ETAPE Pennines Cycle Event

Madam Curie ETAPECaroline Peacock writes:
“Here is the information about this year’s Etape Pennines cycle event in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care, which will take place on Sunday 6 October.  The PDF file below is actually the map, which is much clearer and more detailed than the one they provided last time.”

Please see the information below from an event organsier and given a commitment was made following last years event that a wider area of communication would be undertaken to the whole of the county and not just the affected area,  we are forwarding this information and map to yourselves and ask you share with your Town / Parish Council colleagues / members and any resident groups you may have regular contact with.

For those residents and businesses directly on the route a hand delivered letter will be distributed next week, approx 2000 will be delivered.

Many Thanks
Events Team
Durham County Council


Dear Recipient

Please read the following information carefully.

As you may be aware The Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines will be taking place on Sunday 6th October 2013 on the roads of County Durham.

Over 2,500 cyclists will be tackling the challenge of the North Pennines on the day.

As organisers we are writing to inform you that notification of this Mass Participation Closed Road Cycle Event has been submitted to and is being considered by the County Durham Safety Advisory Group.

The 79 mile route has been developed through consultation with Durham Constabulary as well as and relevant Durham County Council departments in order to minimise traffic disruption on the day.

We will continue to work closely with Durham County Council, Durham Constabulary, Blue Light services and, ancillary medical services to ensure the event is run in the safest possible way.

We would like to reassure residents that access to Medical Care (including essential care for vulnerable people), Ambulances, Fire and Rescue and Police Services will remain and will not be restricted, additional event medical cover will be paid for by the event organisers to treat both participants and members of the public as required.

Durham County is gaining a national reputation of hosting high profile cultural and sporting events. This is essential in promoting tourism which is crucially important to the economy of County Durham.

Significant benefits can be seen from the direct economic impact of people attending the event through spend in local businesses and accommodation providers.

Inevitably for events where highways are used, these do bring with them a certain amount of disruption, which we have strived minimise as far as possible.

In this instance however it will be necessary to close a number of roads around the event route. The majority of these will be in a staggered timeframe.

Following consultation and discussions between the organisers, Durham Constabulary and Durham County Council in the early planning stage of the event the closure times which have been identified are shown on the map attached.

Please be aware of the event taking place, and if you require using the roads in the affected area on the event day you will need to plan ahead.

We must emphasise that these plans are required to ensure as far as is possible safety of the event.

We would like to take this opportunity of asking you to support the event, and also the plans of making it a safe event by adhering to the legal road closures that will be put in place.

Please refer to the website for any further event information at

If you have any specific questions we are more than happy to address them so please contact us by emailing or alternatively by telephone on 020 8233 5900, (lines are open Monday to Thursday 12pm to 2pm)

Yours faithfully
Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines

Residents Copy poster (488KB)


Caroline also writes:

“You will all have seen the yellow boards all round the area notifying the Etape Pennines cycling event on 6 October in aid of Marie Curie.
The PDF map of where the riders will be going, from which you will see that, although Hamsterley will be encircled, we shall still be able to get out of the village via Church Bank to the A68, or via the Bedburn and Wolsingham road.
This is a very large event, which one hopes will raise very large sums of money for a very worthy cause.
You may be interested to know that the County’s tourism team has worked very hard to attract it, not least because it involves registration by all participants the day before and therefore a high level of bookings for local hotels, B&Bs, pubs, restaurants and so forth.
Completing the route will also be a very definite ‘challenge’.  Jonathan and I happened to drive by the road from Westgate to St John’s Chapel on Sunday and were impressed by how steep and demanding it is for the cyclists.  There have been Etape rides in two other locations, the Cambrian Etape in Wales and the Mercian Etape in Cheshire – but there is no doubt that the major climb involved in this one is massively more difficult than in either of those.  Incidentally, we found a DCC Highways team patching this extremely small road (on a Sunday!) and now realise that much of the reason for the improvements to other local roads, notably the one through Kinninvie, is this same event – so there’s one reason to welcome this event.
In fact, although I am sure that many will be irritated by the inconvenience caused by this event for one day, I do hope that others will welcome the Etape to Teesdale and Weardale, and will cheer the riders on.”


Caroline also writes:

“Having written to you only a moment ago about the Etape Pennines event, I have just had this message about an opportunity to get personally involved as a volunteer.
I hope this may be of interest.”

The Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines Cycle event takes place on Sunday 6th October and the organisers are currently looking for further volunteers to assist at the registration and event village.

Details of this are below:
Saturday 5th October: 11am – 6pm (Bowes Museum), to help with competitors in the event village (meet and greet, handing out race packs, helping with parking)

Sunday 6th October: 5am – 9:30am (Barnard Castle Golf Club), to meet and greet, help with organising the waves and tidy up after the race start.

A donation per volunteer will be made by the organisers to either club or charity of the volunteers  choice, they will also provide a volunteer T-shirt and food.

Any one able to assist please contact directly

Craig Morgan
Coordinator – Teesdale Action Partnership
Durham County Council
Teesdale House
Barnard Castle
DL12 8EL

03000 260817
07818 510372

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