Monday, 19 December 2016

QH3 Run 925. Jingle Balls run. Tap at 76, Ashby de la Zouch

RUN #925
Date : Sunday 18th December 2016
Location: Tap at 76, Ashby de la Zouch
Hares:B*gg*r and Goblin
Weather: Bright and dry after early mist
Pack size: 17

A really good turnout for the Quorn Jingle Balls trail including two newcomers - Tim and Polly. A rare Ashby run NOT from the Plough Inn, instead a new addition on the high street, namely, 'The Tap at 76'. This outlet for the Tollgate microbrewery is an excellent addition to the Quorn H3 On Inn portfolio and certainly a place to visit if you like real ales and ciders. It was a nice touch to provide free cups of tea for the drivers.
Mercifully, Gobalot had sworn a vow of silence so as not to harm her voicebox for the afternoon's carol concert. We had a peaceful run. It was a tortuous trail around the outskirts of Ashby visiting many parts I'd not been to before. The route was well marked with nicely rounded balls of 'snow' though the bars on the first foot-bridge across a stream did cause the newcomers some confusion. Afterall, this was a trail with B*gg*er's involvement!  We were warned to watch out for several sudden changes in direction - these worked as well as any check. A trail from a microbrewery pub AND passing a cake factory - what more could you want from a trail. The pack was well spread with groups of walkers and r*nners and IP and Sweet Pea somewhere in between.
Hash mince pie by Goblin
As the committee was full of Xmas cheer no subs were collected today and, in addition to the wonderful Goblin hash mince pies and shortcake feet, pork pies were provided to soak up some of the lovely beer.
A short inside circle was convened at which the hares were thanked by the stand-in RA (Butt Plug) for an good run. Shortly before this Barritone had arrived proving you can get to Ashby de la Zouch without a car on a Sunday, albeit a bit late.

On the last trail of the year on Tuesday 27th December at 11:00 am. 

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