NOTES ON RUN 527 ON WEDNESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2018

FROM UPPER HALE SHELL GARAGE (828491)

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

Hounds: Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Les Salmon (Ever Ready), Derrick Gray (Primate), Ian Angell (Hippo), Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit) and Anne Holland (Cloggs).

Very long reconnaissance, very long run, very short report. It seems that Cyclone set off the other day on his recce at 10am and at 1pm rang his wife to say he was lost and would be out for another hour. He was. It turned out that the eventual run was also very long and took the pack 1½ hours to complete. There were three unfortunates who were unable to run but could hobble for half an hour and one of these was your scribe who saw and heard nothing of the pack from the start. So no update on the athletic performance apart from the eventual appearance at The Alma of some of the survivors who looked well knackered (except Cloggs, the last to arrive, who looked unperturbed by the distance she had run). For others, it was too late to join the imbibing so it was a small group that supped the beverages on offer. However your scribbler also had to leave as he’d already waited and waited and waited and his glass was empty again…

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Receding Hareline:

26 Sep - Les Salmon - Pyestock Sports Centre (838540 or GU14 0LP)

10 Oct - Allan Jewell - The Alma Pub (844494 or GU9 0JA)

More volunteer hares will be appreciated

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 526 ON WEDNESDAY 29 AUGUST 2018

FROM HAWLEY MEMORIAL HALL (851593)

Hares: Colin Crofts (French Leave) and Lesley Crofts

Hounds: Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Brian Langford, (Cyclone), Les Salmon (Ever Ready), Tony Soane (Sony Tone), Derrick Gray (Primate), Mike Johnson (Shrinky Dink) and Luke Ripley (Caboose).

It was good weather for a Hash; not a lot of sunshine but a warm breeze to stop us overheating and no rain. Six kilometres said the male hare, seven said the female hare so settlement made it round about 6·5.  As we set off, Caboose was seen approaching on foot (as he does) so Shrinky offered him the safety of his car for his bag by which time the front runners were well away.  Soon there was a convenient check that delayed progress, giving the latecomer with his bag host a chance to catch up. The trail was through some very attractive well wooded countryside and plenty of tracks to choose from. Progress was good and it soon became apparent that YP was living up to his newly identified natural sixth sense when it came to selecting the correct track to take. It was about half way around the trail that MR aggravated his wound and had to join Primate making direct for the car park and the pair limped off.  On the way to the On Inn, a sign indicated that the road ahead was closed.  Bypassing the sign and another sign repeated the warning. Ignoring this also and on the back of a yellow sign was a scribbled message Business as usual.  Encouraged, further ignoring the warning signs led down the road to Mr Bumble’s car park.  The final sign was NO!  It really is closed.  And so it was. All but one made it to the pub without a problem.  Shrinky proved the point that there was at least one disciplined member of the gathering and it was a while before he negotiated the chaotic local traffic and caught up with us. There is no more first-hand reporting this time but at Mr Bumbles during the chit chat it become known that YP actually did make a mistake on the way home that took him downhill – a long way downhill.  He was somewhat aggrieved to hear the bellowing of the ‘On’ from afar up on the very crest of the ENORMOUS hill.  So, thanks to Colin and Leslie for another excellent trail…forget the mutterings about ‘That was a long one…’

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Receding Hareline:

 

12 Sep -  Brian Langford  -    Upper Hale Shell Garage (828491 or GU10 5AB)

26 Sep - Les Salmon          -    Pyestock Sports Centre  (838540 or GU14 0LP)

10 Oct - Allan Jewell         -    The Alma Pub (844494 or GU9 0JA)

 

NOTES ON RUN 525 ON WEDNESDAY 15 AUGUST 2018

FROM LIGHTWATER COUNTRY PARK CP (GR 917619)

Hare: Anne Holland (Cloggs).

Hounds: Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Ian Angel (Hippo), Colin Crofts (French Leave), Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Brian Langford, (Cyclone), Les Salmon (Ever Ready), Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), Ray Darby (Honey Monster), Theresa Hicks (no name), Tony Soane (Sony Tone), and Steve Osborne (Wally).

