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The Outdoor City Weekender, 11-13/3/16

Love the outdoors? Love big city life? Come and play in Sheffield.

Sheffield has something really special to offer. If you’re from here, the cat is already out of the bag. But if it’s been a while since your last visit, or if you’ve never visited (what have you been doing?), plan a trip for 11-13 March this year, when you'll get the full Outdoor City experience.

The Weekender is Sheffield’s celebration of the people and places that gives us our unique identity as The Outdoor City.

Whether you walk, run, climb, ride, love family time in the great outdoors or are a self-confessed spectator rather than participator of outdoor activities, there is something for everyone in The Outdoor City Weekender line-up.

We're kicking off the Weekender announcements below. Follow us on Twitter/Facebook and we’ll update you as and when registrations open. Places for the Grindleford Gallop sold out in 8 minutes so if you’re keen to get a run in on the Weekender, get ready on 1 February when Edale Skyline registration opens.

If you’re planning to spend the weekend here in Sheffield, you’ll get the best of both worlds: big city life and the glorious outdoors. To help you make the most of the two, we're putting together some itineraries to make sure you don’t miss out on any of Weekender fun. Until then, take a virtual roam around Sheffield yourself with our top ten things to do in the urban heart of the city and in its great outdoors.

The Outdoor City Weekender line-up:

  • Magnificent Seven, 13 March – This is not for the fainthearted; a cross between a sportive, and a hill climb race, 60 hardened cyclists will face seven of the toughest hills in Sheffield with climbs ranging from 9 to 23 per cent. The route, which is 18.9 miles, presents each rider with 1,998ft of climbing and is the first of its kind in the UK. Taking in the dizzy heights of Sheffield, cyclists will ride with escorts between hills, where they will gather together at the bottom before racing to the climb's summit. Stamina, endurance, a love of hills and cycling are essential attributes for Magnificent Seven competitors. Could you face Sheffield’s Magnificent Seven challenge? Online registration open now.
  • Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF ), 11-13 March – Sheffield’s annual adventure film festival, now in its 11th year, returns to the Showroom cinema for the whole weekend, bringing the wild outdoors into the heart of the city for three days of jaw-dropping spectacle and heart-stopping adventure.
  • The Rab Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF), 12-13 March – Over two days CWIF, sponsored by Rab, gives amateur and professional climbers the opportunity to compete side by side. This year the UK's largest international bouldering competition celebrates its tenth anniversary, with the promise of an action packed final that spectators can watch live at the venue or online.
  • Sky Ride Local, 11-13 March – Join in any of three free guided bike rides at varying levels of difficulty across the weekend. Friday: Monsal Trail Weekend Wind-down (women only), a 15-mile traffic-free route through some of the Peak District's most spectacular limestone dales. Saturday: Forge Valley Closed Circuit – Stannington (women only), ideal for those new to cycling or in need of confidence on two wheels. Riders can do as many laps as they choose on this 1km traffic-free circuit. Free bike and helmet hire available. Sunday: A Ride around Damflask Reservoir, a 9 mile route starting at Malin Bridge Park and heading west out of the city towards Damflask, with stunning views on route.
  • South Yorkshire Orienteering, 12 March – If you’re enthusiastic about trying something new, learning a useful skill or exploring the outdoors with friends and family, this event is for you.
  • The Grindleford Gallop, 12 March – A 21 mile race with a 3000ft ascent between the villages of Grindleford, Froggatt, Eyam, Great Longstone, Edensor and Baslow. A stone's throw from Sheffield, this White Peak run is as spectacular for spectators as it is for the runners taking part.
  • Edale Skyline Fell Race, 13 March – A classic fell race covering 21 miles of some of the most stunning countryside the UK has to offer.
  • The History of Stanage, 12 March – A breathtaking 4-hour ranger-guided walk along and below the stunning Stanage Edge, full of historical insight into the ‘stone edge’. Whilst this beauty spot on the outskirts of Sheffield is most commonly known amongst climbers, this walk promises to introduce you to a totally different Stanage.
  • One-day Mountain Bike Course with ALine Coaching, 12 March – One for strong intermediate to advanced mountain bikers. This course is all about learning how to use the trail to maximise your speed, accelerate out of corners and improve your jump, taking in the best of Sheffield’s mountain bike trails (including Steve Peat’s playground, Grenoside Woods). If you’re in Sheffield for the Weekender and you have your own bike, get involved.
  • Running workshops with Accelerate, 12 March – At 10am-midday, join Colin Papworth for a workshop on good running form, and at 2-4pm Stuart Hale will lead a workshop on strength and stability for runners.
  • Expedition Run, 13 March – Runners, don't miss this popular, 11-mile, off-road run. Meeting at 10am at Rivelin Park Cafe, the route leads from Rivelin Valley, over Stanage and onto Ladybower, followed by a bus back to Rivelin Park. Bring trail shoes, a waterproof jacket, spare warm clothes, a drink and food, plus money for the pub and bus.

Come back soon for more details of the Outdoor City Weekender.

Written by Rowan Hall



Date: 11-13 March 2016.

Photo by Duncan Philpott.

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