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Set by Shrinky Dink, from Shrinky Dink’s place, back to Shrinky Dink’s place; On On at Shrinky Dink’s place with pizzas.
Swanage Summer Weekend 2019
Friday 28th June
The weekend started with relaxing in the afternoon sun in the garden of the Tower Lodge Hotel, followed by steak dinner in the Red Lion.
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Saturday 29th June
The day started with the traditional steam train ride to Corfe Castle
Hares Silvier Fox and Petal managed to keep the run to a modest length, avoided the worst hills, and included a Peach Schnapps stop (which the walkers missed due to a navigational error):
After a relaxed lunch in the garden of The Castle Inn we made our way back to Tower Lodge for more drinking and the down downs:
Then an excellent dinner, except for the excessively salty linguini, in the Crows Nest, followed by some animated dancing.
Run 2105 (A-B-C-D)
Sunday 30th June from the Tower Lodge Hotel (A)
... and down downs, including for the organisers:
Finally back to Tower Lodge to relax in the garden once again after an exhausting day:
Hanging About and Damp Patch foxed Silvier Fox with this run from The Fox at Fox Corner. The first NH4 run from here for at least 4 years. Well appreciated by both walkers and runners.
Slower runners had appropriate short cuts and we kept meeting up with the walkers. The ponies were a memorable feature.
Yorkie’s 5th trail this year, assisted this time by Fairy Snow, was much appreciated, judging by the comments: 4 Brilliants, an excellent! from Aqua, GREAT RUN! from Hanging About and No Entry and a FANTASTIC (OK, that one was from Fairy Snow, so perhaps it shouldn’t count).
A number of tricks kept the front runners in check. The walkers saw some deer. The Windmill was friendly with good food too.
Set from Sandy Lane, Rushmoor, again. This time by Shrinky Dink & Fuggles. Modesty prevents me from saying what a fabulous run this was, so here’s a few photos and comments (specially selected - not biased at all). OK, the walk was a bit short but you can’t have everything.
Flying Doctor, assisted by Nettles stepped in to set this run at short notice. As usual, from the Medical Centre in Alton.
Turn out was down to the lowest this year (16) but no reflection on the hares. Average is 23. Two visitors turned up that we haven’t seen since 2015 (Aqua and Jay Jay).
A fast run lasting only 55 minutes passed various animals including alpacas, fat pigs, inquisitive sheep, a kingfisher, ducks and geese (and a squirrel and a rat crossing the road by Alton station - Editor).
It being Mountain Rescue’s 80th birthday next Thursday he bought everyone a drink in the Railway Arms. Thank you Richard.
Fast and Furious. Excellent.
Squiffy: Good to see the kingfisher on the Bourne. I musta been going too slow!! Thanks for the impromptu trail.
Prime 8: Pleasant stroll thro Holybourne.
Jay Jay: Particularly likes the sign telling me what each animal was which e.g. The pig labelled as lambs!
From the Yew Tree pub, hidden in the lanes between Upper and Lower Wield. A run with several long straight bits in beautiful countryside in beautiful weather.
Started off with a 1,500 metre rectangle bringing us back to 150 metres from the start! Grrr! Great pub with £3 beers and excellent £10 meals. Well done Squiffy & Dickhead.
Yorkie’s 4th haring this year, this time assisted by Silvier Fox, starting from a new location near Home Farm, Burkham, near Lasham. Rather short for the walkers but another long one for the runners. Dry and not too hot, with plenty of tricky turns to keep the front runners in check, searching for the lost trail amongst the bluebells and trees. We welcomed visitor Rhian for her 2nd run with North Hants (3rd run ever).
First evening run this year (31st March). Rather cold, it seems. Missed it myself so just a selection of comments:
Er Indoors: Nice Stroll through Alton
Cuddles: Bit breezy round the exposed bits! Otherwise great.
Yorkie & Seis Matters set the last 11am run before we start on summer runs at 6pm. Weather was warm & sunny and spring flowers were in abundant evidence.
We ran from the new location of Knockhundred Lane, in Bramshott Chase, near Hindhead, where a policeman was supervising the removal of a stolen scooter.
Fun Size added a note of hilarity to the down downs by suggesting sinners drink wearing a robot head.
An excellent and cunning trail that lead us over to Tunnel Hill. There was even a decent turnout of FRBs. I had forgotten what great hashing territory this is.
The trail intersected with a Wally-laid Berks/Surrey HHH Joint run but we saw them only briefly. It all goes to show that even when Wally doesn't run with us, he still has the power to irritate.
Apparently the Rose & Thistle “lost” the reservation so the hash had to go to a pub with no proper beer.
After 40 years, Seis Matters completes his 1000th hash.
Good turn out despite storm Gareth flexing its muscles and persuading hashers not to park underneath any trees.
No Entry covered an amazing 7.61 miles by chasing down every false trail on what was about a 4.5 mile anti-clockwise loop that took us to the valley of 'Skyfall' where another film seems to be in progress.
Janet'n John'n Prime8 shelter from the rain that thankfully waited until the hash was over.
Ever Ready has one of these ebay-guaranteed number plates that can't be read by a camera flash.
Hanging About: Hilly, Sandy and too many invisible bars.! Great trail.
Prime 8: good trail - shiggy good - no hills. danger money for golf course
Quite a long one so I'm told.
Set by the Roberts trio from their gaff. Back to the Tilly Shilling for refreshments. 14 hounds but only 1 comment:
Dickhead, ably assisted by Nettles, set this unseasonably sunny run, circumnavigating Greatham in an anti-clockwise direction.
