Shrinky Dink 2020
Shrinky Dink's Photographs
and Comments of the Week
LASS TWEAK SASH
1 August 2021, BBQ Run at
Four Marks, YP‘s Field
Hares: Dickhead & Yellow
Seeing as your normal (?) editor was in Galicia on his yacht,
I’ll quote verbatim from one of the hares who kindly sent me some pictures:
“Fuggles, Fairy Snow, Hobble, Her Indoors, Hanging About and
Damp Patch sent in some sort of apology saying they wouldn’t be coming
yesterday as they’d got pinged on a bus (I think it said pinged, rather than
Nevertheless, even with Squiffy’s absence in the Lebanon,
Armenia and Euro-Trash (or wherever, whatever), the turn-out was really
pretty good yesterday and a great time had by all. The Moondance helped
Silvier Fox: Surprisingly
warm for Four Marks. A delightful field. Loved the caravan. Good trail.
Emily Angell: Nice
views + lovely fields 😊
No Entry: New
territory. Bobbly ground.
Old Thumper: Lovely
ramble - and that’s just the hare’s speech!
Sex Slave: Great
trail & Shepherd’s hut.
Seis Matters: Great
trail; brilliant field. Very good to be back with fine company.
Ever Ready: Loved
the shagger’s hut! Good trail and good idea to have a BBQ.
18 July 2021, Spain Lane
Nature Reserve, Alton
Hares: Nettles & Flying Doctor
Nettles forecasted “dry, hot and sunny” weather
with the need to take water and maybe a hat, and promised a short (5k) run
to make up for it.
Also a warning of a Pot Hole (his capitals) in
the road to the car park.
A picnic followed in the nature reserve.
Only 16 participants, possibly because of the
Some representative comments:
Action Man: BRILLIANT
TRAIL NETTLES. GOOD SHIGGY + HILLS
be suffering from Heat Stroke! Shortest walk ever.
Hanging About: Hot
and humid run. A runners trail, so I enjoyed it!
Yellow Peril: Excellent
trail! Fantastic views.
Lovely countryside. 4 1/2 MILES AT LEAST
11 July 2021, Potters, Mytchett
Hares: No Entry, Little Prick & Fun Size
A good turn out with some newbies:
Eyeore’s sister Margaret,
Toby’s friend Ruben and his Mum.
And returny Flasher, back from years exiled on
a catamaran in the Med.
Another wet run, judging by the wrinkled state
of the tick sheets, and the comments (see below).
with a soggy doggy
Sex Slave: Wet
wet wet but good.
Margaret (He ain’t heavy I’m
his brother): Enjoyed
not getting lost with Richard
Prime 8: 29
great stroll through the fields, back before rain
‘Er Indoors: Super
walk before the rain. It’s coming home. [Sadly it didn’t. Ed]
Action Man: IF
IT AIN’T RAINING, IT AIN'T TRAINING
4 July 2021, Puttenham Common Upper
Hares: Jolly Green Giant & Old Thumper
A wet run through tall ferns, followed
by a picnic in the rain!
There follows a photo and a selection
of comments, kindly forwarded by on-the-spot reporters to your editor lazing
in not-quite-so-wet verdant Galicia, waiting for his yacht to be launched.
NICE TROLL THROUGH THE TRIFFIDS (ER-FERNS!). IN FACT, A TRIFFID TRAIL!
trail nice weather for January.
TIMED FOR RUNNERS & WALKERS, SACK THE RA FOR LACK OF WEATHER CONTROL.
Head high bracken was a challenge
not going to say anything! [There’s
a first time for everything! - ed]
27 June 2021, 18:00. Fleet Pond
Hares: ‘Er Indoors & Hobble
A damp but not too cool run round
parts of Fleet Pond area, including parts I didn’t recognise. With an
optional extra, unmarked, 2 km addition right round the big pond for the
front runners. The very good marking in large blobs of sawdust didn’t stop
the lead hare from losing the trail for a bit.
We welcomed two returning visitors,
both with dogs (Lola & Ruby).
