NOTES ON RUN (556) ON 9 OCTOBER 2019

FROM KING'S RIDE, CAMBERLY (GR 835570)

Hare: Anne Holland (Cloggs)

Hounds: Colin Crofts (French Leave), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Ian Angell (Hippo), Stephen Graham (Eeyore), Sarah Nagle (Petal), Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Tony Soane (Sony Tone), Les Salmon (Ever Ready), Diane Barnes (DontwanTaname), Steve Bridges (Hobble), Richard Briton (Sex Slave), Pam Dodd (Damp Patch), Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), Roland Cox (Fairy Snow), Simon Judd (3/4d), and Brian Langford (Cyclone),

Today's Hash was truly blessed. There was some bucketing rainfall just before the gathering at King's Ride but as we gathered the sun came our and most of the way around the trail was sunny but a bit windy on occasions. It was a surprising turnout with 18 Hashers setting off, obeying the instruction to go through the gate and round to the right. So far, so good. The front runners had a bit of bother trying to go further but soon that was sorted and the party set off with a vengeance. We had been warned that the trail was over four miles and that is longer than most Deepcut trails but there was a willingness to follow the flour. A friendly hare looked after the slower 'runners' and managed to keep us well together. Occasionally the dulcet tones of YP complaining about something or other as he either followed the wrong track or couldn't find any flour echoed around. The encouragement to FL as he gallantly made for the top of a particularly steep and long hill was heartening and amusing for those who knew it was the wrong way to go. Overall, it was a really good run and at least two runners found the original Wally Trap despite being pre-warned...As for the walkers, well they had been in Mr Bumbles for 45 minutes before the first runner arrived. (Long run or short walk one wonders...)

On On...

Receding Hareline:

23 Oct - Mark Westcott - TBN

6 Nov - Tony Soane - Pirbright Green - GR 946561 or GU24 0LP

20 Nov -

4 Dec - John Elder -

18 Dec -

NOTES ON RUN 555 ON 25 SEP 2019

FROM   THE CROWN AND CUSHION, MINLEY - (GR 835570)

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

Hounds:  Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue),  Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), John Elder (Seis Matters), Ian Angell (Hippo),  Anne Holland (Cloggs), Stephen Graham (Eeyore), Sarah Nagle (Petal), Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Tony Soane (Sony Tone), Chris Holmes (Headley Hound), Libby Ralph (Old Thumper) and Les Salmon (Ever Ready).

While MR was locking his car, FL decided it was time to go so gave his short brief before Headley Hound was welcomed to our pack. So, Headley, belatedly welcome to our pack. Luckily, the weather stayed fair for us. In his brief, the hare admitted he had got himself lost at one point and so had no real idea of how long the trail was as we set off across the road and into the woods.  Almost straight away there was concern about finding the way through the woods.  Not a problem for Headley who took off with great confidence and soon had us on the way (the correct way). Soon all followed his example but it was not to last.  Meanwhile Petal arrived a bit late and set off before losing confidence and turning back for home. The trail was not the easiest in parts as for a while we crossed ground upon which running was not really advised. We survived but soon ran into a large military patrol approaching us on a narrow path.  They were all highly camouflaged and heavily burdened with equipment (but then they were Sappers). It was some time later that small arms firing rang out  and we were, perhaps, lucky not to have run into the ambush area of the patrol.  We all survived with the front runners losing the trail and going far too far than they needed while the tail enders got back first having found the trail that took us directly home.

On On...

MORE HARES, PLEASE...

Receding Hareline:

9 Oct -

23 Oct -

6 Nov - Tony Soane - Pirbright Green - GR 946561 or GU24 0LP

20 Nov -

4 Dec - John Elder - Rowhill Corpse - 849500

18 Dec -

 

NOTES ON RUN 554 ON 21 SEP 2019

THE FRUIT'N NUT MEMORIAL HASH

 

Hares: Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Deepcut H3

Dave Peart (Cruella) R2D2 H3

Peter McLoughlin (Hot Legs) R2D2 H3

 

Hounds:

Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), Colin Crofts (French Leave), Pam Dodd (Damp Patch), Tim Dodd (Hanging About), Marijana Graham, Oliver Graham (Piglet), Stephen Graham (Eeyore), Anne Holland (Cloggs), Chris Holmes (Headley Hound), Alan Jewell (Easy Rider),

Sarah Nagle (Petal), Steve Nagle (Silvier Fox), Andy Ralph (Jolly Green Giant), Libby Ralph (Old Thumper), Les Salmon (Ever Ready), Tony Soane (Sony Tone) and Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril)

 

The Fruit & Nut Memorial Run at Dummer was a huge success. There were something in the region of 80 Hashers from round and about who turned up. The sunshine was enjoyed by all as was the lovely beer and the Fish and Chips. There were three trails, Long, Medium and Short with MR taking the last. There was a wonderful air of camaraderie and much laughter as tales of F&N were told... The collection for the Alzheimer's Society totalled £300 so thanks and well done to all who helped.

 

             

 

 

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 553 ON 11 SEP 2019

FROM   BACK OF THE TWESELDOWN PUB - (GR 820519)

Hares:  Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue) and Steve Wheeler (Yorkie).

Hounds:  Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Colin Crofts (French Leave),  Ian Angell (Hippo), Stephen Graham (Eeyore), Sarah Nagle (Petal),  Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), Derrick Gray (Prime 8),  Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Simon Judd (3/4d), Tony Soane (Sony Tone) and Marijana Graham.

Despite the weather forecast, the rain did not really materialise but it was overcast. Marijana was welcomed to her first Deepcut Hash before a short brief on the upcoming event when a warning of rough ground was given out. And rough it was but most made it through unscathed.  So the pack set off down the road side of the club house towards the gap in the fence on the far side.  Some some bewildering reason the first three runners did not go through the gap but turned left along the edge of the sports field. Led by Eeyore and YP.  Meanwhile, back by the gap, three more adventurers set off over the road led by a keen R oT while the slower, more idle others wandered up the road to the path that led into the woods.  By this time, YP was back at the front and he soon went wrong again leaving the rest to follow the trail into the woods ( the roughest bit of the trail).  Soon, Hippo noticed that Prime8 and Marijana were no longer with us.  Prime8 failed to spot the indicator to the right and he wandered off left not to be seen until well after everyone else was back in the pub.  However, the main body continued to follow the trail that kept them busy guessing which way to go with a number of cunning distractors.  But the trail was varied with hills and lakes and varied track surfaces some of which were not very friendly to feet. Towards the end 3/4d observed that thus far he had followed every false trail and, just to illustrate the point, he took the next turn incorrectly, too. All, less the errant pair, got back safely.  The hares set out to find what had happened to our missing two.  Fortunately, they were found not far off  having been far off ...

Receding Hareline:

25 Sep 19 - Colin Crofts - Crown & Cushion, Hawley - (GR 835570)

MORE HARES, PLEASE...

