For virgin hares - How to set a trailBased on and thanks to bicesterh3
1. Choose a venue - see (for example):
2. Choose a pub - preferably one with decent beer. Then check with the landlord that he is willing to have all his beer drunk for him on the date you have in mind.
3. Roughly plan a route approximately 6 to 7cm long on a 1 : 10000 map (approx 6 - 7 km).
Aim for a run of between 60 - 75 minutes - see this example:
4. Unless you know the land well, walk your proposed trail first, noting suitable points for checks and making best use of features which may not be apparent from the map alone. Seek out the muddy bits, known as SHIGGY - Hashers love it. Use the geography to confuse the pack's sense of direction and always ensure the pack can't see the start point or pub from any point on the trail otherwise they'll just head straight for it and the greater part of your hard work will be lost.Try to avoid a long straight run in - it encourages the FRBs to show off. Then mark the route on the map.
5. Get hold of the Hash HHH boards from the previous hare and put one at the venue and if required at stratgic junctions.
6. Buy about 3 1.5 kilo bags of flour or use sawdust if there is snow cover.
Lay the trail preferably on the day before the run and also try to bully someone into giving you some help.
Perhaps place a cache of flour (sawdust) half way round the course.
7. Checks are a large clear 'X' and should occur every 300 - 400 metres or so but at varied intervals and,
if possible, at natural check points.
8. When making a FALSE TRAIL the same rule as in para 7 applies but a falsie should be no longer than about 80 - 100 metres before ending with a group of three blobs Any number of false trails can emanate from each check.
9. If your trail changes direction in open country, use an arrow. Use of cowpats to increase colour contrast is recommended as are fence posts or trees in long grass.
10. Possibly include a few loops in your trail to help to keep the pack together. Failing this at least one REGROUP with a sign 'R' at a check to ensure that everyone will wait until the back markers have caught up before recommencing. Another useful device is a 'LADIES' CHECK, a circle with a cross attached, which rather ungallantly assumes the front runners will usually be male. Another method to rein in the FRBs is a FISH-HOOK sign with the number of runners who should return to the tail of the pack.
11. Don't be tempted to make your trail TOO long. A long run makes for a spaced out pack and you won't be thanked for making everyone completely knackered.
12. On the Day itself brief the pack on any unusual hazards and whether dogs should be kept on a lead. Mark an arrow on the ground so that latecomers will know which direction you have taken and not go out on the `in' trail. Make sure all gates are closed after the pack has run through. Be prepared after the run to organise a search party for any lost puppies.
13. Collect evidence of wrong doings and snitch to a Hash Master. and if appropriate, thank the Landlord for his hospitality - you never know, you might get a free pint.
If you are adventurous why not try to run on private land.
This is not as difficult as it might seem at first sight.