NOTES ON RUN 510 ON WEDNESDAY 17 JANUARY 2018

FROM – PINE RIDGE GOLF COURSE CAR PARK (GR 907587 OR GU16 9NX)

 

Hares: Tony Soane (Sony Tone) and Brian Langford (Cyclone).

 

Hounds: Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Colin Crofts (French Leave), Ian Angell (Hippo), and Anne Holland (Cloggs), Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), John Elder (Seis Matters), Alan Jewell, (Easy Rider) and Les Salmon (Ever Ready).

Bright sunshine but a cold wind saw us off to a good start out of the back of the car park into the woods alongside the golf course.  The Hare Hint was that we were going to go around the course so off shot Seis closely followed (but at a lesser speed) were MR and RoT.  For a while we followed a crooked ‘straight’ path alongside the road until our front runner took the wrong fork and RoT got quite excited at being now at the front of the pack.  This situation lasted for quite a while but then it was the turn of the two ERs to take over the lead before Cloggs could get by.  It was a fascinating trail along paths that are seldom used by DH3, not made any easier by the removal of flour from the ground by a flock of crows.  However, they were not able to remove every last vestige and we found enough to keep going.  Well, we did until your scribe was left at the half way point well to the fore up the wrong way and out of aural, oral and visual contact with the rest - I don’t know which way they went home.  So ‘old lonely’ went on following his instinct which took him over a couple of fairways to the car park…and into the bar.

 

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Receding Hareline:

         

31 Jan  Anne Holland & Les Salmon - King’s Ride, Camberley (GR 875623)

14 Feb     In great need for more volunteers, please…

28 Feb

14 Mar

28 Mar

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 509 ON WEDNESDAY 3 JANUARY 2018

FROM – WELLINGTON STATUE CAR PARK (GR 853511)

Hare: Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue),

Hounds: Colin Crofts (French Leave), Derrick Grey (Prime 8), Ian Angell (Hippo), Brian Langford (Cyclone), Tony Soane (Sony Tone) and Ann Holland (Cloggs).

Laying the trail in sunshine was warm and pleasant at midday but the high wind made laying the trail somewhat tricky.  If flour was deposited more than two inches off the ground the wind took half of it away before the main blob hit the ground. By three o’clock, the sun had dipped, the wind strengthened and shivers were rampant. HOWEVER, a truly Magnificent Seven braved the conditions and set off on the trail southwestwards across the open grassy space and straight over the road into the woods beyond.  The hare had taken time and trouble to trim the briars and thorns hindering progress over the wet ditch – but, there was one more missed prickly, strong bramble that caught the hare’s toe and sent him tumbling, bum down into the bottom of the ditch where he soaked up some of the water.  Unseen by others and undeterred, but bleeding profusely, the hare tried to catch up.  By now, after just five minutes, the pack was stretched.  Hippo was tipped off and made his way to a suggested meeting point, leaving Primate and Cyclone to do their own thing. Through the trees went Cloggs, FL and ST with the hare still well behind until we hit a well-known track which took us to the Bourley Road over which we passed and off up the Royal Pavilion concrete road before Cloggs spotted the trail leading off to the right wended its way through some skinny trees and up into more mature, undulating jungle.  A hare hint helped Cloggs off up the hill to a short-lived regroup and the pack was sent down the slope only to have to go up the other side.  Once we were up on the large, open, sandy area Hippo appeared claiming he was in strange territory.  Once he realised where he was, he set off homewards having suffered with a wonky knee again.  And so the lesser Magnificent Three had to be directed back on to the true trail.  Now the trail had been laid with more than just three hounds in mind and so hare help was necessary on several occasions in order to get back to cars before dark. After considerable twisting and turning we crossed back over the road, through the closed car park where FL continued his front running .  From the check-back he then found himself at the back of the pack as progress towards the Race Track was enthusiastically made all the way back to safety.  The Tweseldown has seldom been more welcome!

And a Happy New Year to all Hashers…

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Receding Hareline:

17 Jan    Tony Soane – Pine Ridge Golf Course Car Park (GR 907587 or GU16 9NX)

  …and many more volunteers needed, please…

31 Jan

14 Feb

28 Feb

14 Mar

28 Mar

etc

 

NOTES ON RUN 508 ON WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER 2017

FROM – BAT & BALL PUB (GR 833444)

Hares: Colin Crofts (French Leave) and Lesley Crofts.