Ideal Hashing weather and an excellent trail over good paths in a most pleasant area.  So we set off down the slopes , into the trees with FL and EReady wandering to the fore but were quickly overtaken by MR who actually started to trot!  This encouraged the rest of the pack who went off around the entrance lake that looked as though it could do with a good drink. There was a delay as a search for the trail started with Hippo finding the way to the next smaller pond where further searching resulted in a complete split up of the pack.  ERider (or it may have been YP - or HM - or Cyclone - but definitely not ROT who was far too busy chatting to her friend from Spain).  Soon the general flow of keen hashers continued their progress through the trees with a few undulations for further interest.  Intentionally, the hare had laid lesser-used paths to make trails running less boring. Then, the great climb to High Curley where the pack rested to appreciate the great view over to London in the far distance.  From hereon, it was a gentle, mainly downhill, run back to the car park with the pack going the wrong way, leaving MR at the back (as often happens) and so it was that -  now note this - the first of the pack home was MR – is this a record, or what?!!  The Red Lion provide increasingly expensive beers for all who desired, leaving a happy bunch quaffing and chatting and discussing the best routes avoiding the Red Road road works during the rush hour…

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Receding Hareline:

 

29 Aug - Colin Crofts       -    Hawley Memorial Hall (851593 or GU18 5RG)

12 Sep -  Brian Langford  -    Upper Hale Shell Gararge (828491 or GU10 5AB)

26 Sep - Les Salmon          -    Pyestock Sports Centre  (838540 or GU14 0LP)

10 Oct - Allan Jewell         -    The Alma Pub (844494 or GU9 0JA)

 

NOTES ON RUN 524 ON WEDNESDAY 1 AUGUST 2018

FROM OLD GUILDFORD ROAD (GR 901560)

Hare: Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue).

Hounds: Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Ian Angel (Hippo), Colin Crofts (French Leave), Anne Holland (Cloggs), Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Brian Langford, (Cyclone), Sarah Nagel (Petal), Les Salmon (Ever Ready).

Fantastic Hashing weather and a trail that took an hour and a quarter to complete.  The start was over some of the newly created obstacles left by the destroyers of undergrowth but soon through that and the pack followed to the east where the first check awaited. There were many ways to be checked and after a while some lost interest in their failure and formed a static conversation group.  It soon became apparent that all seemed to take notice of the notice on the gate ‘PRIVATE PROPERTY. Authorized only.’ So the hare gave authority knowing that the fraudulent notice was on MOD Land and Hippo led the rush into the northern side of the Old Guildford Road.  Once out in the open there were a goodly number of possible tracks to follow and it was YP who led the field in the right direction off to the left. Soon, the fleeter of foot were following leaving Hippo at the back with the hare which was fortunate for him for he got the benefit of a call from the hare and they set off up the trail trying to get the pack back to follow on.  They did eventually and it was YP again who got them back into line and through a new fence (yes, another new fence) and up to the top of a well-known high ridge with many trails down. More debate atop and having tipped Hippo and Petal to not follow the rest down the hill they continued along the level top while hare moved to the point where the pack should appear up the slope.  It took a lot of calling to get them back but back they came with Ever Ready claiming he knew that climb as he had used it previously and knew where the hidden start was not so obvious.  The trail now led off back in the general direction of heading for home through much shaded forest.  From the next regroup it was YP again whose luck held as he set off on the correct trail followed by Petal who had sensibly waited for hare confirmation of the way ahead.  It was fairly straightforward for the rest of the trail which was close enough and familiar to most for the lack of flour to make any difference to progress home.  It seems that an expert remover(s) of flour had made a very clean job of destroying the trail, but it mattered not a jot as everyone got back for resuscitation at the Rose and Thistle in good order.

Later that evening, Seis sent an email that told a sad story.  He could not join us as he had friends from Australia visiting at 3 pm.  They called from London at 3.30 as they were still shopping and would not be arriving until 6.30 pm.  So he could have run with us after all...

