Welcome to the Coast 2 Coast Run 2022
The Coast 2 Coast Run 2022 will be held during the night of Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th of June. Entry and merchandising is available solely through the Club Triumph Shop on the Website from February 19th. There is a thread on the Forum to provide the latest information to keep potential entrants up to date.
The provisional route of the event is to start at the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways Harbour Station, Porthmadog, to drive through the Snowdonia National Park and the Welsh Coast Road to Cardigan, then through The Black Hills and the Brecon Beacons to a mandatory rest stop immediately before crossing the Severn Bridge. The route then continues through Cheddar Gorge and across Salisbury Plain, along the Weald to a well earned breakfast at The Pilot Inn, Dungeness. This is a distance of approximately 460 miles.
Entrants need to be aware that access to Porthmadog is restricted due to the mountainous terrain. Saturday is the hotel changeover day so traffic in and out of Porthmadog is heavy and long delays are expected. Further, hotel accommodation is very limited, although a new Premiere Inn will be open by 25th June. Getting there will require some planning and in view of the event’s social activity, described below, it is worth getting there, or near there, on Friday or even before. If you are going to book accommodation, book as soon as you have entered the event otherwise you may be disappointed.
The starting point will be at The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways Harbour Station, Porthmadog, LL49 9NF. The dinner will be in the Spooner’s Cafe on the Station from 16:30. Parking for entrants will be in The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways reserved section of the Llyn Bach Car Park, which is close to the station. The event will start at 19:00.
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The Mandatory Halt
There will be a mandatory stop at Magor Motorway Services Eastbound, NP26 3YL, on the M4. Most of the caterers will be closed, but WH Smiths will have Starbucks vending machines and sandwiches available.
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The finish will be at The Pilot Inn, Dungeness, Kent, TN29 9NJ at around 08:00. Breakfast will be available from this time. For your route home afterwards the M20 is not too far away.
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The route will be available as .gpx files for use on Garmin and Tomtom satnavs and these files will be available as Google Routes for use on smart phones. For those teams wanting to use traditional paper maps, the Google Routes that will be issued can be used to view and transfer the route to your road atlas. This can be done using any Windows/Linux/Apple computer without any additional software. But due to the limitations on the free version of Google Routes, the C2C route has to be split into about three sections to ensure that it accurately follows the SatNav routes. Entry will be limited to 50 cars. A reserve list will be maintained if the numbers exceed this.
The carbon emissions created by this event will be offset through the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs’ Carbon Balancing Scheme (FBHVC). Full details of the scheme can be found through the following links:
The price of entry is £25. This covers entry into the event, FBHVC Carbon Balancing, car stickers and a finisher’s souvenir. Merchandise and The Social Activity, if purchased, will be additional. Food consumed at the restaurants is at the entrant’s expense (main courses will typically be around £10-£12). Fuel, car preparation, any tolls, fines etc., getting to and from the event are also at the entrant’s expense.
Vehicle entrants must be club members, but they need not own the vehicle entered. Crew members need not be Club Triumph members. Club Triumph Supplementary Regulations apply and can be viewed on the Website. Current MSUK and national Covid-19 requirements will be rigorously enforced. Please note that although a
MSUK Permit will be applied for, entrants do not need an MSUK RS Clubman or other competition licence.
The Social Activity
By Mike Buck - Photo by Mike Buck., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2931882
For this year’s additional social activity C2C 2022 entrants have been privileged to be offered a guided tour of the Ffestiniog Railway’s Boston Lodge Locomotive Works. The Ffestiniog Railway is the world’s oldest independent railway company, being established in 1836. It has World Heritage status. These works have just secured £4M funding to conserve and redevelop what is the oldest steam locomotive factory and operating works in the world, having manufactured steam locomotives in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
The General Manager, Paul Lewin, will conduct two “money can’t buy” two hour tours of the works. These tours will take place from 10:30 to 13:00 and from 13:55 to 15:55 on Saturday 25th June. They will be informative and amusing. He will explain to you how steam locomotives are operated, maintained, rebuilt and built from new. You can learn how steam locomotives work and Paul Lewin will answer your questions. If you are interested in steam engines this is just too good to miss, you won’t get another opportunity like it!
In addition you can be a driver for a fiver. If demand is sufficient, an engine will be in steam and event entrants can be “instructed” in driving a steam engine within the confines of the works. These events will need to be booked as purchases through the Club Triumph Shop on the Club Triumph Website. Free for the tours, £5.00, payable directly to The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway, to drive the locomotive.
There are many other interesting activities and sites to visit in the Porthadog area and if you have the time it is worth organising a mini-break in the area. There are runs on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, there is Portmerion, home to The Prisoner TV series starring Patrick Mcgoohan and Snowdon National Park.
For those who like aircraft it may be possible to see NATO air forces training nearby in the famous Mach Loop, where after a bit of a clamber you can look down on aircraft flying at 500 feet and 500mph through the Corris Uchaf (A487 between Dolgellau and Machynlleth).
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Club Triumph looks forward to seeing you in Porthmadog.