Down downs went to, among others, Yellow Peril for having a puncture then leaving his car unlocked, Fun Size for asking Alexa to have sex with his father, and visitor Bika.
Seis Matters gave Hippo a detailed map with instructions and pictures of the walkers route, so we couldn’t go wrong. The runners followed (mostly) sawdust. A lovely sunny day for it.
Where did we go wrong? Raffle, lunch and drinks in the Selborne Arms
The Saturday run of this year’s Winter Away Weekend in Swanage was set by ‘Er Indoors (2nd run in succession), Damp Patch & Hanging About.
From the National Trust car park next to The Bankes Arms we had a scenic heathland run, runners meeting walkers at Agglestone Rock for distant views of the coast.
A very white and treacherously slippery run from The Alma by Shrinky Dink & ‘Er Indoors, set in sawdust with supplementary blue food dye and flour. Started towards Caesar’s Camp but cut back past Hale Village Hall and thence an excursion into Farnham Park. Entertainment was added by SD collapsing from dehydration (nothing to do with the injuries to both buttocks sustained while setting the run!). The weather kept a few away which compensated for SD not ordering enough roasts (sorry- found the emails too late). Nevertheless a good turnout at 26 (plus Squiffy who turned up late as usual).
Christmas-card perfect Not so good
Aptly named street 1st regroup The Baker Boys
A nice run round the streets and alleys of Alton from the Medical Centre. Well done Denise for a run that kept the running pack together and within sight of the walkers several times.
Last run before Xmas, set by Fun Size, ably assisted by No Entry at Bramshot Country Park.
It was nice to see Fuggles and Fairy Snow’s grandchildren Zoe & Ross.
VERY wet underfoot, rather long but the runners pack held together well so made this an enjoyable afternoon run (except maybe for Seis Matters & Yorkie who got lost).
Fun Size led the walkers and we all came together for a photo shoot over the M3.
There followed a very sociable and tasty gathering back at the hares’ and Little Prick’s gaff, helped by Little Prick’s Mum’s excellent cooking.
Silvier Fox set this as a live run from Bentley Recreational Ground car park. He left written instructions about runners looking after the walkers till the ‘W’ check. Well set as the front runners were frequently at the back after checking the wrong way or missing a cunning poorly marked turn. Notable memories included a herd of alpacas and Dodo’s birthday cake with a map of all the places she has visited (the world).
Alpacas: One Brown One, One White One, and One With a Little ...
|Jo. How old? Surely a mistake?|
Visitors Olwyn Mabin and Lynn Stevens (Flasher), here for Dodo’s birthday, enjoying their reward
|The Tumbling Tossers taking their punishment|
Run 2072 Joint with Berkshire & Hursley
My misses never misses a chance!
Set by the first and the last on the tick list (Hippo & Yorkie) at Pirbright Common. The trail took us under a perfect blue sky through about a square mile of graveyards. This invoked predictable puns on the tick list. Down downs went, among others, to Fun Size for kicking Libby up the bum, and Velcro for allegedly “seeing impossible things” ie the RA racing. Finally, the RA reintroduced the Shit Shirt and awarded it to Silvier Fox.
Newly appointed GM Hippo called for a short silence on this remembrance Sunday while the 27 of us stood in a perfect circle behind Alton Health Centre.
Hare Flying Doctor introduced a new symbol - a circle with “SA” inside, meaning “Short cut Available” - before we set off along Anstey Road following blue and white chalk arrows. Then UP, Up, up over the fields and far AWAY, Away, away ... . A sociable mulled wine and cake stop at FD’s pad on the way back made it worth while. Down downs went to the “catering hare”, returners Double D & Leg Over, birthday girl Little Prick (thanks for the cakes) and RA No Entry as “beerless wonder” for turning up with no down down beer, amongst others.
Run 2067 (pre AGM, 28 October 2018)
Only four did the run to the decision point...
...and only Sonia & Shrinky Dink completed the full trail from there (well someone had to support the hare’s efforts and it would have been embarrassing if the only one to complete the run was a virgin!)
Squiffy arrived 15 minutes late & couldn’t find the washed-out flour to do the run at all!
Hippo: BSOLUTELY DRENCHED GETTING THERE. SPLENDID VENUE & DECENT ON INN.
Rolo: Wet and lonely
Sonia: Met Dickhead first thing in the am + came along - had a fabulous 1st outing!
From: Lion Brewery, Ash Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
A vigorous but depleted pack of 17 found the pub car park was full but there was excellent parking just down the road.
What a great trail of two halves; south of the road, urban and field edgy and then north of the road into the forests and hills. Well done JGG and Little Prick for setting a hash in this rarely used area and for arranging such lovely weather.
Despite the torrential rain, about 20 hashers turned up to the crowded car park of the Fox and Goose at Greywell. Squiffy, in a kindly moment, decided to cut the run short since rain, hail, thunder and a plague of locusts had been forecast.
Four miles we were promised and four kilometres we got in remarkably fine weather as it turned out.
An above average turn-out for Yorkie & No Entry’s (predictably) long run from the Bourley Road car park opposite the one behind the Tweseldown.
We welcomed back Little Rabbit after years away growing up and Squiffy’s daughter Emma because she missed her train to London. A well laid trail with plenty of false trails and tricks to keep the runners together. And even the walkers enjoyed it, judging by the comments:
Mountains Rescue: Most delightful walk in good company.
Brilliant walk! Thank you 3 musketeers! [Squiggy, Hippo & Mountain Rescue]. I
don’t know about the run!
Jolly Green Giant: Excellent run Found mostly false trails
Hanging About: Nice weather, Good trail, some sneaky laying of flour!