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Receding Hareline:

 

15 Aug – Anne Holland           -      Lightwater Country Park CP (GR 917619)

29 Aug

12 Sep

More Hares still needed, please

 

NOTES ON RUN 523 ON WEDNESDAY 18 JULY 2018

FROM  SELBORNE ARMS – GR 742335 or GU34 3JR

Hare: John Elder (Seis Matters).

Hounds: Tony Soane (Sony Tone), Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), and Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue).

It was a perfect afternoon for Hashing and a delightful area in which so to do.  It would have been even better had there been more hounds.  But we managed with an all-knowing Hare, two real runners and an old Wabbler (walking hobbler) with a smart cane to hand.  Having given up waiting for an extra five minutes just in case anyone else turned up, we set off down the car park with the two runners going one way and MR another (inside information for a short cut) the two put out some pretty good shouts while MR puffed quietly on up and up and up that bl**dy hill.  Once at the top it was great going from there on.  The hare admitted later that he had to take secateurs with him to get us through some of the thicker parts. He became quite pleased with himself when he found YP chasing off on many of the false trails while Sony occasionally got it wrong.  He was not alone at this as MR also failed to follow the shorter version precisely despite detailed hare briefings. But it was overall an excellent trail enjoyed by the whole pack (that sounds better than ‘trio’).  What was even better was that we reassembled at SM’s house where Anna was cooking sausage rolls and SM dispensing two types of beer.  While waiting for the sausage rolls to finish their time in the oven we were fed pork pies.  Now that doesn’t happen every time but our thanks to Anna and John for their kind and generous hospitality and Yah Boo Sucks to those who didn’t join us…

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Receding Hareline:

1 Aug -   Richard McAllister    -      Old Guildford Road (probably) - (GR 901560)

15 Aug

29 Aug

12 Sep

More Hares needed please

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 522 ON WEDNESDAY 4 JULY 2018

FROM – BRAMSHILL PLANTATION CAR PARK

 

Hare: Tony Soane (Sony Tone)

Hounds: Colin Crofts (French Leave), Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Derrick Grey (Prime 8), Ian Angell (Hippo), Anne Holland (Cloggs), Brian Langford (Cyclone), Les Salmon (Ever Ready), Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril)

Very hot. Run one mile, turn right, run another mile turn right, run another mile, finish, go to White Hart Eversly.

 

Receding Hareline:

 

18 Jul -   John Elder                  -      Car Park at back of Tweseldown Pub – (GR 820519)

1 Aug -   Richard McAllister     -      Old Guildford Road (probably) - (GR 901560)

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 521 ON WEDNESDAY 20 JUNE 2018

FROM – THE ELY HOTEL –  (GR 822589)

Hare: Les Salmon (Ever Ready) and Derrick Gray (Prime8),

Hounds: Colin Crofts (French Leave), Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Ian Angel (Hippo), Jane Cox, (Rs Over Tit), Luke Ripley (Caboose) and Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril). 

Bummer.  Big BUMMER!!!  Pressed the wrong button and wiped off my first draft so here goes again.

ER was laying the trail, so he told us, when he was confronted by a young blond girl who was being a bit officious.  Turned out she was a sort of Green Party influenced warden or some such - what are you doing? What sort of flour?  Didn’t you know there are ground breeding birds in this area?   And finally – don’t get off the official paths.  He hadn’t gone very far when a second such youngster accosted him but, before she could get a word in, he said that, yes, he knew there were nesting birds and ,yes, he knew not to leave the paths and, yes, it is flour that came from Waitrose…  “Are you taking the mickey?” she asked.  They parted on good terms and ER survived to brief us.  Before starting, a septuagenarian Hash Virgin was introduced and immediately picked up a Hash Tag by driving his yellow car at high speed into the car park almost hitting a departing car.  Anyway, we set off through a convenient hole in the hedge and followed a well laid trail through some most pleasant countryside in warm sunshine with a cooling breeze.  YP is perhaps a natural hasher or it was just beginner’s luck but he frequently found himself as a FRB.  Sure, he sometimes went the wrong way but was never lost or left behind.  It later turned out that he was recovering from Angina and so was just so happy to be able to Hash having thought that he may never be active again. Sadly, we never met either of the two ‘girls’. Everyone had a moment or two at the front whether or not they wanted it and all in all it was a very good trail much enjoyed particularly by Prime8 and Hippo who followed their own and kept seats for us at the bar (it was rumoured that they did actually leave the car park before arriving at the bar but there were no witnesses for corroboration…)                                                                                                  

