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Run 2188

14 November 2021, 10:30 start, Old Southwood Golf Club car park

Hares: ‘Er Indoors & Hobble

 

A short flat walk and run (<1 hour) because we had to be at the Gurkha Palace for lunch at 12 midday. Interesting run for its use of unfamiliar bits of an area close to where many of us have lived for years. 

The AGM only ran 15 minutes past the 2:30 deadline. There was mercifully not time for protracted inane discussions. 

Yellow Peril was awarded a stainless steel tankard for exceptional services to NH4, engraved:

 

NH4

Yellow Peril

100 runs, 20 lays

October 2021

 

The following were re/elected with no contentions:

 

GM: Petal

RA: Old Thumper

Cash: Jolly Green Giant

On Sec: Damp Patch

Hash Tick: Shrinky Dink 

Hare Razor: Silvier Fox

Thrashes: MGW, ‘Er Indoors, Damp Patch

Hash Raff: Hobble

Haberdash: Hanging About

Webmaster: Nettles

Scapegoat: Yellow Peril

Songster: Little Prick

 

 

 

Hanging About: Enjoyable trail, and running around the outside of the girls football match was an unexpected treat!

Silvier Fox: No hills but nice to see lots of youngsters playing football in the parks. Got muddy feet on the Par 4. 

Yellow Peril: Great trail up to usual ‘Er Indoors standards - a classic and very well marked. 

Soup Dragon: FANTASTIC. HAPPY TO SEE YOU ALL. 

Prime 8: Nice stroll through past golf club w’out hard hat. no shiggy

Old Thumper: Lovely little trail, well done

Ever Ready: Very nice trail. Areas I didn’t know existed in spite of 40 years in the area. Well done and thanks. 




Run 2187

7 November 2021, The Alma

Hares: Shrinky Dink, Cuddles & Sex Slave

 

The 2.5 mile walk in the sunshine to Caesars Camp and back was to have been marked with sawdust but in the end Cuddles produced maps instead. Our excuse: couldn’t be bothered to go round again with the sawdust. 

The runners looped off various times for a well-timed gathering for excellent views at the viewpoint. A bit chaotic with both walkers and runners going off trail. Not all the fault of the runners because the hares forgot to mark the cross-over of the figure of 8 on the way back! 

See Hanging About’s route below which only partly resembles what we think we set.

The trials bikers were a hazard but everyone enjoys the terrain in different ways. The Alma served up good roast dinners for the 10 who booked (+ Nettles who didn’t). 

Meanwhile Velcro sorted out a bollard which had sprung up and spiked his car at the church entrance. Obviously an act of God.

 

 

Seis Matters: Excellent trail. Shame about the 2-stroke.

Petal: Lovely, apart from the hills, getting lost & motor cross!

Action Man: GREAT TRAIL AS ALWAYS. CAESAR WAS MOTO-CROSS!

Hanging About: Great run. I seemed to do twice as many hills as anybody else!

Commercial Whale: BRACING AT THE TOP, BUT A GREAT VIEW

Old Thumper: Lovely morning. Could have done with some sawdust to keep the trail.

Damp Patch (with Jamie): Short walk - not buggy friendly!!

Velcro: Damn Bollard

 

Run 2186

31 October 2021, Hydon’s Ball & Heath

Hare: Yellow Peril

 

YP must have got soaked setting this but the downpour stopped for us to run/walk the trail and the sun even came out! Lots of woodland, both run & walk peaked at the Hydon’s Ball viewpoint where we took advantage of the granite seat in memory of Octavia Hill. Both trails were soggy and a tad slippery under foot but the walkers were back well within the hour whereas the runners took their time over this cunning trail where some of the markings had either floated away or been blown away (~1h25m).

 

      

 

Cuddles: Bit more water and we could have had a nice swim! Seriously nice trail & good walk. 

Dickhead: The sun shines on the Rightious! Poor old Hare, getting so wet laying it! Great effort, though

Silvier Fox: Sorting my watch out at the start slipped and fell into a slide in mud but not hurt apart from my pride. Great trail. 

Jolly Green Giant: Good run even if sawdust was blown away in places. 

Fairy Snow: THANK YOU  SHIGGY WALK. FRIGIN BIG HILL  THANKS AGAIN

 

Run 2185

24 October 2021, Barley Mow Slipway

Hares: Yellow Peril & Yorkie

 

The runners’ trail cross-crossed the canal over narrow brick bridges on the way out and then a kind hare gave a few of us a short cut back along the tow path - otherwise it was quite a long run. Many stand-up paddle boarders and ducks on the canal. Then on-inn to the Barley Mow for lunch and refreshment. 

