JUST SO YOU KNOW
Hashing -non-competitive form of cross-country running
Main objective – To work up a decent thirst.
Social aspects – aprés-hash refreshments & FUN
We, like universal hashers, generally meet at a pub chosen by the hares (those that have set the trail) and the hounds, or pack, set off at along a clearly defined trail (we use chalk and/or flour) with the front runners calling “ON, ON” for the benefit of the slower runners and latecomers (walkers) catching up.
Every 500 metres or so the trail will end, signified by a check mark which may be in the form of a line or a circle. (We use a circle with a number in it and arrows). The frontrunners on reaching the check start searching for the new trail.. This can be in any direction, along paths, streets, up rivers and streams or up the side of a convenient hill.
The time taken by the frontrunners to find the new trail allows the runners at the back to catch up thus increasing the chances of everyone reaching the pub at the end at roughly the same time. The front-runners will usually find that the cunning hares have laid some false trails in addition to the real trail – which are designed to ensure that the really fit types, sometimes known as FRBs (Front Running Bastards) will become exhausted more quickly keep together with the slower hashers.
Hash runs are usually 4 – 7 miles long and are designed to last 1 – 1½ hours. WE GENERALLY RUN FOR ABOUT 1 HOUR. Revelries in the pub after the run are up to the individual but it has been known for some muddy sweaty hashers to be turned out of the pub at closing time. WE OFTEN HAVE A PIT STOP i.e. (refreshments during the run)
HOW DID HASHING START?
Hashing as we know it began in 1938 in Kuala Lumpur in what is now Malaysia when a group of ex-pats associated with the rubber plantations started a modified paper chase in order to work up a decent thirst before retiring to the Selangor Club. There the restaurant was known locally as the “Hash House” so naturally the name was adopted by the harriers and in contrast to other groups undertaking similar activities the name stuck. The particular genius of the founding father, A S Gispert, nicknamed “G”, was to make the traditional hare & hounds running more fun by making it non-competitive.
IT SPREAD and SPREAD throughout the world and even to the Island of Guernsey where 30 + years ago Mr. Molar Marsh got some men together to form the Guernsey Hash House Harriers and a year later – MAY 7th 1980 Mrs. Molar Marsh did the same for the Ladies and the Guernsey Hash House Harriettes was born.
More details can be found on other H3 sites throughout the world