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Well it almost felt like the Oggie 8 all over again as 4 of us left the Café just before 6pm on Wednesday 14th August to tackle this hopefully flat course. Having set a pb on my House to Waterfall 5 mile training run 2 days before (2010 54 minutes, 2013 down to 36 minutes pretty good motivation for this Johnny come lately) I was setting off with the mind set of Blast Off & Hang on, it’s only 5K!! Dorina & Carol were eager to follow up their achievements in the Caernarfon Race the Train & our 4th ‘team’
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On Saturday 10th August 2013 we were delighted to host Sean & Ceri’s Wedding Reception. With over 80 Guests to say that Gaby had one or two Butterflies in her Stomach might be a slight understatement but I am delighted to say that her nerves slowly recovered as the afternoon moved into evening & all seemed to go very well. Starters of Mozerralla Salad & Prawn Tempura were followed by mains of Goulash & Musaka, rounded off with Cheese & Biscuits. Thankfully for Paul, Georg & Ady on Pot Washing most plates were returned to the Kitchen thoroughly clean so
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Well where have the last 4 months gone since I sat down for long enough to update you on my plans for 2013, time passing quickly is possibly more scary than some of the things I get up to these days! I won’t bore you with the various races again as I think I’ve covered those pretty well already & they have generally gone as well as I could had hoped. That said I did recently run the Dolgellau 5 Mile race in a pb despite still struggling with the Chest Infection I’d brought back from the Alps. The ‘highlight’
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On Saturday 3rd August team Siabod rendezvoud at the café at 6am. Dorina & I had camped outside the café to avoid the long journey up from Dolgellau, it was Dorina’s first night in a tent but all went well as I gave her my Andes 1,000 sleeping bag (comfy at -23 degrees) which some might say was a bit over the top for an August night in North Wales. We were awoken at 5am by the neighbouring sheep complaining about our snoring. Chris stirred from his relative Palace, the spare bedroom above the café, Mark stirred from his camper
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On Saturday we will be closing our doors at Midday so that we can begin preparations for Sean & Ceri’s Wedding Reception. We apologise for an inconvenience this may cause. Sean & Ceri are both Outdoor Enthusiasts who are getting Married at Plas y Brenin before celebrating at the Siabod Café, we hope you will understand our desire to support them on their Special Day. Our Main Car Park will still be open as normal if you want to use it as your base for the day.
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Well this was the one that I was really nervous about & had been for most of the year. As race day approached my training altered to fewer but longer runs, 4 weeks out a flat 18 miler down the Mawdach (hard), this was on top of my Welsh 1,000m race. 3 weeks out a very hilly triple loop circuit through the Coed y Brenin, 22 miles & 5,400′ of climb, had wanted to get to 26 miles but hit the wall at 18 so cut it shorter, that said the climb was bigger than that I’d be doing on
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Below is the draft race report forwarded to WFRA earlier today, what a day it was!! Under warm & sunny skies & with a good turnout of 90 runners this Classic race got underway at 14:00. From here-on however things did not go entirely to plan as less than 10 minutes later Ali Thomas came into view running back to us at the start line. It soon became clear that we had a major incident on our hands. Ross Powell who had done such a good job all week in helping me take over the race organising from him had
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Just a quick thank you required to those who have helped me in the lead up to organising this years race. Firstly Ross & Sheila for all the time, information & reminders that they have given me over several months. Cotswold Outdoor for Sponsoring the Event by providing a wide array of prizes & in particular to Emma for putting them together. Tomos for agreeing to help me mark up the course this evening. Susan for committing to helping out with the Time Keeping together with Team Dolly who are providing Radio Support. Georg for agreeing to Marshall at the
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On Monday 1st July 3 determined walkers set off from the Café with the aim of completing the Siabod challenge. All were well known to me, my partner, Dorina, Fraser Mackay the feisty 63 year old who successfully summitted Mera & Island peaks with me amongst many other adventures together & a young buck called Will Searle who last year completed the Welsh 3,000’s in approx. 13 hours & believes his next attempt will shave quite a lot of that. Alas I could not join them to begin with as Ross & Sheila were coming to the café to show
