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Sunday 10 December 1978
1000
Day ride: Cotley Castle
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Our run to Cotley Castle took place on the greyest of winter days, with only three of us out. Tha main problem was finding somewhere dry for lunch. Refuge was eventually found under the corrugated iron roof of a cattle shed where lunch was had, and then – a hasty retreat home through Luton and Ideford.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 17 December 1978
1000
Day ride: Lustleigh Cleave
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Not content with losing Frank and Basil on our Avon Dam run a few weeks earlier, we lost them again on the run to Lustleigh Cleave! Once again a search party was sent out but with no success so we had lunch at the Cleeve and then made tracks for home via Bovey Tracey and Teigngrace. We caught up with the lost pair once again at Newton Abbot.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 24 December 1978Day ride: Christmas Cheer Run
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The Christmas Cheer run on Christmas Eve was very enjoyable, with Colin, Basil and myself riding out via Gappah and Ideford to the Ship Inn at Cockwood where we met Don and Grace Hassal for a light meal which was very good indeed and reasonably priced.

We all went back to Dawlish along the sea-front and were lucky to dodge the huge waves breaking over the wall. After a brief stop for a welcome cup of coffee at Don and Grace’s we headed for home via Teignmouth and Combe-in-Teignhead.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 31 December 1978
1000
Day ride: Penquit
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The run to Penquit was cancelled due to the snow.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 7 January 1979
1415
Afternoon ride: Hennock Reservoirs
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Four were out on the first afternoon ride to Hennock Reservoirs the following week. The scenery was like that of another planet, with great walls of snow disappearing into thick fog and Trenchford Reservoir frozen solid!

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 14 January 1979
1000
Day ride: Unknown
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The weather has still dampened enthusiasm for recent runs, but the “Old Faithfuls” still return each week for another dampening!

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 21 January 1979
1000
Day ride: Kenn
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On 21st January we had an enjoyable run to Kenn where we met up with Don Hassal. We had a fairly dry, although cold, run into Starcross, where we stopped for tea at the Old Georgian Café, who looked after us very well indeed.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 28 January 1979Day ride: Millcombe
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The following week our run to Millcombe was a wash-out, although the turnout included Sue Shepley and three of “the lads” as our youthful followers are known. Our route to Ashprington proved very interesting as we took the footpath along the river and, had there been a little more sunshine, the scenery would have been very spectacular. Unfortunately the run ended in a bus shelter at Tuckenhay, where we sheltered form the pouring rain which continued throughout the brisk return journey which followed.

There has been renewed young interest in the Section with a new lad, Raymond Snelling, who braved the rain to come out on his first run, and we are hoping to see two more new youngsters when the weather improves.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 4 February 1979
1415
Afternoon ride: Unknown
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Sunday 11 February 1979
1000
Day ride: North Bovey
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It was back into the snow for our run to North Bovey. Although none actually fell, the surface snow increased as we headed towards Moretonhampstead and then continued on to North Bovey, after which we found the going a bit tricky on the thick slush as we headed down through Manaton to Bovey Tracey, and then finally home through Teigngrace.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 18 February 1979
1000
Day ride: Gara Bridge
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Sunday 25 February 1979
1000
Day ride: Hembury Woods
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Sunday 4 March 1979
1415
Afternoon ride: Denbury
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In addition to last month’s new member, another keen youngster, Gary French of Torquay, has joined us and proved to be very enthusiastic.

The March afternoon run was a great success, mainly due to the great hospitality of John and Win Reynolds who made us tea at their Denbury home. Ten were out, including Gary, Raymond (Cake Eater Extraordinaire) and another new lad, Paul, from Brixham. All were indeed very well looked after.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 11 March 1979
1000
Day ride: Blackpool Sands
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Our ride to Blackpool Sands we thought we’d end up sheltering in the bus shelter at Tuckenhay again but, fortunately, we dodged the showers and found a damp but sheltered hedgerow for lunch. Afterwards we dropped down to the beach and climbed the long hill to Dartmouth where we reluctantly parted with 25 pence each to cross on the ferry and then braved the long drag over the top of Brixham. But we made up for it on the run down the other side.

(Graham Brodie)

Saturday 17 March 1979Weekend ride: Inter-DA Photographic Competition Day 1
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Both Gary and Raymond rode a good section of the route from Torbay to Crowcombe and back, and Raymond seemed the least “puffed out” of the lot when we returned. Basil (who’s just turned 76 years young – congratulations Baz) also rode extremely well and must be one of the Section’s hardiest members, seemingly unaffected by the cold and wet runs we’ve been having.

Our ride up to Crowcombe was mainly with the Exeter crowd and proved to be quite enjoyable, with even hints of spring in between the cold spells. It proved a worthwhile ride after the 5-star treatment given to us by Crowcombe’s wardens, Len and Alice Beck. Many thanks to you both.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 18 March 1979Weekend ride: Inter-DA Photographic Competition Day 2
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The return trip was rather different. We set off in flurries of wet snow and had only travelled a few miles when first Raymond’s toe strap broke and then Jean Brierly’s back tyre punctured. After this it was the “Capes on – Capes off – Capes on” routine as the skies continuously turned from brilliant blue to dark grey and back. We were startled to meet two tanks hurtling through the lanes at Tedburn, but after this we were graced with a peaceful ride down the Teign Valley, then home via Newton Abbot.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 25 March 1979
1000
Day ride: Postbridge
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Our run to Postbridge was a wash-out with heavy rain at the start of the day, putting off all except Basil who ventured for a few miles before returning home.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 1 April 1979
1415
Afternoon ride: No Man's Land, Daccombe
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A large crowd went out on the April afternoon run, and we had an enjoyable ride to No Man's Land, which is situated near Daccombe, not far from Combe-in-Teignhead.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 8 April 1979
1000
Day ride: Rough Stuff Event
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On 8th April, Section members swept the board in the Rough Stuff Competition with Colin Brierly, Raymond Snelling and Graham Brodie all tying on points and Graham Brodie winning the tie-breaker. Margaret Maxtead took the First Lady and Raymond won the First Junior.

(Graham Brodie)

Friday 13 April 1979Tour: North Devon and Cornwall
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Three of us went on the Easter Tour to Cornwall and really enjoyed ourselves. With glorious weather throughout the tour we could appreciate the great beauty of the coast of North Devon and Cornwall. Places visited included Boscastle and Elmscott, and the coves between them, the villages of Hartland and Clovelly with a ride along the Hobby Drive, and the last night was spent at Instow, near Bideford.

The most notable item on the tour was the meal provided at Elmscott hostel. Although only a simple hostel with limited facilities, the meal would have replenished the weariest of tgravellers, and the wardens should be praised for their efforts which were greatly appreciated by everyone.

(Graham Brodie)

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