Followed by a picnic under the partial
shelter of the trees.
Down downs for visitors Flasher &
Verbal Dire Ear
Ever Ready: Lovely
run - lots of variation and legs just right length
muddy walk, Ruby loved running through every puddle!
20 June 2021, 11:00. Bordon &
Oakhanger Sports Club
Hares: Silvier Fox & Petal
A mixture of terrains skirting
industrial & residential developments and bits of woodland and parks round
Bordon. Finished for lunch on the balcony overlooking the cricket pitch.
Some slow characters on the hash
Jolly Green Giant: Excellent
run. Nice to run as a pack again even if short cutters kept appearing
Prime 8: Cool in woods. Well
Petal: Good rest for my bottom
today! Hopefully improving.
Squiffy: Great location for
OnOn! Thanks for trail.
Old Thumper: Lovely views of
urban Bordon! Good trail.
No Entry: Great trail. Damp &
interesting. Good Parks
Dodo: We love the area! Should
do it again!
13 June 2021, 11:00. Shrinky
Dink & Dodo’s place
Hares: Shrinky Dink &
3 records in 1 day: hottest day,
longest run and longest drinks stop of the year (so far).
From Farnborough Street via Cove Brook
to the drink stop at The Lockdown Bar. Then back to a picnic with hot tub
Shrinky Dink had his beard platted by
Fuggles, then snipped off by Old Thumper.
At the Lockdown Bar
Drinks around Dodo's Fountain
Finally Old Thumper gives Shrinky Dink the chop
Comments were not as scathing of the run length as I feared. The beer stop
got a lot of praise; thank you landlords. Here’s a completely unbiased
selection of comments:
Non Stick: Absolutely
the best trail of the year, without doubt!!
Yellow Peril: Far
Hanging About: Hot
and long ….. and hot! 8.6 miles - glad of the beer stop.
well organised, particularly the beer stop.
BEER STOP EVER.
Action Man: SHOTGUN
METHOD OF TRAIL LAYING! NICE BEER STOP + OF COURSE APRES HASH.
beer stop ever! Walk wasn’t bad either.
Flying Doctor: Fantastic
hosting. Very hot & sticky walk. Wonderful drink stop.
No Entry: Bogof
runs. Excellent & cunning trail round Farnborough
6 June 2021, 18:00:
Wyndham’s Pool car park, Yateley Common
Hares: Cloggs & Non-Stick
A beautiful run all over Yateley Common, taking
in several ponds. Followed by a picnic.
Damp Patch: Nice
walk. Great weather too!
Yellow Peril: Loved
it! Well designed trail & lovely R.V.
nice, enjoyed checking out! Thanks hares.
No Entry: Great
trail. Very imaginative.
30 May 2021, 18:00, Victoria Road car park, Alton
Hares: Flying Doctor & Dickhead
The first evening run for absolutely ages. We ran through Alton Flood
Meadows by the river Wey and out across the countryside to the west of
Alton. Most of this was new to me and many others. A beautiful run in lovely
weather through fields of yellow buttercups. So many cakes and bottles of
bubbly were provided by the birthday hare (FD) that a visit to a pub was not
Action Man: LUVLY TRAIL. NOT QUITE GRAND OLD DUKE OF
Hippo: SPLENDID TO BE ON
PROPER EVENING RUNS AGAIN. THANKS TO F. D. FOR THE GREAT CHOCCIE TREATS &
Yellow Peril: Great trail.
Lots of hills rewarded by fab cake & bubbly. “HAPPY
23 May 2021, Highgate
Hares: Shrinky Dink &
First run since gatherings of up to 30 were
We ran through lots of streets from
Farnborough Street to Frimley Green, linking up four parks. Quite long,
but the pack kept together and kind words were said by several
Goofy introduced virgin Roberto who enjoyed
it enough to say he would be returning.
The walkers had a “treat” of the history of
Farnborough Street, read out by Hobble and Cuddles. Unfortunately it
rained and nobody listened.
Afterwards at the BBQ in SD & Dodo’s back
garden the hot tub and sauna were enjoyed by quite a few, some until
well into the evening.