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NOTES ON RUN 520 ON WEDNESDAY 6 JUNE 2018

FROM HARE & HOUNDS, ROWLEDGE, (GR 823433)

Hare: Colin Crofts (French Leave)

Hounds: Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Anne Holland (Cloggs), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), John Elder (Seis Matters), Ian Angel (Hippo), Jane Cox, (Rs Over Tit), Derrick Gray ( Prime8), Brian Langford (Cyclone) and Les Salmon (Ever Ready)

Well, he did it again, including the wonderful sun and blue sky for the second haring in a row.  The trail was wonderful as well.  We had been warned that it was a long trail and there were some boring bits and a long stretches and elements of inspirational shig.  He was right on all comments except one – there was no boring to be found anywhere.  We crossed over the road and into a shady narrow path that led us shortly out into the open countryside. The trail certainly made the front runners busy. And he was right – there were areas into which we had not been.  It was not the easiest trail to follow although very well laid – it was just, well, tricky in parts. But then we had been warned - any stretches of road running were not that long and there was always a reward at the end of more shady running. We ran (or shambled) through some really wonderful sun-dappled narrow paths and wider well surfaced woodland roads.  The trail took us around to Birdworld and on to the Forest Lodge Garden Centre where we crossed back over the A325.  Probably 90% of the way around was well shaded and that was much appreciated after the short spells in hot sunshine.  He’s forgiven for the shig covering Mountain Rescue’s new shoes so quickly.

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Receding Hareline:

 

20 Jun    Les SalmonThe Ely Hotel –  (GR 822589 or GU17 9LJ)

4 Jul       Tony Soane

18 Jul     John Elder

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 519 ON WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 2018

FROM DARBY GREEN CENTRE, YATELEY, (GR 836604)

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

Hounds: Alan Jewell (Easy Rider) Anne Holland (Cloggs), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), John Elder (Seis Matters), Ian Angel (Hippo), Jane Cox, (Rs Over Tit), Derrick Gray, (Prime8), Brian Langford (Cyclone), Les Salmon (Ever Ready) and Tony Soane (Sony Tone).

Well, the weather was just perfect - hot sun, cool breeze. The trail was also near perfect but with one patch of ‘unavoidable shiggy’ at least the hare did suggest it was just better to accept the shig rather than try to avoid it. The trail was a great mixture of open fields and close woodland, some familiar, some unrecognised and mainly dry underfoot. There were several ponds on the way round and areas of much twisting footpaths. A number of cunningly laid trail traps were enough to confuse the pack and gave every hound the chance at front running (and going wrong). All in all, an excellent afternoon in the fresh air with additional pleasure at The Cricketers…

After walking around the trail at Darby Green, Primate got back to the cars complaining that his foot was uncomfortable.  On removing his shoe he found he’d been sharing it with a pen…

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Receding Hareline:

6 Jun In the absence of a volunteer Richard McAllister Location TBC

20 Jun Les Salmon

4 Jul Tony Soane

18 Jul John Elder

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 518 ON WEDNESDAY 9 MAY 2018

FROM – HAWLEY LAKE (GR 840579)

Hare: Alan Jewell (Easy Rider)

Hounds: Anne Holland (Cloggs), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Ray Darby (Honey Monster), John Elder (Seis Matters), Luke Ripley (Caboose) and Sarah Nagle (Petal) and Wally (Wally)

Preface: Earlier in the day, Primate called to say that he had a doctor’s appointment but may be in time to join us on the run.  So, we waited for the full five minutes in the hopes that he, and any other happy hashers turned up.  But, no one else turned up.  It was only at the end of the run that we found a bewildered Petal who had even missed the golden five minutes and got lost before she started…

