The Llandudno Sea Triathlon took place on Saturday 23rd June. The competitors had a choice of the full or shorter ‘sprint’ courses, which involved:
- Swimming from the Lifeboat slipway – either 1500m or 750m
- Cycling around the Great Orme – four time (36 km) or two times (19km)
- Running along the promenade towards, over the Little Orme to Penrhyn Bay and back – 10km or 5km
This is now an annual event and considered to be one of the best in the UK, having been voted ‘Race of the year’ in 2010. It was great to see so many competitors and so many spectators. Even if you are not interested in Triathlons or these types of endurance sports, seeing what other people do for fun and fitness can be quite inspiring.
The Blind Veterans UK held their summer garden party last Sunday (10th June). It featured stalls, displays, barbeque, bouncy castles, the Town Band and a tank (apparently an Abbot FV433 Field Artillery self-propelled gun).
The charity helps blind veterans to discover life beyond sight loss. They provide welfare support, rehabilitation, training, long-term nursing, residential and respite care. They were established in 1915 by Sir Arthur Pearson and were originally known as St Dunstan’s. They care for veterans blinded in action and who have lost their site through accident, illness or old age.
Blind Veterans opened their Llandudno operation in 2011. They occupy the building originally known as Lady Forester’s Convalescent Home. Built in 1902, it provided free accommodation to pool convalescents from Much Wenlock and Broseley. In 1979 it became the North Wales Medical Centre, a private hospital.
North Wales Pioneer 13 June 2012
Residents of Craig y Don were set back by Sunday’s rain – but turned out to Monday’s bright skies for a party at Queen’s Park.
More than 200 people attended the party at the park, bringing picnics and browsing stalls set up by the Friends of Queen’s Park group.
Andrew Brazier, chair of the group, said: “We postponed it to the Monday. We did have the Church Hall in reserve, but the forecast for Monday was so nice we decided to postpone it – which appears to have been the right decision.”
He added: “It was exactly the event we wanted to see, with lots of people coming in and using the park.”
Although a day later than planned due to the weather, the Jubilee Picnic in the park was a great success. A quick count half-way through the afternoon suggested there were about 200 people present, and given that people came and went it is reasonable to say at least 300 attended overall.
Highlights of the day included the specially commissioned cake from Cake for all Occasions in Craig y Don, Shane Cartwright’s football, welly throwing, face painting (union jacks and crowns) the jubilee quiz and Bryan George’s commentary. Some people brought picnics whilst lots of others bought hot dogs, cakes and ‘tuck’ from the stalls.
The general chat in the days following the picnic confirmed that everyone who was there really enjoyed themselves. Comments emailed include “Thanks for organizing a fantastic day and making our park beautiful again” and “A great day. Lots of people remarked how relaxing and lovely it was, to all get together.”
The next big event for the park is the annual summer party on September 2nd. We will probably have another picnic this time next year.
It was fantastic to see the Olympic Torch in Craig y Don on Tuesday. And great that so many people turned out to show their support. This is probably a once in a life-time opportunity for everyone. We all get the chance to see Olympic torches every four years, but on the promenade near our homes may not happen again.
Steven Thomas carried the torch through Craig y Don. According to The Flintshire Chronicle, he has inspired thousands of youngsters in North Wales to get active. He was handed the torch outside of Venue Cymru.
The event was really well managed. The sponsors got their chance to show their displays to the crowds, but were long gone by the time the runners came by. Security was evident, but did not get in the way. Officials were very efficient but friendly, with the Police motorcyclists even high-fiving the many school kids as they rode past.