Date, details and entrants
Saturday 25th January 2014. Details of location and race times etc. here. Names of entrants below:-
The coach (SMC Coach Hire) will be picking up on the main road just outside Birtley Leisure Centre. We aim to leave at 6.30am – please ensure you are at the Leisure Centre in plenty of time to allow the coach to leave on schedule.
If travelling by car, on arrival at the park advise the kiosk staff that you are taking part in the race. Parking for the event is £5.00 for cars and minibuses. If you wish to go on the Safari Drive there will be
an additional fee of £5 per car. Guests will have access to the following facilities free of
charge; Sea Lion Show, Bird of Prey display, Bat Forest Walkthrough, animal exhibits in
the Walk Around Area which include meerkats, giraffes, elephants and otters, shops and
restaurants. In addition students from John Moore’s University will be presenting an
adaptation of the Jungle Book. Parking is plentiful.
There will be no parking anywhere near the course.
A building has been provided by the park and is marked on the map (below) as building No
1. It has been divided into male and female areas.
This will take place at building marked No 4 on the map. Please note that
registration will be open from 9.30 am for collection of numbers for U13 B&G; U15
B&G; U17 M&W; U20 M&W.
Senior Men’s and Women’s numbers will be available from 12.30pm onwards.
Event programmes and camera registration will also be located at this point.
Individual presentations will take place after each race. Team presentations will be
made as soon as results are available. All presentations will be announced over the
On The Course
Any emergency announcements will be made from the PA System. St Johns
Ambulance Staff will be on site throughout the day. Lost children must be taken to
the PA area and will only be allowed to leave once staff are satisfied that
responsibility has been established.
The site is fully accessible to people with disabilities, the course is not. This is due to
the undulating topography of the cross country course. There are no toilets on the
course but toilet facilities which are fully accessible are located at building 3 on the
map. Please ensure that all mobility vehicles (eg wheelchairs) remain on paths and
walkways at all times.
Athletes should both bring and wear suitable clothing and footwear. A specific site
for club tents will be situated immediately to the left of the pedestrian access to the
field and will be signposted.
Access to the site is via the dual carriageway (A58) towards St Helens and is easily
accessible via Jct 2 of the M57 motorway. If travelling from the North or North East most
probably you would travel down the M62 to Jct 6 (M57) and follow the above
directions. Knowsley Safari Park is signposted from Jct 2 of the M57.
Any spectators bringing dogs to the park will be allowed access to the course area, but not
to the area where the birds of prey are kept. If they wish later to go on the safari at the
additional cost of £5 per car, the dogs will be put in kennels at the entrance.
Receptacles will be provided for litter, please ensure that these are used and that as
little debris as possible is left on site.
The park are opening their restaurant (building 2 on site map) which will have hot
and cold food available all day. They will also have some available near to the finish
A course map (shown below) shows the event timetable and routes. Chip Timing will be used.
Team managers & athletes are asked to ensure that the correct chip is / are allocated and
The start area is around 500m from the registration building and athletes are requested to
make their way to the start area by following the route on the course / and site map. There
are no toilets at the start area.
The course is on the whole grassland. All the course laps feature the same uphill start,
followed by a fast gradual descent on good quality grassland. The return to the finish area
is relatively flat. The venue should provide an excellent cross country course.
Weather updates and all latest information will be posted on the NA website.