Painted stones by the Wishing Tree, near Frimley Green Rec
Fun Size in Frimley Lodge Park
Down-downs for the hares
A comment sheet was available for the 1st time since the Old Guildford Road
run on 22 March 2020, 14 months ago!
Action Man: BRILLIANT
TRAIL TO MYTCHETT CHOO CHOO!
‘Er Indoors: Nice
walk in the rain. Super BBQ. Thank you M & J. [and
thank you ’E.I., for the salad]
Sex Slave: Great
to have a pack again.
2 May 2021, Stratton Lane
Hare: Squiffy & Shrinky Dink
A mainly woodland run with just a touch of road,
ending back at the brewery to taste the excellent First Gold beer, local cider,
dark beer and wines.
Enjoyed by 29 hashers who all saw the bluebells,
primroses and pungent wild garlic; the FRBs ran past the thatched cottages of
East Stratton. The SCBs took a 1 kilometre (each way) wrong turning, led by an
inattentive hare, who shall be nameless.
Nevertheless a trail set in an exemplary fashion
with requests to repeat when lockdown is completely over.
25 April 2021, Liphook
An excellent example of how to set a run with
an egg-cup full of flour and sawdust! Kept us looking for ages but very
enjoyable, in brilliant weather, never-the-less. Here’s Squiffy in a quarter
mile “tunnel” with no markings at all.
NH4 40th Anniversary Run
2 April 2021, Fox Lane Car Park, Aldershot
Thumper & Jolly Green Giant
Over a year after the 1st lockdown interrupted
our weekly hashing and our first run since before Christmas last year.
Our 40th Anniversary attracted 6 groups
of 6 to a fresh, sunny run from a car park off the Queen’s Avenue. Running,
or in my case walking, east near the Basingstoke canal we covered ground
that I don’t recall seeing before.
As it’s NH4’s birthday, here’s a celebratory
photo to mark the occasion:
How many of these
T-shirts have you got?
20 December 2020, Playground CP, School Lane, Bentley, Hares: Old
Thumper & Jolly Green Giant
Slippery shiggy, blue skies and sunshine.
Finished by walking past Pax Hall, where Baden Powell lived for 20 years.
Shame a few couldn’t be there because of the new COVID-19 Tier 4 lock-down.
Prime8 made the most of the shiggy
2020, Southwood Woodland CP,
Hares: No Entry, Little Prick & Fun
1st run after the 2nd lockdown. Started in groups of up to 6. Enjoyable hilly
1 Nov 2020, Ripon Road, near Hawley Lake, Hares: No Entry, Little Prick & Fun
Another excellent run, but sadly the
last till at least December. Featured smiley face joke checks.
Judith discovers a fossilised crocodile.
25 October 2020, Headley
Recreation Ground by Silvier Fox & Petal
The hares got soaked setting this run
but never mind, the hounds started in sunshine and stayed dry. Completely
new area for me, quite hilly, wooded, excellent trail though a little sparse
on the soggy sawdust. Luckily we had both hares with us, although they did
loose the trail at one point.
Silvier later reported: “I found latecomer Derek (Primate)
after his car was found on our return at the car-park. After arriving late
he set out on his own.
He veered off the walkers trail at the first regroup as he
did not want to cross a bar and did most of the runners trail when I found
him in the car close to the finish all smiles and dapper.”
A tricky mud
bank for which Silvier apologised
18th October, Cricket Close, Beacon Hill, Hindhead by Yorkie & Yellow
Another classic by the Y team. A record turn-out since runs restarted. Had
me worried as we skirted the Devil’s Punchbowl but we avoided going down
11 October 2020 Selborne Arms by Seis Matters and Janet'n John
Seis Matters and Janet ‘n’ John laid this trail from The Selborne Arms
(surprise, surprise!). SM laid interesting hilly, zig-zaggy trails, acted as
parking monitor, neatly organised the group starts and offered helpful
suggestions about where to go after the run, the usual huddle in the Hanger Bar
being out of the question these days - and for how many more?