Hounds: Les Salmon (Ever Ready), Derrick Grey (Prime 8), Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Ian Angell (Hippo), Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), Andy Ralph (Jolly Green Giant), Libby Ralph (Old Thumper), John Elder (Seis Matters), Luke Ripley (Caboose), Brian Langford (Cyclone), Mike Johnson (Shrinky Dink), Nico Barnfield (Gonzales Go-Rong), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Sarah Nagel (Petal), Steve Nagel (Silvier Fox), Tony Soane (Sony Tone).

It was a noisy car park with dozens of excited children screaming and shouting in the adjoining garden.  The brief on the hills, regroups and busy road to cross (twice) soon took us to the first of the dreaded slopes.  It didn’t take long for Go-Rong to set about his norm. But he was not alone with Seis and JGG eagerly checking every which way.  Up (of course) won the day and the first of the great struggles began. There was the reciprocal down grade beyond, but that simply meant that we had to re-gain height again. And again. It was only later that OT announced that she used to live near the area and in days gone by many a Hash had to suffer her trails just as we were now.  The difference of course is that everyone was twenty years younger then.  Anyway, it was a grand trail that had a good mixture of forest and proper (very narrow) roads with streams to be crossed (over bridges).  No real shiggy, just a dampness underfoot. Progress was swiftish but then a dastardly trick was played – the high altitude loop came into play.  Exceedingly steep upwards we went only at the top for a brief moment before the descent to the path from which we had just left where we met a grinning, jovial hare looking most pleased with himself.  The trail progressed along the level for a few yards before turning left up the hill down which we had but moments before descended.  He wouldn’t do it again would he? Oh yes he would, could and did. ‘Twas a familiar happy hare escorting the shortcutting Petal who smiled with delight at having caught us again.  That was near the end – not only of the trail but some of the Hashers too.  It was straight into the pub where lots of sandwiches appeared together with a wide selection of small eats and, most unexpectedly, lots of chips.  All in all a good end to our last meeting of 2017.

Happy Christmas to all…

OnOn

Receding Hareline:

3 Jan      Richard McAllister – Car Park Wellington Statue (GR 853511 or GU11 1QA (Approx))

... and more volunteers needed, please…

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 507 ON WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER 2017

FROM – BACK OF TWESELDOWN

Hares: Les Salmon (Ever Ready) and Derrick Grey (Prime 8)

Hounds: Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Ian Angell (Hippo), Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), Colin Crofts (French Leave), Andy Ralph (Jolly Green Giant), Libby Ralph (Old Thumper), John Elder (Seis Matters), Luke Ripley (Caboose), Brian Langford (Cyclone) and doggie, Anne Holland (Cloggs), Mike Johnson (Shrinky Dink)

A good turn-out of 13 and a dog on a very gloomy day that promised to be the darkest hash of the year (the darkest evening being the 12th December at these latitudes). In principle, the next hash on the 20th will be as dark except that it starts half an hour earlier. We set off north-east to the hill and thence to the first regroup at the cattle grid. Apparently (we learned much later) this is where the walkers, Hippo and Prime 8 parted company, Hippo's knee giving him trouble and Prime 80 believing (against all rational thought) that he could follow the hash trail back to the start. Meanwhile, the hashers were enjoying a cunning trail that took a while to reveal its clockwise intent. Plunging into dark forest on a dark day tested our eyes' accommodation but, bat-like, we became accustomed to the near darkness. After 45 minutes, we burst out of the jungle to run one of the best half kilometre run-ins in the business to the inn. The disappearance of Derrick prompted the usual 'Top Gear' risposte to those in trouble "Leave him out there" but Cloggs, a kindly soul, felt that we should search for him. 25 minutes later, Easy Rider and Cloggs spotted Prime 800 doing a passable Fruit'n Nut impersonation and found him wandering vacantly across the racecourse.

The Tweseldown was packed with an office Christmas party and yours truly made the mistake of trying the Tweseldown Ale (3.6% - hah, I've drunk more alcoholic tea.)

Next week, the hash will start at 2:30pm  from the Bat and Ball, Farnham (833444).

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 506 ON WEDNESDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2017

FROM – LIGHTWATER PARK (OFF THE MAULTWAY GR 902618)

Hares: Tony Soane (Sony Tone) and Brian Langford (Cyclone).