 

 

Action Man: VERY NICE TRAIL DODGING HORSES ON THE TOWPATH + OTHER BARGING AROUND FROM THE Y’s.

Seis Matters: First time jogging since 11/4/21. Excellent, enjoyable trail. 

Silvier Fox: Good run in nice conditions. Not too much shiggy. Some new bits for me. 

Prime 8: long walk along pretty lane- long walk back along canal

Hippo: PLENTY LONG ENOUGH FOR MY DODGY KNEE! EXCELLENT ON-INN - NEW ONE ON ME. 

Dodo: Beautiful area - houses - ducks - canal . . . . . 

 

 

Run 2184

17th October 2021, Weston Common, near Alton

Hares: Silvier Fox & Petal

 

A good turn-out (31, including late-coming visitors Lady Chatterley and Three & Fourpence) for a runners’ run (and a walker’s walk with more shiggy than the run!) near Lasham Airfield. 

Memorable features on the run were regimented woodlands, freshly ploughed fields and clusters of beautiful mushrooms. Thanks, Silvier, for the short cut near the end - avoided getting lost with the runners!

The RA’s birthday was celebrated in the usual way - with a Hashy Birthday and chocolate cake.

Then on to the (rather expensive but nice) Fur and Feathers.

 

 

Hanging About: Nice trail in area not often utilised. FRB’s lost just 100m from end!

No Entry: CRACKING RUN! DESPITE THE TREE ROOTS

Yellow Peril: Great trail through ploughed fields and shady woodlands where we got lost.

Seis Matters: Got lost (:{)

Sex Slave: Got lost but good

Hippo: GOOD WALKERS’ TRAIL. HARE - WHERE WAS THE SUN YOU PROMISED?

Prime 8: Nice walk thro woods - good shiggy - no hills

Commercial Whale: NICE SHORT CUT   THANK YOU GPS

 

Run 2183

10th October 2021, Brook wood Recreation Ground

Hares: Yellow Peril & Yorkie (trail designer)

 

Instructions for this run included “ BYOB, BYOS ”. I guessed the “B“ was booze or beer but the “S”? Sandwiches? Seat? Sun hat? Song sheet? We were also warned of a perilous approach to the car park over a narrow canal bridge and sharp right turn. The car park was nearly full of spectator cars for a local football match in full swing. The perilous hare passed out multiple copies of sealed emergency maps - and instructions to be opened only “after the blue blobs”, while very fine rain made the tick sheet limp. Runners and walkers both set off along the same trail. Multiple checks, including two before we even left sight of the car park, kept the FRB’s back with the walkers for a quite a while. We re-crossed the canal bridge then ran under the railway at Brookwood Station. The rest of the trail took in Brookwood Cemetery, a play with some lock gates, the Basingstoke Canal, across Sheet’s Heath and eventually back for a picnic at the RV. Several lost the trail and others were given short cuts, all helped by a hare in yellow. Well done to the hares who were both suffering from injuries. 

 

Stand-in RA, JGG, gave returning harriette Fukawi and Eeyore, back from Croatia, amongst others, down downs. 

 

 

Silvier Fox: New area for me. Clever trail by hares. 

Petal: Great run really enjoyed. Good to see Yorkie laying trails again.  

Jolly Green Giant: Excellent run from the 2 cripples. 

Hippo: GREAT WALK ON HOME SOIL. I THOUGHT THE HARE SAID IT WAS GOING TO BE SUNNY!

Hanging About: Enjoyable trail, many years since we were last here! 6.32 miles traversed. 

Alice: Excellent trail (sorry Jo & I got lost) many thanks Y. P!

Dodo: thank you Y. Peril for the rescue! X X X 

 

 

Run 2182

3 October 2021, King’s Ride, Camberley

Hares: Hanging About & Damp Patch

 

26 enjoyed this sunny run past cows, through woods, up and down hills, through ferns and prickly stuff, and across wet grass and varied tracks, followed by a BBQ courtesy of the hares and a chance to see (and shelter in) their new summer house. Back to hashing as it should be, and as it used to be. The RA had to go home - something about unfinished homework - so JGG stepped in to award the down-downs. 

 

Action Man: A BRILLIANT TRAIL OF MANY CONTOURS, AND VARIED TERRAIN. IT’S ALWAYS NICE WHEN YOU HEAR ‘OH NO’ FROM THE HARE BEHIND YOU. HE WAS LOST. 

