Taffia Fish & Chip Run - 13th May 2023

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Taffia Fish & Chip Run - 13th May 2023

Taffia Fish & Chip Run - 13th May 2023

The Taffia are already working hard on the plans for the 2023 Taffia Fish & Chip Run which will take place on for Saturday 13th May.  We’re already looking forward to welcoming friends, old and new, to Wales.

Over 200 cars took part in 2022’s F&C Run.  We were pleasantly surprised by the increasing popularity of the event and the fact that almost 100 were F&C Run first timers.  For 2023 we will not only be bringing you all the benefits of a day out with the Taffia, sampling some of the best scenery in Wales, but also hope to offer a bit extra for those with the time and inclination.  More of that anon.

If you’ve never heard of the Fish & Chip Run – where have you been? It’s an annual one-day blat that takes you from Chepstow to the picturesque seaside resort of Aberdyfi on the Welsh coast some 140 miles away. It’s now arguably the biggest annual event in the Club’s calendar. John Martin’s excellent video provides a great overview of the event.

The 280-mile round trip covers some of the finest roads in Wales, taking in: the Top Gear Black Mountain test road, Epynt Ranges, Beulah rollercoaster and the Staylittle Pass across the rooftop of Wales before we reach the prom at Aderdyfi for Fish & Chips.  We then reverse the route and meander back to Chepstow.

A route book, with full written road directions and suggested fuel stops, will be available online in advance to pre-registered participants, with paper copies available to members who register on the day.

It’s worth noting that while the route remains familiar, we are planning a number of changes, additions and options.  In particular:

  • The start will now be from Hanley Farm Shop at Tidenham (NP167NA), just outside Chepstow on the A48.  It has more than enough room for all our cars as well as excellent catering.
  • For those thinking of turning the event into weekend we’ll be adding a couple of extra short optional circular blats – one en-route to Aberdyfi and another for Sunday morning taking in roads north of Aberdyfi. Each should take no more than an hour and both provide great scenery and refreshment stops.
  • To provide an added opportunity to socialise we’re looking to hold a BBQ at Hanley’s on the Friday evening.
  • Our popular Pop-Up campsite will be operating again in the large garden of a Taffia member.

Once again, we’ll be looking to raise money for Prostate Cancer Research.  In 2022 the event raised a fabulous £2,500 for the charity.  We’re suggesting a minimum donation of £10 per car.  You can donate via the Club’s dedicated F&C Run Just Giving page.

If you are intending to join us for the 2023 F&C Run, please can you complete this short questionnaire. Your responses will not only help us to manage the event logistics but also enable us to add you to the pre-registration list.

Andrew Wiggins (1360Rallye)

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Will be there as It is the highlight of my Sevening year. 

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Form completed.

Hotel booked already

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Nice one Andrew Thumb Up

form all completed 

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Well done and thank you, count us in!! Form completed and B + B booked. 

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Very well done, and 'Thank You', Andrew.

Alan

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Thank you to the people who've already completed the questionnaire - we've had 50 replies so far. The prospect of a BBQ on the Friday evening is already proving popular.
 

Thank you also for the comments and suggestions - they will help us organising the event.  
 

One comment that's come up a few times is the provision of parking in Aberdyfi.  I think the issue of a car park that was rammed this year was down to a combination of a bumper entry, glorious weather and a general public was emerging from two years of restrictions.
 

We'll look at the options but I suspect that the practicalities (and cost) of effectively taking over around half of the sea front car park's 260 capacity for the day will mean we have to take our chances.  A possible solution, if we have another bumper entry, could be encouraging participants to stagger their arrival times (we plan to provide some suggestions). We'll also look at alternative overflow parking.

Andrew

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Andrew. any rules about non-Seven participation. I'm thinking fairly raucous TVR 

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Interesting new starting location and the idea of a Friday night BBQ sounds great!

One question though, from this new starting point, I'm assuming this will mean all cars will have to drive through the centre of Chepstow on a Saturday morning - could this cause a problem? Probably worrying about nothing, but thought I'd mention.

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A field within walking distance of the chippy would make a  good car park.  Apart from fields opposite the station, there don't seem any obvious places.  

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Hi Nick

We don't anticipate that the switch of start location will cause any significant issues.  In fact it might help us in being able to stagger departures as folks enjoy alfresco bacon butties (the full breakfast offering at Hanley's is also good - but given the size of the cafe -  this sit down option will be limited).  They also sell all kinds of baked treats...we've done plenty of 'research'!

Andrew