CHARLES RANSFORD & SON Ltd is a leading British sawmill based in Bishop’s Castle where we process around 70,000 tonnes of logs each year. Our mill is, in part, powered by an array of over 2000 solar panels installed on the rooves of our mill and ancillary buildings. The raw material is converted into high quality fencing and other timber products for the UK market. 


We bring together years of skilled experience from a fantastic team of local people, advanced sawmill technology and some of the most naturally durable home grown timber, sourced from sustainably managed UK Forests - many of which you might bike through!

Plush Hill Cycles

Church Stretton’s local bike shop bring a knowledge of the Long Mynd and a passion for mountain biking. Plush Hill Cycles have been fundamental and taken a key role developing the event; acting as mountain bike consultants they have shaped the Batch Burner, responsible for creating the Batch Burner route and marketing the event along with creating industry links. We could not have created the event without them and really appreciate their ongoing commitment to the event and raising funds for Norbury School. If you won a spot prize in 2013 it was donated by Plush Hill Cycles who kindly donated over £700 worth of prizes to dish out at random to riders taking part plus a case of Muc Off to keep the student bike was in business.


If you are looking for a new bike, some spares or need a service then you should give Plush Hill Cycles a look, you will find them on the Square in the centre of Church Stretton.



Fuelling the Batch Burner from 2013, Torq had faith in the Batch Burner right from day one before anyone had entered or the route finalised. We want to thank Torq for their ongoing support on the 2016 event.

Torq are a Shropshire based fitness consultancy with roots firmly in Mountain Bike endurance events kindly provide energy gels for all riders. If you are looking for fitness consultation and sports nutrition then these guys are the best in the business. 

Torq will be showcasing their sports nutrition range again in 2016


Montgomery Spring

Hydrating the Batch Burner riders once again in 2014, with a source found in an area of outstanding natural beauty, within a small range of hills above the rural village of Churchstoke, located in the sparsely populated borderland between England and Wales.

Montgomery Water will be once again providing enough water to keep all riders hydrated throughout the event with a bottle of water for every rider.

 We didn't go short of water in 2013



The National Trust

As the main land owners of the Long Mynd, National Trusts support for the event is crucial. Luckily for us they have an enthusiasm for developing mountain biking in the area. Finding a balance between preservation and encouraging people to explore the Long Mynd is tough job, that’s why we have worked closely with National Trust to develop the Batch Burner route to manage the impact on the landscape. With scheduled ancient monuments, wet flushes and a wealth of wildlife plus plenty of other users to consider the route and the impact needs to be carefully considered.

National Trust donated much appreciated time and resource to help make the 2013 Batch Burner run smoothly and have pledged their support again for 2014. We plan to make a donation to help fund trail maintenance.


For more information about Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd, click here. Also checkout this Spogo video for a snapshot of what the Long Mynd can offer.