Fairy Snow: LIKE MY LIFE ALL UP HILL

Old Thumper: Thank you for your detour up my mound!

Shrinky Dink: Excellent run - especially the big short cut. 

Yellow Peril: NH4 at it’s best . . . . Libby’s mound proved to be a challenge, but what a wonderful view! (After we negotiated the prickly bush)

‘Er Indoors: Super Fast paced walk lovely area 😊 

Eeyore: Saying “Hello” to everyone from Croatia

 

Run 2181

26 September 2021, Gosport Road, Chawton

Hares: Flying Doctor & Nettles

 

While the walkers followed the signposted route round Chawton House Parkland the hashers stayed with Flying Doctor, with just a few runners deciding to go the extra mile and complete the long trail. 

We gathered round the Roberts family picnic and partook of left-over birthday party snacks while we waited for the frbs.

12 hounds which was two more than the week before which was two more than the week before. 

Welcome back to Seis Matters - after a long absence recovering from an Achilles injury and Janet ‘n John. 

Then a sociable drink (and ice cream) in the sunshine in the The Greyfriar car park before some retired to Wetherspoon in Alton. 


 

Dickhead: AH3 REVISITED - 2 FRB’s AND THE HARE! WELL WORTH TURNING UP FOR!

Janet ‘n John: So nice to be back!

Seis Matters: Excellent walk

No Entry: 2 runners. Just like lockdown

Yellow Peril: Just perfection! Great run thanks!

 

 

 

 

Run 2180

19 September 2021, The Welsh Drive, Eversley

Hares: Squiffy & Ever Ready

 

A new area for most, starting up a rough gravel track past CEMEX Bramshill Concrete Plant & Quarry.  Just 4 hashers and 6 walkers, beating last week’s low turnout by 2. The runners found the 2nd hare hidden in the bushes half way round. The walkers liked the lily ponds.

 

 

Damp Patch: Lovely walk & enjoyed the lily ponds. 

Dodo: excellent area - FORESTRY - ROMANTIC

Flying Doctor: Well looked after, nice brisk walk

Yellow Peril: A very pleasant surprise (thanks Squiffy) - excellent back up provided by the co-hare at the 1st Re-group

Prime 8: Good trail out apart from dodgy bit!

 

Run 2179

12 September 2021, Southwood (Nuffield Heath)

Hares: Damp Patch & ‘Er Indoors

 

Pam reports: perfect timing from Judith!! Not a great turnout - 10 including Hares!

 

Hanging About: Well laid trail. Shame not many frb’s to enjoy it. Great to go to a pub after!

Prime 8: pleasant stroll through the Park, new paths

Ever Ready: Like being with Derrick - new wrinkles on an old friend. Nice run, lots of variation and classic 4 mile/1 hour hash

Cuddles: Lovely little walk, excellent timing / Thanks hares. 


 

 

Run 2178

5 September 2021, The Moat, Elstead

Hares: Jolly Green Giant & Old Thumper

 

Great run by JGG and OT at Moat Pond and Elstead Common, including a fairly unremitting 8K option which, despite the warmth and humidity, was athletically embraced (or so it appeared) by No Entry, Action Man, Silvier, Hanging About, Yellow Peril and a very sprightly Hare (AKA OT) who kept the FRBs under control, sort of.

We hear that JGG guided the short cutters at a more leisurely pace (Dickhead, Ever Ready, Squiffy and ANO?) across the heath, skilfully enabling them to join the FRBs at a carefully positioned final re-group, close to an electric fence to encourage a determined push for the last stretch home.

 

 

The nights are drawing in

 

Dickhead: Good run + great Sunset. Very dry and Sandy. Great bite from the insects!

Action Man: NICE VIEWS OF THE WALKERS ANTI- CLOCKWISE ROTATION. NICE TRAIL + WEATHER

Damp Patch: Lovely walk - great weather! Just as good the wrong way!

Mountain Rescue: Wrong way round but the rest wouldn’t believe me! Anyway, very pleasant walk in the sun...

 

 

Run 2177

29 August 2021, Sandy Lane

Hare: Yellow Peril

 

Thanks to Damp Patch for the following report:

Down downs:

Hare

Headplant and Dickhead - Headplant fell over, head first, twice, so Dickhead said he was well named - quick response was "so are you!"

Hanging About for excessive preloading of carbs (and complaining that the two portions of sticky toffee pudding he had at lunchtime slowed him down)

Returnees - James and Simon

 

5 walkers got lost (separately as two groups, Piper and Derrick, and Maryana, Steve (plus borrowed dog) and Mountain Rescue!!