Hounds: Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Ian Angell (Hippo), Les Salmon (Ever Ready), Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), Colin Crofts (French Leave), Andy Ralph (Jolly Green Giant) and Libby Ralph (Old Thumper).

The hare’s brief gave us depressing accounts of failures in the trail ahead but, not being deterred,  the pack was about to set forth when FL turned up so we paused.  We were about to set off again when ROT turned up.  Eventually we did get away. Within a very short distance, the pack was widely split as the five different pathways were investigated.  MR was lucky enough to be on the right track but was soon left well behind at the next check.  We were now getting into unfamiliar territory until we found ourselves on the road and bridge over the main road below.  Once more it was back into the trees following the dulcet tones of JGG.  Then it was uphill, steeply uphill that the hare found rather difficult the second time.  We were stopped at the first check by a pile of stones that were thought to be the burial plot of Wally.  We didn’t investigate.  Then it was off again along some very straight and seemingly endless tracks.  They were, of course, not endless but only after a while did we reach the end.  And so we progressed over the described ‘short trail’ for longer than anticipated.  More hills, and shiggy for all before getting back through the tunnel.  Within 55 minutes we were all back from where we started and off to Pine Ridge Golf Club.  It had been a pleasant jaunt…

OnOn

Receding Hareline:

                6 Dec     Les Salmon – Car Park at rear of The Tweseldown (GR 820519 or GU52 8DY)

               20 Dec   1430 hrs Colin Crofts Christmas Hash Bat & Ball

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 505 ON WEDNESDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2017

FROM BOURNE CRICKET GROUND (GR 848446)

Hares: Brian Langford (Cyclone) and Tony Soane (Sony Tone)

Hounds: Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Ian Angell (Hippo), Anne Holland (Cloggs), Luke Ripley (Caboose) and Les Salmon (Ever Ready).

The oldest Hasher today was a Hare who started by telling us it was a long run - for Deepcut that would be about three miles. Very funny with plentiful grins and sounds of mirth from the disbelieving pack who really believed he could not travel that far. How wrong we were and the laugh was on us as it turned out to be some four plus miles with a lot of running. The hares admitted that the first regroup was rather a long way into the run as they had been chatting and rather lost the distances they had travelled before it was too late. It was a cool afternoon with plenty of cloud as we set of up the playing field only to meet Cloggs arriving in her car and off into the jungle behind the houses leaving her to catch up. Caboose got derailed very early on while the rest progressed uphill most of the way to a road that had MR setting off full of over-confidence. The returning Ever Ready was obviously nearly back to normal as he took the lead going up further until the inevitable decline following before we went off up over huge and plentiful undulations. It was hard work but through some truly lovely countryside with a well laid trail and the odd hare hint thrown in for the slower hounds. Afterwards, the normally jovial gathering enjoyed the (expensive) beer in The Fox which has undergone a lot of refurbishment.

OnOn

Receding Hareline:

22 Nov Tony Soane Lightwater Park (off The Maultway GR 902618)

6 Dec Les Salmon - TBC

20 Dec Colin Crofts Christmas Hash

 

NOTES ON RUN 504 ON WEDNESDAY 25 OCTOBER 2017

FROM ELY HOTEL (GR 822589 - GU17 9LJ)

Hares: Colin Crofts, (French Leave) and Leslie Crofts (NNY)

Hounds: Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), John Elder (Seis Matters), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Ian Angell (Hippo), Anne Holland (Cloggs), Derrick Gray (Prime8), Sarah Nagle (Petal) and Luke Ripley (Caboose).

Proposal after the event that this was probably the best trail of the year was agreed in the Ely after the run. The briefing given by FL had not been encouraging. Emphasis was given about the amount of shig on the trail and the general conditions causing him to wear his boots left us thinking that he had been out there in his wellies. The start was easy enough and Caboose with Seis were off to a rapid deployment only to have to come back from whence they had been. This was just a start and an indication that the trail was going to be a bit devious. And so it proved to be and more than just “a bit”. We found ourselves down by the lake, where the reflection of the trees and sunshine was fantastic, before we were off again in the wrong direction. A hare hint to the wandering MR resulted in a change of direction but his lead was not to last for long. He, too, soon went wrong. And so it continued. We thought we knew which way to go but got it wrong. So we started to go the way we didn’t think it should be and got it wrong again. This lasted throughout as we were taken through some lovely woodland, over the odd field past horses grazing and over gentle undulations. All this time the skies were blue and the sun shining on us (and others, too).