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We are all looking forward to this great race which is now less than 2 weeks away. As well as being an established classic it is also ideal for beginners to try their hand, or should that be legs, out in the fantastic world of Fell Running. Be warned though it is descending where the danger lies so take it easy until you become more competant but don’t let a few ‘frills’ put you off, it’s great fun & very rewarding. At 5.4 Miles long & with 2,300′ of ascent it is the ideal starter race & was indeed only
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At last I can sit here without the weighty thought of my first Trail Marathon fast approaching, it’s over & done with & I can now focus on organising The Moel Siabod Fell Race in 2 weeks time before driving off to the Alps with Fraser a week later. The Welsh 1,000 metre race was as always a great event, we’d been expecting a heatwave but ended up with cool cloudy summits which were far more suitable for such a strenous event. The week before I’d prepared by setting a new fastest time for our Siabod Half Round & followed
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The date has now been firmed up to tie in with both The Moel Siabod Fell Race & the Capel Curig Carnival in the hope that we can make Capel Curig the place to be & linger in for a long & relaxed (except for the runners) day. The Storyville Mob will return to headline the evening with support from ‘The Beaten Track’, Mick Hedge & a further act yet to be confirmed. He doesn’t know it yet but we are hoping to get our close friend Michael Roscoe to start things off with his Flamenco Guitar to help get
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On a beautiful Saturday afternoon I set off a bit later than planned to have a crack at beating my time set in March last year. The real aim though was to get in a good training session for next weekend’s Welsh 1,000 metre race. The conditions were nigh on perfect, a T shirt sufficed in bright sunshine but a cool breeze & conditions under foot were relatively dry. After hitting Siabod’s summit in 51 minutes I knew I was on for something good, the descent felt great & even the arduos Miner’s track up Glyder Fach seemed less steep
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Hot of the press a new act has just been added to the Bill in the form of VIN MURTAGH (The Beaten Track), thanks Vin, looking forward to hearing you, hope you like the venue too.
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Well Fraser & I gave what should be our final Nepal Presentation last Friday in a great teepee venue at the Keswick Mountain Festival. It seemed to go down well, we think, although trying to cram everything into a 45 minute slot was not easy. Still, had time for quite a few questions at the end, if you attended we hope you enjoyed it. It was the start of a frenatic weekend involving two Italian Meals, wine & great beers, a demanding 5 peak walk on Saturday in heavy rain & rounded off by my first Trail race in The
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We are pleased to be welcoming back The Storyville Mob to headline our next music night this coming Bank Holiday Weekend. They will be supported by Aaron Cooper who we be playing at the Siabod for the first time. As usual things should kick off at 7:30 p.m., Admission is free & our Drinks License is extended to 23:00. We hope to see you here for what we hope will be another great evening of entertainment. Gaby, Dorina & Paul.
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Our thanks to John & Marian of Chasing the Light for putting together a great night in support of Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue. A great turn out filled the room so thanks to all of you who came along. The evening was started off by John who surprised Paul a framed print of his Mera Peak Summitting before an interesting talk got underway together with Audio Visuals covering subjects as varied as Mont Blanc & a Farmer’s year in Snowdonia, excellent. John was more than ably supported by Sarah Ridgeway of RunSnowdonia fame who showed results with her head camera
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Where have recent weeks gone, feel like I’m in the heart of racing season now with two big races out of the way & two harder ones just around the corner. I’ll start with the ones under my belt. 3 weeks ago the snow finally left the Moelwyn summits literally a day or so before the Moelwyn Race & we awoke on race day to near perfect conditions, wall to wall (or should that be mountain to mountain) sunshine & a stiff breeze that seemed to relent quiet early into the race. At the start a quick chat with Mike
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My apologies but what with races, ML Assessment prep & a seemingly constant spinning head I am posting this blog a little late but better late than never & hopefully many of you are already aware of it’s subject. This Friday, yes 3rd May, we are delighted to welcome John Rowell of Chasing the Light to the cafe for what will be an extremely interesting & instructive evening discussing both Photographic Skills to capture the wonders of Snowdonia as well as ideas on how once captured we can enhance our enjoyment of these photographs for years to come. John will