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 552 ON 28 AUGUST 2019

FROM  PUTTENHAM MIDDLE CAR PARK (GR 912458)

Hare:  Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril),

Hounds:  John Elder (Seis Matters), Colin Crofts (French Leave),  Ian Angell (Hippo),   Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Stephen Graham (Eeyore), Sarah Nagle (Petal), Steve Wheeler (Yorkie), Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), Derrick Gray (Prime 8), Mel Inkster (Lady Chatterly), Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Simon Judd (3/4d), Brian Langford (Cyclone), Tony Soane (Sony Tone)

It was good weather at the start and a turnout befitting - fifteen of us (only one less than for our last Christmas hash bash).  Lady Chatterley was welcomed to her first venture with us and a short brief from the hare who had just laid his first solo trail. And what a great trail it turned out to be;  interesting, pictorially pretty, varied and beautifully laid even if he did run out of wood chips and continued with flour.  So, thanks, YP for a really good trail but then you had a good mentor and modesty prevents me from naming him.  Oh yes, he also set a ridiculously high standard of trail laying for walkers.  Not only did their trail get marked all the way round but a sheaf of printed instructions kept them well in order.  They received info that the length of the walk was 1·863 miles, ascents 124 feet and descents 131 feet accompanied by a pictorial profile.  The trail map was accompanied by photos of the location of the beer box for there was a beer stop just 300 yards from the start (the suggestion that the trail should be run the other way round was rejected by the hare). Anyway, enough of praise for the hare.  The trail set off with Yorkie all too frequently double guessing and getting it wrong but then it did save the rest of us having to do too much checking.  Seis did his usual front running off all over the place.  Uphill and down, as ever, we went with a couple of regroups and a herding hare to keep us all together-ish.  Views from the top were admired as the weather began to cloud over.  By the time we were at the beer it had started to rain and Eeyore unfortunately cut his hand while opening the beer bottle.  The rain didn't come to much as we set off for the more distant Princess Royal pub which seemed to be the only one open anywhere near...

On On...

Receding Hareline:

11 Sep 19 - Richard McAllister - Back of The Tweseldown Pub - (GR 820519)

25 Sep 19 - Colin Crofts - Crown & Cushion, Hawley - (GR 835570)

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 551 ON 14 AUGUST 2019

FROM  SELBORNE ARMS CAR PARK  (GR 742335 )

Hare:  John Elder (Seis Matters)

Hounds:  Steve Wheeler (Yorkie), Colin Crofts (French Leave), Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Ian Angell (Hippo), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Stephen Graham (Eeyore), Oliver Graham (NNY), Sarah Nagle (Petal), Les Salmon (Ever Ready), Richard Corser (Big Moany).

It was raining.  Lots. What happened with the pack on the run is not known by your scribe who was much delayed by the roadworks around Farnham.  By the time he arrived with Eeore and Oliver the pack had departed on the dot of three* leaving Hippo and YP as walkers.  So, the latees joined the walkers until Eeyore and Oliver took off at a run.  The walkers proceeded at a good pace, up the slope toward the Zig Zag only to turn off to the right and along the edge of the fields.  Hadn't gone far when the brace of Grahams ran up behind us.  We crossed the fence into the field and looked back to see another figure approaching at a run.  Turned out to be Moany who had run with us before but missed the start because he misread his watch.  By now just Hippo, YP and MR were discussing their immediate future.  Hippo decided the pub was more attractive than proceeding further up the hill so that left just MR and YP.  Then we two were confronted by a limping Oliver and dad coming back down towards us.  The upshot of this was that we would stay together and walk the rest of the trail if we could find it.  And find it we did.  There was a persistent precipitation as we proceeded and despite the damp, it was a thoroughly enjoyable trip through the jungles of Selborne Hanger. By the time we got back most of the rest were on their way home but the remainers enjoyed their well earned drinks and presume the early birds enjoyed theirs...

An alternative version ...

A turnout of seven, I felt, was quite good for a rainy Selborne especially since Petal, who hates the Hanger had joined us. The trail had been designed with MR in mind as the least possible incline to summit Selborne Common. We started at five minutes past three* and since we only had one non-injured FRB, Yorkie, he dutifully checked out trails that blatantly were wrong just so everybody else could catch up. At the first regroup as Petal staggered in she said "I can't speak" to which Every Ready raised his arms and shouted "Hallelujah - it's a miracle!" At one point in the jungle, as the rain fell and an ethereal mist descended, those of us who had hashed in SE Asia felt pangs of loss (apart the leeches); it was a magical moment. Strangely, at the summit, our number increased by one as Big Moany turned up. This was compensated by the departure of Petal who, having fallen over, now REALLY, REALLY hates Selborne (except the Selborne Arms). From the third regroup, the obvious trail home was somehow mis-read by Ever Ready who got wandered for a while but at least turned up back at the Arms, unlike Petal, YP, MR, Eeyore and son of Eeyore. Nobody expressed the slightest concern apart from the hare who felt somehow responsible. It turned out that Petal was not lost, she was demurely changing in her car and the other four were ambling along the runners' trail. So, all in all, eleven turned up which is a very good show and the Selborne Arms treated as well as always.

On On...

Receding Hareline:

28 Aug 19 - Mark Westcott - Puttenham Middle Car Park - (GR 912458)

11 Sep 19 - Richard McAllister - Back of The Tweseldown Pub - (GR 820519)

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 550 ON 31 JULY 2019

FROM  CAR PARK YATELEY  CEMETERY  (GR 824600 )

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

Hounds:  Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Ian Angell (Hippo), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Anne Holland(Cloggs), Stephen Graham (Eeyore), Oliver Graham (NNY), Derrick Gray (Prime8),  Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Sarah Nagle (Petal), Les Salmon (Ever Ready).

 

Problem -  the hares found the Wyndhams Pool car park was closed.  Response - use the car park for the cemetery just down the road a bit further.  The weather was beautiful as we welcomed our new Hashers (father and son) who both set off at high speed.  It was good to see Easy Rider back in the pack (well on the edge of the pack) with his walking stick. We suspected that the trail would prove to be a bit tricky and in parts it was just that. It was well laid and we'd been warned there were many checks and several re-groups.  We soon found ourselves crossing the 'closed' car park and off into the outback.  "It's a bit long" was another warning and that proved to be correct as well.  And as for 'tricky' the considered opinions that "it must be over there"  or "this way must be right" were proved wrong time and again with 358 degree turns not uncommon.  By the time the pack was back at the cars, the walkers had long gone but we knew where to find them.  It was at The Cricketers that Hippo asked if any of us had dropped cash while out on the move.  It turned out that he had found a £10 note and a little further on a £20 note.  None claimed it so the chip fund was made flush for a change.  It had been another very good trail...

 

On On...

 

Receding Hareline:

 

14 Aug 19 - John Elder - Selborne Arms - (GR 742335)

28 Aug 19 - Mark Westcott - Puttenham Top Car Park - (GR 919462)

11 Sep 19 - Richard McAllister - Sandy Lane , Church Crookham (GR 818516)

 

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 549 ON 17 JULY 2019

FROM  CAR PARK OFF MAULTWAY  (GR 900617)

Hare: Tony Soane (Sony Tone)

Hounds:  Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Ian Angell (Hippo), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Colin Crofts (French Leave), Andy Ralph (Jolly Green Giant), Libby Ralph (Old Thumper), Anne Holland(Cloggs), Simon Judd (3/4d) and Graham Reynolds (Punani).

We started by welcoming two 'new' members of our pack (3/4d and Punani), both experienced Hashers but who had not heard of our Hash pack.  That has now been corrected.  We waited a bit because of a reported road block that may have delayed Seis coming from Selborne but came he not. So we set off through the main gate and further off to the right with YP to the fore.  Soon it became apparent that we were making for the bridge over which we went and then off into the jungle to the first regroup. It was not long before we were off again stumbling through the undergrowth and on along well defined paths. The pack was keeping relatively well together at this stage until we met the second regroup after which the faster FRBs got going until they went wrong and left MR to follow the hare who was thought to be going along the correct trail.  As it happened, this left a very reluctant leader who was, thankfully, quickly caught up and overtaken.  All too soon we were at "the  tunnel" through which we knew we had to go.  Instead of just going up the road to the finish, the trail now went off back into the woods once more and after a little bit of undulating we were confronted with a real barsteward of a very steep upward gradient.  We survived, some better than others.  At the Pine Ridge club house the hare very generously bought a plentiful supply of chips for hungry hounds.  The excellent feast was awarded 9.5 on the chip scale that hadn't been updated for nearly five years!