4 October 2020 Blackwood Forest by Squiffy
Thanks to Squiffy for an excellent trail in the wet and autumnal woods.
Let's hope Yellow Peril survives his foraging.
27 September 2020, The Maultway by Yellow Peril & Yorkie
20 September 2020, Southwood Woodland car park by No Entry
A great trail this morning
from No Entry
Not sure about these posers
that I came across in the car park though
As you can see, Libby was
rather taken by some alternative transport opportunities
Squiffy and his team got lost
Memories of Eeyore’s last
trail here came flooding back….
13 September 2020, Old Guildford Road by Yellow Peril & Mountain
A sense of long-awaited
déjà vu as 23 hashers (less than 30 you will note).
The runners' trail was excellent, however, the walkers encountered, shall we
say, a little local difficulty with an unintended excursion into unmarked
Unfortunately, this meant the walkers had a somewhat curtailed walk and were
back home well before everyone else – no change there then.
The weather was great, there was a good turn-out and Mountain Rescue very
generously put on champagne to celebrate the re-start of NH4 at the end.
22 March 2020, Old Guildford Road by Yellow Peril & Mountain
A brilliant woodland run by stalwart hashers Mark & Richard. Well done. Also
to No Entry for the splendid sunny weather. The first of who-knows-how-many
runs under the new social separation rules enforced the largest circle in NH4
Followed by drinks in the road since all the pubs are now shut! Comments
dictated to Hash Tick to maintain social separation.
Yellow Peril demonstrates the correct separation distance of 2 metres except in
Large circle with own drinks and cups.
Where is Wally?
Romping Donkey: Favourite trail ever!
Hanging About: Great trail. Great weather. Thanks to the hares for
coming out to lay it.
Jolly Green Giant: Where was the shiggy? Excellent in the
circumstances. Bring on 2021.
‘Er Indoors: Super run. Pack kept together nicely but not too
Janet ‘n’ John: I was the only one that followed the walk leader all
15 March 2020, Selborne Arms by Seis Matters, Janet ‘n’ John &
NH4 is extremely grateful to the
Directors of 'Gilbert White and the Oates Collections' for permission to
sample from the Brew House and
many thanks to Gren Earney who opened up the Brew House and
served us with the excellent brew number three.
A good turnout at 30 boosted by 4 visitors including Mary from Peru and Alan,
a virgin from North London.
Far more walkers than runners. A bit fast for me but maybe I’m getting old! -
Well Boris thinks I am; I think he’s going to ban me from hashing in future!
A wonderful surprise of free beer at Gilbert White’s Brew House at the end.
Very tasty it was (they were) too! Well done John!
Dickhead: FAMILIAR PLACE, BUT UNFAMILIAR TRAIL! LOVED THE NEW BREW
AT THE END!
Mary (Peru): RUTA FANTASTICA!!
Squiffy: Great to have a new trail. Thanks.
Dodo: excellent views and mud! Fantastic beer stop - well done!!
‘Er Indoors: Too fast for me - nice walk though. (It
was too fast for the hare as well - Editor)
Alice: Exhilarating (exhausting) walk. Must be getting old!!
8 March 2020, Thursley Area by Dickhead & Yorkie
Near the Devil’s Punchbowl, very muddy-slippery in places which caused at
least three casualties, including a grazed knee on yours truly.
The rain & hail almost held off except for a torrential downpour exactly
coinciding with the down-downs. Enjoyable trail topped off by a Thai lunch at
the Golden Fleece.
Yellow Peril: Great trail - Enjoyable spill on me coccix!
‘Er Indoors: Pretty up & down run.
Dodo: Good area! GOOD ON ON! Well done hares!!!
Hippo: EXCELLENT TIMING - BACK BEFORE THE DELUGE. GREAT AREA FOR
1 March 2020, Wellington Monument by No Entry
A well-liked trail in the sunshine by the sound of the comments:
Seis Matters: Excellent trail, excellent weather, didn’t want it to
Little Prick: Marvellous!
Hippo: Sun’s out, time for a pint.
