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|Subject: Fforest Fields, Powys, Wales Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:01 am|| |
We've just had another fantastic weekend at Fforest Fields campsite in mid Wales nr Builth Wells, in support of our friends who are mad enough to run in the annual Man vs Horse race.
We arrived late Friday after a picnic stop at Usk Castle (well the car park anyway), pitched the pop up tent then provided tea and coffee for those still putting up their tents in the failing light.
The runners left early (ish) in the morning and the support crew headed up by Tallulah arrived a few minutes before the start to wave them off.
The horses start 15mins later which is always a spectacle - 50+ horses and riders heading off at pace after the runners!
Some people run as a 3-person team so there are two changeover points where supporters gather to cheer on their friends. There also happens to be a stream for all participants to cross at each of these points which adds to the fun, humans tend to slow down to cross, horses speed up!!
Racing done, its back to the campsite for a BBQ and with that done all of the non runners including LOTS of kids, have a mass game of football - less football, just lots of running and fun to wear them (the kids) out before bed.
The adults then normally sit around a fire pit chatting and drinking, but on this occasion, we congregated around a car and listened to the footy on the radio - no phone signal, minimal wifi.
Sunday morning, breakfast done and weather permitting we then make good use of the on site lake, and free to use kayaks (£20 key deposit) although on this occasion we took out own kayak and took turns, swimming, jumping, splashing and kayaking around.
We started packing up after lunch and left around 4pm, stopping at Usk Castle once again, this time for fish and chips.
Home, unpack, sleep.
It's quite a trek for a weekend, but great fun and being June we generally get good weather so it's well worth it and we highly recommend the site which has excellent facilities, is very friendly and has lots to do.
We have some pics but I haven't looked through them yet. We saw two other Brazi Bays on our way on Friday, one baby blue under white aqua heading east just after Leigh Delamere services on the M4 at 7pm and the other an all white (possible self converted?) 2010 aqua with a trailer and looooooong drawbar to accommodate a 4m canoe over the top, in the Servern Bridge toll queue at 7:30pm.
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