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Run 2167

13 June 2021, 11:00. Shrinky Dink & Dodo’s place

Hares: Shrinky Dink & Fuggles

 

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 and croquet. 

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 too short!

Hanging About: Hot and long ….. and hot! 8.6 miles - glad of the beer stop. 

Hippo: V. well organised, particularly the beer stop. 

Hobble: BEST BEER STOP EVER. 

Action Man: SHOTGUN METHOD OF TRAIL LAYING! NICE BEER STOP + OF COURSE APRES HASH. 

Cuddles: Best 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

 

Run 2166

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.

 

Cuddles: Really nice, enjoyed checking out! Thanks hares. 

 

No Entry: Great trail. Very imaginative. 

 

Run 2165
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 necessary. 

 

 

Action Man: LUVLY TRAIL. NOT QUITE GRAND OLD DUKE OF YORK

 

Hippo: SPLENDID TO BE ON PROPER EVENING RUNS AGAIN. THANKS TO F. D. FOR THE GREAT CHOCCIE TREATS & FIZZ. 

 

Yellow Peril: Great trail. Lots of hills rewarded by fab cake & bubbly. “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” Denise. 

 

 

 

Run 2164

23 May 2021, Highgate Lane, Farnborough

Hares: Shrinky Dink & Hobble

 

First run since gatherings of up to 30 were re-allowed.

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 participants. 

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. 


 

Run 2161

2 May 2021, Stratton Lane Brewery

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. 

 

 

Run 2160

25 April 2021, Liphook Recreation Ground

Hare: Silvier Fox

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Run 2156

NH4 40th Anniversary Run
2 April 2021, Fox Lane Car Park, Aldershot

  Hares: Old 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?

 

 

Run 2155
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

 

 

Run 2154

13 December 2020, Southwood Woodland CP,  Hares: No Entry, Little Prick & Fun Size

 

1st run after the 2nd lockdown. Started in groups of up to 6. Enjoyable hilly woodland trail.

 

 

 

 

Run 2153
1 Nov 2020, Ripon Road, near Hawley Lake,  Hares: No Entry, Little Prick & Fun Size

 

Another excellent run, but sadly the last till at least December. Featured smiley face joke checks. 

Judith discovers a fossilised crocodile.

 

Run 2152

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 


 

Run 2151

18th October, Cricket Close, Beacon Hill, Hindhead  by Yorkie & Yellow Peril

 

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 it. 

 

 

Run 2150

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?

 

 

 

Run 2149

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.

 

 

 

Run 2148

27 September 2020,  The Maultway by Yellow Peril & Yorkie

 

 

 

 

Run 2147

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 (again!)

Memories of Eeyore’s last trail here came flooding back….

 

 

 

Run 2146

13 September 2020, Old Guildford Road  by  Yellow Peril & Mountain Rescue

 

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 private land.

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.

 

 

 

Run 2145

22 March 2020, Old Guildford Road  by  Yellow Peril & Mountain Rescue

 

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 history!

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 Wally's case.                                                                                                              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 closely. 

 

Janet ‘n’ John: I was the only one that followed the walk leader all the way. 

 

 

Run 2144

15 March 2020, Selborne Arms  by  Seis Matters, Janet ‘n’ John & Flying Doctor

 

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!!

 

 

Run 2143

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 TRAILS. 

 

 

Run 2142

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 end. 

 

Little Prick: Marvellous!

 

Hippo: Sun’s out, time for a pint. 

 

Firework: Unfair DD!!

 

No Entry: Few died.

 

Run 2141

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. 

 

 

Run 2140

16 February 2020, Gosport Road, Chawton  by  Nettles & Flying Doctor 

 

 

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 Chawton.

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 ...

 

 

Run 2139

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. 

 

 

Run 2138

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 runners.

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. Well done

 

Old Thumper: An unnecessary hill too many! Nice run otherwise 😊 

 

Sister Anna: Ford was a “challenge“! Dry sunny weather Shame about my feet/legs!

 

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”. 

 

 

Run 2137

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 the mud. 

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 after me!

 

Run 2136

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

 

Run 2135

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 touch.

 

Sex Slave: Interesting walk, orienteering with a dodgy map!

 

Squiffy: Well thought out trail in great location, well marked!

 

Run 2134

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 Glaziers Lane. 

 

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

Song time

 

‘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. 

 

Run 2133

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 decade. 

 

 

 

Ever Ready: Good variation on a well used area. Really enjoyed the trail. 

 

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. splash splash