Shrinky Dink's Photographs
and Comments of the Week
LASS TWEAK SASH
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).