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  • Writer's pictureChris Wainwright

The Cross Foxes newsletter, July 2021

Welcome to the second newsletter of the Cross Foxes Trawsfynydd.

Mountain Biking and The Great Outdoors

During July we bumped into a gang of extreme athletes doing a trial run of a 24 hour Enduro involving kayaking, mountain biking and mountain running. It looks like serious stuff and we hope that next year they will be back using the Cross as their base. We also met Connaire Cann, long distance biker and outdoor specialist, more of him to come. We came across 3 guys at the Lakeside just getting their sea kayaks out of the water. On their 7 mile adventure they had encountered 2 ospreys and had had their boats bumped by some 'seriously large pike'.

Still on the water, fisherman Dave Williams came back with his pal Pete and they caught a bucket of trout to add to the giant pike they caught last month.

It doesn't need to involve a bike or water, you can go and get yourself shot to bits at the paintballing experience up the road near Caernarfon. That photo is not an outbreak of ringworm!

Rugby and the Lions

We've had a big rugby month. The lions tests began well when Llangollen rugby club took over our bar after their match against Porthmadog. That match itself was extraordinary because manager Ben achieved the unique feat of being yellow carded twice. Maybe the referee is a relative. The third test was very poorly attended which probably led directly to the Lions narrow defeat on the day.

Shame on you Trawsfynydd!

A Great victory

After that Llangollen game, manager Ben had dislocated his ankle (I did warn him). On the Wednesday he had it put back into place and on the Saturday he was boxing at New Ferry on the Wirral sponsored by The Cross Foxes. Ben won the UBC belt by Technical Knockout and Porthmadog boxing club achieved 4 wins out of 5 on the card.

The first movie star since the filming of First Night set foot in the Cross Foxes this month when Hollywood wannabe Steve O'Keefe stayed over with his glamorous trophy girlfriend. We hope he is going to come back with his other friends such as Keanu and Leonardo, but he certainly enjoyed his time here.

Wealthy businessman Tim Carty won our last subscribers draw and, low and behold out of the hat came Steve O'Keefe's brother Martin, the manager of Birkenhead Park Rugby Club and a former North of England star. He had brought the infamous rugby stag do to the Cross just after we reopened.

This Summer

Its a very unique situation this year because being just reopened we do have vacancies. Get your diary out and plan a group adventure. Amongst my favourite activities this month were river and lake swimming, stunning walks, gravel biking and belly boarding. The food is getting rave reviews from everybody and our Guinness is 'too good'. Have a good summer, hope to see you all here.

Coming soon: Gravel weekends, Outdoor survival course and Fisherman's get together.

See you at the end of August.

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