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Sunday 2 December 1979
1415
Afternoon ride: Stoke Gabriel
5 present: Colin Brierly, Stuart Brooks (Junior, Devon), Martin Filham, Mark Morton, Sue Shepley
Numbers were down for the afternoon run the day after the Dinner, with only five, and one of those a newcomer (Stuart). After a dull morning we did have some winter sunshine to light up the river scene at Stoke Gabriel and give a warm glow to the trees as our wanderings took us to Berry Pomeroy and Littlehempston.

(Colin Brierly)

[Attendance verified]

Sunday 9 December 1979
1000
Day ride: Venice (Cornworthy)
4 present: Colin Brierly, Stuart Brooks, Martin Filham, Mark Morton
Stuart enjoyed the afternoon run enough to join us the next Sunday when the weather was anything but inviting – possibly the destination of “Venice” swayed the decision? The name was rather appropriate, for the nearer we got to our destination (near Cornworthy) the more the roads resembled canals. We did find a convenient shed to shelter in for our picnic before squelching home through Washbourne and Harbertonford.

(Colin Brierly)

[Attendance verified]

Sunday 16 December 1979
1000
Day ride: Dartmeet
8 present: Colin Brierly, Mark Filham, Martin Filham, Antony House, Carl Jeffereys, Michael Jones, Mark Morton, John Pope
The gods had it wrong again the next week when the idea was for us to go to Dartmeet, not the Dart come to meet us! It was so wet during the morning that very little arm twisting was needed at Dart Bridge to turn the Section towards Torbay – and dry feet – in time for lunch. It did clear up in the afternoon and the Buckfastleigh folk had a dry ride home.

(Colin Brierly)

[Attendance verified]

[2 points: Colin Brierly, Mark Filham, Martin Filham, Carl Jeffereys, Mark Morton]
[3 points: Antony House, Michael Jones, John Pope]

Sunday 23 December 1979Day ride: Christmas Lunch Ride
12 present: Colin Brierly, Graham Brodie, Madora Downie, Noel Downie, Don Hassall, Grace Hassall, Antony House, Carl Jeffereys, Mark Morton, Sue Shepley, John Stuart, Philip Wrigley
Grace, John Stuart, Antony House and Noel Downie along with others at The Ship Inn, Cockwood
Don, Mark, Carl and Colin at The Ship Inn, Cockwood
Don, Carl, Michael, Mark and John outside The Ship Inn, Cockwood
Colin Brierly, Graham Brodie and Phil Wrigley at The Ship Inn, Cockwood
'Twas cold, with plenty of patches of ice in the lanes on December 23rd, but nine people arrived on bikes and four (who shall be nameless) by car at the Ship Inn, Cockwood, for our Christmas snack. On our way there we found the top of Haldon bright and bracing and were quite pleased that there was no ice on the drop down to Black Forest.

After lunch we strolled along the sea wall to Dawlish and then popped in to Don and Grace’s for tea and mince pies before finishing our homeward trip.

(Colin Brierly)

[Attendance verified]

Sunday 30 December 1979
1000
Day ride: Slapton Sands
9 present: Colin Brierly, Colin Downie, Mark Filham, Dick Hanson, Carl Jeffereys, Michael Jones, Mark Morton, Robert Spence, John Stuart
The group on Slapton Sands - picture taken by Carl
The group on Slapton Sands, including Colin Downie, Mark Moreton, Carl Jeffereys and John Stuart
View to Tuckenhay and Bow Creek, from Corkscrew Hill
A tranquil scene at Venn, near Blackpool, on the way home
The last run for the seventies (not our ages you fool) saw us sitting in the sunshine on Slapton beach for our picnic lunch and finding that the breeze was rather more chilling than we had at first thought.

Our outward route took us through Slapton village, which looked particularly attractive in the sunshine, and our return was through lanes from Blackpool Sands to Tuckenhay and Totnes. John collected a puncture in his efforts to catch up with Phil’s total and I found one myself – and I’m trying to give them up! Oh well, see what I can do in the New Year.

(Colin Brierly)

[Attendance verified]

[2 points: Robert Spence]
[3 points: everyone else]

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