OnOn

Receding Hareline:

8 Nov Brian Langford Bourne Woods (GR 848446)

22 Nov Tony Soane Lightwater Park (off The Maultway GR 902618)

6 Dec Les Salmon - TBC

20 Dec Colin Crofts Christmas Hash

 

NOTES ON RUN 503 ON WEDNESDAY 11 OCTOBER 2017

FROM – HAWLEY MEMORIAL HALL (GR 850593 - GU14 9BW)

 

Hare: Alan Jewell (Easy Rider)

 

Hounds: John Elder (Seis Matters), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Ian Angell (Hippo), Anne Holland (Cloggs), Brian Langford (Cyclone). Les Salmon (Ever Ready), Tony Soane (Sony Tone), Colin Crofts, (French Leave) and Derrick Gray (Prime8).

 

Cloudy and dry was the weather.  “Starts over there,” indicated the hare, “and up the steps.” So off shoots Seis up the nearest bit of hill while the rest followed the instructions apart from Sony who stopped to collect fallen chestnuts.  At the top of the steps we crossed over the football pitches , through a gap in the fence and off up the hill; not steep but it was a loooong, looong DRAG (Dreadfully Rotten Altitude Gain) all the way to the top.  Relatively flat from there on, we were told. The hare wasn’t telling much truth as we were soon going down only to go up again.  And thus it continued for a while – quite a long while.  But we proceeded over countryside some of which was familiar but much not so over a very good trail.  There were strategically positioned regroups that kept the pack together apart from Hippo and Prime8 who knew a different route…

Mr Bumbles was as good as ever!

 

OnOn

 

Receding Hareline:

 

                   25 Oct   Colin Crofts – Ely Hotel (GR 822589 - GU17 9LJ)

                   8 Nov    Brian Langford – Bourne Woods (GR 848446)

                   22 Nov  Tony Soane – Lightwater Park (off The Maultway GR 902618)

                   6 Dec     Les Salmon - TBC        

                   20 Dec   Colin Crofts Christmas Hash

 

NOTES ON RUN 502 ON WEDNESDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2017

FROM – ROWHILL COPSE CP - (GR 849500 - GU11 3BD)

 

Hares: John Elder (Seis Matters) and Nico Barnfield (Gonzales Go-Rong)

Hounds: Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Andy Ralph (Jolly Green Giant), Libby Ralph (Old Thumper), Ian Angell (Hippo), Sanyu Cox (Fuggles), Anne Holland (Cloggs), Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit),  Brian Langford (Cyclone). Jo Johnson (Dodo), Mike Johnson (Shrinky Dink), Les Salmon (Ever Ready) and Tony Soane (Sony Tone).

It didn’t rain until a few spots on the way to the pub later.  We left the car park as a group and crossed over the roads into the woods and on to those hills.  It was an abrupt start to a devilish trail that soon had the pack spreading their searches far and wide.  But with a great turnout finding the true trail was not so problematic.  What was interesting was that the trail finders were predominantly Hariettes with the occasional call from JGG.  At times the trail looped and looped again and again.  This gave slower movers the chance to cut short their travel and at one stage the hare actually encouraged back runners to take a short cut straight down a slope; trouble was the unlaid trail was full of gorse and brambles and fortunately no nettles.  After a good run round the area it was pleasant enough to sit outside at The Alma afterwards…

OnOn

Receding Hareline:

                11 Oct   Alan Jewell – Hawley Memorial Hall (GR 850593 - GU14 9BW)

                25 Oct   Colin Crofts – Ely Hotel (GR 822589 - GU17 9LJ)

                8 Nov    Brian Langford – Bourne Woods (GR 848446)

                22 Nov  Tony Soane – Lightwater Park (off The Maultway GR 902618)

                6 Dec     Les Salmon - TBC             

                20 Dec   Colin Crofts Christmas Hash

 

NOTES ON RUN 501 ON WEDNESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2017

FROM – THE FORESTERS, CHURCH CROOKHAM (GR 828528 )

 

Hare: Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue)

Hounds: Libby Ralph (Old Thumper), Andy Ralph (Jolly Green Giant), Ian Angell (Hippo), Roland Cox (Fairy Snow), Sanyu Cox (Fuggles) and, Anne Holland (Cloggs).

