North Wales Training Camp Diary – Part 3

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What the typical Oxford student does to relax in Llandudno!

Day three started with a pre-breakfast run along the promenade. Towels in hand we arrived at a freshwater pool where we stretched off from the previous day’s training. Of course, a bit of fun was had as well, so several rounds of ‘bulldog’ proceeded before we headed back to the hostel for breakfast.

The mornings training saw us scaling a suitably large hill on the Llandudno coastline. It was great to see the effort and determination from all the guys to reach the summit where we were treated to a stunning view of the town below – just reward for our efforts. Before beginning the descent, the group took a minute to reflect on the first few days of training, and just what it meant to be an Oxford rugby player – a very special moment indeed.

Back at the hostel, Team Secretary Henry Lamont had arranged a team bonding trip to a treetop adventure park. The thought of zip-lines and high ropes put smiles on many faces, with the notable exception of one. Fergus Taylor is a very large man, which made his sweaty brow and shakey feet all the more amusing as we completed the various obstacles of the high ropes course. The congratulatory cheer that went up on Ferg’s completion of the course comes a long way to show just how much this group has gelled over the last few days together.

This evening, we were treated to a delicious burger and chips supper at celebrity chef Bryn Williams’ restaurant in Conway Bay. The speed at which dinner was completed was a testament to the high level of cooking, and we all thoroughly enjoyed what no one could deny was the best meal of the trip so far. Back at the hostel and spirits are high after the fun afternoon and evening. Tomorrow promises to be another tough one, but the progress is notable. We look forward to the challenge.

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