Despite the wettest hash for many a year, at least since Tim and Pam's last wet hash, there was an amazing turn-out of 35 hashers.
The trail was excellent; cunning and confusing in equal measure. It rained throughout and the rain continued at Tim and Pam's gaff where we enjoyed an excellent BBQ and the sweet remnants of Sanyu and Roland's party the previous day.
What an amazing turn-out of 22 hashers despite nine regulars being on holiday in Greece and Denmark.
The car park is a large extension of a much smaller one and accesses a very interesting if compact area into which the hares, Silvier Fox and Yorkie has laid a cunning and very enjoyable trail.
A good turn out of about 25 hashers at this rarely used location saw us head west along the railway line for a fair distance and then back through parts of Alice Holt Forest. A long, thin hash in other words but great to run in this area.
The pack retired to Andy and Libby's gaff for one of the first wet BBQs of the season that all goes to show that rain can't stop hashers enjoying themselves.
A wet and muddy Dickhead greeted a rather reduced pack of a dozen hashers, but it was great to see Sex Slave and Cuddles return to the flock especially in view of the lousy weather and Cuddles' broken arm.
A great trail laid by that master of deception gave us a tour of the Shortheath bogs although it wasn't really that muddy.
Confusion at the end was resolved when we realised that the bar wasn't a bar, it was a bar from the initial part of the hash. This was good news since it meant that we didn't have to swim across the pond to get back.
A good turn out saw us all enjoy a very Fleet Pond-ish hash and none the worse for that. Why does Hobble set such good runners trails?
Back to the Selborne Arms again for a variation on a theme by Seis Matters. For a change, the ascents were gentle and we ran all the hash sections but not necessarily in the expected order.
Once again, we filled the Hanger Bar at the Selborne Arms who provided excellent food.
to Swanage - Sunday 24th June
Conveniently for late risers, this run started from our accommodation, the Tower Lodge Hotel, after Bucks Fizz in the garden.
Not so convenient was
that the hares, Hanging About and ‘Er Indoors, lost each other and weren’t there
at 11am, so we set off without them (but with Bucks Fizz in a plastic bottle for
A clever clockwise spiral at the start sent us across the road and down to the promenade in front of the beach huts as though heading NE but looped back to the right and almost back to the Tower Lodge before following the coast to the S then W.
First close to the water, past the lifeboat station, then up, up, up along the cliff top and inland past the point where ‘Er Indoors lost Hanging About to return along inland tracks.
The walkers set off B..g.r! It wasn’t to the left! Dodo hands ‘Er Indoors a Bucks Fizz
Past the lifeboat station (“13” could be someone’s lucky number) Tail enders on the way back to Swanage
Seis Matters: Another excellent trail in brilliant weather.
Petal: Lovely! So relieved to see ‘Er Indoors who saved me.
Silvier Fox: Stunning views. Lovely shag
Velcro (F): Lovely Run Judith xxxx
Summer Getaway to Swanage - Saturday 23 June 2018
After the traditional steam train ride from Swanage to the start in Corfe Castle, this was a predictably hilly run with magnificent views, 19 miles to The Isle of Wight, and inland. The walkers misread their map, fell off the edge and got back after the runners!
The RA arranged for perfect warm and sunny weather. Lunch in the garden of The Castle Inn, a bus, taxi or walk back to freshen up and relax in the garden of The Tower Lodge Hotel,
a cake with reluctant candles provided by Kim’s Mum, with prosecco to celebrate 20 years together for Little Prick and No Entry, down downs for sinners,
followed by dinner next door in the The Crow’s Nest so tired out the hash that no one made it down town in the evening.
Caught the steam train from Swanage at 11:20 Briefing at The Castle Inn at 12 midday The hares cross the track at the start of the run
Harriettes (& Shrinky Dink) wait for the runners who did the Suicidal Descent A kind hare leads the last of his flock back into Corfe Castle
Kim’s Mum struggles to light the “20” candles on her cake Velcro with Nettles’s Mum who mothered Eve after a night of excess
Seis Matters: Excellent trail & I checked every false trail!
Hanging About: Great trail I checked every false trail that John didn’t.
Clever Trevor: FANTASTIC SCENERY AND WALL TO WALL SUNSHINE
Turn On: Glad I did the Run not the walk thanks to Eve, Great Run -
Charmaine Chardonnay: Lovely! Lovely, lovely, lovely. OK if I had a heart attack here. Went past two defribblaters. Lovely
With a hare from Hash Dogs and about six others from said Hash I considered this a joint hash - set by Charlie Fryatt and Hanging About from Potter’s Pub in Mytchett. Lots of gratuitous ups & downs, as well as some pointless downs & ups.
Ups ..... and down. GM falling asleep on his feet? Spanish visitor Uxío throws away the unpalatable English beer.
Hippo: UPS N DOWNS — LOVELY. DECENT BEER
‘Er Indoors: Nice hare so missed the hills
Flying Doctor: Great map reading from Pam. Thanks for the trail.
Hanging About: Some nice hills, then some more hills then some horrible hills then arrgghh!
Recce'd by Fairy Snow and Old Thumper, this run was finally set by Old Thumper with Jolly Green Giant as bag carrier when the Fairy called in “broken”. Quite a varied run, including woodlands and new housing estates from Ewshot to Crondall, Church Crookham and Tweseldown.
Flying Doctor: Excellent walk, lovely countryside
Hippo: REPLACEMENT HARE DID A GREAT JOB FINDING THE WAY HOME.
Hanging About: Nice trail - good weather - good pub.
No Entry: Interesting + fun!
Mountain Rescue: Bl**dy good trail
Silvier Fox: Good interesting trail.
