Birchwood Cross Country - information

Race Venue

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Ranger Centre
Birchwood Forest Park
off Moss Gate
(no postcode)

Race route

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NWSCCL Birchwood Forest Park x/c

Saturday 5th January 2019, 10 am

The Birchwood Forest Park race is part of the winter North West Sunday Cross Country League and is organised by Spectrum Striders Running Club.

The race is at the usual venue in Birchwood Forest Park.

For Satnav users, please note that there is no postcode for the race venue.  (The postcode sometimes quoted for the Ranger Centre is for the nearby Risley Moss Visitor Centre.)

The main road that goes immediately past the car park entrance is called Moss Gate.

There are basic changing rooms, showers & toilets at the Ranger Centre.  These facilities are a bit limited as they are only meant for two football teams.

Full details and routes for this event can be found HERE

Don't forget – it is a rule that you wear your club vest in this league.

There is a second roadside parking area near the park.  This is in Birchwood Park on Risley Road and Cavendish Avenue.  This is very convenient as it is just a short walk over the footbridge which is very near the start.  To get there, you will need to drive the long way round, down Birchwood Way, then Birchwood Park Avenue and Daten Avenue.

Fitter runners could even park at the High School and run to the race!  It is approx 1½ miles away.

We have made a small map available below, or click here to download it.

Race information sheet 

This is a single A4 sheet which includes directions to the venue, a course map and directions to the post-race refreshments venue.

Click here to download the race information sheet in PDF format (ideal for printing). 

Refreshments Venue

Birchwood Community High School
Brock Road

Please do not park on the road - it's a bus route!  If the School car park is full, you can park in the Birchwood Shopping Centre car parks.

Race route

We will be using the same 4 lap course we have used since 2008, with minor changes.  It was 5.16 miles (8.3k) in 2011 as measured by a GPS.

Click on the lower small map on the left side of this page to see a larger map of the race route.

(The route for the Cheshire Cross Country Championships is based on this route but with minor variations.)


Results for previous years x/c races in this league are available on Steve Saunders' web site.  Steve's web site also has race information sheets for most of the races in the league.

Notes for Spectrum Striders RC members

Please consider helping at the Cross Country.  We will need marshals and other helpers, both at the race and at refreshments.  Thank you!

Please try to run and support the club teams if you can.  You don't need to register for races in this league, just turn up and run!  Remember, even if you are not a counting runner, you can still push other clubs runners down the finishers list and increase the other club's score, so you do make a difference to the result.  It's free to enter and you get free butties and a cup of tea after!

However it would help if you would let Julian or the Cross Country Secretary know if you are intending to come so that we have a good idea of numbers as we need to ensure that we have a full ladies and men's team.