The sun was shining very hot and bright as a super six and a bit set off.  It was a conventional start out of the car park and off up the slope into the woods and around the edge of the lake where there was a pause until we found ourselves turning off in a direction on the far side not anticipated.  Through the trees along well used but narrow tracks we progressed and the hare had thankfully and purposely kept us in shade as much as possible.  It was ideal hashing through the sun-dappled trees with only the sound of twittering birds and puffing hashers. We had difficulty in keeping up with Seis who fortunately took the wrong track occasionally and that gave Caboose and Cloggs the chance to get to the fore.  Meanwhile MR and HM managed to keep up because it was a cunningly laid trail of great excellence and the hare was at hand when really wanted. At one point towards the end, MR thought he really was the front runner but, when he arrived at a main junction, there was Seis patiently waiting for the pack to catch up. Once into this trail of guile it became a trial of intelligence and lots of good guesswork. Anyone with a bright and alert mind was able to follow this wonderful trail but the foolish (and late!) could suffer. Sadly, Petal never got the chance to start off properly and soon found a circle kicked out in the wrong direction that spoiled any hopes she had for catching up. And, oh yes, the Crown and Cushion has been modernised…

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Receding Hareline:

23 May  Colin Crofts   -   Darby Green Centre, Yateley, (GR 836604)

6 Jun      VOLUNTEER PLEASE       

20 Jun    VOLUNTEER PLEASE

4 Jul       Tony Soane

18 Jul     John Elder

 

 

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 517 ON WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL 2018

FROM KINGS RIDE, CAMBERLEY (GR 875623)

 

Hare: Anne Holland (Cloggs)

 

Hounds: Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Tony Soane (Sony Tone), Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Ian Angell (Hippo), Mike Johnson (Shrinky Dink), Colin Crofts (French Leave), Ray Darby (Honey Monster), Alex Fryatt (Lefty), Derek Gray Prime8) and Steve Osborne (Wally).

 

It was a really enjoyable well laid trail that improved as we progressed.  At the start it was a bit cool but once we got moving and the sun shone we warmed up.  At the start, we were informed that the trail went off to the left but Wally should go right; an offer he declined. With he being his normal self in an area “in his manor”, we soon got bored with his constant stream of banter and instructions on how we should perform in “his” area. And how we should use his arm signals for communication.  And what Surrey did (or didn’t).  And how he’d taught Cloggs how to lay a trail.  Well his tedium resulted in the pack going for using his semaphore with no shouting.  This started after Wally had set off checking down a steep hill while the rest of us found the trail and passed the message in silence using Wally’s signals.  We were at the top of the hill while Wally continued his descent.  It was a quick move that separated us as we ran down the other side of the hill with great haste, round the corner at the bottom and into the trees out of sight.  The wind, too, was in our favour as the occasional forgetful hound shouted the ‘on’ that was blown away by the wind.  It soon became apparent that Alex (who was not happy with his Hash Tag) kept going wrong, setting off into the far distance to check for the trail.  Time after time he took the wrong path.  So, he was never ever right.  From hereon, his is known as Lefty.  It was a long trail by Deepcut standards but took us through the most pleasant countryside.  At one stage we were disturbed by a fusillade from the next hill top, followed by sporadic firing.  Had Wally mistakenly wandered into their battlefield? Was this the military trying to shoot Wally?  Well, after Lefty had taken his last two erroneous wanderings we arrived back at the start to find no Wally. When he did eventually turn up he wouldn’t admit that he had gone wrong and got lost but then one wouldn’t expect Wally ever to admit an error!  It is also doubtful that he now realises that the use of visual signals is not really very sensible, particularly in close country.

 

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Receding Hareline:

 

9 May      Alan Jewell – Hawley Lake (GR 840579)

23 May   Colin Crofts   -   Darby Green Centre, Yateley, (GR 836604)

6 Jun       VOLUNTEER PLEASE       

20 Jun     VOLUNTEER PLEASE

 

 NOTES ON RUN 516 ON WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL 2018

FROM POTTERS RESTAURANT (GR 894549 or GU16 6DD)

Hare: Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue),

Hounds: Brian Langford (Cyclone), Tony Soane (Sony Tone), Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Ian Angell (Hippo), Mike Johnson (Shrinky Dink), Jane Cox (Rs Over T), Colin Crofts (French Leave), Sarah Nagle (Petal) and Libby Ralph (Old Thumper).