On On...

PS.  Non mea culpa  Sony gallantly admitted that the wrong grid reference for this run was HIS fault...

Receding Hareline:

31 Jul 19 - Colin Crofts - Wyndham's Pool, Yateley (Opposite The Cricketers) (GR 820598)

14 Aug 19 - John Elder - Selborne Arms - (GR 742335)

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 548 ON 3 JULY 2019

FROM POTTERS RESTAURANT (GR 894549)

Hares: Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit) and Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril)

Hounds:  Brian Langford (Cyclone),  Ian Angell (Hippo),  Les Salmon (Ever Ready),  Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Colin Crofts (French Leave), Mike Johnson (Shrinky Dink), Andr Ralph (Jolly Green Giant), Libby Ralph (Old Thumper), Steve Wheeler (Yorkie) and Zoë Wright (Kanchhi).

The weather was perfect for Hashing and the hares somewhat weary (they said).  We set off left across the road, over the canal and up to the swing bridge that took the trail back into the campsite.  We progressed slowly in the shade of the trees until forced out into the the open area and bright sunshine.  The hares had promised that we would be in the shade and for much of the time that was true for soon we were back in the shady trees and over the collapsed fence and freedom.  We continued on the "wrong side" of the canal, over a repaired bridge of tree branches until we plunged back into close trees once more.  Progress was slow as we searched for peripherally positioned flour (or even sawdust) over  a wide area (but in the shade).  So we progressed the to bottom of the steep hill below the parking spot on Old Guildford Road.  It was Yorkie who decided it was up in the world and he got  a great cheer as he called down "BAR".  Meanwhile, the idlers at the bottom had found more forest running and we set off on the great ascent that just seemed to go on for ever. We did make it to the top eventually where the views were admired before setting off down the open slope ahead only to rise up left back into shade once more.  Now YP had seen "the gulch" from a distance and decided he always wanted to use it - so use it he did and very steep it still is.  Once down the near sheer slope it was a gentle trot home to Potters where the beer and company were tip top.  It had been a well thought out trail and enjoyed by all.  It was believed the YP's apprenticeship was over and he is qualified to lead off on his own (with an assistant if needed).  It was in discussion after the run that Tony Case came up in conversation. On return home Mountain Rescue's phone line was repaired and emails available once more. Sadly, it held the news that Tony Case had died in a nursing home the previous Friday. RIP Tony.  More about it later...

OnOn

Receding Hareline:

17 Jul 19 - Tony Soane - Car Park off Maultway  (GR 917619)

31 Jul 19 - Colin Crofts - Wyndham's Pool, Yateley (Opposite The Cricketers) (GR 820598)

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 547 ON 19 JUNE 2019

FROM BOURNE RECREATION GROUND (GR 848446)

 

Hare: Brian Langford (Cyclone)

Hounds:  Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril),  Ian Angell (Hippo),   Derrick Gray (Prime8), Les Salmon (Ever Ready),  Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), John Elder (Seis Matters) and Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue)

The weather forecast was not very promising and nor was the weather - it bucketted with rain at 2.45 but by 3.00 it had stopped and a little later the sun actually shone. There were just eight of us: three walkers, four runners and a hare. The trail led us off along the black-topped road to the south with Seis well to the fore and taking the wrong turn into the woods.  Meanwhile RoT was in the lead and found the correct track into jungle.  Then we met the first hill and up we flogged. There was much pleasant running once at the top but by now we had lost Seis. No amount of shouting created any reaction so we had to continue onwards without him.  And yes, Seis, we were concerned but there was not much we could do to help at this stage.  The general rise upwards finally took us to a magnificent view of the close and far distant countyside before beginning our descent.  By now, YP had given up going the wrong way and all too frequently amazed himself by going the right way.  It was he, too, who first spotted the errant Seis who had been on a wonderful run on his own for a while.  Back in the pack it was not long before he was off on his own again but managed to finish together.  There were some tricky bits to the trail and the hare managed to confuse himself as the front runners kept on their own trails but overall we did follow well and had enjoyed a really good trail.  Only three of us finished up at the On On. Presumably the walkers had had their fill before we got back...

OnOn

Receding Hareline:

03 Jul 19 - Jane Cox - Potters Restaurant (GR 894549)

17 Jul 19 - Tony Soane - Car Park off Maultway  (GR 917619)

31 Jul 19 - Colin Crofts - Wyndham's Pool, Yateley (Opposite The Cricketers) (GR 820598)

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 546 ON 05 JUNE 2019

FROM QUETTA PARK MEDICAL CENTRE (GR 817511)

 

Hare: Steve Wheeler (Yorkie)

Hounds:  Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Tony Soane (Sony Tone), Ian Angell (Hippo),  Brian Langford (Cyclone), Derrick Gray (Prime8), Les Salmon (Ever Ready), Colin Crofts (French Leave, Mike Johnson (Shrinky Dink) and Andy Ralph (Jolly Green Giant)

NO REPORT as none of the anticipated stand-in Hash Trashers were on the run...

OnOn

 

Receding Hareline:

19 Jun 19 - Brian Langford - Bourne Recreation Ground (GR 848446)

03 Jul 19 - Jane Cox - Potters Restaurant (GR 894549)

17 Jul 19 - Tony Soane - TBN

31 Jul 19 -.Colin Crofts - Wyndham's Pool, Yateley (Opposite The Cricketers) (GR 820598)

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 545 ON 22 MAY 2019

FROM POTTERS RESTAURANT (GR 894549)

Hares: Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue) and Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril),

Hounds:  Tony Soane (Sony Tone), Ian Angell (Hippo), Anne Holland (Cloggs), Brian Langford (Cyclone), John Elder (Seis Matters), Derrick Gray (Prime8), Alan Jewell Easy Rider) and Les Salmon (Ever Ready)

It was a slow but sunny start with Seis getting us going as he shot off  over the road and up the hill in the wrong direction.  This rather set the tone of his hashing for he repeated the error on a number of occasions but then it did save the rest from going off up so many slopes and kept him fitter. The trail several times turned back almost on itself and that added to an element of confusion. The hounds had been warned to be careful and look out for peripheral markers.  The pack was split far and wide. While laying the trail, YP did much of the false trail laying while MR got on with laying the main trail so, YP was somewhat peeved when no one checked one or two of the uphill false trails that had been strenuously laid. The trail had been laid in the knowledge that most runners knew the area and so would second guess where to go but they frequently got it wrong which kept the hares happy and the hounds busy. After four miles (more for some) the trail wended its way back along the canal and into Potters where YP had produced a very tasty birthday cake and MR bought the beers in celebration of his 80 years.  Sadly, chips were not available at that time of day so we had to make do with crisps...

80 years ago today (23rd May), Richard 'Mountain Rescue' McAllister entered the world. 50 years ago this month, he brought hashing from SE Asia into Britain with the first hash at Langmoor in May 1969. As always, Richard (and Mark) laid an excellent hash trail today.

Congratulations Mountain Rescue.

