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It was great to see the best turnout for the Junior’s race for several years with 4 in the Under 12’s & 2 in the U.14’s. Alas from my position of race organiser things did no go according to plan with a combination of one Marshall not in the correct position, a walker sending one runner the wrong way & heavens forbid the probability that someone had reversed two directional arrows. These collectively caused a problem to some of the runners which I only began to piece together after the race. My sincerest apologies, you deserved better, I will learn
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Race day dawned with the brilliant blue skies & clear summits of the day before now obscured by a blanket of cloud but the forecast gave hope that it might clear up by race start at 2:00 pm. My fears of reduced entries due to the Welsh Champs race the next day were soon dispersed once registration opened at midday. By race start 59 runners were lined up at the start line for the pre-race photograph behind the Cotswold Outdoor banner, our race sponsors. One second before the off this increased to 60 as one final runner sprinted back to
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We are pleased to confirm that once again this summer we will have extended opening hours to help you enjoy the outside attractions before coming into the Café to relax & refuel. These extended hours start from Monday 15th July & run through to & including Sunday 25th August. During these 6 weeks we will be Open from 7:30 am until 8:00 pm 7 days a week. Please note that last hot food orders are 7:30 pm daily.
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A final reminder that with the Cafe’s car parks likely to be full as usual please can runners park on the festival field which is situated on the same side of the road as the café this year. With there being a token charge you will be supporting the Capel Curig Festival/Village funds. Looks like the overnight clouds could lift but please bring full kit just to be sure you can race no matter what the weather is.
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A reminder that both the classic Siabod Fell Race as well as the Capel Curig Festival are taking place this coming Saturday. Entry to both is highly recommended as a way to ‘relax’ in our wonderful surroundings, full details of the race are on our events page, prizes galore thanks to our sponsors Cotswold Outdoor & locals have there chance to be the first name to be inscribed on our new Mike Cousins Shield, don’t miss your chance! There is also a Junior’s race so come on Mum’s & Dad’s get your kids into the outdoors on a great little
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We said a warm thanks & farewell to Dafydd Thomas at Carnedd Daffyd a little after 11 hours after we had started out, 3 had now become 4. The initial rocky bit saw the rock god in his element as Tim pushed with me in pursuit closely followed by Peter & Paul bringing up the rear. Soon we were on the hard but easier stony path & these same stones soon began to pound into the sore soles of my feet. I needed a moan ‘Peter, this terrain is no good for sore feet’ as I passed two girls &
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Titled ‘The 2 Paul’s (& Tim) Carneddau 2,000′ Challenge’ the aim was to take in the 22 peaks on the vast Carneddau (biggest mountain mass in the U.K. outside of the Scottish Highlands) in a single day. Between computers & I (never a good mix) we reckoned it would amount to 73.9K (46.2 Miles) with 13,674 feet of ascent (& of course descent) & would take approx. 13 Hours (my best guess against the computer’s 54 Hours but of course they don’t always run well do they!). Be warned it’s a long blog, make a cup of tea or coffee
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There are a lot of people to thank whom collectively helped to make our 5th ROFN Day another great day so here & in no particular order goes my best effort to do so. If I’ve missed anyone out rest assured it is a matter of diminishing grey matter rather than lack of respect. John & Marion for helping to bring things together in the lead in & co-ordinate events on the day itself. Ginger for loan of the tracker system we used to help monitor the progress of our Carneddau run. Ian & Helen for pulling the cycle sportif
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Just a quick reminder that this Saturday sees Alan Mannouch host our regular Open MIC Night, full details on our events page, hope you can make it, cool Beers etc. available until 11:00 pm!