Scenes of great devastation. Official vandalism at its worst. The thinning of the trees had left huge quantities of tree debris over much of the area.  It looked as though walkers (and Hashers) had been particularly pinpointed for very many of the pedestrian tracks had been blocked by piled debris.  Most of the main tracks had survived, but much damage has formed huge tyre water filled ditches, and huge amounts of mud. However, the pack was not deterred as they set off over the road from Potters Restaurant car park and pointed in the direction of the Canal Centre.  It was Thumper who led the flock as she found the way down the side of the camping ground and through the gate into the woods.  The hare was well pleased to see the pack spread mainly in the wrong direction but Shrinky had set off down the track, back towards the start.  If he hadn’t been running so quickly, he could have spotted the remains of the flour leading up into the trees where Hippo had spotted the trail.  Soon, the whole lot were off with, once again Thumper taking the lead which she quickly lost when Sony spotted the trail continuing up a well-known hill right to the top where the first of four regroups awaited the slower movers.  From here Hippo and Cyclone decided that the pack should not wait for them at the next regroups so off went the main pack. There was now a necessarily long stretch, across a flood to the check after which Thumper led us to the one and only check-back where Sony found the trail leading once more into, now not so close, woodland.  The trail passed through a huge depression in the ground that only Sony accepted the challenge of running down to the bottom and up the other side while ROT reminded us all of her Hash Tag when she decided not to follow (as did no others!). After Thumper led the pack once more downhill and back up through an old (largely still intact) trail and continued over some rough, hilly and potentially dangerous debris to a clearer major junction where Petal took the lead until the short cutters approached from their wanderings as we turned along the backs of married quarters and down the slope to Potters for well-deserved refreshment.

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Receding Hareline:

25 Apr  Anne Holland – King’s Ride, Camberley (GR 875623)

9 May   VOLUNTEERS PLEASE

23 May Colin Crofts   -   Darby Green Centre, Yateley, (GR 836604)

6 Jun      VOLUNTEERS PLEASE  

20 Jun    VOLUNTEERS PLEASE

 

NOTES ON RUN 515 ON WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH 2018

FROM – SHELL GARAGE ON THE A287 (GR 828491 or GU10 5AB)

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

Hounds: Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Anne Holland (Cloggs), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Ian Angell (Hippo), Mike Johnson (Shrinky Dink), Alex Fryatt (Toby (or Not To Be)), Charlie Fryatt (NNY) and Anne Holland (Cloggs).

Two drowned rats thats what the hares looked like as we arrived at the most difficult of car parks. All the time they laid the trail it had poured with rain but, for the virtuous, the weather turned and we enjoyed a truly warm, sunny run around. It was Toby who led the field, closely followed by Charlie with ER being adventurous as we progressed in the general direction of Tweseldown. We had been warned that there was a lot of water and mud and things could be quite slippery. It wasnt long before we were in to open country side with Cloggs now to the fore. There we could admire the real beauty of a vast sea of bright yellow new gorse. Moving on, using local knowledge, MR got over the stile and into the edge of the woods and was soon on the trail that took us to a regroup besides a WW1 prefab concrete bunker. From here the trail led downwards where the first real slippy stuff was discovered. Hippo and Ever Ready, our walking wounded, decided they were not going downhill which was a wise move. Along narrow, muddy edges of the drainage ditches, hopping over them, trying not to slip, was not the easiest of pastimes. Toby set off uphill (steeply uphill, to find he was on the wrong track. Meanwhile, Charlie was off along the gently rising path calling on the pack who soon found that they, too, had to go further up steeper rises. Meanwhile, MR took the low road (it wasn’t a short cut just an easier path to follow) and waited for the team to descend to join him. Once at the final bottom we were at the fishing lake side. Around we went only to find the trail took us upwards once more. Then up further until we reached the highest point beside Caesar’s Camp. From there it was ‘level running’ all the way back to the start. It had been a joyous run that was celebrated in a noisy Alma Arms.

