Shrinky Dink 2020
Shrinky Dink's Photographs
and Comments of the Week
LASS TWEAK SASH
UN-NUMBERED VIRTUAL HASHES
The Zoom runs will continue!
In accordance with a decision by your committee (to whom, thanks) we will
continue with Zoom runs at 6pm for the foreseeable future,
with real but unofficial, socially distanced runs happening at another time on
Sunday - normally 11am I believe - but I suppose that may be varied each week by
9th August by No Entry &
It's too hot to run so we
Paper and pencil would be
Bring wit, ingenuity and
vivacity. Failing that alcohol.”
2nd August by
Shrinky Dink, assisted by ‘Er Indoors.
It’ll be a novel “run” in 3 groups - walkers, hashers & front runners. You will
need a random number generator for numbers 1 to 6 (eg a dice) and be prepared to
do a bit of mild exercise!
This Zoom Run was attended by just 14, including hares Shrinky Dink & ‘Er
The many rules were revealed, and sometimes made up, as the
Snakes & Ladders-inspired game proceeded, concluding with the Walkers still
trying to cross the shiggy patch.
Jolly Green Giant got a down-down for
keeping up with the rules. Also Yellow Peril for talking about being in the
lead, Velcro & Daisy for throwing a statistically unlikely number of 5’s &
6’s, and Flying Doctor for losing her dice: “Oh no, it’s gone behind the
26th July by Fairy Snow & Dodo
This run is being set in sawdust from Cox Castle by Fairy Snow who will be
assisted on the hash by Dodo. It will be run live by Fuggles and Shrinky Dink,
who will follow instructions from the virtual hashers.
Last Sunday’s Zoom run round the streets of Church Crookham seemed a bit chaotic
to me but I know that the four live hounds (JGG, OT, me, and Fuggles, (was who
was also a hare!)) enjoyed the experience.
Thanks to Fairy Snow for being the other hare & to Dodo for communications and
passing on directions.
by Little Prick & No Entry
A big virtual thank you to hares Little Prick & No Entry for their 3rd and very
noisy hash round the streets of Farnborough. Another new variation with tongue
twisters, animal calls and rude sounds. And welcome to Kerry for the first time.
12th July by Commercial Whale
Commercial Whale and Alice’s surprise run from Surprise Hill last week finished
with no one getting lost, although almost every false trail available was tried.
Old Thumper got the most checks right but since hashing is non-competitive that
doesn’t count. Instead the RA awarded her a down-down for drinking out of a
She was joined by the hares, Eve “Oh look the mouse is sleeping” & Daisy “It
could be dead”, Dormouse, for coming back from the dead and Little Prick “The
camera’s up my end”.
5th July by Old
Thanks to Old Thumper for setting her 3rd Zoom run, last Sunday. Starting from
Pierrepont House, I think. Finishing at a brewery (Bennett Brown?). Lots of
things to observe on the way.
Firework won the observations and won ... a down-down, along with Champagne
Chardonnay (for her hair cut), Flying Doctor for appearing fresh from her hot
tub in a fluffy dressing gown, and Goofy for coming for the first time, and of
course the hare.
28th June by
‘Er Indoors and Shrinky Dink
Another successful run last Sunday - the 13th since the first lock-down run on
Good Friday. Thanks to the lone hound Hanging About for not hanging about and
for checking almost every false trail ‘Er Indoors and Shrinky Dink had laid.
No thanks to all the vindictive stay-at-home hounds who asked questions
like “which way is the steepest hill?” before sending him up there.
21st June by Little Prick & No Entry
14th June by Hanging About & Damp Patch
Firstly, thanks to Hanging About and Damp Patch for a romp through the
Rhododendrons, along a trail actually laid in sawdust, complete with videos of
the options at each check! An amazing amount of effort must have gone into that.
7th June by
Old Thumper & JGG
Old Thumper and Jolly Green Giant came up with yet another different and
interesting idea for a hash for our 10th Zoom hash last Sunday.
Snakes and Ladders! (shouts of “competitive!!”) Well done! I’m amazed at the
inventiveness of our hares - always a different experience, every Sunday.
31st May by Nettles
27 hashers logged in to enjoy an 11 mile virtual ballbreaker from Kings Pond, Alton.
Many thanks for yet another ingenious hash, laid by Nettles. Must have taken a
lot of time and effort to prepare: a very entertaining run past sheep, chickens,
llamas, horses, donkeys and ducks, using Google Earth live, interspersed with
Down downs, awarded by No Entry, went to the hare (naturally) to the tune of a
conga dance, Dormouse & Hanging About for appearing as brothers and Petal
24th May by Charmaine Chardonnay & Firework
Many thanks to Charmaine Chardonnay & Firework for one of the, if not the, best
run so far, in and out of hospital clad in home-made PPE. Brilliant, original
idea and very entertaining.
17th May by No Entry & Little Prick
26 hashers for another innovative, cryptic, virtual hash. Welcome to Hippo and Yellow
10th May by Seis Matters & Janet'n John
Many thanks to Seis Matters and Janet ’n’ John for yet another different,
entertaining and successful variation on hashing-at-home last Sunday. Another
turn-out in the mid 20’s. How many plotted the trail successfully, I wonder.
3rd May by Silvier Fox & Petal
27 Hashers (sometimes 26 - depended on Yellow Peril who dropped in and out
virtually and invisibly). Well done the hares for this innovative style of
26th April by Fairy Snow & Fuggles
April Virtual Red Dress Hash by Old Thumper & Jolly Green Giant
April Easter Day Virtual Hash by 'Er Indoors
10th April Good Friday Anniversary Virtual Hash: The Highgate Arms by Shrinky Dink & Dodo
Well done the two hares and the 18 virtual hashers that turned up as well
(from all over Hampshire and even Europe). How can I explain to my neighbours
why I was running around the garden alone shouting "On on".
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.