Thames Valley Triathletes XC - Sunday 4th February 2024 @ 11am

Thames Valley Triathletes are excited to welcome your club members and supporters to our cross-country race in Warren Heath by kind permission of the Forestry Commission.

Date 4th February 2024

Time 1100hrs

Address: St Neots Preparatory School, St Neot's Rd, Eversley, Hook RG27 0PN.

Run location: https://w3w.co/bills.swoop.kennels (Warren Heath Forest, Bramshill)

Parking

Car sharing is essential as the school has limited car parking. Please don’t use the car park opposite the event start as this will be needed for event support, first aid and is also open to the public.

We will be asking for a £2 donation for our charity this year which is Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue. This would be gratefully received thank you.

Porta toilets and urinals

Available in the school car park on route to the run location.

The walk from the school to the run location takes about 15 minutes, please allow yourselves time for this. The route will be signed.

Please take care crossing the main Bramshill Road as it is fast and busy.

Team camps

To be located near to the W3W above, please don’t block the initial access road as this will be needed in the case of an emergency.

The course is roughly the same as previous years and after a short loop to begin with it is then ONE LARGE LOOP around the forest. Total distance approx. 9.5km = 5.9 miles = 100m elevation gain, on a mixture of hard & soft trails through woodlands. Not suitable for spikes. https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/244875291

All runners will take a token and must be attached to a participating club whether through membership or being a guest.

Food and hot drinks

Provided at the school after. We do have an indoor space for food, but please be considerate with your muddy footwear. Please bring your own plates and cups and food is consumed at your own risk.

There will be first aiders in attendance, who will be able to access the majority of the course by vehicle. If you need assistance please find the closest marshal and ask.

Dogs - Well-behaved dogs are welcome to spectate however must be on a lead at all times.

This event and route been approved by the Forestry Commission and we must abide by their rules. Please stick to the course route to avoid jeopardising forest regeneration and to avoid ground nesting birds.

Please be considerate to members of the public (including horses and riders) who will also have access to this course.

Best wishes

TVT

Handy Cross Runners XC – Sunday 21st January 2024 11.00am

Handy Cross Runners is pleased to welcome your club members and supporters to our cross-country race in Bradenham Woods by kind permission of the National Trust.

Directions
From junction 4 on the M40 take the A4010 signposted towards Aylesbury. Turn right into Bradenham Woods Lane at the Red Lion. At the top of the lane turn left onto New Road, the parking is further along on the left. The post code is HP14 4UW.

Parking - please note this is different to previous years
Car parking is in the RAF visitor car park with a small amount of additional parking further along. The car park is fairly small so please car share, single occupancy cars may be turned away. Alternative car parking can be found in the National Trust car park or along the road in Bradenham. This is about a mile from the start. Please avoid using the residential streets in Naphill.

Start / Finish
The food and tent area is on a hard standing area within the RAF base. You won’t be able to peg tents or flags into the ground. Please bring weights if you wish to put these up. Toilets will be provided in this area should you need them. Any kit can be left at the finish area at your own risk. The start/finish is about 400m down into the woods, so please ensure you leave enough time to get to the start.

Race Administration
We will be using discs again this year. Please ensure that you record each of your runners’ finishing positions on your sheets and return the discs to us with the completed sheets.

Course
The course is the same as in previous years except you will come up the main track at the end, with the finish being further uphill than in previous years, making the course even harder! The course is roughly 5.7 miles in length. It is suitable for spikes but there are short sections where the paths are quite hard and stony.

Best wishes
Handy Cross Runners

Reading Roadrunners - Sunday 7th January at 11am

Reading Roadrunners will once again be hosting their event at Ashenbury Park, Tippings Lane, Woodley, Reading, RG5 4RX.

The course will be the same as in recent years - 2 laps mainly on open grassy ground, plus a trail through the woods. No huge hills, rivers or bogs but it will be strength-sapping in wet conditions. The course can get very muddy in winter, so a change of socks and shoes is highly advisable.

The total distance is around 5.2 miles, and there are opportunities for runners to see and support their friends and teammates as they pass each other in the various short two-way sections.

We do not have sole use of the park, and there may be dog walkers or other members of the public around the course.

The club tents/flags area will be near to the race start/finish.

All finishers will be handed a token. Please take this to your club reps.

Parking will be slightly different this year, and car-sharing is strongly advised. In the first instance free parking will be available at Willow Bank School, Duffield Road, Woodley, Reading, RG5 4RW, around 500m from the race venue. Once this is full, participants should use Headley Road Pay and Display Car Park, Headley Road, Woodley, Reading, RG5 4JA, where charges will apply (£1 per hour). This is around 1.2 miles from the race venue, so be sure to allow extra time to walk or jog to the start. Please do not park on local residential roads or the future of our event could be jeopardised.

Portable toilets and urinals will be available at the race venue. There are also public toilets in the Oakwood Centre, opposite Headley Road Car Park.

An external First Aid provider will be in attendance.