 

Receding Hareline:

05 Jun 19 - Steve Wheeler - Quetta park (GR 817511).

19 Jun 19 - Brian Langford - Bourne Recreation Ground (GR 848446)

03 Jul 19 - Jane Cox - TBN

17 Jul 19 - Tony Soane - TBN

31 Jul 19 -.Colin Crofts - Yateley Common

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 544 ON 08 MAY 2019

FROM BAT AND BALL (GR 833444)

Hares: Colin Crofts (French Leave) and Lesley Crofts

Hounds:  Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit),  Tony Soane (Sony Tone), Ian Angell (Hippo), Dianne Barns (DonTwananame), Anne Holland (Cloggs), Brian Langford (Cyclone), Andy Ralph (Jolly Green Giant), Libby Ralph (Old Thumper) and Luke Ripley (Caboose).

 

Merciful Heavens!!  Yellow Peril arrived into the car park at great speed on two wheels.  And, no, he was not driving too fast in his motor but on a red bicycle.  Seems that colour could affect his name for he could also be called Red Peril – however, we'll stick with the yellow for now. At least the hounds didn't get wet.  Great good fortune was shed upon us as sunshine arrived which is more than can said of the hares who had to shelter from hail at one stage of their laying. During the briefing FL admitted that he'd laid a trail too long so forbade us to go over the bridge and go up the hill or turn left.  So we didn't and off to the right we went after winning the vote on the shorter trail.  It was pleasant running alongside the stream – a bit dark in the shade and wet underfoot but pleasantly level. It didn't last and soon we found the hills.  Big ones and steep they were both up and down.  No sooner at the top and we were quickly downhill again only for many further repetitions.  To quote Caboose “They're fun.”   Well, I can think of things that are more fun.  There were some tricky bits and loops but the trail kept the pack together well.  Puffing profusely, everyone seemed to be enjoying the sunshine and exercise and we finished as we started with lovely level riverside running.  For a trail in a built-up area it was well laid and remarkably green and pleasant.  The pub was as pleasant as ever and the beer good as was the company who very quickly filled the gaps in the Receding Hareline for hares...

 

Receding Hareline:

22 May 19 - Richard McAllister - Potters Restaurant (GR 894549)

05 Jun 19 - Steve Wheeler - Quetta park (GR 817511).

19 Jun 19 - Brian Langford - Bourne Recreation Ground (GR 848446)

03 Jul 19 - Jane Cox - TBN

17 Jul 19 - Tony Soane - TBN

31 Jul 19 -.Colin Crofts - Yateley Common

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 543 ON 24 APRIL 2019

FROM WELLINGTON STATUE CAR PARK (GR 853511)

 

Hares: Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue) and Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril)

Hounds:  Derrick Gray (Prime 8), Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), Steve Wheeler (Yorkie), Tony Soane (Sony Tone), Colin Crofts(French Leave), Ian Angell (Hippo), John Elder (Seis Matters) and later (much later at the On Inn) Alan Jewell (Easy Rider).

It tried to rain and for the hares it threatened to be a damp start.  It was a short-lived shower which was soon forgotten.  Unfortunately, it was swiftly followed by very cool winds. The hounds set off up the usual slope towards The Duke. Only to find they were wrong and should have been on a lower slope.  The hares were quite chuffed that the front runners were having a bit of  a problem following the correct trail which made the laying of false trails quite rewarding for the hares.  The first real problem came when there was considerable consternation as to the way ahead.  Unfortunately, some vindictive van driver had parked his van over a vital check and that had the pack flummoxed until the hares appeared and gave them salvation. It seemed the hounds led by Yorkie and Seis were keen to cover a lot of ground while hunting for the trail which was quite clearly laid if they would just look in the right areas.  Eventually they caught on and found their way through the trees back to the only open entrance to the training area.  It was then off along that wretched fence to the Bourley Road that was crossed and into the southern part of the area.  Through the trees and into the more undulating had Seis and Yorkie once again running all over the place.  Then the pack reached the point where the trail led down a close gorse track that was just false so they had to get back through the same gorse  (hares thought it funny, anyway).  Then it was up into the higher undulations and followed back through the overgrown gardens of the Royal Pavilion, across the road again and over the open field to the car park.  Sadly, the most of the pack were unable to join the (small) group in The Tweseldown where YP and ST found their beers were most obviously off as the vinegary pints were swiftly rejected.  The second selection was not the best of beers and it was decided that this, too, was off...   The barrel was changed and we eventually had a pleasant beer to sup.

 

OnOn

 

Receding Hareline:

08 May 19 - Colin Crofts - Bat and Ball (GR 833444 or  GU10 4SA)

22 May 19

05 Jun 19 - Steve Wheeler (we hope)

19 Jun 19

More hares, please !

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 542 ON 10 APRIL 2019

FROM KING'S RIDE, CAMBERLEY  (GR 875621)

Hare: Anne Holland (Cloggs)

Hounds:  Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril),  Derrick Gray (Prime 8), Les Salmon (Ever Ready), Brian Langford (Cyclone),  Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), ) Alan Jewell (Easy Rider),  Steve Wheeler (Yorkie), Ricky Davis (NNY), Mike Johnson (Shrinky Dink), Sarah Nagle (Petal) and Tony Soane (Sony Tone).

There was some serious consternation as the hounds gathered.  Cloggs' car had an open window but there was no sign of Cloggs. Past three o'clock on a bright and sunny afternoon and she was nowhere to be seen. However, just five minutes late (as she frequently is even if she is only a hound) she appeared and made sure we set off in the correct direction.  So it was Dinky who was first off down the slope into the training area and off to the left through the trees.  It wasn't long before Yorkie was calling us on and the YP started his good Hash and was quite often seen right up at the front of the pack and on trail.  Ricky came across MR who had taken a shortcut  to a check and had actually gone on looking for the trail up the slope after our two walking choristers went off, each on a separate path, to help with the hunt. Stupidly, MR was on the upper raised side of the main straight track instead of being on the actual track. Had he been so he would have seen the trail marker on the other side of a tree and it was Yorkie spotted it and was off again with all in tow. The pack was obviously enjoying the delightful Spring countryside as the trail meandered mainly up with some downhill between the mainly ups.  This gradual gaining of altitude resulted in us being on top of the ridge from which we could enjoy the splendour of the local (and distant) countryside. The trail home was, not surprisingly, mostly downhill.  It had been a brilliant trail  (physically) and brilliant (mentally).

And so it was on to Mr Bumbles for beer...

OnOn

 

Receding Hareline:

24 Apr 19 - Richard McAllister - Wellington Statue Car Park (GR 853511)

08 May 19 - Colin Crofts - Bat and Ball (GR 833444 or  GU10 4SA)

More hares, please

 

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 541 ON WEDNESDAY 27 MARCH 2019

FROM CAR PARK AT REAR OF TWESELDOWN INN (GR 820519)

 

Hare: John Elder (Seis Matters)

Hounds: Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Anne Holland (Cloggs),  Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril),  Derrick Gray (Prime 8), Les Salmon (Ever Ready), Brian Langford (Cyclone), Ian Angel (Hippo), Dianne Barnes (DonTwananame), Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), Colin Crofts (French Leave), Leslie Crofts (NNY), Alan Jewell (Easy Rider) and Steve Wheeler (Yorkie)

The weather could not have been better and nor could the trail.  Both were marvellous and much enjoyed by all.  We set off from the car park across the football field and up the road to the first roundabout where Yorkie made his first mistake by plunging into the jungle while the rest of us set off over the road in the opposite direction.  He was soon back on track which brought YP back from his searches.  We soon left the hard surfaces for the softer but root-strewn paths of the woods.  The hare was very kind to MR and didn't let him wander off too far but this did have its downside because all too often he wandered too far and was called to heel only to find himself once more where he really belonged – at the back of the pack.  The sun shone and we made our way through parts of the military housing and almost into the new civil 'village'.  But we were led into more open countryside and then came to the hills about which we had been warned.  And, yes, it really started with that dreadfully steepest uphill bit in the area.  However, the hare invited any who wanted to avoid hills could take the shorter route going down.  No one took up the offer and all trudged to the top only to get back into the woods once more and all the way to the trig point and beyond.  Then there was considerable downhill leading to a more horizontal path.  Then on down once more to a well-known junction only to have to go up a well-known slope that eventually led down all the way back to the football field where Yorkie, well ahead of the pack (but behind the short-cutting MR) rapidly overtook the flagging MR.

