Est 1983 - ON PRES: Robin Low
|Run 575||5 February 2006||Whispers||Slindon The Spur Pub ||SU970081|| || || ||
We were a bit thin on the ground (sounds good does it not, the word hasher and thin being used in the same sentence?) as it was the Chichester 10k and even one of the joint masters was absent in preparation for a sub 35 minute time.
However a reasonable group introduced Simon and Julie, two new hashers to the pack.
A few words from JM The Ref and then Whispers led us off to the first dot.
Well I say led us off, he first of all went the wrong way but soon remembered where he had laid it. The a short (5 min) jog to the first dot.
Spiderman was already voicing his complaints but the trail was spotted and the pack charged onwards until we were confronted by an arrow pointing back to the chariots.
Much scratching off heads until the hare told us to ignore it, it was just there to confuse us, so on we went.
The problem was two fold. Firstly the hare told us that there had been a fair amount of sabotage and check or spots had been kicked out. Secondly there was a 4 wheel drive event going on and the vehicles or supporters may have innocently deleted the spots.
So we needed a bit of help at the next couple of checks but the pack jogged along in fine form as it was a nice day and the hills were not too steep.
We seemed to be going in a large anti clockwise circle and as we had seen certain shortcutters heading off to the north we were sure that the trail led there eventually.
We came to a check where there were no spots of flour but just two arrows heading in different directions. This confused us a bit (well more than a bit actually) and we checked out both trails before the hare told us the true.
It was just there to confuse you was the excuse!!
We came out on the ridge to see lots of people who had come out into the countryside to enjoy the fresh air and country ambiance, and then thrash around in great big 4 x 4s.
Leaving the noise behind we came to a check where the chariots began to beckon.
Hash Flash did the decent thing and checked out a falsie but Bambi was having none of it. He bellowed On In and sped off down the trail before finally finding the On In and proving himself right. In my humble estimation that alone should have been enough to earn a hashit but what do I know?
We then came upon the first arrow which had been leading to the chariots and all became clear. Over the fence and back to home.
The pack gathered and had to make the fateful decision but in the end Whispers was awarded the hashit for bad excuses - firstly that people had kicked out the trail (excuse number 27) and for putting in arrows to confuse hashers (or I forgot where I laid it yesterday, excuse number 39b). As hashers are already easily confused this was considered too much and the hashit was duly awarded. Nice run, nice day, thanks to the hares!