Paul’s Blog – Apologies & Updates

I could use the excuse that it’s been a busy couple of months & that I seem to have been here there & everywhere recently for failing to blog with my usual attention to detail but in truth that would not be good form, so simply put I apologise for my failure to update on both the important & less important events connected to either the cafe or myself this summer.

I plan to correct this in the coming days, covering Reach Out for Nepal, Siabod Fell race, Forthcoming Events as well as my own exploits although the latter will be mercifully brief as time has long passed some of them by.

So here goes with the first, The Moel Siabod Fell Race:-

There is a race report on both the WFRA web-site & Eryri Harriers web-site which covers the Senior’s race in detail so I won’t repeat myself here other than to re-thank all those who supported/took part on the day. However whilst I was away in the Alps we were contacted & asked what about the Junior’s race, there is no mention of it! Guilty as charged with my only excuse being that strictly I’d allowed underage entrants to take part & thus consciously avoided reporting on it. Despite mitigating this breach of WFRA rules by insisting that the Jones’ brothers mum ran with them I felt it best not to go into print, but on reflection I am now happy to do so.

The race was contested between Maisy Parry, Tom Jones & Gruff Jones, after a short race briefing covering the marked course, Marshall positions & route description the race got underway at 14:05 just 5 minutes after the senior’s. The route takes a lovely anti-clockwise circuit through Bryn Egan forest initially on a good forest track before climbing steeply on a technical but delightful single track path before the long descent to the finish on another good forest track. Less than 15 minutes after setting off Maisy came into view speeding out of the woods towards the bridge & the finish line which she crossed in 15:25, very impressive for an 11 year old. Next up was Gruff in 18:10 well clear of Tom in 22:05 who dare I say it could have been holding a little back to keep his mum company! They each received a good cheer from the crowd as well as a chocolate bar for taking part. So well done to you Maisy, Gruff & Tom (& Mum) & lets hope you will come along next year & encourage some friends to join you for what is after all a lovely route.

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