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The Oldham Way – Red Rose Ultra

Run 40mi
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Come on out for this beautiful ultra with stunning views. The route involves a 40 mile loop from Castleshaw. Be prepared for all kinds of terrain including moorlands, canal trails and forestland. Get down to try one of the newest ultras on the circuit.

Review summary

8 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Paul B
"Great race, Great volunteers, amazing scenery and friendly runners...this race..."


Kev L
"A beautiful scenic route, mixture of trail, canal path and road with a nice..."


Jarrod G
"Was very nervous before the race, but Wane helped calm the nerves. Great..."
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How to enter the The Oldham Way – Red Rose Ultra

  1. Ultra-Marathon

    Run 40mi
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The Oldham Way – Red Rose Ultra route

The race features a multi-terrain course, with several big hills. There are sections of natural tracks and trails, which offer some fantastic views, while the last two or three miles is a lovely long down hill.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • First aid, physio treatment
  • Toilets and refreshments
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for both Men and Women's categories
Raceday Logistics


05:45 - Registration

06:45 - Race briefing

07:00 - Start

16:00 - Prize Giving

There are checkpoints and feed stations every 10 miles on the OWU course. The checkpoint and feed / drink stations are manned by volunteers (many from local running clubs and the local community).

There is a cut-off at 12 Hours at 33 miles (Checkpoint 6, Binn Green car park, Dovestones reservoir). No Exceptions. Final cut-off is after 24 hours.

The prize giving will be in the event centre as you pass through the finish line.

Kit List

Mandatory Kit This is a mandatory kit list regardless of the weather for all competitors, this is the minimum we will expect you to have with you.

  • Waterproof jacket - not a log flume poncho or super market fashion jacket, it has to have a waterproof membrane with taped seams
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Long sleeve top
  • Hat and gloves​
  • Foil blanket
  • Mobile phone, which must have the event contact number: 01484 599123 / 07717 711343
  • Whistle
  • Map, Compass and the knowledge how to use them.

We will be doing spot checks on the day, and anyone who does not have this minimum kit or in OUR opinion is not prepared for the weather / terrain will NOT be starting or if on route will not be continuing as part of the event.

For Registration: Print and complete the event disclaimer before race day, and hand in at registration.

Collect your race numbers here, which should be pinned/attached to your race t-shirt/top or race belt, complete with any medical conditions clearly written on the back of your number. You will need to show your race numbers for the duration of the event and at prize giving, to gain access to your kit / consume event food.


Spectators are definitely encouraged to get out and cheer on their family and friends as they take on this epic challenge.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am unable to compete - Can I give my place to another person?
The simple answer is no: it causes far too many issues with registration, causes issues with timing.
How can I check race results?
Race results will be published within two days after the race ends, on the Oldham Way Ultra website under the 'Event Results' ( On the day results will be available from the Race Results centre - Somewhere near the Finish Line. It is your responsibility to visit the website if you want them in a hurry.
Can under 18-year olds enter your events?
We are sorry but due to Child Protection and Insurance restrictions, under 18's are currently not allowed at these events.
What is the terrain for this event?
Multi-terrain course, with hills, one or two big hills. Sections of natural tracks and trails, with some fantastic views. The last two or three miles is a lovely long down hill or was it up hill.
Is there parking?
The venue parking is limited and for staff members only. There is parking available nearby, but please be respectful of local residents.

The Oldham Way – Red Rose Ultra weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

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IconModerate breeze possible, up to 15mph

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The Oldham Way – Red Rose Ultra reviews (8)

4.8 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Ultra-Marathon in 2019

    Great race, Great volunteers, amazing scenery and friendly runners...this race needs to be more popular.
  • Did the Ultra-Marathon in 2019

    A beautiful scenic route, mixture of trail, canal path and road with a nice sting in the tail last 7 mile section. Will be having numerous reccees before my next attempt and would advise people not familiar with area to do so. Very friendly event and support off G.L.O.A.T.U.Rs and ladies from a local running group popping up all over the course to cheer you on and provide extra water on a extremely hot day was a god send! Pre and post event massages were available. I had an excellent pre event massage for a mere 5 donation. After event food and refreshments were provided by a very pleasant kitchen staff. Role on next year.......
  • Did the Ultra-Marathon in 2019

    Was very nervous before the race, but Wane helped calm the nerves. Great organisation of checkpoints providing extra valuable water on the course. 95% of the race is very scenic and despite the sun beating down making conditions brutal I cannot recommend the route enough. My one piece of advice would be to ensure you know the route before the race. There are a couple if parts that you can easily take a wrong turn on. I did the second 27 miles prior to the race and took about 6 wrong turns. Part of the fun is having to self navigate using only the way signs but just be wary of the occasional one hard to spot, or missing.
  • Did the Ultra-Marathon in 2019

    Tricky navigation through some areas. Lots of good food at the end. Small event with a sting in its tail
  • Did the Ultra-Marathon in 2019

    Challenging course for sure Few tweaks on Day planning Great atmosphere and great comradely between runners fab marshals . Race organiser fab and friendly
  • Did the Ultra-Marathon in 2019

    Great scenic course that is varied and challenging. It was very well organised with fabulous support. Couldnt have asked for a better event. Will be back in 2020 barring injury
  • Did the Ultra-Marathon in 2019

    This is the second time that I have completed the OWU with totally different weather conditions from 2017! The joining instructions were great and Marshall very supportive. This is a friendly event although not one for the front heated particularly if you are not very good at navigation like me!The only negative from this year's event was the missing check point at Dovestones particularly with it being so hot. A lot of runners were desperate for more water at this point. Something to consider for next year
  • Did the Ultra-Marathon in 2019

    Great event, amazingly beautiful route. I will be back and hope it can get bigger and better Glad I carried on to the end
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