||8th October 2000 Whiteways Car park G.R. 002 107
||Stephen and Csilla Hajnal-Smith
(this was scanned - sorry about the errors - Ed)
With our resident scribe leaving us for awhile and the back up laying the trail, it means a lifeless, boring write up which I am sure will not do the run or hares justice, so 1 apologise now.
After a brief, but warm, whip cracking welcome from our LM. Phil, it was over to the hares and the feeble excuses of dogs licking up the teaspoons of flour dotted along the trail. Steve brought to mind that it was Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement. so maybe he was looking for forgiveness.... No chance! To those that Yom Kippur means anything at all then Happy Rosh Hashanah.
The On-out was- directed out of the car,park through the barrier poles,, which gave Jan. H. a chance to show off his Olga Korbet on the parallel bars. The flour led us along the edge of the road and off down the first of many falsies.
With the fallen leaves and muddy paths progress was slow at first as we zigzagged out on a clockwise trail. As we only had thirteen runners, all of whom were of such a high quality, little standing around at checks was done and all the trails were eagerly tried. That is all but Sue who was not keen to lose height and often waited till "check ahead" was called before moving off.
Peter Maisey was observed with his nose to the ground, searching for footprints in the mud before checking out a trail, all he had to do was follow Jan H. who for the first half of the course just couldn't go wrong, even when the pattern of left-right left-right changed to right-left right-left.
When Jan H. came back from a trail without a falsie to where Bruce and Dave E. were standing at the bottom of the hill on three dots trying to entice the rest of the pack down, it was found he had been right and the missing trail had been blamed on 'Doggie Sabotage".
Once we had reached the top of the hill at the furthest point out, a long check to a falsie put three of us well behind the rest of the pack and we were only saved from being lost by Phil standing at a check pointing the way. We could see Ntike in the distance so we knew the pack couldn't be too far ahead. it was soon after this when we had caught up with the pack that it was noticed that Jan V. was missing presumed lost!.,... so we carried on.
Lots of shiggy at last which bunched the pack up. Only Sue being brave enough to check out the trail through the mud while the others waited until there was no other option, With her theory in mind of keeping to the high ground and not losing height, we raced through the next two cheeks where Phil and Jan V. appeared once again.
The scent of chariots had Derek running through a falsie for which he had to be called back. A short loop lead to the On~in and back to the cars in 1 hr 15 mins.
Only a small gathering at The Spur afterwards where Paul was tucking into his lunch. His excuse for not being at the run was that he had only just arrived back from Gatwick. If Paul had brought the hash-it with him, then the LM. would have hung it back around his neck.
Many thanks to the hares for a splendid run at a venue that has not been used since the live run sometime ago.
A brief but heart-warming thanks to the Spooners who invited those at the pub to a very pleasant evening gathering at their house.