14th October 2001
Geoff and Linda Partington with Sue Spooner
Iping Common Map
Run 461- 12th September 2001 - Iping Common - Geoff/Linda Partington & Sue Spooner
Although cloudy overhead a warm day greeted hashers for the hash at Iping
Common. Sue mentioned that they had a picnic whilst trail laying so we
thought that it may be a long one. We were late setting off as JM Mussolini
decided to cycle to the hash and as usual turned up late!!!
Talking of cycling Sinbad Vogt also turned up in cycle apparel and proceeded
to run out of uniform and in his cycle gear the whole day - and still did
not receive the hashit.
Visiting hashers were introduced as Bigfoot and Shorty from South Hams (near
Totnes) and with very little preamble we were off.
We should have started to be suspicious as Sue was seen carrying a bag of
We set off into the lightly wooded area and soon found the first check only
to find that the true trail was behind us and across a road.
The checks were difficult at first because of the sheer number of trails
that you could follow but with Sinbad and Hairbrush leading the way the pack
drifted ever onward.
The trail was lost but soon afterward found and the pack set off to another
check where we seemed to somehow become detached from each other. Standing
on a check in the middle of nowhere Miriam declared that the safest thing to
do was stay put as they must come this way sooner or later. (Wrong) It was a
big loop and as we finally gave up and tried to find the pack we came upon
Sue with her sawdust bag.
We were finally pointed in the direction of the pack and rejoined them for a
small uphill stretch. As we passed a lady walking her dog she exclaimed
rather huffily "Is there ANYWHERE where you people are not running?" I
pointed out that as we were near Midhurst then Petworth seemed a safe bet
but she was not amused.
We trundled on to find an abundance of conkers and whilst I explained the
rules to Hungarian wife who seemed not to grasp the point, Hash Flash
regaled us with stories of teaching small grandson to play. Csilla said that
it seemed a dangerous game to play with a small child but she just doesn't
understand the English.With time marching on we began to look for the
chariots and sure enough the trail was found and with great excitement we
were racing towards home. Incidentally passing Mrs. Unhappy Dogwalker again.
The pack led by some idiot saw the On Inn and raced for home.
The only drawback was that apparently the sign had said NOT ON INN instead
of the expected On Inn. My excuse was that I don't run in glasses and
therefore could not read it.
So we finally arrived at the chariots after One and a half hours to find the
Doc there before us. He had shortcutted earlier when wisdom had told him
that it was getting silly.
The pack drifted back and as usual Amanda the Panda was spotlessly clean.
A passer by started to ask what we were doing and when she mentioned that
she was a teacher whose children may like the idea of a hash she was quickly
showered with hashnotes calling cards etc.
The J.Ms gathered the pack together and awarded Pancsi Enticott the hash
which was of course thoroughly deserved, although I seemed to lose track of
why he got it???
The pack then retired to the Hamilton Arms for apres hash refreshment and
lots of Thai goodies.
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