Church Stretton, Shropshire Hills:: 6th November
A brand new area for the second event in the winter series and what a special place we have in store. The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) was designated in 1958 and covers a quarter of Shropshire.
New to the planning team is regular marshal, Jim Rounsley. With his attention to detail and local knowledge he's sure to select the best spots for those controls.
Details: Weather, etc
Registration :: Church Stretton School, Shrewsbury Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6EX. Grid Reference SO 455 943
Catering :: Catering will be provided before and after the event within the school
Weather :: BBC
Bike Hire :: Plush Hill Cycles
Accommodation :: Long Mynd YHA
Liftshare :: See where people are coming from here
Nearest Railway Station :: Church Stretton
[01/11] A few updates before the weekend...
Conditions - The team were out at the weekend doing last minute preparations for the event. While it was a little damp underfoot in places, conditions are generally good. So barring a last minute down pour it should be a fast event. This area is popular with walkers and mountain bikers. We don't have exclusive use of the area, so please be courteous and take care, especially on some of the bridleways.
Transition - is in a playing field next to the school, so you won't have to transport kit very far.
Parking - is in the school car park. It may be a little tight. Please carshare if possible and follow marshall instructions on the day to ensure efficient use of the space.
Newcomers - If this is your first Open5 event, we want you to enjoy the day. So please let registration know and they will point you in the direction of one of our event advisors to talk you through the process. Also we can answer any questions about the maps, rights of way, talk about gear and even review your route choices.
Bonfire and fireworks - If you are travelling to the event early and will be around Church Stretton on Saturday night, then why not pop along to the bonfire and fireworks display at the Scout field off Church Street in Church Stretton which starts at 7pm. There is a small entrance fee and food will be available to buy.
For something a little different take a step back in time and visit one of the many castles in the area. There is Stokesay Castle at Craven Arms, Clun Castle or the spectacular Ludlow Castle which are fine examples of historic buildings in this country. How about paying a visit to World Heritage Site Ironbridge where the first cast iron bridge was built over the river Severn in 1779. For something a little more adventurous why not take a trial lesson in a Glider with Midland Gliding Club and see the wonderful Long Mynd scenery from the air.