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Long Mynd Batch Burner

Date: 11 May, 2013
Time: 10:00 am  to  2:00 pm

Long Mynd Batch Burner

48km Mountain Bike Challenge – Saturday 11th May 2013

Enter ButtonEntries are live on the British Cycling website but limited to 250 riders

This is a charity fund raising event in support of Norbury Primary School organised by mountain bikers and friends of the school.

This inaugural event covers 48km of excellent mountain biking terrain over the Long Mynd taking in the best of the singletrack descents and the most challenging climbs.



A mass start challenge event with no prizes for first place.  The emphasis is all about riding the best bits of the Long Mynd’s natural trails at your own pace with plenty of strenuous climbs and technically demanding descents.

A good fitness level is required and off road handling skills.



£25 entry fee includesbatch_burner_photo3:

•    Full route marking and marshalling
•    Mechanical support and broom wagon
•    Event centre facilities and parking
•    On site catering
•    Free BBQ for all participants
•    Feed station on route
•    Rider public liability insurance
•    Event photography
•    Spot prizes
•    Ltd edition Batch Burner mug for all entrants
•    Goodie bag for all entrants

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About Norbury School

Norbury School is a small happy rural Primary School of some 53 children located at the foot of  the Long Mynd.  Being small it does not have access to the funding streams and opportunities of larger schools. The PTA strongly believe that it is important for the children to experience an education beyond the four walls of the classroom and hence work tirelessly to raise funds to make sure this happens.

The PTA has designed this to be an annual event to raise funds to cover transport costs enabling children to take part in interschool sports competitions and to contribute towards residential and day trips.

The children are all involved in the organising of this event and will be providing delicious cakes for your exhausted bodies to enjoy on your safe return.

Sponsored by:

The National TrustTorq FitnessVan TracksMontgomery Spring WaterPlush Hill Cycles

Long Mynd Batch Burner, 11th May 2013

Final reminder – Information & instructions for entrants

Firstly thank you all so very much for entering and helping us raise much needed funds for our much loved Norbury Primary School. We really hope this is going to be a great day for you all!

Weather conditions:

This event will go ahead regardless of weather conditions, unless high winds with gusts of more than 50mph have been forecasted or dense fog or heavy snow is forecast. A decision will be made whether to go ahead or not on Friday 10th May.

An email will go out by 2pm that day if it is to be cancelled.

A message will also be left on 07900883451

Twitter and facebook messages will go out

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Please check one of these to avoid a wasted journey

Event Term’s and Condition’s are as the event entry conditions – this document offers additional information and advice.

What to bring.

All riders to carry:

A form of identification showing their name, address and the contact details of a person to be advised in the event of an accident.

Food, drink, money, a mobile phone, spare inner tubes, a working pump, a basic tool kit and spare clothing sufficient to complete the ride being undertaken, taking into account the route and possible adverse weather conditions.

Organisers must also remind riders that the event is run on public roads and trails and that all riders are expected to obey the Highway Code and/or the Countryside Code as appropriate – the riders represent our event and inconsiderate or illegal riding could lead to your event being refused permission to run in future

  • IMPORTANT: This is a challenge event; it is NOT a race and is not timed, although obviously you can do personal timings
  • You will receive your number at Norbury Village Hall check-in; and you MUST wear your number – you are required to show your number to have it recorded at checkpoints, so that we know you have completed the section. This is for your SAFETY –and gives us a fast heads-up if anyone should be missing.  Marshals will record them as fast as possible but there may be backlogs, please be patient.
  • Once you have registered and received your number then you are free to prepare for the challenge and the massed start at 10am.
  • Late arrivals will be allowed until 10:30am to start the event, after that time you will not be allowed to depart.
  • Marshalls all wear fluorescent jackets.
  • There are two checkpoints on the route, as well as the start/finish checkpoint where your number is noted for safety.
  • There is a food station at Pole Cottage which is situated about half way round the route (you do get to pass this point twice, only on the second pass will the feed station be open).
  • There are roads to be crossed, which may or may not be busy, and you must obey the marshalls at that site, who will allow you to cross only when they deem it safe to do so.  They will not be stopping traffic!
  • The route is clearly marked with black arrows on florescent board plus course tape.  There are also signs indicating when a road crossing is coming up.
  • The route is in 4 sections. A ‘sweeper’ follows the riders to ensure the section is clear before closing it.
  • Vehicles and items within them are left entirely at the owners risk in the event carpark or other facility. The organisers and event sponsors accept no liability for any losses there, or on the route.
  • On completion of the event please ensure that you pass through the finish line so your rider no is registered before leaving the area.
  • Scrutineering. There is no formal scrutineering, BUT the Safety Officer reserves the right to refuse permission to start if the bike or rider is ill equipped or in a condition that presents unacceptable risk to the rider and/or organisers.


In the Norbury Village Hall, and outside of the hall in portaloos. On the course there is a toilet at the Pavilion Tea room in Carding Mill Valley that entrants may use.

Getting here

The car park opens 8am and will be signposted and marshalled from the road, please follow the car park marshals directions.

Norbury Village Hall is located at Norbury, there is one main road passing through the village accessed from the A489 road. Post code: SY9 5EA

From the A49 take the A489 towards Lyndham and Church Stoke. Just past the left turn for Bishops Castle take the right turn towards Norbury, follow this road until you see the event signs.


Will be open from 8.00am in the Village Hall.  All we need is your name and to make sure we have your mobile number and emergency mobile number.  There will be a mass start at 10am

After the ride, a bar and barbeque opens, with live music from 3pm.

Check point details:

If you feel you are unable to complete the course, please try to drop-out at a checkpoint and inform a marshal. Depending on the circumstances you can either phone-a-friend or we will arrange to transport you back to the start at Norbury Village Hall (this might involve a wait).

Should you be taken ill or sustain an injury, please stay on the track.  The “sweeper” will find you and/or ask others to let a marshal know so that you can be rescued.  We have trained first aiders along the route and four-wheel drive vehicles


Included are a flapjack and banana, and water at the food station at Pole Cottage.  There will also be some Jelly sweets for a sugar hit.

When you complete the event please swap your number for a ticket which you can use at the BBQ in the start/finish area. Masses of homemade cake and tea will be available for purchase.


The 2013 Batch Burner will have 48km of trails and over 4000ft of climbing, hope you have done your training.



We are hoping to make this an annual event at the same time each year so if you enjoyed it tell your friends, if not, tell us!

If you have any questions to be answered ahead of the day that are not covered in this document, please ring Nesta Hill 07900 883451

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