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Looking ahead to next Sunday’s event starting from Llanwrst at 12:00. I think last Saturday’s Moelwyn Race has done me good, although the 1:7 hill coming up from Trefriw is, to be fair, playing on my mind. I was hoping to stand out from the crowd by running in a Cotswold Oudoor T shirt in order to pay them back for recent support over Nepal & our subsequent Presentation Evening but alas have left it too late so they’ll just have to cheer me on screaming he bought that, that & that from us you know! Had a good training
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Well it almost felt like the Oggie 8 all over again as 4 of us left the Café just before 6pm on Wednesday 14th August to tackle this hopefully flat course. Having set a pb on my House to Waterfall 5 mile training run 2 days before (2010 54 minutes, 2013 down to 36 minutes pretty good motivation for this Johnny come lately) I was setting off with the mind set of Blast Off & Hang on, it’s only 5K!! Dorina & Carol were eager to follow up their achievements in the Caernarfon Race the Train & our 4th ‘team’
Latest News
On Saturday 10th August 2013 we were delighted to host Sean & Ceri’s Wedding Reception. With over 80 Guests to say that Gaby had one or two Butterflies in her Stomach might be a slight understatement but I am delighted to say that her nerves slowly recovered as the afternoon moved into evening & all seemed to go very well. Starters of Mozerralla Salad & Prawn Tempura were followed by mains of Goulash & Musaka, rounded off with Cheese & Biscuits. Thankfully for Paul, Georg & Ady on Pot Washing most plates were returned to the Kitchen thoroughly clean so
Latest News
Well where have the last 4 months gone since I sat down for long enough to update you on my plans for 2013, time passing quickly is possibly more scary than some of the things I get up to these days! I won’t bore you with the various races again as I think I’ve covered those pretty well already & they have generally gone as well as I could had hoped. That said I did recently run the Dolgellau 5 Mile race in a pb despite still struggling with the Chest Infection I’d brought back from the Alps. The ‘highlight’
Latest News
On Saturday 3rd August team Siabod rendezvoud at the café at 6am. Dorina & I had camped outside the café to avoid the long journey up from Dolgellau, it was Dorina’s first night in a tent but all went well as I gave her my Andes 1,000 sleeping bag (comfy at -23 degrees) which some might say was a bit over the top for an August night in North Wales. We were awoken at 5am by the neighbouring sheep complaining about our snoring. Chris stirred from his relative Palace, the spare bedroom above the café, Mark stirred from his camper
Latest News
On Saturday we will be closing our doors at Midday so that we can begin preparations for Sean & Ceri’s Wedding Reception. We apologise for an inconvenience this may cause. Sean & Ceri are both Outdoor Enthusiasts who are getting Married at Plas y Brenin before celebrating at the Siabod Café, we hope you will understand our desire to support them on their Special Day. Our Main Car Park will still be open as normal if you want to use it as your base for the day.
Latest News
Well this was the one that I was really nervous about & had been for most of the year. As race day approached my training altered to fewer but longer runs, 4 weeks out a flat 18 miler down the Mawdach (hard), this was on top of my Welsh 1,000m race. 3 weeks out a very hilly triple loop circuit through the Coed y Brenin, 22 miles & 5,400′ of climb, had wanted to get to 26 miles but hit the wall at 18 so cut it shorter, that said the climb was bigger than that I’d be doing on
Latest News
Below is the draft race report forwarded to WFRA earlier today, what a day it was!! Under warm & sunny skies & with a good turnout of 90 runners this Classic race got underway at 14:00. From here-on however things did not go entirely to plan as less than 10 minutes later Ali Thomas came into view running back to us at the start line. It soon became clear that we had a major incident on our hands. Ross Powell who had done such a good job all week in helping me take over the race organising from him had
Latest News
Just a quick thank you required to those who have helped me in the lead up to organising this years race. Firstly Ross & Sheila for all the time, information & reminders that they have given me over several months. Cotswold Outdoor for Sponsoring the Event by providing a wide array of prizes & in particular to Emma for putting them together. Tomos for agreeing to help me mark up the course this evening. Susan for committing to helping out with the Time Keeping together with Team Dolly who are providing Radio Support. Georg for agreeing to Marshall at the
Latest News
On Monday 1st July 3 determined walkers set off from the Café with the aim of completing the Siabod challenge. All were well known to me, my partner, Dorina, Fraser Mackay the feisty 63 year old who successfully summitted Mera & Island peaks with me amongst many other adventures together & a young buck called Will Searle who last year completed the Welsh 3,000’s in approx. 13 hours & believes his next attempt will shave quite a lot of that. Alas I could not join them to begin with as Ross & Sheila were coming to the café to show
Latest News
