to Manvers roundabout. Right (towards Swinton) to next roundabout, straight ahead into college grounds.
Towards Mexborough is the 2-star Best Western Pastures Hotel
Pastures Road, Mexborough, South Yorkshire S64 0JJ Tel: 0845 3130115, about 3 miles from event centre. £45 per room on the web (2010). Alternative link: Best Western
Local councils have web sites with some information about accommodation - contact the Tourist Information Centres through these sites for more information
Barnsley: they provide an extensive list. Those near the Event Centre include: (Hotels) Forte Travelodge, Keel Inn, Churchills, Drop (Guest Ho's) April Cot., Clifton Ho, Old Coach Ho (Inn/PH's) Hoyle Mill.
Rockingham Arms, 8 Main Street, Wentworth, Rotherham 01226 742075
Connor McPeak £25 Single £30 double no breakfast. 3 miles from start.
Doncaster: I eventually found a list - follow 'Visit Doncaster' links to 'where to stay' (or T for tourist). You should also be able to contact the TIC to help check which hotels in their extensive database are near Manvers!
Rotherham: List gives some hotels and guest houses, none close to Event Centre. The conveniently located Phoenix Hotel (opposite Rotherham Railway Station) has now been demolished.
The Travel Inn 'motel' (Brecks) 48 GBP per room (2006), Regis Hotel, Fernlea Hotel 22/32 GBP pn, and Netherleigh Guest House (Moorgate area, S. of central Rotherham around SK 433923)
The Yellow Pages also lists (under Guest Houses) the Kenbet Transport House, Station Road (probably not averse to early risers!) and Corona Hotel, 163 College Road (both near the old station, west of bypass), The Kingfisher and The Mount.
Also: Welcome Break (Motel) at Woodall Service Station on M1 (N of Junction 31).
Contact 0800 731 4466 or 0114 248 6434
TRANSPORT to event:
General: You can look up public transport using the Yorkshire Traveline.
Select Plan Your Journey (advanced option rather than quick version), enter your start location, e.g. London Kings Cross, and destination Dearne Valley College. Confirm locations.
For Overnight Friday sleeping
If you are planning to sleep at the Event Centre, select either a departure time or arrival time (preferably arriving 21:00 to 21:30 - very latest 22:30 on Friday).
From Doncaster, take bus 220 to Mexborough, or train to Swinton (or Mexborough) and then bus 200. WARNING: If you book a train to Swinton, you need Swinton South Yorks and not Swinton Manchester!
You can walk the last part of the RRR route, 1.5 km to event centre from Swinton, or catch the 200 Mexborough to Wath from Swinton.
From Rotherham, take bus 22, 218 or 220 to Manvers (or 221, change to 200 at Swinton) , or train to Swinton (or Mexborough) and then bus 200.
From Sheffield, take train to Swinton (or Mexborough) and then bus 200.
Note: the Mexborough bus station is a 10 minute walk from the railway station, but bus stops are directly outside the station at Swinton. So, if you arrive by train, alight at Swinton. The 200 Mexborough-Wombwell bus runs every 30 minutes in the evening, xx:20 and xx:50 from Mexborough, 3 minutes later at Swinton arriving a further 5 minutes later at the DVC stop on Golden Smithies Lane (2012 information). Cross road and go through college grounds to sports hall at the end of the road you will reach. Last bus is at 22:50, but PLEASE don't leave it that late!
Note: the station you need is Swinton, South Yorkshire (code SWN) and NOT Swinton, Manchester (code SNN) - could cause problems if you are buying your ticket in Liverpool or Manchester!
On the day travel
If you stay in Rotherham centre, and inform me henry@NOThmarston.co.uk (without the NOT) a few days in advance, a lift should be available at 04:50 from Rotherham; let me know where you are staying and we can arrange a meeting point. Or book a taxi, e.g. 01709 555555.
By train on the day: rechecked for 2012
There is a train from Sheffield at 5:29 to Beverley, calling at Swinton, at 5:49 (2012 timetable) in good time for the 7:00 start. Either walk last section or wait for the 06:35 bus. (This does not now connect with the Trans-Pennine Express.) Or change at Rotherham for the 22 bus at 06:08, arr 06:26 - on leaving Rotherham station, turn right along road to traffic lights, at end of bus station.