Refreshments will be located in the Ashenbury Park Car Park. Please bring your own cups and plates.

Good luck and enjoy!

Marlow Striders event details - 10th December 2023

Marlow Striders are looking forward to hosting a Cross Country event again this year. The course has changed significantly from last year and the event village and parking are in different locations, due to the main Henley Showground being waterlogged and damaged by another event earlier this season. We would encourage car-sharing wherever possible.

Date & Time: Sunday, 10th December. Race starts 11:00am. First arrivals welcome from 09:30

Address: Dairy Lane, Hambleden, Henley-on-Thames RG9 3AS

Parking: On-field free parking is available at the venue, a short walk to the start. On arrival, please proceed up Dairy Lane (we will be using a different car park than last year) where we will have marshals to direct you into the field. Please drive SLOWLY (5 mph) on the fields to avoid damaging the ground, as we risk losing our damages deposit plus costs to repair.

Team Flags/Tents: There will be an area close the start/finish for team flags, gazebos/tents.

Toilets: There will be portaloos and a urinal, located much nearer the start/finish.

Course & Map See map here. Total distance approx. 10.3km = 6.4mi and 215m = 700ft elevation gain, on a mixture of hard & soft trails through woodlands. NOT suitable for spikes. GPX route is available here.

Course description The course consists of 2 loops, each approx. 5km. The course narrows very quickly after the start. The first loop is anti-clockwise on trails and into the woods. After 3.5k you turn left and head downhill towards the start/finish - turning right to start the 2nd loop in a clockwise direction. After 8km, you turn right along the same stretch of pathway for a fast downhill finish. The highest points on the course are after 3km and 7.5km and the final 2km is all downhill (promise!). This is a new course compared to last year and, unfortunately, “The Wall” (Strava segment) no longer features on the course this year!

Finishing tokens: Finishing tokens will be handed out to all finishers - please return these to your club reps.
Food and drink: We will be providing post-race food and hot drinks. There will be some water available too. Please bring your own plates and cups. All food is consumed at your own risk.

First aid: There will be first aiders in attendance, with a mobile post at the start/finish.

Dogs: Well-behaved dogs are welcome to spectate however must be on a lead at all times.

Ticks/Lyme Disease: A message from the landowner we are obliged to pass on: when running through woodlands, there is a risk of being bitten by ticks, etc and therefore wearing insect repellent containing DEET is advisable. Check for ticks and remove immediately. Visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lyme-disease/ for more information.

Look forward to seeing you there!!

Sandhurst XC - Sunday 26th November 11am

Location: Lord Wandsworth Collage (http://www.lordwandsworth.org/)
Long Sutton, Hook, Hampshire. RG29 1TB

It is a two lap course which goes through woods and farm land.
It is not suitable for spikes but will be muddy and hilly!

Parking: You must enter the school through the main gate. Car parking will be marshalled, please follow their instructions. Its around a 10 min walk from parking to race start next to Sutton Hall. The parking is free but is very limited so please car share where possible. There will be toilets available.

Team Flags/Tents: Aim to erect these to the left hand side of the finish funnel, if unsure aim for same area as SJ Admin Tent. Cars arriving with teams tents should identify themselves to a marshal, they might be permitted to park closer to Sutton Hall.

Post Race Cake & Tea: This will be outside Sutton Hall. Runners will not be allowed to wear shoes inside as the venue has a carpet so please be prepared to remove your shoes and leave them outside.

Please bring your own cup, plate and drinking water as we will not be providing them.

Finishing disks will be handed out to all finishers - please return these disks to your club reps.

Football Pitch - please keep off the pitch.

We hope you enjoy the event!

Datchet XC - Sunday 12th November

Here are the details for the Datchet Cross Country:

Date: Sunday 12th November 2023
Time: 11:02
Place: The Brocas, Eton. Nearest postcode is SL4 6BW (Waterman's Arms)

Please note that there is no parking at the venue and very limited parking in Eton, so we strongly recommend car sharing where possible and using the various pay & display car parks in Windsor. Walk across the bridge to Eton, then immediately turn left to find The Brocas.

The official council web site for the local car parks is here.

We will be holding the Remembrance Day 2 minute silence at 11 am, immediately before the race start.

The course is flat & fast and approximately 10km. It starts with 2 laps round The Brocas to spread the field before going out onto The Thames Path up to Boveney, and then a meander back to The Brocas with some lovely views of the castle. It is a mix of grass, compacted gravel & tarmac, so it is not suitable for spikes. It is usually a good surface, but unless we have sun for the next week you can expect some muddy areas this year as some stretches are currently very wet.

A map of the race route can be found here.

Finishing disks will be handed out to all finishers - please return these disks to your club reps.

Food & drink will be served at the finish - please remember to bring your own plate & mug.

There will be portable toilets available on site, but please also make use of the various public toilets in Windsor & Eton.
Please do not use the bushes on The Brocas - there are certain local residents who actively look for it to happen so they can report it to Eton College.

Good luck to everybody for the race.

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