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).

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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.

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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