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Sunday, September 24

#1123 Newton Abbot - Brillo - 24th September 2023

Brillo's trail this week, which he laid the night before. Fortunately, neither last night nor this morning, had he'd got lost... and ended up in the Spoons, like last week.
He had his trademark Fosters in hand when we arrived, but he admitted that he still had to lay the last bit of the trail and buy the sweets. 
As it turned out, we didn't have worried, as the last bit of the trail was about 1/4 mile, and we were in the middle of Newton Abbot!
The first part of the trail (and I mean the vast majority of it) was around the houses and parks of the town.  We did a loop via town quay to start off with, before struggling to find the trail around Courtney park. We did eventually find it... and went all the way round the edge. Then to Forde Park, where there was a rumour that two of our ladies had a cup of tea. Can't be true as there are no ladies on the hash.

Then we found an M/S split... we took the the for a slightly longer trail than the "S's" just skimming the edge of Decoy Park. I'm not sure why it was an M and not a L, especially when an M is so easily confused with a W!

With the sweetie stop in mind, we r#n along Church Road, across Torquay Road, towards the town centre, where we found Brillo, still with a can of Fosters, sat on the bench opposite the war memorial. Apparently he'd already been asked to share his 4 pack with a local man!! 

Having done about 3 miles in 40 minutes, we were knackered! And there was no sign of the rest of the pack. Wide went back to find then and eventually they appeared from all directions!  Then Tight decided to ride the c**k that Wide had drawn. Sadly I didn't capture that on camera!  It was then literally 2 minutes to the car park.

Thanks Brillo for a great trail around Newton Abbot

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Next week we're at Haldon Chalets
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Sunday, September 17

#1122 Wonford - Happy Snapper - 17 September 2023

I think today's trail will stick in the minds of those that were there for two reasons. Firstly the rain, and secondly the chillis!
There was a second hand baby sale on at the sports centre (is that legal?!), so we parked behind the surgery instead. No rush to leave the cars due to the wet stuff.
We had our deputy GM introduce the circle again, as we huddled round him, because he's been struck by lightning before (apparently while in the shower). Wouldn't happen again though, world it? Then followed a pseudo-science discussion about whether we'd have less chance of being struck of we were running...
Meanwhile Brillo, who'd said that he would be coming, texted to say he wouldn't, as he'd got lost.

The trail was laid in flour and chilli... I'm not sure I worked out the reason why, but probably to stop the doggers eating them.
Actually the chillis were useful as much of the flour had been washed away.

The trail started off heading towards Topsham Road, then back along the stream and up across Ludwell Valley ParkThere was a long short split as we approached Pynes Hill, and then the sweetie stop, where it actually wasn't raining!
Then heading down Ludwell Lane, and up into the Valley Park again, onto Woodwater Lane and back home.
It was still raining!! And Spocky put the awning out.
Don't forget to rate the hash... especially as Happy Snapper had laid in the rain!!  Next week we're in Newton Abbot, as long as Brillo doesn't get lost!!

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Sunday, September 10

#1121 Double Locks - Speedy - 10 September 2023

Possibly the hottest hash of the year, or that could have been last week. Speedy's last trail before starting university at Bristol.  And a good turn out too, despite the heavy rain the night before.  Brillo had made it up from the muff, nice to see the return of Happy Snapper and Humpty, and also Blobhoblin.  Woodpecker had walked from home to the bridge with the ambition to meet us along the trail. Pearl ruined that plan by driving back up the canal path to pick him up, forcing him to do an extra mile when we headed back that way on trail!

Howlin' Wilf started off the hash, but only once the pack reminded him that he was deputy GM, and in charge in Wides's absence!
The trail took us towards the quay along the fields, then over the canal past the new station, for a loop around Marsh Barton.  Unfortunately Blobhoblin had to retire due to injury and headed back to the pub with Brillo for company. 
Did I mention it was hot?  Then a sweetie stop alongside what used to be the animal processing plant by the canal. Then down to the quay for a beer stop in the tap room, where Howlin' Wilf had a senior moment, thinking he'd lost all his keys etc on the trail. They were in his pocket...
A jog/walk back to the pub and lunch in the sun for many of us afterwards.
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Next week we're at Wonford sports centre.
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Sunday, August 20

#1118 Uphams Plantation - Pearl - 20 Aug 2023

Thanks to Pearl for laying this week's trail, with a mix of longs, shorts and walks suitable for all.  Great to see the return of Gripper and Trojan; Gripper's second trail within a month back with us, reminiscing about old times... Hashing 30 years ago when we were all youngsters...

It was a trail that started by taking us around the woods were no more! Then a long which ended in a HaHa (that was the one that Pearl hadn't laid, and decided not to bother!).  At the sweetie stop we enjoyed a classic variety of treats, with all-sorts, gems and pastels, and were joined by some ex-hashing guests on two wheels... Not sure who they were. 

Then the second half had a little bit of shiggy, and another three longs, one taking us along a completely overgrown bridle path, which resembled a dry stream bed with lots of fallen trees to negotiate.

Them soon home, and Gripper got Trojan a seat so she could relax on the circle!

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We need hares for the next couple of weeks so please volunteer if you've not laid over for a while.

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