Trains leave Doncaster for Swinton at 06:00 (arr 06:14), 06:23 and 07:02
From Swinton Interchange, catch the 200 bus (to Wath), but first bus is at 6:35 (6:30 from Mexborough), then 6:50. For arrivals on Friday night, there are buses on this route (Mexborough - Swinton - Manvers - Wath) every half hour to 22:50.
You can walk from Swinton along last part of RRR route, 1.5 km to event centre (cross main road from interchange, pick up illuminated, tarmaced cycle path). Also, at Swinton bus stops are outside the railway station, but if your train only stops at Mexborough the bus station is over the main road (on right from station access road) 10 min from the railway station.
Swinton (S. Yorks) and Mexborough have neither a taxi rank nor a cab office. Advance taxi booking is essential. Consider using the following local taxi operators:
Swinton 01709 588885
Gemini 01709 581944
Gemini 01709 581944
Service Travel 01709 584600
Ivanhoe Cabs 01709 589999
By bus: Buses other than the 22a/c and 220 probably stop too early on Friday.
For the day or for sleepers:
Bus and train times are as listed for 2017; see SYPTE journey planner (same as Yorkshire Traveline). This only lets you check times for about a month, so you are advised to check times close to the day
If links to timetables don't work, enter timetable number in the Timetable Finder on the main page
By trainfrom Sheffield, Leeds or Doncaster to Swinton, S. Yorks (not Swinton, Manchester!) or Mexborough
From Swinton, take 220 bus (see below) or walk (2 km, last section of route). To walk from Interchange, go right (Leeds/Doncaster direction) 50 m to main road, cross it, Left, then Right on side road leading to footpath. Pick up route to DVC Sports between H12 and H13 on 8th stage along illuminated footpath (well, it has streetlights, which are sometimes on).
From Mexborough, take X20 (daytime) or 220 bus - see below
220 Doncaster- Mexborough - Swinton - Manvers - Wath - Wombwell-Cortonwood Buses from Station St, Swinton (turn right as you exit station, stop is just L at main road) to Dearne Valley College. Evenings: hourly at xx:13 from Swinton. Or from Mexborough and Wath (for sleepers).
From the DVC bus stop number 37031224 on Golden Smithies Lane, cross road and cut through the college grounds to the building behind the admin buildings (next to top car park, below Nursery).
Swinton station is the next on the Leeds line, 1.5 km from DVC Sports. AFASK, if trains stop at Bolton, they will stop at Swinton. Make sure you book to Swinton S. Yorks, not Swinton, Manchester. You can catch the 220 bus (see below)
To Manvers - 7 min walk Bus does not run in the evening.
It's quicker if you can get a train to Swinton (S Yorks) and get the 220.
Alight just before Manvers roundabout (coming from Doncaster), Stop 37030386. Sharp left at roundabout towards Swinton, and at next roundabout (after 200 m) go straight ahead along road through college grounds to sports centre at end. From Barnsley, alight at Stop 37035179
226 Barnsley - Thurnscoe From Barnsley to Manvers, Stop 37031227. 10 min walk - late even for runners (7 am start)
From Rotherham, the 22a/22c or 22x can be used. The 22c loops round Wath before coming to DVC.
22x Rotherham - Manvers - Barnsley alight at DVC stop, as for 22a/22c
22a/22c Rotherham - Manvers - Wath-upon-Dearne Circular: The 22a from Rotherham passes DVC; alight at Stop 37031224 and cross road. It is the 22c from Wath (or back to Rotherham), Stop 37031223, same side as college. First Saturday bus is the 22a at 05:29 from Rotherham bus station, arriving 05:51 at DVC
Contact me (Henry Marston) for more suggestions - we have some additional lists. Also, some are known to have parked up with a camper van at or near the event centre.
Quick Link: http://tinyurl.com/rrr-acc
Last update 10 October 2017 by Henry Marston