Birchwood Cross Country - information

Race Venue

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

Race route

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Birchwood Forest Park x/c Route

North West Sunday Cross Country League route

The course below has been used for the NWSCCL race each year starting in 2008.  The race distance in 2011 was 5.16 miles (8.3k) as measured by GPS.

The route shown on the map below is broadly accurate but there may be minor variations from year to year.

The race starts at the top of the grass bank (at the green marker arrow on the map).  The route then goes alongside the football pitch and passes the finish (the red marker), followed by four complete laps.

The course is entirely on grass and wooded trails, apart from where it crosses tarmac footpaths in several places for just a few yards.  The bunkers are quite steep-sided and the underfoot conditions are often wet and muddy.  Studded footwear or cross country spikes are usually best.

Click here to see the course in Google Maps. There are minor variations from the map each year but it is mostly accurate.

Sunday League Cross Country route


Cheshire Cross Country Championships

This area was used for the Cheshire County Cross Country Championships in 2007 & 2011 & 2014.

The route for the Cheshire Championships is based on the original NWSCCL route but with minor variations.  There may be a few detailed changes from the map below but it is broadly accurate.

The course is entirely on grass and wooded trails, apart from where it crosses tarmac footpaths in several places.  The bunkers are quite steep-sided and the underfoot conditions are often wet and muddy.  Studded footwear or cross country spikes are usually best.

The start in previous years has been on the flat next to the corner of the football pitch.  The route takes runners up and down the grass bank near the start as part of the lap, and there may be a few other minor route variations from the NWSCCL route.

There are a different numbers of laps for the various Championship age classes, including small laps for some younger age classes.  The small lap cut the lower left corner (shown with the blue arrow) and stayed on the edge of the playing fields.

2011 Cheshire x/c Championships route