By using this website you agree to our cookie policy
Need training help? Get a free training plan

The Oldham Way – Red Rose Ultra

Run 40mi
  • . 110 days left to book

Why book with us?

  • Official booking partner
  • Best price guarantee
  • Free cancellation protection

Secure your place


Tickets £41, Charity places available

Book Now
  • Official booking partner
  • Best price guarantee
  • Free cancellation protection

Red Rose Ultra is a 40 Mile loop from the Castleshaw centre (Delph) closely following the route of the Oldham Way Ultra with landscape that varies from moorland to canal, trails, woodlands & tracks expect some spectacular views, hills and great landscape, along the Red Rose Ultra one of the newest routes in the UK.

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..."
See all reviews

How to enter the The Oldham Way – Red Rose Ultra

Charity upsell icon

Do it for a good cause. Make those miles count and register for a charity place.

  1. Ultra-Marathon

    Run 40mi
    Standard Entries
    View Tickets
    Charity Entries
    Choose from 1 charities

The Oldham Way – Red Rose Ultra training plans

Download your free training plan below. Simply select your race and we’ll send it straight to your inbox.

Opt in to receive training advice and race recommendation emails.

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

Full support is available within the start and finish area, including first aid, physio, toilets, water.

There will be prizes for 1st/2nd/3rd for both Men and Women. Other prizes will depend on the number of entries in each category.

Raceday Logistics

Registration 05:45

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.

Race briefing 06:45

Start 07:00

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.

Prize Giving 16:00

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.


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 and as a result means we do not offer this option. Please don't ask!

How can I check race results?

Race results will be published within two days after the race ends, on our 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, we do not currently allow any under 18-year olds to enter our events.

The Oldham Way – Red Rose Ultra weather forecast

Predicted highs
Predicted lows
IconLight breeze possible, up to 10mph

Meet the organizer

Team OA

Verified organizer

View website
Team OA

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