Fraser’s Story

ROFN Challenge – 7/8th August 2020

At 6.35pm on Sat 8th August 12 loops of the scenic “Capel Curig Circle” (4.325 miles) was achieved – some 51.90 miles in a walking/jogging time of 16hrs 44mins. The Challenge commenced at 9pm on Friday 7th and darkness was with us until 5.05am on Sat and at last we could see the challenging under foot conditions we dealt with to “stay vertical”!! Special congratulations to Johnny Owen for his first charity challenge, the first time he walked at night and led the loops for a total of 25.95 miles with an acceptable time of 8hrs 15mins.

I continued to walk/jog for the next 4 loops and here I averaged a time of 79mins per loop. With an extremely sore left ankle I had to walk the last two loops taking 96mins on each.

I shared a few photos on my Facebook post to give “a feel” of the challenge and the beauty that surrounded us during the day time hours. I split the “Capel Curig Circle” into the following six sections (all done clockwise) which helped me to complete the 12 loop demanding challenge:

  1. Leaving the cafe to the Plas y Brenin National Outdoor Centre.

  2. Farming fields and gates to Joe Browns.

  3. Demanding section from St Curig’s Church to the top bridge.

  4. The top moor section looking onto Moel Siabod.

  5. The steep descent through the woods, along the road and over the bridge and by the river to the stile.

  6. Over the stile and into the assault course and the level track back to the cafe.

My good friend Fiona Duckers (running in the event) made the comments – “what a stunning route” and this best sums it up.

I end by thanking all the kind people who took the time to sponsor me, so good of you, all the people who took part/supported the event and to Dorina Savu and Team at the café for the wonderful service.

The school project is away to a good start. More info at

Fraser Mackay

10th August 2020

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