Celtic Challenge 29th and 30th July 2017
Celtic Challenge  29th and 30th July 2017

Event Details 2: Schedule, Accomodation and Gala dinner. 



The venue is approx 12 miles from Cardiff Airport, a 30minute taxi drive, cost approx £45 for a 4 seater estate car. 


Cardiff Airport by Bus. The T9 Cardiff Airport Express Bus Service operates between Cardiff's city centre and the airport. For just £5, travel in style with leather seats, WiFi, climate control and extra luggage space. You can also catch the 905 Bus Service from the train station for as little as £1 each way.


Event Venue: Cardiff City House of Sport, Clos Parc Morgannwg, Cardiff CF11 8AW (This is approximately a 10min. taxi drive from Cardiff City Center.)


Saturday 29th July:Provisional schedule: Timings may be subject to change on the day, e.g. if you are fencing in more than one event.


Times and exact schedule to be confirmed

Men's Sabre: Check in 1300, fencing starts 1330

Women's Sabre: Check in 0930, fencing starts at 1000am

Men's Foil: Check in: 0900, fencing starts 0930am

Women's Foil:Check in 1300, fencing starts at 1330


There will referees from poule stages onwards, there will be no self-reffing. The event will use all conductive pistes.




Sunday 30th July: 

Times and exact schedule to be confirmed

Men's epee: Check in 0930am, fencing starts 1000am

Women's epee:Check in 0930am, fencing starts 1000am


Seeding will be based on the results obtained from the 2016 Dublin Celtic Challenge.



Event entry:

One weapon:    £35.00

Two weapons:   £45.00

Three weapons: £55.00

Gala Dinner, Saturday 29th July:      £40 per person


All entrants will recieve a complimentary "Goodie Bag" and commemorative T-shirt. Please remember to put your T-shirt size on the entry form.


N.B. Closing Date for entries is Friday 24th June to enable us to contact the T-shirt suppliers and for final numbers for the Gala Dinner and programme printing.


Celtic Challenge Entry Form
Please download and complete all sections of the entry form, including T-shirt size, and the Declaration of fitness to fence, before emailing the completed entry form or sending via mail.
Registration Form.docx
Microsoft Word document [43.3 KB]
Welsh Gala Banquet menu
Please inform us as soon as possible if you have a special dietary requirement, such as gluten free.
You will be asked to participate in the traditional Welsh entertainment that accompanies the meal.
Celtic dress is optional.
Welsh Banquet Menu 2017.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [330.1 KB]

Kit requirements.

Minimum requirements:

800N Plastron.

350N breeches, jacket.

350N Mask, for foil, masks must have the conductive bib and have a headwire.

Foil lame,

Sabre lame.

Sabre mask (Visor masks are not permitted) with sabre headwire.

800N Sabre glove, or CEN2 foil/epee glove with sabre overlay.

Sabre blades must be S2000

Long socks must be worn.

Size 5 blades.


The 2016 sabre timings will be in effect at this competition;the on guarde lines will be set at 4m.


Poule bouts will be to 5 hits/3min.

D.E. bouts will be to 10 hits/2 x 3min with 1 min break.

Except sabre where there will be a 1 min break after 5 hits.



Unfortunately we have been unable to negotiate a suitable cost for rooms at the Holiday Inn, Castle St, Cardiff, or other hotels in the City center. (The quoted costs were in the region of £150 per night, based on 2 people sharing - we felt this to be excessive.)


However, there are numerous other hotels, B&B's in and around the Cardiff Center area, especially in Cathedral Road.

City center hotels inc. Hilton, Marriott, Angel Hotel, Park Hotel, Premier Inn, Ibis and the Future Inn at Cardiff Bay (approx 10mins drive from the venue).


It would probably be more economical for you to book yourselves to take advantage of daily deals, which we could not negotiate.


Gala Dinner

The venue for the Gala dinner is Cardiff Castle, Castle St, Cardiff CF10 3RB; where we will be experiencing a Welsh banquet with traditional Welsh entertainment. A tour of the Castle (6.30pm) can preceed the Gala dinner which is scheduled for 7.30pm (Celtic dress is optional!)


NB There is no parking facilities at Cardiff Castle.


Cost including a tour of the Castle: £40 (Not included in the event entry fee).

Please see attached menu; please inform us of any dietary requirements, e.g celiac (gluten), vegan, religious restrictions. 





The Celtic Challenge is a biennial event for veteran (over 40s) fencers, contesting all six weapons in an individual open tournament. There are competitions for both men and women, with one single age class: above 40 years of age.

New for 2017

Master of Arms trophy.

Any competitor who competes in all three weapon categories for their gender will be awarded points for their position, these points will will be totalled and the participant with the lowest number of points will be awarded the Master of Arms trophy. 






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