We are all looking forward to this great race which is now less than 2 weeks away. As well as being an established classic it is also ideal for beginners to try their hand, or should that be legs, out in the fantastic world of Fell Running. Be warned though it is descending where the danger lies so take it easy until you become more competant but don’t let a few ‘frills’ put you off, it’s great fun & very rewarding. At 5.4 Miles long & with 2,300′ of ascent it is the ideal starter race & was indeed only
Latest News
At last I can sit here without the weighty thought of my first Trail Marathon fast approaching, it’s over & done with & I can now focus on organising The Moel Siabod Fell Race in 2 weeks time before driving off to the Alps with Fraser a week later. The Welsh 1,000 metre race was as always a great event, we’d been expecting a heatwave but ended up with cool cloudy summits which were far more suitable for such a strenous event. The week before I’d prepared by setting a new fastest time for our Siabod Half Round & followed
Latest News
The date has now been firmed up to tie in with both The Moel Siabod Fell Race & the Capel Curig Carnival in the hope that we can make Capel Curig the place to be & linger in for a long & relaxed (except for the runners) day. The Storyville Mob will return to headline the evening with support from ‘The Beaten Track’, Mick Hedge & a further act yet to be confirmed. He doesn’t know it yet but we are hoping to get our close friend Michael Roscoe to start things off with his Flamenco Guitar to help get
Latest News
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon I set off a bit later than planned to have a crack at beating my time set in March last year. The real aim though was to get in a good training session for next weekend’s Welsh 1,000 metre race. The conditions were nigh on perfect, a T shirt sufficed in bright sunshine but a cool breeze & conditions under foot were relatively dry. After hitting Siabod’s summit in 51 minutes I knew I was on for something good, the descent felt great & even the arduos Miner’s track up Glyder Fach seemed less steep
Latest News
Hot of the press a new act has just been added to the Bill in the form of VIN MURTAGH (The Beaten Track), thanks Vin, looking forward to hearing you, hope you like the venue too.
Latest News
Well Fraser & I gave what should be our final Nepal Presentation last Friday in a great teepee venue at the Keswick Mountain Festival. It seemed to go down well, we think, although trying to cram everything into a 45 minute slot was not easy. Still, had time for quite a few questions at the end, if you attended we hope you enjoyed it. It was the start of a frenatic weekend involving two Italian Meals, wine & great beers, a demanding 5 peak walk on Saturday in heavy rain & rounded off by my first Trail race in The
Latest News
We are pleased to be welcoming back The Storyville Mob to headline our next music night this coming Bank Holiday Weekend. They will be supported by Aaron Cooper who we be playing at the Siabod for the first time. As usual things should kick off at 7:30 p.m., Admission is free & our Drinks License is extended to 23:00. We hope to see you here for what we hope will be another great evening of entertainment. Gaby, Dorina & Paul.
Latest News
Our thanks to John & Marian of Chasing the Light for putting together a great night in support of Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue. A great turn out filled the room so thanks to all of you who came along. The evening was started off by John who surprised Paul a framed print of his Mera Peak Summitting before an interesting talk got underway together with Audio Visuals covering subjects as varied as Mont Blanc & a Farmer’s year in Snowdonia, excellent. John was more than ably supported by Sarah Ridgeway of RunSnowdonia fame who showed results with her head camera
Latest News
Where have recent weeks gone, feel like I’m in the heart of racing season now with two big races out of the way & two harder ones just around the corner. I’ll start with the ones under my belt. 3 weeks ago the snow finally left the Moelwyn summits literally a day or so before the Moelwyn Race & we awoke on race day to near perfect conditions, wall to wall (or should that be mountain to mountain) sunshine & a stiff breeze that seemed to relent quiet early into the race. At the start a quick chat with Mike
Latest News
My apologies but what with races, ML Assessment prep & a seemingly constant spinning head I am posting this blog a little late but better late than never & hopefully many of you are already aware of it’s subject. This Friday, yes 3rd May, we are delighted to welcome John Rowell of Chasing the Light to the cafe for what will be an extremely interesting & instructive evening discussing both Photographic Skills to capture the wonders of Snowdonia as well as ideas on how once captured we can enhance our enjoyment of these photographs for years to come. John will
Latest News
Looking ahead to next Sunday’s event starting from Llanwrst at 12:00. I think last Saturday’s Moelwyn Race has done me good, although the 1:7 hill coming up from Trefriw is, to be fair, playing on my mind. I was hoping to stand out from the crowd by running in a Cotswold Oudoor T shirt in order to pay them back for recent support over Nepal & our subsequent Presentation Evening but alas have left it too late so they’ll just have to cheer me on screaming he bought that, that & that from us you know! Had a good training
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