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NWCX League 23-24 Round 7: Hawarden Farm Shop Cafe Cross Sunday 10 Dec 2023 CH5 3FB

10th December 2023 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Round 7 of the 2023/24 North Wales Cyclocross League: Hawarden Farm Shop  Cafe‘Cross Chester Rd, Hawarden, Flintshire, Deeside CH5 3FB

Sunday 10 December 2023

Hawarden Castle was home to William Gladstone  the most important Prime Minister of the Victorian period.  The present castle was built alongside  the 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 them to withdraw to the safety of the coast. 1282 the Old Castle was attacked by Dafydd ap Gruffuddin’s militia. This was the last  Welsh assault on the forces of Norman England.  During the English (and Welsh) Civil War  Oliver Cromwell destroyed the Castle to deny royalists any  possible defensive position.  The modern Castle was built in the 1750s although Hawarden itself, situated on high ground, 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 Cafe.  NWCX visitors are invited into  the Shop and Cafe but please no bikes near the store entrance. The tarmac car park at the front of the Shop is reserved for regular Farm Shop visitors. NWCX are to park in the reserved car parks and fields.

The course consists of grass, banking, gravel tracks and stretches of woodland single track.   The race enjoys a 1960s/70s style  “full width start” before funneling down into dirt track

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 bikes left in 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.

Children & Senior Leagues-Mandatory online entry  www.niftyentries.com

Children Beginners (£2 cash on the day)  & Adult  Novice (beginners) (£10 cash on the day)


09:00 -11:30 Registration. There will be no registration after 1130.

11:00 Novice Children -( 10mins ) £2 (entry on the day)

11.20 Race#1:U8s, U10s, U12s   ( 20mins ) £4(£3+£1 admin fee) Nifty Online Only

12:00  Race#2:  U14s, U16s, 30mins )  £6 (£5+£1 admin fee)  Nifty Online Only         + Adult Novice ( beginners) £10 cash (enter on the day)

12:45 Senior & Junior practice & warm-up  (25min)

13.15 Race #3: Senior race (M/F, Vets, U18s)   60mins   U18 £6 (£5+£1 admin fee)  Nifty Online Only,   All Seniors  £15 (£14 + £1 admin fee) Nifty Online Only

(Vets will be classified V40, V50,  V60, V70+ subject to participant numbers)

NWCX welcomes ALL riders regardless of age, gender or ability.  We expect respect and good manners at all times.   You can race on a cyclocross, gravel or mountain bike. You can try the beginners race for 30mins.

(Vets will be classified V40, V50,  V60+ subject to participant numbers )

Parents:  children are made very welcome at cyclocross races. If unsure  don’t be afraid to ask at HQ. The North Wales series prioritises racing for children with most beginners making rapid progress.

Single frameset rule: to limit costs and entry barriers NWCX operates a single frameset rule. You must use the bike you start with. No spare bikes permitted once race underway.

Knobbly tyres rule: cyclocross takes place on grass, mud and gravel surfaces. It is essential for competitor safety that competitors fit knobbly tyres. Riders with smooth tyres will be asked to discontinue. This applies equally to children.

Competitors retain race numbers. Numbers are issued to competitors at their first registration.  Riders are instructed to retain and re-use their  number all season to simplify registration. Please keep your number safe between races. Replacement numbers will be charged  £5 per set.

Return of timing chips. Competitors  hand back their race chips at the finish. Each chip cost NWCX £38+vat.  You will be billed if you fail to return your chip immediately post-race.


10th December 2023
9:30 am - 3:30 pm


Hawarden Farm Shop Cafe
Chester Rd, Hawarden, Deeside CH5 3FB
Deeside, Flintshire CH5 3FB United Kingdom
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