2014 Hell of the North Coswolds reserved entries for CC-CC members & marshalling volunteers appeal

Second Marshalling Volunteers Appeal

Now we are two months away from this event & already I have received several very kind offers of help prior and or during the event day.  Many thanks to those Club members who stepped forwards.  However we still need over thirty extra volunteers, mainly for marshaling road junctions and controls (to initial rider’s cards).

Therefore, could you please spare a couple of hours or more on Sunday 13th of April?  If so, tell me whether you prefer to help all day, or the morning or the afternoon, either static or riding, or whether you would like to assist with setting up arrows in the morning of Saturday 12th April.

Also, as a small reward for the voluntary time you may be donating, you will recieve a commemorative medal and some Torq nutrition products.

Best Regards,

Patrick Alexander

Please reply to:

e-mail: pat_alx@yahoo. co .uk
text: 07867 932005

Marshalling Volunteers Appeal

Dear CCCC member,

The “Hell of the North Cotswolds” is without doubt our Club’s largest bike riding promotion during the year.

On Sunday 13th April, approximately 1,000 riders are expected to participate in the 100km/50km mixed terrain cycling reliability trial which starts and finishes in Winchcombe.  In association with Winchcombe Cycling Club, we (CCCC) are the co-organisers of this classic event, now in its thirtieth year.  See the Hell of the North Cotswolds website http://www.honc.org.uk/ for more information.

As usual, the route crosses several moderately busy “A” or “B” class roads. It is essential to improve the safety of the participants at those potentially dangerous junctions by having static marshals there to warn the riders to give way and take particular care when crossing of their own accord.  To do this, shifts of up to 1 hour duration are organised, so that no marshals have to stay at any junction for too long (especially if the weather should be inclement).

This year, to stay within that “shift” time, I am looking to recruit approximately 30 Club members to come along and help out on that day.

Alternatively, if you wish to spend the day riding in the event, please consider being part of a marshal’s tail-ender group, which rides at the back of the field sweeping up the stragglers and making certain that any gates on the route are closed behind the group.  In that role, you can either ride the whole of the short 55km route or either half of the long 95km event (before or after lunchtime).  As well as tailenders, we also need some riders to collect small route direction arrows and advance notification posters which will be at various locations along the route.

We need at least 20 riders for those tasks..

Also we will need several riders to assist the day before, to set up small route direction arrows around the second half of the route (Winchcombe Club are going to mark out the first half).  This will be done with vehicles to carry riders from Cheltenham to various locations, each rider then doing a quite short ride along a section of the route to set up arrows, followed by riders being collected by vehicles and taken back to Cheltenham.

Closer to the event I will send out detail of your marshalling location, timing, what to do and were to collect any kit from, eg: flouro marshalling jackets.

Therefore, could you please spare a couple of hours or more on Sunday 13th of April?  If so, tell me whether you prefer to help all day, or the morning or the afternoon, either static or riding, or whether you would like to assist with setting up arrows in the morning of Saturday 12th April.

Also, as a small reward for the voluntary time you may be donating, you will recieve a commemorative medal and some Torq nutrition products.

Please reply to:

e-mail: pat_alx@yahoo. co .uk
text: 07867 932005
facebook message
skype: pat_alx

Best Regards

Pat Alexander

Event Co-Organiser
Cheltenham & County Cycling Club

2014 HONC Online Entry

Tomorrow (January 4th) is the official opening for entries to this event via http://www.entrycentral.com/

(Update, 4th January) Today’s entries have been very encouraging, reaching 950 of 1250 available by 12 mid-day.

However, members of CC-CC who have previously helped out with either HONC or CC-CC events are welcome to take up a reserved entry place in early February – thus bypassing the “scrum” tomorrow. This reserved entry is limited to 25 places and will be online via a special web-page on Entry Central.  Adult fee £16, U-18 £6.  Alternatively, CC-CC riders who wear a marshaling vest and make themselves available to support any other riders in need of assistance will have a free entry. Exact details of the online entry will follow towards the end of January.

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