23 February 2020, The Maultway, Camberley, Hanging About, Damp Patch
Nearly 1 hour 45 minutes for some of the runners, partly because the cunning
hares used sawdust very sparingly and left many track forks ambiguous.
For the first part we kept meeting up with the walkers but in the end the
walkers, and some short-cutting front runners, got back in an hour, got
thirsty waiting, and departed for The Wheatsheaf on the A30.
Meanwhile the runners who followed more of the trail crossed over and under
the M3 and when we eventually finished, Hash Songster, Little Prick, led the
valiant few in a conga and a Short Hash song before the down downs.
Still, the rain limited itself to a light shower before and after the run and
the sun even showed itself so altogether an entertaining run which didn’t seem
as long as it was.
Charmaine Chardonnay: Thank you hares for setting it in the wind and
rain. Loved it. Brought back many memories from setting runs there. A bit like
being at work. Not very good manual handling having to pick Mountain Rescue
up. I had to do an illegal lift.
‘Er Indoors: Good run - shame the sawdust blew away.
Little Prick: Glad my blood sugar held up. Good excuse to launch the
short hash song!
No Entry: Plenty of run. Nice echoey tunnel.
Squiffy: Fabulous trail, a tad long but well laid.
16 February 2020, Gosport Road, Chawton by Nettles & Flying
After more than a week’s worth of rain overnight the A31 SW of Farnham was
flooded right across for extensive sections, but 18 hounds still made it to
The runners saw the steam train on the watercress line, then ran underneath,
later passing the abandoned water towers of the old hospital. At least two
hashers slipped over in the mud.
It continued to rain the whole time, till we congregated in the Wetherspoon in
Alton to put comments on a very wet tick sheet.
Dickhead: WELL AT LEAST THE WIND DROPPED! BUT SO DID THE RAIN - HEAVY DROPS.
‘Er Indoors: WET WET WET - GREAT DOWNHILL SHIGGY 😊
Alice: Raindrops keep falling on my head etc, etc
Hippo: I FEEL LIMP AND FLACCID - A BIT LIKE THIS RUN LIST
Hobble: NICE WALK - NEXT WEEK WE ARE ATTEMPTING A TIDAL WAVE.
Mountain Rescue: “Muddy ‘ell” thought I as Chardonnay slipped down the slope
9 February 2020, Fleet Pond by Er Indoors & Hippo
Well done hares for stepping in at the last moment to set a very windy and
soggy trail in the woods near Fleet Pond.
Jolly Green Giant: Excellent run in a Hooley
Hanging About: GREAT TRAIL. WEATHER NOT TOO BAD GIVEN THE FORECAST!
NICE TO RUN AROUND THE POND BUT NOT SURE IF I SAW IT!
Damp Patch: That blew the cobwebs away! Thanks to the hares!
Commercial Whale: NICE AREA BUT MY HIP TOLD ME TO TURN BACK.
Firework: Wet wild + fun!!!
NH4 Winter Away Weekend at Sandy Balls
A new venue in The New Forest near Fordingbridge for this year’s Winter Away
Weekend: Sandy Balls Holiday Village.
Relatively luxurious cabins, some with
hot tubs, in a forested resort with evening entertainment, restaurant,
swimming pool, sauna, shop, alpacas and more.
With three visits to The
Fighting Cocks and Saturday’s on-inn at The Red Shoot we were not spoilt for
places to socialise (ie eat & drink). We were joined this year by four from
Surrey: the Woods and Brannigans. 26 all told.
Sunday, 2 February 2020, Sandy Balls Holiday Village by
Shrinky Dink, ‘Er Indoors, Hobble & Dodo
The 2nd run of the NH4 Winter Away Weekend was set by almost as many hares as
Starting on roads, lanes and an optional ford the runners stayed in
touch with the walkers until the latter continued between fields on footpaths
and the runners followed a lot of one blob checks out in the wet, open, hilly
area of the New Forest.
Runners and adventurous walkers got their feet wet
crossing the torrenting brown water of Ditchend Brook.