 

Pics by ‘Er Indoors:

 

Hanging About: Great trail! Usual gratuitous loops!

Jolly Green Giant: Good run. But 450m short of the 10km. 

Dickhead: I CAN’T RUN THAT FAR ANYMORE! (YP MANAGED IT 3 TIMES, I CAN’T DO IT ONCE!)

Flying Doctor: Nice run, swim, walk, picnic. Thanks YP. 

Hobble: WALKERS WERE 2 HRS! NICE WALK - GOOD ON ON

Nutcracker: Returned 8:04!

 

Run 2176

The Cricketers, Kingsley - Silvier and Petal 22.08.21

 

For once, NH4 almost gave the appearance of a practised military organisation, or so it seemed, with Adjutant Silvier conducting a secret briefing of the Walkers just before the formal start of proceedings, complete with map and cane.

Other ranks were excluded, so your intrepid reporter has absolutely no idea of what instructions may, or may not have been issued (no change there then). We welcomed returnee Lieutenant Gonzo in his big black truck, who was, by all accounts, suitably impressed by how we’d all matured into such a honed and disciplined bunch (slight poetic license allows some stretching of reality). The general buzz of excitement, so typical with the prospect of a trail by Silvier and ‘Colleague’ (Petal’s new title apparently) made any understanding of what Gonzo thought, or what was actually being said, or going on, quite impossible.

Matured and manured seems more appropriate….

 

Finally, 7 FRBs set off with Silvier and a bag of flour, followed by a group of SCBs guided by Petal, leaving the walkers to their own devices. After a clever and puzzling ON (we almost ended up back where we’d started), a hidden footpath led us across fields, hedgerows and more hidden paths across completely new territory, including an up and over set of sleepers across the old Bordon Bullet embankment, and soon we were on The Straits and over Sickles Lane before making our way back past the pond beneath Old Park Farm, across Forge Lane, past Coldharbour and on to Gold Hill and Kingsley Common where the air was heavy with the wonderful scent of honey from the swathes of heather in full bloom. Within minutes, we were back at the RV and, with The Cricketers already closed for the evening, refreshments were taken in the somewhat less than salubrious car park.

 

No Down-Downs this week, but the Hares certainly deserve one for a great trail – thanks Silvier and Petal.  It was a great run.

 

Hashanon

 

 

‘Er Indoors: Lovely stroll in the sunshine

Damp Patch: Nice walk on a lovely evening. 

Old Thumper: Lovely meander in the countryside. 

Hanging About: Great trail fast running!

Yellow Peril: Great trail thanks Silvier & Petal. I got high on heather!

 

 

 

Run 2175

Mill Lane, Pirbright, 15 August 2021

Hares: Hanging About & Damp Patch

 

Another classic well-attended trail by Hanging About (ably assisted by Damp Patch) in refreshingly unfamiliar territory with a great RV allowing us to meet and spread out both before and after.

Pirbright proved to be full of delights from a pretty round pond trot across the green, a load of ancient and pretty houses to a huge granite slab in the churchyard marking the burial place of Henry “Dr Livingstone I presume” Stanley in the churchyard of St Michael and All Angels' Church inscribed with the words "Henry Morton Stanley, Bula Matari, 1841–1904, Africa" (Bula Matari translates as "Breaker of Rocks" or "Breakstones", apparently).

Some very pleasant running stretches, coupled with a number of challenging dog-leg checks and clever false trails, gave us a run just shy of 4.75 miles for some (i.e. for hashers that did the checks).

Silvier was spotted in the distance blowing his horn……allegedly.

 

Down downs celebrated the Hares; Hashy Birthdays for Cuddles, Her Indoors and Old Thumper; Ever Ready for waterproof socks; Ralph and Robert for running without a mobile; and the Lovebirds (Piglet and Tigger AKA Ollie and Grace) who innocently admitted to chatting up the local sheep(!) and Harriette Elaine (a friend of Little Prick) got a Virgin Down Down….I hope we’ll be seeing her again

 

Thanks to Yellow Peril for the following excellent write-up and photos:

 

 

 

Damp Patch adds the following interesting  comments:

Walkers saw 2 baby alpacas; Judith bought some runner beans from a table outside a house, Dickhead wanted to know if there were any walker beans. Also saw the very large grave stone for Henry Morton Stanley - Pirbright Church.

New lady too, a friend of Kim's, hopefully she'll come back. 

Old Thumper: Lovely meandering trail. 

Ever Ready: Great run, nice spot not used too much in past. Really enjoyed it. 

