Wirral Ark Mow Cop Challenge
Sunday 17th September 2017The Hall at Marthall, Sandlebridge Lane, Marthall, Knutsford, WA16 7SB


Wirral Churches’ Ark Project, known as, Wirral Ark, is a registered charity that exists to provide accommodation for the homeless, under the MainStay framework, as well as providing support and guidance for individuals to secure permanent long term accommodation.

Our services operate from Mary Cole House and we also offer supported housing through The Grand Trunk and ArkAngel Supported Housing

We support people who are homeless. These include isolated people with mental health or drug problems, current and ex-offenders, former rough sleepers and people who are begging or street drinking.

Wirral Ark Mow Cop Challenge is the prefect Autumn event. The route is fast, fun and at 60 miles is just right for September. The sportive covers some stunning Cheshire countryside including Jodrell Bank following quiet country lanes. So whether you’re a pro or beginner it’s the perfect biking day out. The one big climb of the day is the infamous Mow Cop or ‘Killer Mile’ as it is known to many. If you don’t know it this great little YouTube video will give you an insight.

Overall it’s a modest 2040 feet of climbing which will allow you to really kick on or alternatively saunter graciously through the day taking the lovely views and stopping for coffee.

We promise you a really well organised event. This is what you get for your entry fee:

  • Hot drinks and biscuits at start
  • Signage along the route
  • Marshalls on Mow cop
  • Marshalling at key junctions
  • Hot drinks and soup and bread at feed station along with usual snacks
  • Hot drinks and homemade cake at the finish
  • Support/Pick up vehicle
  • We’ll do our best to snap you on Mow Cop and email your picture to you. So smile!
  • Smiley people

Route Details

Why This Sportive: It’s a great challenging route but that’s not all. This event is for a really good cause which we hope you cyclists will support and understand.

Wirral Ark is charity based in Birkenhead that works with people who are homeless or at the risk of homelessness. People find themselves in this position for all sorts of reasons from family bereavement to mental health issues and Wirral Ark works to help people restart their lives and build a more positive future. Wirral Ark has established a small cycling club to help people do what so many of us cycling enthusiasts do – go for a ride. Empowering through pedalling!

Please join us on Sunday 17th of September and help us raise much needed funds for the club. In turn we will try to give you a fun and friendly day.

To find out about the work of Wirral churches Ark visit: http://wirralark.org.uk

Please if you have any comments or questions relating to the event or route Contact Us or email: CharlieEldred@wirralark.org.uk and he will get back to you.

From 8:00am to 9:00am



Start Time:
From 8.30 am to 9.15 am.


The route is a fairly fast course with 2040 feet of climbing over 60miles most of which is on the back lanes of Cheshire. Following country lanes from the start at The Hall at Marthall, the route heads toward Mobberly then Lach Dennis and on to Holmes Chapel. From Holmes Chapel the route heads SE to Mow Cop for the big climb.

The feed station is Mow Cop Community Hall ½ a mile from the highest point of the route. From there it is downhill and over the A34 at Scholar Green onto country lanes weaving toward Swettenham. From there the route runs on to Goostrey and through back to Marthall.

See the ridewithgps link for route at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14993830


The big climb is the Mow Cop known as the ‘Killer Mile’. We will have Marshalls on the hill but if you are not a confident climber get off and push! The hill is extremely steep at various points. Care will need to be taken up and down the other side.

Please note we are using many rural lanes and care will need to be taken particularly in the wet on these lanes as they are rural and can be slippy; mud etc from fields, potholes etc.

There is some riding on A roads and the route crosses a number of busy junctions again care needs to be taken; though we have kept this to a minimum.

You are responsible for your own safety on the road.

For tips and advice on how to Ride Smart, please click the below link:


The Hall at Marthall, Sandlebridge Lane, Marthall, Knutsford, WA16 7SB

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