Jolly Green Giant: Good trail with plenty of shiggy and a water dip.
Old Thumper: An unnecessary hill too many! Nice run otherwise 😊
Sister Anna: Ford was a “challenge“! Dry sunny weather Shame about
Little Rabbit: Very nice walk, going through the deep stream was
great fun. Any chance to get wet. splash splash
Firework: Waterproof sock height 7” ford height 9”.
Saturday, 1st February 2020, Appleslade car park by Jolly Green
Giant & Old Thumper
A predictably wet-under-foot run through open and hilly New Forest territory
with deer, cows, horses, ponies, sheep and horse-riders to add interest.
Brilliant weather and On Inn to The Red Shoot.
Turn On: Brilliant, well looked after, but too many hills. Enjoyed
Cuddles: Lovely to see all the animals and the ponies were nice too!
Charmaine Chardonnay: Lovely and we saw some road worthy deer who
had good road sense. So no venison.
Old Thumper: Lovely weather at 8am! Deer, skylarks, ponies, views .
. . . !
Portaloo: Good run - we don’t hash enough with these guys. Great.
Sister Anna: Mud, mud glorious mud! Lovely hash thanks for looking
26 Jan 2020, Tongham Community Centre, Jolly Green Giant & Old Thumper
An excellent turnout of 35 equalled last year’s highest: Fleet Pond Good
Friday run. The hares stepped in at the last minute due to lack of volunteers
and set a well-appreciated run and walk over mixed terrain. And the rain held
off till the end of the run, when we retired to The White Hart.
Hippo: AMPLE SHIGGY EVEN ON THE WALKERS’ TRAIL. WELL DONE TO THE
HARES FOR STEPPING IN AT SHORT NOTICE.
Squiffy: Sorry for being late but still did the walker’s trail.
Chastity Belt: I was very appreciative of 6 inch shiggy!
Sex Slave: NICE WALK. THKS HARES. SHIG & GRAVEL TRACKS
19 Jan 2020: BASE Bordon Innovation Centre, by Yellow Peril
The lone hare set a “Fantastic trail”, or so he wrote on the comments
sheet. 23 hounds found the new starting location on time - even Squiffy! Cold
but sunny weather helped to make a thoroughly enjoyable run, before heading
on-in to The Cricketers in Kingsley.
Alice: Fantastic walk, lovely weather.
Dodo: excellent area! well marked!
Goofy: EXCELLENT RUN - SUPERBLY MARKED. MANY THANKS
Little Rabbit: Great trail, lots of zigzags and the army was a nice
Sex Slave: Interesting walk, orienteering with a dodgy map!
Squiffy: Well thought out trail in great location, well marked!
12 Jan 2020, Normandy Common car park, by Shrinky Dink & Dodo
A long wet one for the runners; a short muddy, shoe-sucking-off one for the
walkers. Round Normandy Common Cricket Club and over the soaking wet fields, a
regroup at a quaint brick bridge, as far east as Willey Green. Then half a
mile along a steep-sided gully with no turn-offs for the front runners, before
heading back across more wet fields, returning past Normandy Village Hall and
Visitor Lady Chatterley, amongst others, got down downs, then our new Songster
led us all in a new song.
Velcro being gallant
whilst Er Indoors shows off her wet bum
‘Er Indoors: ‘Mud Glorious Mud’ Good trail - even extra bit
Jolly Green Giant: Bit long in places but great shiggy.
Little Prick: Shiggy-tastic!
Old Thumper: Lovely trail, could have done with another re-group.
Fuggles: Very muddy walk. Good though.
Velcro (M): Rather wet underfoot. Robert has a poo.
Hawley Lake Side Road, 1st Jan 2019: No Entry,
Little Prick & Fun Size
An excellent turnout (26) on an excellent day for an excellent 1st run of the
Ever Ready: Good variation on a well used area. Really enjoyed the
JGG: Excellent run. Not as boggy as expected.
Dodo: Good run! excellent hares!!!
‘Er Indoors: Super run with very nice hare
Little Rabbit: great walk, spot the puddles was an added bonus.