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A final reminder that this years charity fund raiser for Nepal is nearly upon us, it would be great if you are able to come along, enjoy the variety of events going on at the café & help us raise funds which this year will help build an entirely new school in the remote Himalayan village of Prok. For full details of what’s going on simply click on our Events page to see what suits you. As to the runners among you it’d be great to have your support at some point during the day. Paul Jones, Tim Watson &
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A weekend of no racing allowed me to get out on Saturday evening for my Betws Bridge circuit, arguably too much tarmac on this 10 miler but the A.5 hill back up from Betws has some kind of hold on me, very odd. This was followed on Sunday afternoon as I finally got out for my long overdue recce for my ROFN charity run, basically how do I get from the dam at Llyn Cowlyn to Tal y Fan? Well after a little over 5 hours later I could finally say ‘well now I know, simple really’ but it’s a
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Jogging back down the Pyg track after completing this classic race with a feeling of increasing pride little did I know of the trouble I was in for back at the Café, so lets start with getting myself out of the s… with some ‘sincere’ apologies:- Sorry Angel for not giving you a kiss after you re-fuelled me at the Pen y Pass check point. Sorry Rebecca Roberts for not acknowledging your encouraging ‘Paul’ at the Carnedd Dafydd check point, I was taken aback by your subsequent greeting later in the café ‘oh, so you’re speaking to me now then,
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As I watched highlights of the Diamond League meeting last night (unusual for me to put a book down & watch the box but an inner sense must have made me do it) my two main train of thoughts were a) life is un-fair, b) need to go back to Stockholm! In truth the life is un-fair bit was only temperature related & upon reflection miss-placed. Nearly a year to the day I had run the Stockholm marathon in blistering 28 degree heat with only cold showers along the route, frequent stops at the drink stations & a fair bit
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Of course when you are running you do not always have time to take in the views you are passing but moving at a sedate jog or fast walk I was able to take in enough to form an opinion so here goes:- The most praise I can give it is that I now plan to walk Dorina around it, hopefully this year, it is more than worth a more leisurely look. I had been told of it’s gorgeous bays, undulating nature & historic sites & these it has in abundance. In parts it reminded me of Cornwall, Devon &
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Moving on:- Day 3 – Thursday 16th May – Beaumaris to Aberffraw I first awoke at 3:30, the toilet beckoned, the head feels light, the teeth were cleaned, the head feels light, ‘hit the deck Paul’, I did with a semi-controlled thump. ‘Are you O.K. darling?’ ‘probably let me lie here a while’, came my hesitant reply. I know what a pending feint feels like & had just avoided one skillfully. At breakfast we were asked if we wanted toast, it came, no breakfast order was taken, I had a fear & told Dorina, I looked at our table setting,
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Having celebrated the incredible achievements of others in yesterday’s blog it’s time to put finger to keyboard to cover my journey around Anglesey last week. Day 1 – Tuesday 14th May – Holyhead to Amlwch Tuesday saw an early rise allowing Dorina & I to reach the cafe by 6:45 am. By 7:00 I got stuck into 3 Poached Eggs, two pieces of toast & a ladle full of baked beans, proper breakfast fueling is key but alas not everyone understands that as we will see! Team J & M arrived at 7:30 as planned & despite the shambles of
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This is a great opportunity not to be missed, for members of the Alpine Club tickets will be free, for non-members they are an absolute bargain of just £5. To reserve your tickets simply contact the cafe either through our web-site all by calling us on 01690 720429. For full details visit our Events Page.
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With this weekend also seeing our regular Open MIC Night (full details on our events page) it’s time to confirm our opening hours for the Bank Holiday weekend, so here goes:- Friday 24th – 07:30 to 20:00 (Last hot food orders by 19:30) Saturday 25th – 07:30 to 23:00 (Open MIC Night, last hot food orders 19:30) Sunday 26th – 07:30 to 20:00 (Last hot food orders by 19:30) Bank Holiday Monday – 07:30 to 18:00 (Last hot food orders 17:30) The sun is shining gloriously in Capel Curig today, fingers crossed it does likewise for the weekend, we hope
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Before I get to this blog a very important that you to John, Marion & Johnathan who together posted updates on my run last week & of course this thank you extends to all those who followed my progress too. It felt great to know people were interested in what I was up to, now to more important things:- As I made my way around Anglesey last week, news began to seep in from the mainland putting my little jog into perspective, it was to be an exceptional week for Fell running in Snowdonia. First news came via team J
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With good friends John, Andy Julian having begun walking this route back in late winter on a one day a fortnight basis & my thoughts turning away from Cho Oyu to other must do’s such as running Scotland’s Great Glen in a day or two clarity began to un-fold. ‘Why go to the logistical problems of Scotland many miles away, you don’t know Anglesey as well as you should, penny firmly dropped’ There were mutterings to John but I kept it relatively under the radar until in the middle of last week with some pleasing long runs & high weekly
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It was great to see the best turnout for the Junior’s race for several years with 4 in the Under 12’s & 2 in the U.14’s. Alas from my position of race organiser things did no go according to plan with a combination of one Marshall not in the correct position, a walker sending one runner the wrong way & heavens forbid the probability that someone had reversed two directional arrows. These collectively caused a problem to some of the runners which I only began to piece together after the race. My sincerest apologies, you deserved better, I will learn
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Race day dawned with the brilliant blue skies & clear summits of the day before now obscured by a blanket of cloud but the forecast gave hope that it might clear up by race start at 2:00 pm. My fears of reduced entries due to the Welsh Champs race the next day were soon dispersed once registration opened at midday. By race start 59 runners were lined up at the start line for the pre-race photograph behind the Cotswold Outdoor banner, our race sponsors. One second before the off this increased to 60 as one final runner sprinted back to
Latest News
We are pleased to confirm that once again this summer we will have extended opening hours to help you enjoy the outside attractions before coming into the Café to relax & refuel. These extended hours start from Monday 15th July & run through to & including Sunday 25th August. During these 6 weeks we will be Open from 7:30 am until 8:00 pm 7 days a week. Please note that last hot food orders are 7:30 pm daily.
