After tempertures soaring into the upper 20's and low 30's this promised to be a hot one. However the Can Man had used his extensive knowledge of the weather to find a cool window to run in.
As well as welcoming our Polish friends back into the fold, the J.Ms had the opportunity to welcome 'Last Minute - Caroline' back after a short abscence.
The pack were stunned into silence as Mussolini turned up on time, which earned him a nomination for the hashit, whilst the JMs took the opportunity to give a few brief comments before handing over to the hares.
The Can Man gave warnings about roads etc and then the pack were off.
Not the usual right hander and into the forest but left and down the roads into territory anew.
As it was Jairo's last run with the pack he was keen to make an impression and bounced into the lead. Some of the ladies thought that he could have made more of an impression by wearing tight lycra shorts but we will gloss quickly over that area.
One over eager cub reporter came back with the following information - "we saw some flour, followed it, came to a cross thing, saw some dots, saw more dots, found a triangle of dots and then came back."
Whilst I must admit to this being a little more information than is usual with hash reports it had to be pointed out that the Chichester pack were a demanding mob and needed to see their name in print and have the main deeds of the day highlighted. For example Spiderman needed to know that at one point he was in the lead. The pack needed to know that Pancsi had tried to push Splasher into the stinging nettles (so that they could offer to buy him a drink). They needed to know that at one point on the run The Eskimo was propositioned and it was suggested she also slide into skimpy running shorts.
So that reporter's submission was not good enough. However stories came flooding in to the mobile newsdesk. At one point hashers were hearing the call of On On which turned out to be a non hasher just bellowing for the fun of it. The leaders of the pack responded by baying out with their own On Ons and drowning out this 'hash sabotuer'.
But even bigger news was coming in. Whilst forging ahead with speed and grace (a couple of newcomers) Sue Spooner was seen to take a terrible fall which caused worry to the runners with her (in case she got in their way, you understand)). She picked herself up and declared that it was alright as she almost bounced. I reported this the hash naming committee and Lord Attenborough remarked that this was so sweet as the only thing he knew that bounced was Tigger. This amused His Holiness the Dalai Lama so much that he proposed that henceforth Sue's hashname should be Tigger. This was seconded and approved by Stephen Hawkins and Elvis Presley so there it is.
The pack returned to the Spur in dribs and drabs to assemble and hear the pronouncements of the JMs who whilst nominating Hash Flash for making The Panda carry the hashit (ungentlemanly), gave it to The Ref for being careless enough to have a birthday the following day. On On!