 (My thanks to those who had noticed MR was missing near the end and waited, in vain,  for him to catch up when he was already on his short-cut home). 

Receding Hareline:

10 Apr 19 - Anne Holland - King's Ride, Camberley (GR 875621)

24 Apr 19 - Richard McAllister - Wellington Statue Car Park (GR 853511)

08 May 19 - Colin Crofts - Bat and Ball (GR 833444 or  GU10 4SA)

 

NOTES ON RUN 540 ON WEDNESDAY 13 MARCH 2019

FROM BRAMSHILL PLANTATION CAR PARK (GR 760613)

Hare: Tony Soane (Sony Tone)

Hounds: Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Anne Holland (Cloggs),  Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril),  Derrick Gray (Prime 8), Les Salmon (Ever Ready) and Brian Langford (Cyclone)

It was cool, tried to rain and failed but there was a high wind.  We left the car park and crossed the road with YP to the fore and heading off in the wrong direction. Meanwhile Cloggs set off on the correct road and soon we were jogging along a path widely littered with dog droppings all over the place. Not a good start but it was the beginnings of what turned out to be a really good trail.  Once YP got back to the front he set off in the wrong direction again and this seemed to set the form of his Hash for the day (actually there was one stretch where he was correct and well ahead but this was followed by the inevitable). It was an interesting trail in and out of trees with the odd longish straight bit but we all looked forward to the promised interest points en route.  A goodly number of ponds around and a bit of open ground where the foresters had made running well nigh impossible because of all the stumpy bits they'd left.  After the recent rain we were not surprised by the amount of shig in parts. Towards the end we came to the church and traversed the resting place of many. We got to the farm where we were promised the sight of a flock/herd/ collection/family of Alpacas ( or were they Lamas?).  Didn't really matter as they'd all gone by the time we got there.  However, the expected geese were there full of life and noisome to say the least..and there were ducks as well. Finally we were well on the way home with an exceptional happening – MR was the first back and he didn't take any (well, not many) short cuts (Cloggs should have been home first but she lost the trail when she got too far ahead of the pack but managed to catch up before finishing.)  The White Hart revived us.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Receding Hareline:

27 Mar 19 - John Elder - Car Park at rear of Tweseldown Inn (GR 820519)

10 Apr 19 - Anne Holland - King's Ride, Camberley (GR 875621)

24 Apr 19 - Richard McAllister - Wellington Statue Car Park (GR 853511)

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 539ON WEDNESDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2019

FROM SIX BELLS CAR PARK  (GR 850478)

Hare: Libby Ralph (Old Thumper)

Hounds: Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Anne Holland (Cloggs),  Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Ian Angell (Hippo), Derrick Gray (Prime 8), Les Salmon (Ever Ready), John Elder (Seis Matters), Tony Soane (Sony Tone), and Steve Wheeler (Yorkie).

 

It was truly a wonderful sunny summer day in February as the pack formed in the Six Bells' car park.  The hare told us points of interest like the markings were in chalk with half arrowheads on the hard surfaces and sawdust once out into the countryside.  The trail leader went so wrong, so often that had we still celebrated such behaviour with down downs he would have been well under the weather but YP kept on going. His trouble had been not seeing the trail, he said.  At one point he even asked what the yellow lines on the pavement indicated and was quickly told that it was just sunlight shining under the occasional gaps in the fencing.  We soon found the way through the smaller streets of Farnham up and into Farnham Park where a truly fascinating trail had been laid.  It took us into woodland and twisted and turned through most interesting countryside.  It was not just YP who got on the wrong track and Yorkie frequently ran off for great distances before regaining the presence of the pack .  If it wasn't Yorkie it was SM who took off. But then there were others who got it wrong.  MR followed Easy Rider who followed Cloggs.  The hare had told us that there was one river-crossing but for this trio she meant there was one-river crossings and eight times we had to cross that winding ditch of running water.  All too soon we met up with the three walkers who were already well ensconced and we all had a pleasant sup in the Pub's garden.  It had been a really good run around...

 

OnOn and On

 

13 Mar 19 – Tony Soane - Bramshill Plantation Car Park (GR 760613)

27 Mar 19 – John Elder - Car Park at rear of Tweseldown Inn (GR 820519)

10 Apr 19 – Richard McAllister - Wellington Statue Car Park (GR 853511)

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 538 ON WEDNESDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2019

FROM PRINCES ROYAL CAR PARK  (GR 865475)

Hares: Alan Jewell (Easy Rider),

Hounds: Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Anne Holland (Cloggs),  Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Ian Angell (Hippo), Derrick Gray (Prime 8), Les Salmon (Ever Ready), John Elder (Seis Matters), Tony Soane (Sony Tone), Steve Wheeler (Yorkie), Brian Langford (Cyclone) and Libby Ralph (Old Thumper).

 

NOT the Dirty Dozen but a fine turnout on a most pleasant afternoon for the time of year.  The hare hoped he had laid a trail with no mistakes this time.  We quickly crossed the road and set off along the now familiar pathway.  When we got to the point where we went wrong last time we found unmistakably obvious markings to make sure we got it right this time.  It was shortly after this that MR asked the nearby hare how many regroups there were.  “Damn, I forgot about those,” said he.  And so we progressed at higher intensity and not with great speed.  But it was a good trail which included some very sticky shiggy.  The hare managed to lay a belated regroup for the lot at the back and that was the last time the whole pack was seen together.  The trail looped around and we ended up returning along the “out” straight path back to the pub for a pint.

 

OnOn

More Hares for the future will be appreciated

 

27 Feb 19 - Libby Ralph - Six Bells, 55 Hale Road, Farnham (GR850478 or GU9 9QZ )

13 Mar 19 – Tony Soane - Bramshill Plantation Car Park (GR 760613)

27 Mar 19 - ?

10 Apr 19 -

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 537 ON WEDNESDAY 30 JANUARY 2019

FROM BOURLEY ROAD, CAESAR'S CAMP CAR PARK  (GR 844509)

Hares: Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit) and Colin Crofts (French Leave) just to make sure she didn't over-do it.

Hounds: Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Anne Holland (Cloggs), Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Ian Angell (Hippo), Derrick Gray (Prime 8), Les Salmon (Ever Ready) John Elder (Seis Matters), Lewis Soane (Even Number), Tony Soane (Sony Tone) and Steve Wheeler (Yorkie).