Latest News
A final reminder that with the Cafe’s car parks likely to be full as usual please can runners park on the festival field which is situated on the same side of the road as the café this year. With there being a token charge you will be supporting the Capel Curig Festival/Village funds. Looks like the overnight clouds could lift but please bring full kit just to be sure you can race no matter what the weather is.
Latest News
A reminder that both the classic Siabod Fell Race as well as the Capel Curig Festival are taking place this coming Saturday. Entry to both is highly recommended as a way to ‘relax’ in our wonderful surroundings, full details of the race are on our events page, prizes galore thanks to our sponsors Cotswold Outdoor & locals have there chance to be the first name to be inscribed on our new Mike Cousins Shield, don’t miss your chance! There is also a Junior’s race so come on Mum’s & Dad’s get your kids into the outdoors on a great little
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We said a warm thanks & farewell to Dafydd Thomas at Carnedd Daffyd a little after 11 hours after we had started out, 3 had now become 4. The initial rocky bit saw the rock god in his element as Tim pushed with me in pursuit closely followed by Peter & Paul bringing up the rear. Soon we were on the hard but easier stony path & these same stones soon began to pound into the sore soles of my feet. I needed a moan ‘Peter, this terrain is no good for sore feet’ as I passed two girls &
Latest News
Titled ‘The 2 Paul’s (& Tim) Carneddau 2,000′ Challenge’ the aim was to take in the 22 peaks on the vast Carneddau (biggest mountain mass in the U.K. outside of the Scottish Highlands) in a single day. Between computers & I (never a good mix) we reckoned it would amount to 73.9K (46.2 Miles) with 13,674 feet of ascent (& of course descent) & would take approx. 13 Hours (my best guess against the computer’s 54 Hours but of course they don’t always run well do they!). Be warned it’s a long blog, make a cup of tea or coffee
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There are a lot of people to thank whom collectively helped to make our 5th ROFN Day another great day so here & in no particular order goes my best effort to do so. If I’ve missed anyone out rest assured it is a matter of diminishing grey matter rather than lack of respect. John & Marion for helping to bring things together in the lead in & co-ordinate events on the day itself. Ginger for loan of the tracker system we used to help monitor the progress of our Carneddau run. Ian & Helen for pulling the cycle sportif
Latest News
Just a quick reminder that this Saturday sees Alan Mannouch host our regular Open MIC Night, full details on our events page, hope you can make it, cool Beers etc. available until 11:00 pm!
