Leading by example, getting ahead on the Batch Burner

For 2017 Norbury School head teacher Mr Ball will once again be addressing the crowd at the start of the event  before the Children ring the School bell to set the riders off . But this year he will then be getting on his bike to ride the course. Accompanied by wife Lynn the pair have been in Batch Burner training alongside helping out with event planning plus the organizing of the Junior Batch Burner and a little trail building alongside the day to day running of Norbury Primary School.


We think it’s great to see a head teacher inspiring and setting such a positive example, we know he has already been out scouting the route plus with the Junior Batch Burner on the 19th of May he will be well practiced come Batch Burner day. Please help support Mr Ball in his Batch Burner challenge by donating to the Norbury School just giving page and helping spread the word.

Look out for Lynn and Les Ball out on the Long Mynd, good luck folks and keep pedaling 

2017 Junior Batch Burner

The children of Norbury Primary School and Nursery would appreciate your help, Norbury Primary School and Nursery is an outstanding, small, rural school set amongst the rolling South Shropshire Hills. In light of the ongoing funding cuts to education and closure of so many rural schools, our children want to ensure that their school is able to continue and thrive for years to come. We believe that outstanding learning is achieved through challenge and practical experiences. Aptly, inspired by our annual PTA fundraiser, The Batch Burner - a 53km, gruelling Mountain bike challenge - our children are going to challenge themselves and undertake the 2017 course - The Junior Batch Burner. All pupils will take part in the event on the 19th May 2017, from Nursery to Year 6. Our fully trained 9 to 11 year olds will attempt the whole challenging Batch Burner course in a relay fashion whilst the younger children will complete their section in a monitored, suitable, safe environment....all on wheels.

Norbury School MTB class

All money raised will go towards the desperately needed proposed expansion of our school premises to ensure Norbury Primary School and Nursery can thrive in this forever demanding financial climate. The children would like to seek your support in whatever way possible. Whether it be through promoting our event or making a donation to the cause. We would be so grateful for your help. We will not be beaten, the children are going to get on their bikes and fight for the future sustainability of their school. For more information please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or simply visit our Just Giving Page. Thank you for your support.

The Children of Norbury Primary School and Nursery. 01588 650 207 www.norbury.shropshire.sch.uk

Norbury School MTB class

We have a new sponsor for 2017  the Bridges YHA

As we approach the go-live for entries to this year Batch Burner, I’m sure everyone has made a New Year’s resolution to increase (or start) your training regime.  Here at BBHQ we’d love to hear your training stories, good or bad J.  If you’re choosing to make the Long Mynd your training ground, why not make a trip of it and stay with one of our partners?

 This year Mick Boulton from the YHA Bridges in Ratlinghope is one of our main sponsors.  Mick and his family bought this wonderfully traditional YHA back in the 90’s and have modernised it to what is now; a very comfortable rural idyllic place to stay.  One Trip Advisor reviewer describes the hostel as “Like something out of an Enid Blyton novel“ which seems appropriate seeing as The Bridges YHA was first founded in 1931 (the decade in which Blyton published some of her most famous works).  The Shropshire Way runs past the front door, running east up to the Long Mynd and West to the Stiperstones with excellent trails for bike riding or walking, so plenty of scope for Batch Burner training. Mick & team provide excellent facilities for cyclists with a secure cycle store on site as well as the all-important drying room.  Of course, you will have built up an appetite during your ride so why not enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal to replace those burned calories, followed by a pint at The Bridges pub right next door?  Once you’ve replenished your reserves you can simply relax in front of the open fire in the hostel’s cosy lounge.


Mick was also sweeper for us on our first Batch Burner in 2013 and was very generous with advice and help on setting up this event. He is a very keen mountain/road biker himself and runs week long alpine road cycling tours in the summer over the French alps as well as a summer solstice‘ dusk to dawn’ ride here in Shropshire. Do give him a call if you are interested in joining in.  ph 01694 722350

This small hostel, once the old village school, is tucked away in the Shropshire hills with the Long Mynd to the east and Stiperstones to the west. It is an ideal spot for ramblers with the Shropshire Way passing close by and a great network of uncrowded paths to explore. Ideally situated for the End to End cycle route and plenty of mountain biking opportunities. The nearby small towns of Church Stretton, Ludlow, Much Wenlock, Bishops Castle and sleepy Montgomery are all worth a visit. There’s also the Acton Scott working farm museum and Snailbeach former lead mines close by. The hostel has a good kitchen, lounge with wood fire, books and games, a drying room, a food shop and a large garden. One en suite room has some facilities for the disabled, phone to discuss your requirements. Meals are available, camping is allowed and there is a pub nearby.

Saracen bikes confirmed as our 2016 mug sponsor


To maximise our income for Norbury School we rely heavily on donations of time, services and hard cash to deliver the event. Producing 350 limited edition mugs takes a big chunk of the entrance fee that’s we are so grateful for the team from Saracen bikes sponsoring the 2016 mug. A great British cycle company with a focus on producing great bikes designed with the UK trail rider in mind which fits in just fine with the Batch Burner. The Saracen demo truck will be on site on event day if you have any energy left to tryout some great bikes.



2016 Batch Burner Route

Every year, we aim to provide a challenging off road course showcasing the best of the Long Mynd’s trails. Maximising the off road trails but being sympathetic to other trail users, local residents, land owners and farmers plus being mindful of the local wildlife and live stock and avoiding the many areas of scientific and archaeological interest. Putting a successful route together is indeed a challenge. For 2016 we have had great support from local land owners and the new route is looking epic with around 50% of the route using private land with access only granted for event day.

Please respect the access laws and don’t try to ride the course at any other time, this will help us with access in future years.


The final sections of the route will also be weather reliant, in wet conditions the terrain will be difficult to pass and easily damaged so we have a diversion ready to deploy if the weather is not on our side.


We are very excited about the 2016 route; it will show how vast and beautiful the area is. Enjoy.



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