Romping Donkey, Muscly Mule, Stunt Jockey and Show Jumper - the whole stable in fact - laid an unusual trail through Liss Forest.
The many obscure turns caught out most of the hounds on many occasions, helping to keep the running pack together. A monument, a view stop and two riddles pinned to trees added to the entertainment.
Under Starter's Orders
View from the Mount
After Crossing the Finish Line
Dickhead: THE TRAIL WAS A COMPLETE RIDDLE. COULDN’T ANSWER TO WHERE IT WENT
Silvier Fox: A monumental start, different type of trail and very enjoyable
Romping Donkey: Fun setting a trail for blind hashers!!
Charmaine Chardonnay: Lovely! Really enjoyed it. Lots of hills. Lovely weather. A bit of pensioner bashing. A nice way to spend Sunday evening.
Flying Doctor went Offf the Rails with Nettles to set a long trail for her hot and steamy birthday run. Well-hidden small flour blobs with some long check-backs which kept sending the front runners to the rear. Unusually, Hanging About came back last, but he had already run over 8 miles from Frimley to Farnham. Followed by a pleasant drink with masses of cakes provided by Flying Doctor.
Shame only 13 hashers turned up but perhaps there were more at 6 o’clock who didn’t notice it was an 11am start?
The 1st long check-back - across the tracks at Medstead & Four Marks station
Hashy Birthday Flying Doctor!
Dickhead: OLD FAMILIAR TERRITORY - BUT NO LESS NICE! (WHY WASN’T THE BAR OPEN WHEN I LIVED HERE!?!!
Hanging About: Lovely trail, shame too shagged to run it properly!
Judith Bridges: HOT + STEAMY Lovely trail - actually beat TIM !! 😀
Little Prick: Nice walk. Shame RA lost again! [A reference to him getting lost on Saturday, causing Kim to initiate a county-wide search for him]
Run 2044 (after the Royal Wedding)
Hobble set his 100th run with Alex Fryatt from Hale Village Hall, over Farnham Park. Men in dresses, lovely sunny weather, a dearth of flour, Stunt Jockey doing standing back flips and the afternoon BBQ made this a memorable run.
On the hash, it is imperative to distinguish real ones from falsies. Three Duchesses with Little Prick Well Out In Front
There are some seriously disturbing pictures below:
Prime 8: nice stroll in the park - beautifully dressed hounds.
Melvinda Queen of Darkness: A right royal hash with fantastic sunshine, lovely BBQ bunting.
Set from the car park opposite the retirement home in Bourley Road, near The Tweseldown by Mountain Rescue, assisted by Yorkie.
Used the race course near the beginning, was mostly directly under the final approach to Farnborough Airport, and ended with some tracks I didn’t recognise.
Check backs and regroups helped to keep the runners together. A long run but I was looked after well by the hare, with a couple of short cuts.
Down downers included Jolly Green Giant & Rolo for throwing flour over each other and Hashdogs American Cameron who had to drink from an allegedly new shoe [should have had a worse punishment for bringing Wally].
Hippo: DON’T LIKE THE TWESELDOWN PEOPLE PUTTING UP NEW FENCES & BLOCKING OUR POTENTIAL TRAILS.
‘Er Indoors: Super run over super area. Lovely bluebells.
Damp Patch: Lovely walk. Nice weather too. Too many planes.
Cameron: Excellent course. really enjoyed it. Thanks!
Set by Silvier & Petal from Barton’s Mill. I was away for this one so I’ll let some of the comments tell you about it:
Squiffy: Good trail round the back streets of Basingstoke then off to the bluebells and fields. Thanks.
Romping Donkey: Where was the mud??!
Ever Ready: Nice walk but missed the beer stop!!
Prime 8: Nice stroll in warm weather - no shiggy no hills
A well-timed, rather fast run from The Squirrel in Hurtmore. Well done Firework and Hanging About.
Memorable for being amazingly cold standing around waiting for the off, for returners DD & Legover visiting, for a flat dairy cow and for childish throwing of Galium aperine L. (also known as Sticky Willy).
‘Er Indoors: Super run - first blue/pink/white bells. 😊
Charmaine Chardonnay: Lovely! film crews, Cheryl Cole and Liam Payne’s house. Super vet here too. No wonder Tim goes running at lunch time.
Double D: Lovely area + lovely walk. Nice to see everyone again. XO
Modesty forbids me to say what an excellent trail I laid with No Entry from The Alma round Caesar’s Camp - complete with a view stop, beer stop, nice weather and pizzas at the on-inn.
Cloggs: Fab trail & lovely hares!
Flying Doctor: Excellent walk/run - great beer + weather !!!
Hanging About: Enjoyable trail - lots of ups - lots of false trail.
Charmaine Chardonnay & Old Thumper’s run from the moat at Elstead was wet, muddy & puddly but largely rain-free. At 26 the turnout was exactly average for this year.
Hanging About: A combination of Elstead and Hanley Commons, but not a common run!
Jolly Green Giant: Good run with plenty of shiggy & a water fight
Charmaine Chardonnay: Lovely! Excellent 69 today. [she means runs set - I think! ed]
A miserable turn-out (15) in miserable weather for a ...... run of many long straight stretches. But at least there was plenty of shiggy and at least Squiffy turned out to set it when there was a shortage of NH4 volunteers.
And decorating the last 1.3 miles of tow path with primroses, after the 1st “ON INN”, was a nice touch.
Great training for the 10K - 😊
good shiggy no hills, no food at pub
Old Thumper: Good training for something. just not sure what! Good shiggy.