 

It was a good turn out for Rs Over Tit's first ever trail laying attempt – and what a brilliant start she made by laying a fantastic trail in bright (but cool) sunshine.  On arrival at the car park she was concerned by the number of cars already parked there but also by being confronted by snow and ice, (and mud as usual).  How was she going to lay white flour on snow?  She soon found out and as the melt took a grip so life got easier. The trail even started with a comedic turn from YP who tripped over a minute twig in his way.  Soon the pack was spread out and picked up the trail that led off through trees rather than along a rather straight boring track.  We were later deposited back on the 'boring' track just for a bit  before the pack was once more getting confused.  The trail continued over territory familiar to many but each time we felt we should be going one way, we all had to go off in another direction.  And so it continued on through interesting territory with tricky changes of direction that kept all guessing.  There were sufficient fences and stiles to be overcome ...and ditches. It was one of these that a wandering MR was confronted by a deep (for him) ditch but a very kind, thoughtful and helpful Yorkie nipped over and offered his welcome hand to make sure MR wasn't self-deposited in the mush.  It was then that 'helpful' calls from OT and ROT indicated that we didn't actually need to go over said ditch in the first place.  The intriguing trail continued almost up to the trig point then down around the fishing lakes with fearful thoughts amongst the pack that we seemed to be heading towards the top Caesar's Camp.  It was great fortune for us that this was just ROT's way of keeping us in a state of dread.  But the potential fear was not fulfilled and instead we were steered home back down to the car park and on to The Tweseldown after a really good trail.  We will let her lay another one...or more...

 

OnOn

note!!

 

Receding Hareline is now very short of Hares:

 

 

13 Feb 19    FL got home to find medical bookings so he can't lay after all Volunteer urgently wanted

27 Feb 19    Libby Ralph – location TBN

13 Mar 19   -?

27 Mar 19   - ?

 

 

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 536 ON WEDNESDAY 16 JANUARY 2019

FROM OLD GUILDFORD ROAD (GR 901560)

Hare: Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue)

Hounds: Anne Holland (Cloggs), Alan Jewell (Easy Rider),  Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril),  Luke Ripley (Caboose), Ian Angell (Hippo), Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), Derrick Gray (Prime 8) and Les Salmon(Ever Ready).

There was a certain dampness in the air as the hare set off in the gloom.  'Twas  later that the rain started and increased the sog underfoot.  Having laid the trail, the hare decided to just check was well with the start of the trail only to find that it wasn't!  All flour had been completely removed and there was absolutely  not a vestige left.  So it was relayed. On the dot of three o'clock there was a sudden and unexpected disturbance in the undergrowth on the far side of the car park when Caboose appeared ready to get into his Hash kit.  We wasted not a lot of time on a briefing and the trail set off along beside the road for a couple of hundred yards to the open area with so many possible ways to proceed.  There were enough possibilities to disperse the pack far and wide and it was RoT who took the brave plunge across the road where she found the trail.  She didn't get far before stopping to chat to an interested dog walker and the rest of the pack overtook her.  Having been delayed by conversation, she picked up the trail (by now in a different direction) and the pack was off once more through undisturbed woodland. It was a pleasant jog through countryside not covered for a long time.  Unfortunately, the woodsmen had by now returned to carry on removing surplus trees so the hare had to gather the pack and lead them around the danger area.  By now,  Hippo had been delayed by some woman and was seen until the end while Prime* and Ever Ready decided to walk at their own speed and were confident that they knew the area well enough to find their way 'home'. So, the pack continued to visit the old Tunnel Hill car park and on back over Old Guildford Road and home.  When all were ready to move off it was apparent that the two choristers were not in sight, but that didn't stop most making for the Rose and Thistle.  Fortunately, the errant two appeared complaining that they must have gone wrong somewhere... but then their timing could have been worse.  And, oh yes, the rain kept off the pack nearly all the way round – there were just a few heavy drops that caused momentary concern and the trees kept most of that off.

There was a blackboard message in the pub stating that it was to be closed for three weeks for a significant make-over. Another old pub about to be ruined!!

OnOn            

                                                                     but please note

Receding Hareline:

 

30 Jan 19    - Jane Cox   -  Bourley Road, Caesar's Camp car park  (GR844509)

13 Feb 19    -

27 Feb 19    -   Come on Guys and Gals we need more hares for a happy 2019

13 Mar 19   -

27 Mar 19   -

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 535 ON WEDNESDAY 02 JANUARY 2019

FROM LIGHTWATER COUNTRY PARK CAR PARK (GR 917619)

Hare: Anne Holland (Cloggs)

Hounds: Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), and Luke Ripley (Caboose)

 

It was sad that so few turned up for what turned out to be a superb trail.  It was very well laid with lots of twists and turns over many ascents and descents and several blobs requiring peripheral vision to be spotted at all. A couple of regroups to keep the pack together worked well and short cuts for MR who was by far the slowest of the team but several times paid the penalty of becoming FRB and finding himself on the wrong path.  Meanwhile, YP was keen to be at the front with ER doing what he could to to keep his path as short as possible (please also note that he more often than not took the correct path).  Caboose? Well he was off all over the place trying to outpace YP without finding the true trail too often but enough to keep him in touch.  The trail kept the pack on the move for most of the time.  Respects were paid to Fruit&Nut at the pile of stones so associated with him but we were hugely amazed by an even much larger pile discovered further on the trail.  We managed to get 'home' before dark and afterwards in The Fox during a jolly chat it emerged that the length of the trail, excluding false trails, was approximately 3·62 miles...so YP and Caboose can probably add at least a couple of miles to their running while ER and MR can take off a tad each.

OnOn

 

PS: Yellow Peril wishes to point out that he was at no time whingeing on the way round the trail.  He is not a whinger.  He does not whinge – so there!!  But, please note, frequent letters to the Press don't count as whingeing...

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all

Receding Hareline:

16 Jan 19    - Richard McAllister - Old Guildford Road (GR 901560)        

30 Jan 19    - Jane Cox                 -  Bourley Road, Caesar's Camp car park  (GR844509)

13 Feb 19    -

27 Feb 19    -

13 Mar 19   -

27 Mar 19   -

 

New Year Resolution for all our Hashers – I will volunteer to lay trails now required...

 

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 534 ON WEDNESDAY 19 DECEMBER 2018

FROM PRINCESS ROYAL PUB (GR 865475 or GU10 1NX)

Hare: Alan Jewell (Easy Rider)

Hounds: John Elder (Seis Matters), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Ian Angell (Hippo), Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), Brian Langford (Cyclone), Colin Crofts (French Leave), Tim Dodd (Hanging About), Derrick Gray (Prime8), Anne Holland (Cloggs), Andy Ralph (Jolly Green Giant), Libby Ralph (Old Thumper), Luke Ripley (Caboose), Les Salmon (Ever Ready), Steve Wheeler (Yorkie).

