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Round 5 – Hawarden Castle Farm Shop Cross (Parc Eirias Cancelled)
26th November 2017
Round 5 of the 2017/18 North Wales Cyclo-cross League: Hawarden Estate Farm Shop ‘Cross CH5 3FB
(sponsored by The Bike Factory, Chester)
Sunday 26 November 2017
Chester Rd, Hawarden, Flintshire, Deeside CH5 3FB
In a change to our published calendar NWCX invites competitors to Round 5 at Hawarden Estate Farm Shop in Flintshire.
Hawarden Castle was home to William Gladstone the most important Prime Minister of Victorian Britain. Its stands next to twelfth century “Old Hawarden Castle.” In 1157, as Henry II prepared to invade Wales, he sent an advance guard to flush out Owain Gwynedd, the “Prince of North Wales.” Owain’s men ambushed Henry’s forces at Hawarden and forced their withdrawal to the safety of the coast. In 1282 the Old Castle was attacked by Dafydd ap Gruffuddin’s militia, the final Welsh assault on the forces of Norman England. Five hundred years later Oliver Cromwell destroyed the Castle denying royalists a possible defence. Work on the modern Castle commenced in the 1750s although this is all very recent because Hawarden has been a stronghold since the Iron Age, 3,000 years ago.
NWCX League are guests of the award winning Hawarden Estate Farm Shop. Please follow the parking signs and occupy the reserved car park. Event HQ is adjacent to the Farm Shop. Teas, coffees and cooked food will be on sale from the Farm Shop team. Coincidentally The Farm Shop is launching its Christmas season. Expect many visitors in addition to NWXC competitors. NWCX visitors are invited into the Shop and the Cafe but please no bikes near the store entrance.
The course consists of grass, banking, gravel tracks and stretches of woodland single track. Expect to pass through mature apple and pear orchards, a first for our League. There are other horticultural themes including an “aMAZEing” Blackberry plantation. We will have a full width start.
This is a retail venue with a reputation for fine produce and a popular cafe. Please treat WCs and facilities with respect. Please keep the Farm Shop Car Park free for regular visitors. Please refrain from cleaning your bike in the car park because we want a return invite. Children are of course allowed to play in the Childrens’ play area but for visitor safety there must be no cycling (adult or children) in the Childrens’ Play area or at the Farm Shop entrance.
Dog prohibition. Dogs are banned at this site for livestock and nature conservancy reasons.
NWCX requires competitors to assist course clearance post-race.
10 -10:45 Race 1&2 number pick up and fun race registration.
11:00 – Kids fun race
11:20 Race 1: U12/U10/U8 Entry Fee (£2 online or £5 on the day)
11:50 Race 2: U16/U14/ Adult novice/fun (£4 online or £7 on the day)
12:30 – 13:00 Race 3 number pick up (£4 online or £7 on the day)
13:15 Race 3: Juniors & Adults (Nifty online entries only, no payment on day)
14:30 – all hands to the deck to help take the course down please
NO riding on the course whilst other classes are racing
Race 1 & 2 can pre-ride 10-10:30
Race 3 can pre-ride 12:30 – 13:00