The traditional Easter run, set by Silvier Fox and Petal in Bordon, with lots of hidden eggs and bad egg jokes. Eggsactly the white length of run (56 minutes). Shell I go on? Don’t egg me on! (With apologies to JGG & Dickhead).
Firework: Well set run - runners + walkers finished at same time
‘Er Indoors: Great Easter Egg Run - just right after the weekend
Visitors boosted the turn-out to 38 for our 37th birthday run. Starting from outside Tomlinscote School with a dispiriting run in the drizzle up the steepest hill on the trail, it could only get better. And it did.
Continuing through muddy puddles to entertain the children and the childish, a beer and Prosecco stop to refresh the old and weary, and on to The Railway Arms for chilli, chatting and chocolate refrigerator cake until well into the afternoon.
1 minute into the run! Puerile puddle play in a pool
Walkers & runners pose at the drinks stop
The hares take their punishment In awe of the Chocolate Refrigerator Cake Another sort of pool
Laura Murray: Loved muddy puddles !! 😊
Kathy Piper: Good weather for ducks!!
Non Stick: Puddle-jump-tastic!
Roaming Pussy: Brilliant fun & thanks for the Easter Egg!! ON ON
A muddy run set from a small car park on Yateley Common by veteran hares Fairy Snow (48 runs set) and Jolly Green Giant (129); main feature was mud, the word “mud” occurring 16 times in the comments.
The walkers set off Rolo gets stuck in while Papa & Squiffy stick to the sides
Mountain Rescue: Delightful except for the shoe-sucking shig!
Silvier Fox: My new shoes that hover above the mud were useful but had to wait 5 minutes for others to arrive.
Lovely! Cemetery, fields, Horses. I thought it would be just gorse bushes. Lots
of shiggy though.
Verbal Dire Ear (Lucy Rowland): Thick, Stodgy mud!
This joint run with Hounds & Horrors, set from Old Guildford Road by Alex Fryatt & Hippo, was inundated with dogs and kids.
Alex explained the strange (to NH4) symbols and we set off through the woods to discover every possible steep slope - and lots of muddy puddles to delight the youngsters.
Afterwards, in the Rose and Thistle, Show Jumper proudly showed off her T-shirt that she had decorated herself.
Romping Donkey: Unplanned Hill training today. thank you 😊
Damp Patch: Lovely walk - enjoyed the dogs bathing!
Silvier Fox: Thankfully nice & short with lots of hills in between?
Show Jumper: I made my T shirt!
A muddy run from
Selborne Recreation Ground by Seis Matters and Janet’n John in the remnants of
the snow caused by the fight between the
Beast From the East
Talking of which, Emma (Double D) made a rare appearance and we had our own Olympian snow fight (see below).
A good turn-out of 28 (3 above the year’s average), was split exactly 50:50 between walkers and runners. The groups met several times - a feature of a well-set run!
Some walkers (who shall not be nameless) ignored the trail and explored the history of local parson-naturalist Gilbert White on the way to the pub. And Denise got a few people (though not many) worried by not turning up to the Selborne Arms till 1:30!
‘Er Indoors: Apart from the necessary evil uphill at the start - - a very enjoyable run in the slush.
Romping Donkey: Stunt Jockey didn’t fall over enough!!
Hobble: SHORT-SHORT-SHORT RUN - WITH JO-JO
Dodo: lovely church. G. White was an interesting guy!
Seis Matters: DENISE ! ! where were you?
Squiffy set a cold run under a blue sky from the canal near the Waterwitch in Odiham. Joint run with 22 from NH4 & roughly equal number from Hursley. The walkers were back in an hour, followed by the runners 40 minutes later(!), after running 9 km, a lot of it in straight lines, reportedly.
Dickhead: A BIT NIPPY ROUND THE NUPTIALS! DIDN’T FANCY A SWIM IN THE CANAL (BRRR ... mY WRITING HAND iS FROZEN!)
Fairy Snow: BLOODY COLD COFFEE HOT
Dodo: Very enjoyable! Very caring hare!!!
‘Er Indoors, ably(?) assisted by Dodo, set an “interesting” run from Hawley Lake Sail Training Centre, avoiding paths (but not shiggy) as far as possible. Numbers were boosted to 38 by families Murray, Barbier and Piper.
Down-downs included Little Prick for wearing anatomically incorrect tights and Dodo for asking where the lake is (to lead the walkers round).
Hippo: WALKING HARE SAYS: WHERE’S THE LAKE? DID SHE LAY THE TRAIL I WONDER?
Little Prick: My mono-buttock enjoyed it!
Silvier Fox: Tricky going had me fooled. Played catch up after getting lost.
Squiffy: Good trail.
Joint with North Wilts
Our thanks go to Mildred and Arse About Face, who was responsible for this being a two hour quarter marathon mud trail. But at least the sun shone a bit, there was a beer stop, it wasn’t as cold as the day before and the only precipitation was a light hail/snow shower in the Sun Inn car park after the run. That was about the time that a lady from the pub came out for a smoke, only to find 3 NH4 hashers down to their underpants changing!
Pre-run entertainment The walkers pose in appropriately named Mud Lane
Hippo: 2 HOURS & THOUSANDS OF STILES
Hanging About: 7.45 miles of shiggy! but it was relatively flat! Very fast. Great beer stop.
Soggy Fringe: A nice walk as far as I went, a mercy I gather from the runners.
Winter Away Weekend in Swindon
A superbly organised weekend by Commercial Whale (see emails for details). Saturday run set by Fairy Snow and locals Swampy & Soup Dragon, from Lydiard Park to the Sun Inn in Lydiard Millicent at 1pm in cold, drizzly weather on Saturday afternoon.
