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Reach Out for Nepal – 2020

August 7 @ 9:00 pm - August 8 @ 9:00 pm


Nepal has suffered more than most countries during 2020, heavy snow falls throughout a prolonged winter, a continuing Lockdown, loss of tourism the list goes on, we need to help as best we can, our problems are but small in this context.

I don’t see with the current restrictions how we can hold our Reach Out for Nepal day in it’s normal format but fund raising we must so here’s the plan.

At 9:00 pm (sunset) on Friday 7th August I plan to set off on a 24 Hour charity run to try & do what I failed to do in 2016, run 100 miles. My plan is to run my normal recovery route, a circuit of Capel Curig as many times as that takes, to be precise 23 times & then add 680 metres to that (the metres may very subject to my Garmin). The circuit is 4.325 miles long (6.9K) with 155 metres of ascent per lap giving a total ascent/descent of 3,565 metres or 11,693 feet in old money (not ideal but this is Capel Curig after all). Still approx. 6,000 feet less than 2016 so I’m trying to look on the bright side despite a doggy ankle whilst going to press.

Now this is where you come in, are you missing racing, thought so, so come & join me. For a small Donation I invite you runners of all abilities to come & join me on a socially distance loop at my dawdling pace so that I can show you the route. Then at a time of your choice you set off for a loop on your own at your race pace timing yourself & reporting that timing to John Rowell & Mike Lees once you get back to the Cafe. John & Mike will create an age category leader board for both Ladies & Gents to show how the ‘solo race’ is developing. By the powers of modern technology (obviously nothing to do with me) the Leader board will be relayed to a TV Screen for all in the Cafe to see. No prizes except welcome back to ‘racing’ albeit solo. This is how it should work:-

  • Arrive at the cafe when it suits you between 8:30 pm on Friday 7th & circa 7:00 pm on Saturday 8th August. Trail shoes or Fell Shoes of your choice for a variety off terrain including some slippery stones here & there.
  • Join me for a slow recce lap.
  • Fill in a form with your name, Male/Female & age & donate to ROFN, I’m suggesting £5 or more per fast lap.
  • Walk to the start/finish which is the red post box on the other side of the A.5. & then time your lap. At the road crossings relax & simply stop your watch until it is safe to cross & re-start before you start to cross.
  • After you finish simply stop your watch, cross the road & give your time to John & Mike.
  • You can do as many fast laps as you want (i.e. if you are leading your category & someone pips your time you can try & re-claim top spot) but a donation per fast lap would be needed for it to be registered by John & Mike.
  • Optional Quiz for the runners, in a separate but linked competition Mike Lees with have a quiz sheet (maybe 20 or so general knowledge questions). For each correct answer a runner can reduce his lap time by 10 seconds & that way might ‘overtake’ a fast dimwit, just adds a bit of fun, no leader board but a small price for the fastest/intelligent Lady & Gent. To enter this another small donation please, say £2 or more?

So please come along, support Nepal & enjoy a run or two or more around Capel (social distancing to apply).

My Achilles is a concern but if I should falter there will be a back up plan (there will be some runners on hand to recce the route with) so the ‘solo race’ will happen no matter what happens to me.


August 7 @ 9:00 pm
August 8 @ 9:00 pm


Moel Siabod Cafe
A.5, Capel Curig
Betws y Coed,ConwyLL24 0ELUnited Kingdom


Paul Hodges