Hobble: NICE WALK AND ALPACAS

PRIME 8: 3 7 11 13 19 23 29 31 nice walk through excellent countryside - very pleasant trail

Silvier Fox: Lovely evening for shiggy sampling. Met some friendly donkeys. 

Hanging About: Last minute trail but everyone seemed to get round O.K!

 

 

 

Run 2174

8 August 2021, Pale Lane, Rotten Green, hare: Yellow Peril


 

Only 10 participants, including the hare, Yellow Peril, who also set last week’s run (with Dickhead), and wrote up the following report and took the pictures. 

Come on NH4, how do we persuade a few more to set runs?


 

There was no need to ask what the hashers thought of the run, someone else had got to the ON first and told us in no uncertain terms what the trail promised….

 

 

Fortunately, the rain held off and things only got better until, that is, the Hare announced at the 2nd re-group that he’d shortly be taking the runners up the Great Butt. With some relief, this turned out to be nothing more than a steep incline or two and the beginning of the return leg via a slippery ad-hoc log bridge buried in the rhododendrons, a fast run across Blackbushes Road and a final push across a manicured lawn and another slippery bridge before finally arriving back ‘Home’. All in all, an allegedly well-enjoyed trail with walkers returning just minutes before the runners.

For once, there were more runners than walkers; was this a first?

 

The ‘On-Inn’ turned out to be a cashless zone (cards only) which encouraged Hippo to say "stuff that for a lark" (or words to that effect) and he buggered off beerless. YP very nearly did the same, but your reporter is pleased to record that Cuddles valiantly and generously saved the day and flashed her cards….it was her birthday Hash after all. We enjoyed a very relaxed and happy time at the De Havilland Arms with good beer and tasty food and our final thrill was to be joined by Primate, making a suitable entrance after a personally organised hash. Using his undoubted diplomatic skills, he even got the vile intrusive music turned down.

 

PLEASE NOTE : Possibility of some cake next week.

Might this encourage a better turn-out this time?

 

And finally…..HARES DESPERATELY NEEDED

Yes, that’s YOU YOU and YOU!

 

Hashanon

 

Eeyore: Purfeck - Shame so few

Action Man: BRILLIANT!!! ENCORE.

Yellow Peril: Great to see more runners than walkers for once. Good turnout. Awful music IN THE PUB!

Tigger: Lovely scenery. Piglet got us lost. 

Piglet: Rubbish start but a lovely run. 

Ever Ready: Really enjoyed that! Some nice new areas and very impressive landscape gardening. 


 

 

Run 2173

1 August 2021, BBQ Run at Four Marks, YP‘s Field

Hares: Dickhead & Yellow Peril

 

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 pissed)…

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 (probably).” (YP)

 

 

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. 

 

 

Run 2172

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 dire warnings. 

 

Some representative comments:

 

Action Man: BRILLIANT TRAIL NETTLES. GOOD SHIGGY + HILLS

Alice: Must be suffering from Heat Stroke! Shortest walk ever. 

Fun Size: to hot.

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

 

 

Run 2171

11 July 2021, Potters, Mytchett

Hares: No Entry, Little Prick & Fun Size

 

A good turn out with some newbies:

 

Piglet’s friend Grace,

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).

Down downs 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


 

Run 2170

4 July 2021, Puttenham Common Upper Car Park

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. 

 

 

Dickhead: A NICE TROLL THROUGH THE TRIFFIDS (ER-FERNS!). IN FACT, A TRIFFID TRAIL!

Hanging About: Great trail nice weather for January. 

Hippo: SPLENDIDLY TIMED FOR RUNNERS & WALKERS, SACK THE RA FOR LACK OF WEATHER CONTROL.

Jolly Green Giant: Brilliant. Head high bracken was a challenge 

Yellow Peril: I’m not going to say anything! [There’s a first time for everything! - ed]

 

Run 2169

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. 

 

Hares briefing photobombed

 

They're off!

 

Down downs for visitors Flasher & Verbal Dire Ear

 

Ever Ready: Lovely run - lots of variation and legs just right length

Cloggs: Super trail!

Verbal Dire Ear: Lovely muddy walk, Ruby loved running through every puddle! 

Ruby: Bark!

 

Run 2168

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. 

 

Hares' briefing                                                                 Some slow characters on the hash

 

The hares                                                                                                                                                                                                   The sinners

 

Jolly Green Giant: Excellent run. Nice to run as a pack again even if short cutters kept appearing ahead. 

Prime 8: Cool in woods. Well marked trail

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!

 

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