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear!!  Deepcut Hashers where were you on 13 Sep?  If there had been no NH4 members on the run, the Hare would have been all on his own!!  The sun shone for most of the run that set off on the path at the back of The Foresters with JGG to the fore having led the pack astray at the start.  Meanwhile, Cloggs at the back spotted the blob off through the trees to the right and soon the pack (all four of them as Hippo and FS were walking towards a point where they could cut out the first half of the run) took off on the right trail.  At the approach to a multi-junction JGG nearly got it right with Cloggs well to the fore straight on and OT well off course and Fuggles hedging her bets.  Having called OT back, she spotted the trail almost parallel to JGG’s direction.  The trail went through open countryside and over a stile into woodland to be confronted by a deep, wet ditch that did not cause any apparent problem.  It was then up through some rough woodland and out into the open near Norris Bridge.  After a hint, JGG found the entry to a largely overgrown path through woodland and eventually up to the open ridge top before going down to the crossing point over the road leading to Church Crookham. On the far side, a right turn down through more forest the trail ran vaguely parallel to the road for a while before leading on to the vehicle test track.  For some while the trail followed the track until OT found the turn that led us back towards The Foresters after which she headed up a wrong hill. It was in The Foresters that we enjoyed our refreshments and chatter.

On On

Next Hash:         

                27 Sep   John Elder – Rowhills Copse CP  - GR 849500

                11 Oct

                25 Oct

                8 Nov

                22 Nov

                6 Dec

                20 Dec Christmas Hash

             We really, really need lots more volunteer hares please

 

NOTES ON RUN 500 ON WEDNESDAY 30 AUGUST 2017

FROM – THE HARE & HOUNDS,  ROWLEDGE  (GR 823433)

 

The pack resplendent in new 500th run plumage with just a few connoisseurs in the burgundy-coloured T-shirts.

Hares: Colin Crofts (French Leave), Lesley Crofts (NNY) and Gerd Schafer (NNY)

Hounds: Libby Ralph (Old Thumper), Andy Ralph (Jolly Green Giant), Tony Soane (Sony Tone), Brian Langford (Cyclone), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), John Elder (Seis Matters), Anna Elder (Janet'n John), Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Sarah Nagle (Petal), Ian Angell (Hippo), Roland Cox (Fairy Snow), Sanyu Cox (Fuggles), Tim Dodd (Hanging About), Pam Dodd (Damp Patch), Anne Holland (Cloggs), Steve Bridges (Hobble), Steve Nagel (Silvier Fox), Martin Potter (Goofy), Luke Ripley (Caboose) and Adam Soane (NNY).

After days of pleasant sunshine the weather was forecast to decline to its more normality of dull rain (heavy rain in the afternoon) and cool breezes.  Were we downhearted?  Were we bothered?  Did we care…?   Oh no! The drizzling rain stopped as we started the run along the road.  The trail, we were told by the hare, had been laid for a real Deepcut meet with few, if any, ‘professional’ front runners. There were to be three regroups and the trail was about four miles. For the front of pack there was Seis as expected, and Cloggs, Hanging About, a long since visited Goofy and Caboose with Jolly Green Giant and Old Thumper all vying for the front.  Those of us at the back of the pack were able to enjoy the sight of many of our new shirts progressing well ahead.  All too soon the fronters were coming back to meet the tail enders who had turned off over a ditch that demanded assistance for Petal followed by MR who asked for a pull from the front and a push from the back provided by Easy Rider and Cloggs. The trail went through signed private property that was of no concern to the pack that transgressed over some very difficult undergrowth (no wonder why it was ‘Private’) over surprisingly hilly countryside. And thus it continued through a mixture of woodland and built-up areas.  Yes, there were patches of real shig but they were easily bypassed.  The well-laid trail was only rubbed out at one spot but otherwise it remained despite the heavy morning rain.  By the time we’d reached the bar, some of the locals were talking about us: “They were running when they passed me.” was countered by “I only saw them walking...” from another.  The Hare and Hounds looked after us well but the higher turnout meant there was a bit of a shortage on the grub side and, sadly, Lesley and Gerd simply couldn’t leave the bar in time to get any.  But, thanks to the hares for laying on a good celebration and thanks to all those who turned up to partake.

On On

Next Hash:  13 Sep – Richard McAllister – Foresters lower CP (GR 828528)

                27 Sep

                11 Oct

                25 Oct

   We really need more volunteer hares  -  please

 

 

Richard 'Mountain Rescue' McAllister who introduced hashing to Britain in 1969 at Longmoor.

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