The hotel’s sauna and swimming pool were especially appreciated by those who partook (especially after running over frozen puddles on the local 5km Park Run at 9am).
Jo gets her leg over on the run
Dinner & down-down time
Petal: Cold, Wet, muddy - well done hares
Silvier Fox: Wiltshire shiggy is something else. Well done hares.
Shrinky Dink: Wet & cold & muddy - and that was just the wait for Sanyu’s car!
The inseparable Ever Ready & Prime8 used a new car park at Bramshot Farm Country Park in Farnborough and attracted 29 runners & walkers, a record for North Hants this year.
Posh car park, nice walk, enjoyed the sunshine.
is paying for my washing bill!
Muscly Mule: & then the broken machine!
Mountain Rescue: Industrial shig. Nothing wrong that a severe drought won’t correct
Laura Murray: I loved the big muddy puddles.
A run in Grayshott by Dickhead. No pics ‘cos your Hash Tick was away.
Fun Size: it was fun because it was mudy
Chastity Belt: Great Run. 4.5 mi.
Hisneesrbuggered: Up + down and down and up - good quality of shiggy! 4.4 miles!
Dickhead: Glad to have found PRIMATE!!
The beautiful snow descending when we set out for this run at The Butts in Alton turned to cold rain by the time we started. Well done to the lone hare for turning out.
Hippo: DAMN CHILLY & MISERABLE - REDEEMED BY THE ON INN [Wetherspoon’s The Ivy]
Petal: Cold, wet, miserable but good run. Well Done Nettles!!
Five of the comments for this Mountain Rescue run from a car park near the Wellington Monument included the word “fast”. Enjoyable but only 51 minutes for the runners, with hardly a pause for breath. Good to see the Coombers (those 4 horsey types) coming on the runs so regularly, and Alex and Jenny, better known from the “dogs” hash, along with Dawn. Squiffy from R2D2 turned up late and promised to come again for the next few weeks.
NH4 attempt at a human pyramid
Hippo: THE TRAIL I SAW WAS DISTINCTLY SHIGGY-FREE. WHAT’S HAPPENED TO M.R.?
Romping Donkey: Fast + Furious - Hooray!
Janet & John: NOT often the walkers come back after the runners
Show Jumper: Why was 6 scared of 7? because 7 8 9
The hare returns through the arch where we started
Showjumper: I finaly got a name
‘Er Indoors: Super run although bitterly cold. Well done hares 🙂.
Hippo: DAMN CHILLY BUT A FINE WALKERS’ TRAIL.
Ever Ready: Novel use of a well loved (?) area.
This New Year’s Eve run, set by Shrinky Dink and Fuggles, was an excellently executed eleven o’clock exercise crafted with canny cunning that ran runners in rings and kept walkers awake while ascending to a timely meeting at the magnificent viewpoint at Caesar’s Camp. Views of Farnborough airfield and beyond enchanted visitors from Spain, Mozambique and the Dogs’ Hash alike, the return descent testing experienced hashers, and delighting the playful younger visitors with profound fiord-like ruts.
Mountain Rescue: Fiendish trail much enjoyed!
Silvier Fox: Good running, and trail was good. Small car park.
Hanging About: Great trail lots of shiggy and new areas!
Cris: Good run and good muddy too.
Susana: DEMASIADA CUESTA PERO BONITAS VISTAS
The Xmas Eve run was set by Hanging About & Damp Patch, as usual from Balmoral Drive in Frimley, then afterwards at their place. Nine visitors, including three Spaniards, swelled the numbers to 30; well above our year’s average of about 21.
What is the hare saying? Best answer will be added as a caption to this picture.
No Entry: Trees & stuff all over the place.
Fun Size: it was very good
Cristina: Very good walk and we were lucky with weather
Chastity Belt & Isneesrbuggered: Brilliant run & even better afterwards chez Tim & Pam. Thanks v much. Merry Christmas!!!
AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY READERS FROM ME (SHRINKY DINK) & DODO
On on, Shrinky Dink
Eight days before Christmas I kept ‘Er Indoors company while she laid her 5th trail of the year, from Fleet Pond car park. This started at 2pm in view of it being the day after the NH4 Christmas Dinner/Dance (which ‘Er Indoors also organised).
On on was at ‘Er Indoors’s place (How does she do it?). She's a woman - Web Master.
Sinners reflecting on their sins
Jolly Green Giant: Very fast to start with and then wet. Good run.
Ever Ready: Nice run in a good area. Excellent shiggy!!
Hippo: CRAP WEATHER BUT WELL DONE TO THE HARES FOR ACTUALLY DOING IT.
Velcro Male and Dodo set a run in the rain over Bill’s childhood playground (Rowhill Nature Reserve). In less than an hour we were back in the car park and departing for a surprise birthday party for the bag carrier.
Down downs for hares at Chez Dodo Dual Hashy Birthday
‘Er Indoors: Nice walk - very cold & wet, though.
Shrinky Dink: Well laid & a good length, Bill!
Jolly Green Giant: Wet & Windy. Good run.
Old Thumper: Nearly killed me! Try harder next time! X
Good to see Flying Doctor fit enough again to set a run. This time an excellent trail from The King’s Pond in Alton over mostly unfamiliar (to me) territory, including, if you did the full trail, a 5.8 mega-watt solar farm:
circumnavigating Worldham Golf Course, then a 670 meter paddle through a rock-strewn gully (in which Rolo and Fun Size had fun collecting umpteen golf balls, and later got down-Downs):
and across the A31 dual carriageway for a second time and back to the multi-birded King’s Pond:
In an arcane Welsh ritual going back millenia, the Lord of the Ducks commands his flight to defacate on the English heathens.