 

Most Hash trails are laid in wobbly circles and this was no exception.  Trouble is, if you run too far you're bound to come across the in-trail too soon.  And this is exactly what happened on this run.  By the time MR found a viewing point after a long straight run at the back of the pack, the rest of the pack could be seen well strung out in the far distance disappearing from open fields into close woodland.  By the time he reached the first check, the pack had disappeared.  “They should have gone left!” was the alarmed cry from the hare, also at the back.  The pair made off to follow the way the rest had gone, stopped and called for all their worth “ON BACK!!” they called “ON BACK!!!”.  Now, ROT said she heard the call but no one took any notice so they didn't stop.  There was enough of the in trail remaining to make a bit of a run for them.  The prize (if there was one ) for the shortest shortcut of the year would have gone to MR.  Once back at the car park, it was found that Caboose had also joined the pack.  Yorkie had disappeared we knew not where, JGG was muttering about 'deja vu' (you see, MR laid a trail on Sunday for NH4 that had a similar problem leading the pack astray – but not for long nor as far).  On the bright side for the disappointed hare is that he still has a trail ready for the next time he has to lay.  Meanwhile, Hippo was enjoying his first ale before the rest of the the pack turned up.  There was a tremendous layout of hash in the form of two huge bowls of fresh chips, several plates of a selection of sandwiches with the accompaniment of tasty spring rolls.  Coffee and tea for those who wanted it.  By the time to go home, Yorkie had turned up.  The pack had not been able to eat all the food and left well fed up.  So, many thanks to Easy Rider for laying on the party and a good finish to the year had been well celebrated.

OnOn and:

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to all

 

New Year Resolution for all our Hashers – I will volunteer to lay trails when required

 

Receding Hareline:

2 Jan 19      -  Anne Holland         - Lightwater Country Park car park GR 917619 )

16 Jan 19    - Richard McAllister - Old Guildford Road (GR 901560)         

30 Jan 19    - Jane Cox                 -  Bourley Road, Caesar's Camp car park  (GR844509)

 

NOTES ON RUN 533 ON WEDNESDAY 5 DECEMBER 2018

FROM REAR OF TWESELDOWN PUB (GR 820519 or GU52 8DY)

Hare:  John Elder (Seis Matters)

Hounds:    Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Alan Jewell (Easy Rider),  Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Ian Angell (Hippo), Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit),  Brian Langford (Cyclone), Tim Dodd ( (Hanging About) and Tony Soane (Sony Tone) .

 

It was disappointing that more, hardy hashers didn't turn up for this damp offering.  Physically damp it was but mentally rather a challenge and it was amazing how much trail could be fitted into a small area.  'If you cross a road do be careful' was the advice.  So we set over over the sports field to the far side only to have to turn back and work our way back to the roadside where we had to cross carefully to be beside the race track area.  The trail certainly twisted and turned as we zig zagged back and forth through trees to open parts and back into woods. Around the edge we went until RsOT spotted the trail turning back into a different set of trees. It was here that there was some pretty rough loose undergrowth left by untidy woodsmen made running a trifle dodgy but we swiftly traversed the area.  It was now obvious that HA and YP were the day's  FRBs as they frequented being at the front then swiftly at the back as their fortunes changed.  The rest of us in the middle were plodding along happily as the changes of direction continued.  From the start, Hippo declared his intent to walk and was latterly joined by Cyclone.  There came a point where the trail transferred through a kissing gate into the fenced training area inhabited by fierce looking cows but we had been forewarned that they were harmless.  Now the problem at the kissing gate was that there was a deep, large, cold and exceeding wet puddle – no a pond or even a lake through which we had to proceed to keep on trail.  HA didn't mind and just waded through. Others climbed the fence.  It was YP who used the gate to swing over and get to the far shore leaving MR to try the same.  MR was half over and struggling atop the gate as a thoughtful, caring, compassionate YP who stayed behind to help MR get his leg over.  So much for increasing old age and the wrong parts stiffening.  The hare took pity on MR and told him of a short cut as the rest of the pack were confronted by the cows.  Despite the loud bellowing of the lead cow they were friendly enough and MR was quickly overtaken by most of the pack (hashers, that is, not cows).  Well, it did rain but not a lot and that was soon forgotten in the Tweseldown...

 

OnOn,

Receding Hareline:

19 Dec 18   - Alan Jewell        - The Princess Royal - (GR 865475 or GU10 1NX)   

2 Jan 19      - Colin Crofts 

16 Jan 19    - Anne Holland               

30 Jan 19    - Jane Cox            - Bourley Road, Caesar's Camp car park  (GR844509)

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 532 ON WEDNESDAY 21 NOV 2018

FROM WELLINGTON STATUE  (GR - (GR 853511 or near GU11 1QA)

Hare: Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue)

Hounds:    Alan Jewell (Easy Rider),  Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Ian Angell (Hippo), Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), Colin Crofts (French Leave), John Elder (Seis Matters), Brian Langford (Cyclone), Sarah Nagle (Petal), Les Salmon (Ever Ready), Steve Wheeler (Yorkie) and Diane Barnes (friend of FL)

 

Despite a certain coolness in the air after losing earlier sunshine, the turnout was surprisingly good.  The pack set off up the hill to to pay compliments to Lord Wellington and down the other side for a pleasant run through the local woods and looping back to the access road. Increased fencing had rather enforced an unwanted boring straight on the trail but there was enough jungle and open countryside outside the wire before crossing over the Bourley Road.  The pack had been forewarned about the orienteering competition going on but there was no clash of runners and plenty of room for us all.  On the far side of the road the trail turned almost immediately right into the trees and up and away they sped; apart, that is, from the walkers who wandered off  straight up 'the concrete road'.  After wending their way thorough some fairly close countryside the pack ended up at the first regroup at the top where the walkers had now met up again.  Off down the far side and up a bit beyond to more wire.  By now, YP was well to the front as he took off up the gentle slope and got far enough ahead before he (unfortunately) spotted that the trail dropped down and back  almost the way he had just run.  The rest of the pack, as one, saw the way ahead and took a short cut down the slope through the heather and scrub to join YP who was now no longer the front runner.  On along good paths and almost into the wide expanse of the sandy valley where the orienteers were coming and going.  Avoiding them and going up the far side to another regroup, the trail led on to a check back that gave Yorkie the chance to find the real trail once more.  The trail led through a gap in the fencing of the Royal Pavilion grounds and through their trees for a change and back out further on.  Down we went to go back over the road and across to the car park that finished the event - well, the active event, that is,  for the meeting continued in The Tweseldown...

 

OnOn,

Receding Hareline:

5 Dec 18     - John Elder         - Tweseldown Pub  - (GR 820519 or GU52 8DY)

19 Dec 18   - Alan Jewell        - The Princess Royal - (GR 865475 or GU10 1NX)   

2 Jan 19      - Colin Crofts 

16 Jan 19    - Anne Holland               

30 Jan 19    - Jane Cox            - Bourley Road, Caesar's Camp car park  (GR844509)

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 531 ON WEDNESDAY 7 NOV 2018

FROM CHOBHAM PLACE WOODS - GR 965643 or (near) GU24 8TN

 

Hare: Steve Osborne (Wally)

Hounds: Tony Soane (Sony Tone), Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Ray Darby (Honey Monster) and Colin Rudd (Blobby)

I actually felt rather sorry for Wally as I watched the pouring rain from home and thought thoughts about how damp Wally must have been getting. Also, although I hate having to admit this, Wally actually laid a rather good trail apart from the half mile of very close gorse and some difficult pathway to transverse.  By the start, we couldn’t complain about the weather – for the pack it was very good with quite a lot of sunshine and no rain.  Wally showed us the way at the start as he wanted to point out his first bit of military history – an engraved stone in memory of those who lost their lives in the Crimean Valley of Death.  This loop took us out and across the road into the main Common.  Now you probably won’t believe this next bit but Wally turned to me while we ran along (slowly) together and asked “How long are you going to remain FRB?” Well, it wasn’t long before Blobby shot past us both and there he remained, at the front, for most of the way round. The bridge over the motorway reminded Wally to tell us that there was also a tunnel, not a mythical one but a real tunnel, under the motorway on the way home. Yes, the gorse was uncomfortable but it was not long before our second bit of military history was the column that recorded the spot where Queen Victoria reviewed the Light Cavalry just before they set off for the Crimea. By now, Wally was getting a bit itchy about how long it was going to take us to get back and if we could before darkness descended.  Views split the pack and the idle half took the short route while the others escorted Wally around the rest of the trail.  Once back, it was a diminished group that gathered at the Working Man’s Club for a draught for a very welcome beer.

