Pulling up to the allotted location to find a shortage of hares made us nervous at first, especially as we have had a few ‘long uns’ recently.
Still after a brief intro we were set off down the road and saw our first flour at the edge of the Goodwood Estate. I did point out to the Ref that this was private land but he cited his ‘right to roam’ and the trail led us into these illegal areas. Sinbad had a bee in his bonnet and was dashing to the front with the pack tumbling on behind. It was warm and quick and the first couple of checks did not really fool anybody but they then turned us all around and the first were last and the last first as it right and proper.
Some of the pack were heard to complain that in these hot circumstances it would be nice to see cropped tops and lycra shorts but most were not in the mood to wear it (not even the girls) so hash T shirts and baggy shorts it was.
We went into the forest and it was fairly soon into the run that we began to notice that these two wily old hashers kept running us past cross roads and turns and then putting the checks further down the trail or putting checks between two paths.
It was at such a check that 5 women were seen running up a ‘true’ trail and all the men went on the false. Inside information?
Although the checks were well placed there were occasions when the pack began to split up and Pancsi was heard to mumble that he had been ‘waiting here for ages’. Is that hashable? It earned him a nomination. This was compounded by Mr. Bean who at one point complained that we did not need another regroup to allow ‘slower runners’ to catch up surely?
It must be pointed out that to get hashers to run at all is nothing short of a miracle and to complain that are not running fast enough is a bit churlish.
Mid day came and went and although a few of the pack had a vague idea of where they were (as usual - for vague read normal) it became apparent that to get home we needed to climb at least one more hill.
As sure as ‘eggs is eggs’ the hill appeared and we slogged upwards.
The On In was sighted and we began to charge for home.
Unfortunately the ON In was a very long way from home and by the time we reached the chariots, the charge had slowed to a gentle plod.
The sweaty pack gathered around as JM Sweaty Butterfly gave out nominations from the Ref’s little book but finally awarded it to the Panda - for wearing shorts. Why? Well apparently Amanda had asked hubby Hash Flash his opinion and he had told her it was going to be hot so she should wear shorts. Sweaty Butterfly then said that the award was not because she wore shorts but, as she said "I never take any notice of my husband so why you listen to yours is a mystery!! This was considered reason for the hashit. Damn that Pankhurst woman!! A great run on a great day. On On. Humble Scribe