Latest News
A final reminder that this years charity fund raiser for Nepal is nearly upon us, it would be great if you are able to come along, enjoy the variety of events going on at the café & help us raise funds which this year will help build an entirely new school in the remote Himalayan village of Prok. For full details of what’s going on simply click on our Events page to see what suits you. As to the runners among you it’d be great to have your support at some point during the day. Paul Jones, Tim Watson &
Latest News
A weekend of no racing allowed me to get out on Saturday evening for my Betws Bridge circuit, arguably too much tarmac on this 10 miler but the A.5 hill back up from Betws has some kind of hold on me, very odd. This was followed on Sunday afternoon as I finally got out for my long overdue recce for my ROFN charity run, basically how do I get from the dam at Llyn Cowlyn to Tal y Fan? Well after a little over 5 hours later I could finally say ‘well now I know, simple really’ but it’s a
Latest News
Jogging back down the Pyg track after completing this classic race with a feeling of increasing pride little did I know of the trouble I was in for back at the Café, so lets start with getting myself out of the s… with some ‘sincere’ apologies:- Sorry Angel for not giving you a kiss after you re-fuelled me at the Pen y Pass check point. Sorry Rebecca Roberts for not acknowledging your encouraging ‘Paul’ at the Carnedd Dafydd check point, I was taken aback by your subsequent greeting later in the café ‘oh, so you’re speaking to me now then,
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As I watched highlights of the Diamond League meeting last night (unusual for me to put a book down & watch the box but an inner sense must have made me do it) my two main train of thoughts were a) life is un-fair, b) need to go back to Stockholm! In truth the life is un-fair bit was only temperature related & upon reflection miss-placed. Nearly a year to the day I had run the Stockholm marathon in blistering 28 degree heat with only cold showers along the route, frequent stops at the drink stations & a fair bit
Latest News
Of course when you are running you do not always have time to take in the views you are passing but moving at a sedate jog or fast walk I was able to take in enough to form an opinion so here goes:- The most praise I can give it is that I now plan to walk Dorina around it, hopefully this year, it is more than worth a more leisurely look. I had been told of it’s gorgeous bays, undulating nature & historic sites & these it has in abundance. In parts it reminded me of Cornwall, Devon &
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Moving on:- Day 3 – Thursday 16th May – Beaumaris to Aberffraw I first awoke at 3:30, the toilet beckoned, the head feels light, the teeth were cleaned, the head feels light, ‘hit the deck Paul’, I did with a semi-controlled thump. ‘Are you O.K. darling?’ ‘probably let me lie here a while’, came my hesitant reply. I know what a pending feint feels like & had just avoided one skillfully. At breakfast we were asked if we wanted toast, it came, no breakfast order was taken, I had a fear & told Dorina, I looked at our table setting,
Latest News
Having celebrated the incredible achievements of others in yesterday’s blog it’s time to put finger to keyboard to cover my journey around Anglesey last week. Day 1 – Tuesday 14th May – Holyhead to Amlwch Tuesday saw an early rise allowing Dorina & I to reach the cafe by 6:45 am. By 7:00 I got stuck into 3 Poached Eggs, two pieces of toast & a ladle full of baked beans, proper breakfast fueling is key but alas not everyone understands that as we will see! Team J & M arrived at 7:30 as planned & despite the shambles of
Latest News
This is a great opportunity not to be missed, for members of the Alpine Club tickets will be free, for non-members they are an absolute bargain of just £5. To reserve your tickets simply contact the cafe either through our web-site all by calling us on 01690 720429. For full details visit our Events Page.
Latest News
With this weekend also seeing our regular Open MIC Night (full details on our events page) it’s time to confirm our opening hours for the Bank Holiday weekend, so here goes:- Friday 24th – 07:30 to 20:00 (Last hot food orders by 19:30) Saturday 25th – 07:30 to 23:00 (Open MIC Night, last hot food orders 19:30) Sunday 26th – 07:30 to 20:00 (Last hot food orders by 19:30) Bank Holiday Monday – 07:30 to 18:00 (Last hot food orders 17:30) The sun is shining gloriously in Capel Curig today, fingers crossed it does likewise for the weekend, we hope
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Before I get to this blog a very important that you to John, Marion & Johnathan who together posted updates on my run last week & of course this thank you extends to all those who followed my progress too. It felt great to know people were interested in what I was up to, now to more important things:- As I made my way around Anglesey last week, news began to seep in from the mainland putting my little jog into perspective, it was to be an exceptional week for Fell running in Snowdonia. First news came via team J
Latest News
With good friends John, Andy Julian having begun walking this route back in late winter on a one day a fortnight basis & my thoughts turning away from Cho Oyu to other must do’s such as running Scotland’s Great Glen in a day or two clarity began to un-fold. ‘Why go to the logistical problems of Scotland many miles away, you don’t know Anglesey as well as you should, penny firmly dropped’ There were mutterings to John but I kept it relatively under the radar until in the middle of last week with some pleasing long runs & high weekly
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