There were plenty of short-cutting opportunities and a market in town which seems to have attracted our least athletic hashers:
Dodo: Excellent mult wine + market!
Fairy Snow: ALTON XMAS FAYRE TACKY
Charmaine Chardonnay: Lovely! Nice free mulled wine. Didn’t even need to join conservatives. Be nice to have a market every week.
Old Thumper: Good run except for the roads, the mud, the brambles, the rocks, the flying golf balls!!
Set by Seis Matters and Janet & John round a new side of Selborne, avoiding the Hangers. The pictures & comments say the rest.
At the end of the optional shlippy, shlidy, shlerpy, shoe-sucking muddy section. [Shlippy, shlidy I'll admit but I draw the line at shlerpy - Editor and HARE]
Splash! lent his staff to the injured Fun Size
Fun Size: it was bad because i twisted my ankle
Hippo: THE HARES MUST HAVE SPOKEN TO HIM UPSTAIRS - BRILL WEATHER. NOT A BAD WALKING TRAIL EITHER.
Shrinky Dink: Enjoyed the new area. Made a change.
Hanging About: Excellent trail. Shame about the wind off the arctic!
Velcro (M): too cold & muddy
‘Er Indoors: Enjoyed this side of Selborne
Several of us were confused by the coordinates on the web site but Silvier Fox and Petal made up by setting a surprisingly (for Silvier) well-timed run through the woods of Trenchard Park and Broxhead, (Bordon) which kept the walkers within sight of the runners well into the woodlands.
Turnout was good, especially for a run so far from NH4’s original centre of gravity round Aldershot and Farnborough - 29 if you count the shoppers!
Little Prick eats her last birthday cup-cake while Shrinky Dink photographs her stunning Egyptian tights
Ever Ready: Nice varied trail, some technical bits & lots of shiggy. Did Silvia really lay it?
Damp Patch: Nice walk & great cakes!
Emily Angel: IS THIS WHAT I’VE BEEN MISSING ALL THESE YEARS
Finney Coomber: I WANT A NAME! (thank you)
Ever Ready led the hashers and Prime-8 kept up with the walkers round the countryside near Frensham Great Lake. Barely over an hour and sunny. Loved seeing the sailing boats on the lake. Turnout was boosted to 33 by 9 sailors staying over at Shrinky Dink and Dodo’s for a party weekend and the Coomber family just back from Lisbon who would like to join us, if they can remember to bring their wallet.
What Shall We Do with 4 Drunken Sailors?
Rolo: too mudy
Flash: M U D !
Ulla Svensson: Lovely walk - thanks for inviting us
Leighton Morgan: Lovely muddy run - good company
Run 2015 (Guy Fawkes Night)
A crisp, cold evening for this 4pm Phireworks run (with no “F” in Fireworks!). Set by JGG and Charmaine Chardonnay who stepped in at the last minute when original hare Flying Doctor was too ill. Familiar territory but enjoyable with lovely views as the sun went down and left us finishing the 65 minute run in darkness. Back to some excellent grub prepared by Old Thumper and a convivial evening round an open log fire.
Dodo: Very pretty area + well set ! ! !
Hanging About: Nice trail. Sneaky to lead the FRB’s through the nettles after it got dark!
Mountain Rescue set his 4th hash this year from Eelmoor Bridge, where we assembled to the sound and sight of private jets landing and taking off. Only Wally made more noise.
DP, CC and FD investigate the 'Turdis'.
After the run Raphael Kerr was officially named “Rolo” by the RA (water was not to his liking).
Seis Matters: Excellent trail (as one expects from MR) Great on-inn run.
Rolo: too long! not fantastic!!!!!
Hippo: Great walkers’ trail ably assisted by Firework’s sat nav!
Hanging About’s 4th hare this year, with Damp Patch on her 3rd, from Balmoral Drive. Five visitors.
‘Er Indoors: Lovely trail: 1 bassett 2 bassetts —> 5 bassetts
Chastity Belt: Great crunchy leaves and sweet chestnuts.
Double D: Nice long walk - got out of breath! x
A prompt 11am start for a 50 minute run to maximise drinking time at the Gurkha Palace for the AGM. Set by ‘Er Indoors and Hobble.
Non Stick: Fine trail - lots of lovely Lambo’s on the race track.
Fun Size: The racing cars were good
Hanging About: Great trail. Nice country and excellent timing to get back for AGM.
Velcro (M): Ouch - purple toe, purple toe!!!
Two visitors and 18 NH4 members followed Old Thumper & Fuggles’ trail from the Crossways car park through the housing estates of Hook into the Bartley Heath Nature Reserve where the pylons play. Here I met Primate & Firework and walked back along Station Road with them to the White Hart for a drink & good-value lunch.
The Knitting Circle sets off
A regroup overlooked by a family of pylons out for a stroll on Bartley Heath
Take care, these are very dangerous. The mushroom's pretty dodgy as well.
Seis Matters: Excellent hash: roads, woods, fields & shiggy.
Fun Size: There should be more mud.
Excellent trail - switched from knitting circle to FRB then walk - home 1st !
Tom Elder: Good variety in the route!
Katherine Gledhill: Best (1st) ever! good variety + lots of fun
A supposedly flat run round the fields of Alton from the car park opposite Eggars School, most notable for:
a) 21% of the hounds were from R2D2 (see photo)
b) another 21% were led into the school grounds by Charmaine Chardonnay and trapped
c) we passed 21
runners doing a properly marshalled run in the opposite direction
d) all 21 hashers (including hares Mr & Mrs Silvier Fox) retired to the Queens Head for refreshment and excellent Sunday Roast, etc
The visitors from R2D2
(MissDirection, New Balls Please, One Hung Low & StraddleVarious)
with Flying Doctor
MissDirection: Absolutely perfect. Come to R2D2. Flying Dr came and encouraged us !
