After much effort, East Lancs LDWA have fine-tuned the updated route for this year's Red Rose 50. We listened to the feedback from 2017 entrants and have made significant route adjustments which reduces the distance from 54+ miles to a few hundred yards above 50 miles. We have taken out the hard slog across Wet Moss and around Bull Hill. The route has now been tested and gpx file available for those who would like to recce.
The event offers magnificent value for money. Just think - you could enter the Manchester 10k for £38 and get a t-shirt and a medal. In the Red Rose 50, you get 8 times the enjoyment in the beautiful countryside of the West Pennine Moors, feeding stations at the checkpoints (typically in Village Halls) and a meal at the end for £33 (£28 for LDWA members + SI booking fee). You also have a choice of running or walking.
More info at https://www.ldwa.org.uk/challenge_events/show_event.php?event_id=20123
(including gpx) or enter through SI Entries at https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=4374
Now that the route is final (subject to any last minute changes such as footpath closures), I will also be looking into getting the event ratified as a UTMB counter.
I plan to get out on some recce runs in the next couple of weeks. If you wish to join me, please contact me.