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2012 Olympics Mountain Biking

[Page last updated Fri 13 May 2011]

Photo: Chapel Lane widening works as at 13 November 2010.
Chapel Lane widening works
On 11 August 2008, LOCOG (the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) announced that Hadleigh Farm, owned by the Salvation Army, will be the location for the men's and women's Mountain Biking events at the London 2012 Olympics.

The event was switched to Hadleigh after the original location, Weald Country Park, was deemed not to be a sufficient test for Olympic mountain bikers.

The Women's event will be held on Saturday 11 August 2012 and the Men's event on Sunday 12 August 2012.

A test event, the Hadleigh Farm Mountain Bike International, will be held on 31 July 2011.


The Olympic Mountain Biking track is now ready and will be tested on Sunday 31 July when the Hadleigh Farm Mountain Bike International race is held.

Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster from 26 May 2011 and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Essex residents will be offered the first chance to purchase these tickets 48 hours before they go on general sale.

For more information visit:


The full competition schedule for the London 2012 Olympic Games was released on 15 February 2011. The Olympic Mountain Biking women's event on Saturday 11 August 2012 will take place between 12.30 and 2.30pm. The men's event on Sunday 12 August 2012 will take place between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

The Games opening ceremony will be held on Friday 27 July 2012 from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. The closing ceremony will be held on Sunday 12 August 2012 from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

To view competition schedule and ticket information, visit:


The Olympic Mountain Bike Track is virtually complete. Works are in progress to widen Chapel Lane. The hedge on the east side has been removed. On Castle Lane, a new path to the Salvation Army Tea Rooms has been installed.

A gallery of photos of the mountain bike course may be viewed at (tinyurl link):
[16 Nov 2010 - Updated 13 Dec 2010]


Despite the planning condition amendment agreed at the Special Development Control Committee meeting on 22 June 2010, it has been revealed that widening of Chapel Lane and Castle Lane will definitely take place. The widening of Chapel Lane, the most contentious element of the highways works, was apparently a pre-condition of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games. The widening is deemed necessary for emergency vehicle access purposes.

Link to Echo article:
[18 Sep 2010]


Work has started on building the Olympic Mountain Bike track at Hadleigh Farm.
[11 Jul 2010]


A Special Development Control Committee meeting held on Tuesday 22 June 2010 approved the planning application for the Olympic Mountain Biking course and associated works. The widening of Castle Lane and, in particular Chapel Lane, attracted public opposition - Nigel Southwood spoke against the widening of Chapel Lane - and several members of the committee expressed reservations. As a result an amendment to Condition 10 of the original recommendation was proposed by Steve Rogers, Head of Planning & Open Spaces, and the recommendation was subsequently carried. The amendment to Condition 10 states that the highways works will only be carried out if deemed necessary by the local highway authority (ECC) in the interests of avoiding traffic congestion.
[6 Jul 2010]


A planning application has been submitted to Castle Point Borough Council for the mountain bike course at Hadleigh Farm. The planning documents may be viewed at:
[21 Apr 2010]


Three drop-in sessions with an exhibition of the latest plans and an opportunity to put questions to the organisers took place in March. The plans confirmed that road widening works will take place at the bottom end of both Castle Lane and Chapel Lane. A newsletter with more details is available for download from:
[7 Apr 2010]


See main "News" page for new emanating from the public meetings held on Tuesday 12 January and Wednesday 13 January.

Owing to the short notice and bad weather leading up to these meetings another meeting will be held on Thursday 4 February at the Council Offices from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

The Olympic event was also on the agenda of the Hadleigh & Daws Heath Neighbourhood meeting held on Monday 25 January 2010 but only a brief mention was made. The subject will be the 'hot topic' at the next Neighbourhood Meeting in March. (See "What's On" page for details.)
[Updated 30 Jan 2010]


Fine details of the legal agreement with the Salvation Army, owners of the Hadleigh Farm site to be used for the 2012 Olympic Mountain Biking event, have now been completed. A newsletter, dated November 2009, has been issued by Essex County Council and is available in Hadleigh Library. It may also be downloaded from:
[4 Dec 2009]


It was reported in the Echo newspaper on 10 September 2009 that that a lease has been signed between Essex County Council and the Salvation Army that will allow a legacy facility to remain at Hadleigh Farm after the Olympics.


Tickets to watch the London 2012 Olympic Mountain Biking event at Hadleigh Farm will cost 40 and 25. Special 'pay your age' prices will apply to children who are 16 years old or younger on 27 Jul 2012. Seniors, aged 60 or over on 27 July 2012, will pay 16.

Tickets went on sale in March 2011. The deadline for ticket applications is 11.59pm on 26 April 2011.


Local Liaison Group
Soon after it was announced that the 2012 Olympic Mountain Biking events would be held at Hadleigh Farm, the Hadleigh Farm London 2012 Olympic Games Local Liaison Group was established.

According to Castle Point Borough Council's 'Borough News' magazine for Winter 2008/09:

The purpose of the group is to:
~ provide a channel of communication with the community;
~ provide information to the local community on progress;
~ help secure a positive legacy for Castle Point.

The liaison group held its first meeting in October 2008 and is intending to meet at least four times a year. Whilst the meetings are closed to the public, the group will hold a public meeting at least once a year.

The meetings are chaired by David Garston (who runs Garston's Shoes in Hadleigh).

Liaison Group members

~ Castle Point Borough Council
~ Essex County Council
~ Southend Borough Council
~ Leigh Town Council
~ The Salvation Army

~ David Garston of David Garston Ltd
~ Mark Dobson of Wilson James

Education sector:
~ Jan Atkinson, Headteacher at The Deanes School

Sports sector:
~ Dan Jarvis, cyclist and race commentator
~ Graham Pearl, Bikeit Coordinator/Southend Wheelers
~ The Chairman of Active Castle Point

Minutes of the Local Liaison Group meetings will be added to the Castle Point Council website. [Information from Cllr Godfrey Isaacs on 24 November 2010.]


Three drop-in sessions with an exhibition of the latest plans and an opportunity to put questions to the organisers were held on Wednesday 17 March at the SA Hadleigh Temple, on Thursday 18 March at the Council Offices and on Saturday 20 March at Hadleigh Methodist Church.


Two public update events took place on Tuesday 12 January at the Council Offices and on Wednesday 13 January 2010 at SA Tea Rooms.

As a result of the late announcement of the January 2010 meeetings and icy weather, a further meeting was held on Thursday 4 February at Runnymede Hall.


Two public events to inform local residents on progress towards staging the London 2012 Olympic Mountain Bike events in Hadleigh were held.

- Fri 24 April 2009 at the Council Offices (webcast);

- Sat 25 Apr 2009 at Hadleigh Methodist Church Hall.


Information meetings took place as follows:

- 29 Nov 2008 at Hadleigh SA Temple;

- 11 Dec 2008 at the Council Offices (webcast);

- 13 Dec 2008 at the Council Offices.

Note: Webcasts of the meetings that took place at the Council Offices on 11 December 2008, 24 April 2009 and Tuesday 12 January 2010, were available on the Castle Point Council website but are no longer available. I have written to David Marchant to request that all webcasts from previous years are included in the Webcast Archive.

Some links to pages/sites referring to Hadleigh and the Olympic Mountain Biking events:

London 2012 site:

Salvation Army announcement:
newsid_8461000/8461734.stm (Gallery of photos of the mountain bike course)

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