StraddleVarious: VERY CARING HARE! TOLD US WHERE TO GO!!
Damp Patch: Lovely Walk. Good views. We escaped from the school!!
Dickhead: LUVVERLY RUN - GREAT VIEWS OF PERSIMMONS! NO HILLS, BUT PLENTY OF UPS!
A long, up and down but enjoyable run (and walk) by Hanging About and Damp Patch at Hankley Common. Amongst others birthday boy Robert aka SPLASH aka FLASH got a down down.
Fuggles: Views were lovely. Only thing missing were the elephants.
Mountain Rescue: Looong run! But a good one with the promised views.
Silvier Fox: Saw a lizard (baby), was overcome, and overshot the finish by a mile or two. Lovely trail.
An early start scheduled at 5:30 pm for the last evening run of the year, courtesy of Dickhead. New area for me (who arrived late) but looked an excellent, extensive, wooded hashing area with plenty of up and down tracks, though rather far from Farnborough.
The word "hill" featured in half the comments.
Turn On & Portaloo visited on their way home from Sister Anna's celebration. DIY Instant Pub Effect
Fuggles: Very good hilly run
Mountain Rescue: "Some uphills some downhills ..." he said. What he didn't say was "NO BLOODY FLAT ... !"
Silvier Fox: Don't like these September evening runs. We should change to morning runs after August. Weather is rubbish. [ignore this whinge: he got lost again - ed]
By Mountain Rescue from Old Guildford Road. Only 12 turned up, but 3 more than last week. Short at less than an hour.
Flying Doctor: Rain stopped, excellent run made me feel great!!
Firework: Great walk despite the rain. Well marked.
A run in
the rain on Ludshot Common by Yorkie and JGG attended by only 7 hounds.
Goodie: LOVELY TERRAIN - GREAT RUN - SHAME THERE WEREN'T MORE TO APPRECIATE IT.
Bank holiday morning hash followed by burgers, sausages and a pot of something back at Firework & Champagne Chardonnay's place.
Hippo: SPLENDID WEATHER FOR A BANK HOLIDAY! WELL DONE HARES FOR TRAIL & HOSPITALITY.
VELCRO (F): Lovely!!! Love you ❤️ ❤️ Thanks for the BBQ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
A wet run with a beer stop set by Scribette & Hippo from The Golden Pheasant in Farringdon.
Rafael Kerr: Cow pats !!!!!!
Hanging About: Great trail, perfect beer stop, and a bit of rain to keep the runners cool! Nice Pub.
Old Thumper: Oxygen at the re-group would have helped, but nice countryside!
'Er Indoors & Hobble set this run at 5 pm round Cove and provided a chilli afterwards.
Down-downs for the hares - & Smash!, who wouldn't run for fear of being seen by his friends! .. & down-downs for visitors Leg Over and Double Digits (or "Double D" as Emma is known in Copenhagen).
Ever Ready: Didn't know Cove was so green!! Nice run.
Cloggs: Well done, thanks for the trail X lovely food, garden, etc.!
Firework: Parts of Cove no human should ever see!! Concreted in GNOMES!!!!
Another run by Cloggs and Non Stick over Yateley Common from the layby inches from the A30, near The Ely. A different trail over familiar ground which had some off us lost at times. 21 hashers.
The hares watch as visitor Richard (Big Moany) from Hong Kong takes his punishment (reward?)
Hanging About: Great trail. A nice variation on a familiar area. Great weather.
On Sunday, breakfast was prepared by Clever Trevor:
Relaxing after breakfast under 10 “NH4 Event” T-shirts framed by Shrinky Dink
No Entry, Ever Ready & Primate set the 11am hang-over run from the Rugby Club, making excellent use of a very restricted area, mostly following the Blackwater River …
… but sometimes THROUGH the river …
Here’s what some said of the run:
Non Stick: Water wonderful trail
Tequil Over: LONG AND HARD (& deep!)
Soup Dragon: OH NO MORE SHIGGY
Miss Direction: Amazing weather, stupendous stilton
Thanks to Kim’s Mum for the NH4 birthday present of mugs for Down-Downs.... .....and we put them to good use.
61 signed up for the weekend; 44 on the runners’ coach to Lower Bourne at 1:30 and 13 on the walkers’ coach to Frensham, plus about 3 cars with organisers to runs set by Dickhead, Petal & Silvier Fox.
The runners visited Frensham Brewery before jumping back on their coach just before 4pm at Frensham.
Gathering at the start of the runners’ run Explaining the markings for the visitors
Seems to have been a lot of posing for photos on the walkers’ trail …
Some couldn’t wait till tea time for something to eat and some found the rain too much.
Here’s a selection of the comments from the 57 hashers on the tick sheet:
‘Er Indoors: NH4 hash at its best. Brilliant 2000th. On On to 3000 ! ! !
First On: Lovely A to B hashing country. Great Brewery too!
Sister Anna: Thank you for ‘extending’ my b’thday celebration
Miss Direction: Wonderful hills + sand + beer + rain X X X
And afterwards, back at the Aldershot & Fleet RUFC:
Brilliant birthday cakes were provided by Alice (the half bottle of brandy infusion kindly donated by Commercial Whale) and ‘Er Indoors and Little Prick. The candles were blown out and cakes cut by the longest-standing NH4 hasher, Hobble, supervised by one of the youngest, FLASH (aka Splash).