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A late journey to New York from New Zealand made Christine an easy winner in this year’s Dartmoor Geocoin Race. The trip of nearly 9,000 miles took Christine’s coin from 3rd place to first for an easy win by nearly 7,00 miles.
Considering that Kevin’s and Sue’s coin didn’t even get placed until August, it is amazing they they managed to finish third with Tammie’s coin fourth. The top 4 coins have a total mileage of over 63,000 miles and visited places all over the world, including two going to New Zealand and one to Hawaii. Trips to Europe and America by the race participants were almost common place, with almost all the coins reaching foreign countries at some stage.
What is really amazing is that out of 27 coins which started the race, it appears that 20 of them are still being moved around, which is excellent considering the quality of these coins and all the bad news stories that are always being circulated regarding trackables. Two of these 20 coins did reappear after it was thought likely that they had been lost, so you should never give up hoping.
I did say that I would offer 4 prizes if we received 30 entries, and it is no fault of those participating that some coins never got activated or placed. I will therefore honour that and award 2016 Dartmoor Geocoins to the first 4 in the race.
|Name/Geocoin Link||Cacher Name||Miles Travelled||Last Location||Status|
|Christine Hutchins||chutch74||21,955.2||Massachusetts||In cache|
|Justine Tear||The Old Grey Mare||15,151.3||Hessen, Germany||Last seen on 25th Sept
Marked as missing 🙁
|Kevin & Sue Bastow||dartmoor strider||14,225.7||Coffs Harbour|
New South Wales
|Tammie Walker||tacks spaniels||12,423||Washington||In cache|
|Steve Godfrey||Godfairies||8,064.8||Near Sunderland||Retrieved - no news since 16th August|
|Brian Imeson||Ponte Raiders||7,614.5||Halifax, Yorkshire||Still visiting!|
|Paul Smirfin||The Smirfs||7,010||Ontario||Retrieved|
|Colin Ramage||BigCandLittleC||6,915.3||Hessen, Germany||Retrieved|
|Nigel Greer||TeamGruffalo||6,308.6||New York||Visiting|
|Neil Armstrong||Finder-Man||5,995.4||Limburg, Belgium||Still visiting!|
|Sue Nickels||tobytwirl||5,855.8||California||In cache|
|Andy Manning||Touc and Becks||4,663.2||Karlovarsky kraj,|
|Trevor Pearce-Jones||angels55||3,578.7||Ontario, Canada||In a TB Hotel - no news since 6th August|
|Sammie Jane||tiggersam||3,924.5||Niedersachsen, Germany||Visiting|
|Janet Kneller||Weather-IT||3,781.9||Hamburg, Germany||In cache|
|Cathy Pengilly||Pinguigloo||2,615.7||Bayern, Germany||Visiting|
|Joe Bird||miss130||2,467.4||Salzburg, Austria||In cache - no news since 1st September|
|Kevin & Hels Ashford||Eros & Us!!!||1,771.4||Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Retrieved|
|Adam Holland||tango5tavy||1524.9||North Wales||Still visiting!|
|Paula Grebot||Qashguy+2||1,263.1||Niedersachsen, Germany||Visiting|
|Bill & Mary Kingdon||The Odyssians||1,050.1||Near Stockport||Retrieved|
|Suzy Ayshford||jazz_a (-339 miles)||713.3||Exeter||In a TB Hotel since 22nd June 🙁|
|Colin Masters||Clan Masters||550.2||Knighton, Powys||In cache - no news since 29th August|
|Zara Lester||zjac||517.3||Noord-Brabant, Netherlands||Retrieved|
|Jason Deane||dixie_gooner (-2.1 miles)||423.6||TB Hotel on the M62||Still visiting!|
|Paul Blake||ping68||177.4||Hampstead Heath||Visiting|
|Theresa Phillips||taz9213||13.7||Exeter||In cache - no news since 4th June 🙁|
|Alex Goedhals||Team Noodles||0||With Owner||Never released 🙁|
|Emily Branson||Brave bransons||0||With Owner||Never activated 🙁|
|David Routley||daver59||0||With Owner||Activated - but withdrawn from race 🙁|
|Graham North||Flexburyites||0||Please confirm location||Unknown|
I don’t normally release the design for the new coin but tonight I spotted the Devon Mega request to help fundraising just as the final factory die art arrived on my desk. So here’s the deal – for the first 50 coins sold before Christmas I will donate £2 to the Devon Mega funds
I have been promised the coins by the beginning of December, so they should make excellent Christmas presents. The cost is the same as the previous 2 years, £15 including £2 p&p or £28 for 2 coins. The Devon Mega will receive £2 for each of the first 50 coins sold!
If you are interested please post a comment below or post a comment in the Dartmoor Geocaching Facebook group
There’s so much occurring at the moment it’s difficult to know where to start!
Another great month for the race with coins moving all over the world! We now have coins in New Zealand, Canada, California, Nepal and at least 5 different European countries. The vast majority of the coins have moved recently and only a handful seem to be stuck or maybe lost.
Both Christine’s and Kevin & Sue’s coins have gone to New Zealand, but the race leader is now Justine’s coin which has gone to Hawaii and back – amazing.
Zara’s coin was lost for two and a half months but was then found and is now in Amsterdam.
This web site always had a very active user forum where many topics have been discussed over the years. However, it is very clear that most now prefer Facebook and the use of the forum has declined severely. I therefore thought that it was time that we had our own Facebook group which I have now set up. Please click on the Facebook icon to visit the group.
Please join the group and enter a draw to win a Dartmoor Geocoin
The first 50 cachers to join the group will be entered into a draw to win one of the Limited Edition Dartmoor Geocoins. A second draw for another coin will be made once we have reached a total of 100 cachers. Please do join our group today
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was planning a new family friendly series for half term. I have now mapped out the route completely and have final locations for over half the caches. In total there will be 32 caches on a route of 7.5 miles but with a couple of opportunities to shorten this. There will be several largish caches which hopefully I can fill with swag and many others will be novelty type caches. None of the caches will be too difficult and my hope is that everyone will have lots of fun with no DNFs
Over the next few days I should complete the planning and all will be submitted for review (in dribs and drabs Heather has requested). The plan is to have these available for Wednesday 28th October. I am not certain what would be the best time to have these published and are very happy to receive your views on this?
For now I will tell you that the route will take in Bellever Tor and much of Bellever Forest, but I am not given any other clues as to the route. However, I will publish a map of the route on this web site before publication of the caches to allow you to plan your day and parking etc.
The event listing for our Annual New Year Cream Tea Event has now been published, but it doesn’t tell you very much! As you will all be aware, there are restrictions on what can be placed in an event listing, so it is left to Facebook and this web site to fill in the missing details. It will be of a very similar format to last year where Judy and I donated the Cream Teas and ALL proceeds from the event went to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. However, this year we will be also be raising funds for the Devon Mega. At the moment I would see a raffle for the DAAT and an auction for the Devon Mega, which will also get a third of charge we are making for the cream teas. Last year we raised a total of £337 for the DAAT, can I suggest that we target £500 this year