OnOn

Receding Hareline:

21 Nov 18 - Richard McAllister - Wellington Statue - (GR 853511 or near GU11 1QA)

5 Dec 18     - John Elder                -Tweseldown Pub  - (GR 820519 or GU52 8DY)

19 Dec 18   - Alan Jewell              - The Princess Royal - GR 865475 or GU10 1NX    

2 Jan 19      - Colin Crofts 

16 Jan 19    - Anne Holland             subject to change

30 Jan 19    - Jane Cox               

 

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 530 ON WEDNESDAY 24 OCTOBER 2018

FROM PINE RIDGE GOLF COURSE (GR 844494 or GU9 0JA)

WALLY WARNING

 

Wally (AKA Steve Osborne) is threatening to visit 30 Hashes from the southern counties up into the Midlands. 

Be prepared, dear Hash Friends who read this, he is doing the rounds to improve the standards of Hashing and to carry out quality control (or somesuch).  Nuff sed…

 

Hare: Tony Soane (Sony Tone).

Hounds: Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Ian Angell (Hippo), Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), Colin Crofts (French Leave), Steve Wheeler (Yorkie), Ray Darby (Honey Monster), Derek Gray (Prime8), Steve Osborne (Wally) and Les Salmon (Ever Ready).

Once again we were blessed with amazing weather for this time of the year - sunny with a cool breeze was just wonderful - as was the trail.  We left the car park through the gap in the fence with the front runners confidently running off in the wrong direction.  A hint to the back runners got ROT going off in the opposite direction and found herself on trail.  On to the Maltway and over the road into old almost familiar countryside with the roller-coaster path along the range side and into newly tidied more formal countryside provided for the new housing being built over our Hash area. We nearly managed to lose Wally but being in his manor he was not off trail for long, once again telling everyone that there was no calling (and that was about the last we heard of him). Yorkie wasn’t trained in Wally Avoidment and on much of his front running, he kept calling and that kept Wally on the trail.  Trouble was none of us could keep up with Yorkie to tell him.  But there were (many) times when said Yorkie went off piste but we were still unable to communicate the strategy we were after even when he caught up with the rest.  Towards the end of this great trail, there were ten minutes of glorious, quiet no Wally.  His excuse for being at the back was that he was sweeping up the lost and lame.  Once back at the club house there was plenty of warm sunshine as we enjoyed what may be the last of summer.

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Receding Hareline:

 

7 Nov 18 - Steve Osborne - Jubilee Mount Car Park, Chobham Common (GR 971644 or near GU24 8TU)

The following are subject to change but it is a promising start!

21 Nov 18 - Jane Cox

5 Dec 18     - Richard McAllister

19 Dec 18   - Alan Jewell - The Princess Royal     

2 Jan 19      - Colin Crofts

16 Jan 19    - Anne Holland     

 

 

 

NOTES ON RUN 529 ON WEDNESDAY 10 OCTOBER 2018

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

Hare: Alan Jewell (Easy Rider)

Hounds: Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue), Brian Langford (Cyclone), Tony Soane (Sony Tone), Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Ian Angell (Hippo), Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), Anne Holland (Cloggs), Colin Crofts (French Leave), Nico Barnfield (Go-Rong), John Elder (Seis Matters) and Steve Wheeler (Yorkie).

Amazing weather for this time of the year that caused the men to sweat and the women to glow.  A simple brief took us off the road and up the usual path where simplicity ended.  The trail led many astray but eventually all were on the move up the hill as anticipated. The great undulations continued throughout the whole course. The message in the last report about runners keeping an eye on those behind was soon ignored and your scribe was, once again, left well behind and the pack was soon out of sight and earshot (or perhaps there was just insufficient loud calling). The hare and Hippo were walking together until the latter headed back to quench his thirst that he had not yet really earned.  Fortunately, this was a well-known area for MR but the trail was lost for him.  Without a care he made his way in an anticipated direction and came across flour that he followed to the top of the ridge overlooking Caesars Camp.  How did you get there was the challenge from the waiting hare.  We could see far and wide but there was no sign nor sound of the pack. The pair moved to a different observation point and there in the far, far distance could be seen the pack well stretched out.  Well, eventually they all made to the very top for the only bit of flat short-lived running, a rest and a discussion concerning the position of Reading when the rotating ‘windmill’ generator at the Junction 11 on the M4 was spotted occasionally reflecting the sunlight.  Then it was down the hill where the tail enders stopped to watch a turtle sunning itself beside the pond.  Then up the other side back to The Alma where the undulating of the run was celebrated in the usual way.

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Receding Hareline:

 

24 Oct – Tony Soane         -    Pine Ridge Golf Course (GR 907587 or GU16 9NX)

 

Still more volunteer hares are essential for our existence. 

Please don’t hold back or be shy…

Please offer to lay a trail…

Please try before winter…

 

NOTES ON RUN 528 ON WEDNESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2018

FROM PYESTOCK SPORTS CENTRE (838540)

Hares: Derrick Gray (Primate) and Richard McAllister (Mountain Rescue).

Hounds: Brian Langford (Cyclone), Tony Soane (Sony Tone), Mark Westcott (Yellow Peril), Alan Jewell (Easy Rider), Ian Angell (Hippo), Jane Cox (Rs Over Tit), Anne Holland (Cloggs) Colin Crofts (French Leave) and Lewis Soane (Even Numbers).

Ever Ready was supposed to be laying the trail with Primate but Les was hospitalised in Montenegro and unable to be of much use to DH3 for this run.  So, Mountain Rescue stepped in to help Prime8 lay the trail.  The weather was at its kindest as the pack set off through some very rough old forestry littered by HUGE tyres and strewn pallets and other obstacles.  The trail led to Norris Bridge roundabout by which time YP was complaining that there was no flour.  What he really meant was that there was no flour that he could see.  When ‘On’ was called his response was “Where did you see that?” – an oft repeated query but there was flour to be found. There was some excitement while crossing the roads to get to the training area.  At the top of the hill there was an element of delay trying to find the trail but eventually progress was made.  It was then dawned on MR that there were no regroups laid.  However, the devious mentality of the aging hares allowed plenty of regrouping as the pack searched for the way ahead. Eventually the pack found more familiar territory as they neared the Norris Bridge crossing again on the way to the other training area but it was now YP who was once more leading the pack.  It was well on the way home that MR was making a comment that it was the first time in many weeks that he was actually running (but slowly).  Sadly he became over-confident and was going too fast when his foot caught a tree root.  That took him crashing to the ground doing himself no good whatsoever. However, it did illustrate the need for all runners to keep an eye on those following.  In this case Cyclone and Cloggs were able to assist MR who could not actually stand up unaided and that was sad, wasn’t it?  So then it was off to The Foresters (less the casualty who thought it better to get Marian to clean the wounds – and give some succour. The withering look I got was one of those “Daft old bugger!” ones.  Ho hum ‘til next time…

OnOn

Receding Hareline:

 

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

24 Oct – Tony Soane         -    Pine Ridge Golf Course (GR 907587 or GU16 9NX)

 

More volunteer hares essential

 

 

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…

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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