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Receding Hareline:

11 Apr Richard McAllister Potters Restaurant (GR 894549 or GU16 6DD)

25 Apr

9 May VOLUNTEERS PLEASE

23 May

 

 NOTES ON RUN 514 ON WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH 2018

 

FROM – ROWLEDGE RECREATION GROUND (GR 822435 OR GU10 4BW)

 

Hares: Andy Ralph (Jolly Green Giant), Libby Ralph (Old Thumper).

 

Hounds: Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Anne Holland (Cloggs), Tony Soane (Sony Tone), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Ian Angell (Hippo), Brian Langford (Cyclone), Derrick Gray (Prime8) and Mike Johnson (Shrinky Dink)

 

A standard Deepcut briefing was announced BUT it did make absolutely no mention whatsoever about ‘Shiggy’.  Perhaps that was just as well as time was to tell.  Following OT’s indicated direction we set off in windy sunshine along the road with ER well to the fore.  At this stage he was thought to be the only front runner as Cloggs hadn’t arrived yet. (Yes, Cloggs, we did wait but obviously not long enough). From the outset Hippo and Prime8 were walking and we were all together eventually.  Once off the road we found ourselves in slippy, deep shig.  Underfoot was relieved a bit by strewn broken twigs and branches as the trail led us over tricky ground through trees.  It was good to be in more unfamiliar countryside which took Easy and Shrinky alternating far into false trails.  They were shortly joined by Cloggs and the three of them, with great support from Sony, became the trail hunters while Cyclone and MR relied on helpful hare hints.  JGG did tell us that there was some dry running – the occasional major path and touch of road gave us a chance to feel warmer feet again but that was soon destroyed by more and more shig.  It had been a good trail in pleasant sunny but cool weather that finished up quaffing at The Hare and Hounds.

 

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Receding Hareline:

               

28 Mar  Brian Langford   –  Opposite the Shell garage on the A287 (GR 828491 or GU10 5AB)

11 Apr  Richard McAllister – Potters Restaurant (GR 894549 or GU16 6DD)

25 Apr

9 May

23 May                           

 

 NOTES ON RUN 513 ON WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2018

FROM – THE ALMA PUB (GR 844494 or GU9 0JA)

Hare: Alan Jewell (Easy Rider)

Hounds: John Elder (Seis Matters), Anne Holland (Cloggs), Les Salmon (Ever Ready), Tony Soane (Sony Tone), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Colin Crofts (French Leave), Ian Angell (Hippo), Brian Langford (Cyclone), Andy Ralph (Jolly Green Giant), Libby Ralph (Old Thumper).

We were lucky.  The snow had long since stopped and the roads were clear.  The sun shone as we left the pub, it shone as we ran and it shone when we were back at the pub.  While there, the first expected ‘flurry’ of snow passed through and the second arrived after those sensible enough to get home in time.  Back to the trail, it was across the road and up on to the top of the ridge.  The temperature was not too bad until the wind blew and, boy oh boy, did it blow bitterly cold!  But brave souls persevered and the prize (if there was one) for the longest false trail checker would have gone to Cloggs, fairly closely followed by JGG.  As OT led us carefully down the first real slope it was the errant who overtook on the upper path shouting ‘Hallo short arses’ to the rest of us.  She paid for her irreverence by going off on the first of her long distance checking sprees and it was a while before she was called back.  As we continued our descent the wind dropped and the sun shone brightly as we enjoyed the short-lived warmth (it must have been at least 2 degrees).  The hare had kindly taken us through some of the more sheltered wooded areas and soon we were enjoying our beers in the Alma, warm again and all happy.

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Receding Hareline:

14 Mar  The Ralphs       –  Car park, Rowledge Recreation Ground (GR 822435 or GU10 4BW)         

28 Mar  Brian Langford –  Opposite the Shell garage on the A287 (GR 828491 or GU10 5AB)

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 512 ON WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2018

FROM BACK OF TWESELDOWN PUB (GR 848500 or GU11 3BD)

Hares: John Elder (Seis Matters) and Denise Catlin (Flyimg Doctor)

Hounds: Anne Holland (Cloggs), Les Salmon (Ever Ready), Tony Soane (Sony Tone), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Colin Crofts (French Leave), Ian Angell (Hippo), Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), Alan Jewell, (Easy Rider), Charles Earl (Isneesrbuggered), Lucy Earl (Chastity Belt), Brian Langford (Cyclone), Andy Ralph (Jolly Green Giant), Libby Ralph (Old Thumper).

