So beware it can be very muddy; spikes or studs are probable best for this course.
The course is a four lap route and a total of 5¼ miles (8½k), as measured by GPS. The course is on grass and wooded trails, and crosses tarmac footpaths in several places. The bunkers are quite steep-sided and it is often wet and muddy.
How to get there
The race starts at:
- The Ranger Centre, Birchwood Forest Park (off Moss Gate)
The Forest Park is a little under 1 mile from M62 J11.
- From the J11 roundabout, go down the A574, Birchwood Way.
- After a little over ½ mile, at the first roundabout take the first exit (left) onto the road called Moss Gate.
- After about 300 yards, turn right at the roundabout into the Birchwood Forest Park public car park.
The course is the one used since 2008. The four lap route is approx 5¼ miles (8½k), as measured by GPS.
There is adequate parking next to the start field.
There are limited showers and toilets in the rangers hut.
The venue for refreshments is usually at Birchwood High School or next door at the tennis center.
Birchwood Forest Park in Google maps
21 February 2016
The combined ladies team came 3rd and the men 5th.
22 February 2015
The ladies and mens team both came 4th.
9 February 2014
25 November 2012
There were 152 finishers. The combined Men’s team came 5th and the Ladies team came 6th.
4th March 2012
The combined ladies team was 1st, and the men were 5th.