23rd September 2012
Our first treasure hunt for a very long time was held on Sunday the 23rd, and as usual for events this year, the weather was rather wet. However it did not deter a good number of members from turning up at the starting point at Penllegaer services, where the poor organisers had to wait in the rain to hand out the route sheets and take everyone’s start mileage as a precaution against any possible tie’s.
The route took us out via the Llangefelach road and straight into the first clue, at least we didn’t have to get out of the car into the rain! From there we were directed towards Morriston Hospital, gathering answers to the various clue along the way. Our organisers had at least put in only two clues which would involve getting out of the car to answer, thus avoiding major discussions as to who would get wet and who would stay dry. The only problem was at the Clydach Cemetery clue which did involve leaving the warmth of the car, coincided with a really heavy shower in modern parlance. In old money it would have been called a downpour! Navigator-1, driver-0. Continuing to Pontardawe Square we decided to stay in the car and try to count the slats on the seat back. The only problem was the wipers were on intermittent and every time we got so far, the bleep bleep wipers would interrupt the count. Eventually we managed to come up with a total, much to the joy of the motorists who had been trying to get around our parked car. On towards GCG and over towards Ammanford, gathering answers to the various clues on the way.
There were also a number of ‘treasures’ to be obtained, listed on the last page of the route sheets. Some of which were easier than others to come by. Over Bettws the weather was at least dry, cold and windy but dry. Time for more answers and a chance to get another treasure on our list. Dropping down towards Morriston Hospital once more, we neared the end of our route and the finish at the Plough and Harrow in Llangefelach.
As we entered the pub we were able to gather a number of treasures that had been missing from our list. Luckily for us the pub had a good stock of tourist leaflets in the entrance foyer and beer mats on all the tables. The menu came from the food bar and all went into our envelope to be handed to the judges for marking.
With the marking in full swing and much banter going back and forth, it was time for a bar snack and a chance to compare answers with each other, waiting for the judges to decide who the winner would be.
To remove any doubts about what the correct answer to each clue was, our organising duo had brought along photographic proof of the answer to eliminate any argument. Not that it did in certain cases.
Our waiting was soon over and the winners were announced as Howard and Alison Spence, who were presented with the SHVR Treasure Hunt Trophy by the organisers.
This was the first event that Rob and Adrian had organised and despite their initial reservations, the end result was a good day out and a lot of fun for those that took part.
Many thanks to the pair of them for their time and effort before and on the day for giving us a good time, including making the trophy for the event.
Only one complaint though. One of the treasures was a small bag of Jelly Tots, which was returned to everyone who produced a bag. Our bag was eaten by the judges and we didn’t even get the empty bag back! We were looking forward to eating them on the way home. C’est la vie!
More of the same next year please lads, preferably without the rain though. Well done!
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