A fine fifteen turned up despite that it was the coldest, wettest afternoon. It was to turn out to be quite the muddiest of events. “A bit short but could be long” were the riddling words of our hare “…and it starts over there…” pointing down the main path beside the club house. JGG took off right to find he was wrong so the main pack set off across the centre of the field with JGG coming back to join us only to find that he had in reality been correct. So, off over the field towards the main road, up the road for a bit and on to a well-known path. It was slippery from the outset and only got worse as the trail led off right through the trees and into some tricky territory until we hit a main track. Up and away until back into close trees which eventually took us down to the Bourley Road. Over we went where we had time to admire the new fencing going up around the race track. The trail went off alongside the new fencing until it branched back into the woods proper up to another main track and out into the open. It had been the hare’s intent to take us over the race area but the new fencing demanded that we couldn’t proceed as planned. Off the cuff it was either one way or the other on the other. We took the other and set off in the general direction leading back towards ‘home’ and the one hill in the area. The temptation to go up the hill was generally resisted as we wended out way around the bottom and off the racecourse area. Through the trees, along near the main road and back to the car park went we, thoroughly dampened, cooled but in good spirits. Into the Tweseldown to find that most of the beer was not on! No wonder Hippo was not there to greet us. We managed to enjoy what was available. And the riddle? The trail was not as far as usual but the going was not easy so took a longer time than normal. Hats off to the hares for braving the foul elements for so long.

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Receding Hareline:

28 Feb Alan Jewell The Alma Pub (GR 844494 or GU9 0JA)

14 Mar The Ralphs Car park, Rowledge (TBC)

28 Mar Brian Langford Opposite the Shell garage on the A287 (GR 828491 or GU10 5AB)

 

NOTES ON RUN 511 ON WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY 2018

FROM – KINGS RIDE, CAMBERLEY (GR 875623)

Hares: Anne Holland (Cloggs), and Les Salmon (Ever Ready).

Hounds: Tony Soane (Sony Tone), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Colin Crofts (French Leave), Ian Angell (Hippo), and Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), John Elder (Seis Matters) and Alan Jewell, (Easy Rider).

Bright sunshine once again but a very cooling wind. We waited for a while but Wally didn’t turn up despite his expressed intention to be there.  So we departed through the gates as normal and immediately turned off to the right as we moved up the hill behind the married quarters.  It turned out to be a brilliant trail – well marked in orange flour and in true Deepcut style - we ran up through the trees into unfamiliar territory.  “Good for mountain biking,” quoted Cloggs, lots of up and down and good, solid paths.  She was right – there was sound footing in the main and indeed, much undulating to be done.  “There’s a lot of running,” quoted Ever Ready and he was right, too.  There were four regroups that helped to keep us together although Seis tended to keep well to the fore and all too often, wrong.  FL and easy Rider took a turn or too at the front and even RoT and MR hit the front once or twice (in the case of the latter after helpful hare hints).  The sunshine lasted throughout and all was well – until, that is when, right towards the end of the trail, MR sacrificed his body and limbs by discovering the Wally Trap.  SPLASH he went down and SPLAT again face down in the mud and gorse and brambles.  Those who witnessed the incident were good enough not to laugh out loud; at least, within his hearing and no, he hadn’t spotted the trail that avoided the trap…

Mr Bumble, it was who sorted out our woes.

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Receding Hareline:

14 Feb  John Elder – Tweseldown Pub Car Park (GR820519 or GU52 8DY)

28 Feb  Alan Jewell – The Alma Pub (GR 844494 or GU9 0JA)

7 Mar                    ?

21 Mar                  ?

 

 

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…

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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…

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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.

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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).

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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!

 

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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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