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Est 1983 - ON PRES: Robin Low

RunDateHare(s)DescriptionMapRef1:500001:250001:10000 Aerial
Run 6004 February 2007Humble Scribe and the EskimoBignor Hill SU973129

Spiderman's testament.

 

When I woke up and looked outside I thought yes a nice sunny day - the sun will soon melt the heavy frost.But as we drove up towards the downs we could see they were in fog.Indeed an eery spectre greeted at the top Bignor Hill but no sign of the hares/ We waited for them to appear through the murkbut being a bit cold we decided to set off with the minimal of chat from the JMs. We had a rookie reporter recordour deed in which publication I know not.We set off south west down Monarch's Way and then south toward Slindon.When we got there it was after 12:00 so I was sure that a bus would be laid on to take us back to the cars but no.So the route continues parallel to the A29 and then north - finally in a homeward direction.With leg failing I hobbled up to the tail enders. The front runners decided to follow the true path.(and so enter paradise?) heading down hill to the west. The rest continued north.The the same thing happened a mile later and it was just yours truly, Can Man and Dogwhistle who persevered with the strategyof aiming toward the finish.We crossed private land past Home farm / Conygate then to the lest of Stammers finally rejoining Monarch way and bothstrands of the pack for the last 200m back to the Chariots. Golly was I weary.

Bambi's testament

(what Spiderman missed)

Before we came to the parting of the ways we had suffered greatly, verily there had been great wailing and gnashing of teeth amongst the tribes on account of the long distances between checks, the hostility of the residents of the land of Bignor and the lightness of the markers that were guiding us onward. We were unaware that the prophet and Humble Scribe had been sorely injured during his sojourn in that far off land.And so it came to pass that a number of the tribe decided not to follow the way of the Humble Scribe and gave into temptation and took the path of iniquity following the false god which is branded with the mark of GPS.The true followers descended to the West following the path of righteousness. Yea verily, blessed are the ways of the Humble Scribe, for presently the path was found to ascend to an extent that sorley tried the faithful even unto the last. In due time we came upon those who had followed the false god and there was much rejoicing at their repentance in returning to the way of the Humble Scribe. It was with glad heart that together we made the final ascent to the alter of the Humble Scribe where we found a table laid out with a great banquet. After much feasting, verily even the consumption of a large sweetmeat marked with the number 600 which had come from the house of the mistress of the tribe, we did honour the Humble Scribe and his beautiful handmaiden for showing us the way to a weary body and peaceful soul. Onward Onward, Bambi.  

Humble Scribe's testament

T he 600th! The T shirt harked back to the glories of the charge of the light brigade and this was to be a run to remember. Well it was, The Eskimo and your Humble Scribe set off to lay a trail which would offer the ‘real runners’ a run to remember and short cuts to allow other hashers to get home earlier. However this did depend of the hares being there to indicate the short cuts. Earlier in the week I had felt a pain in my leg and as the course went on it became harder and harder to walk until I was reduced to a hobble and did not get back to the chariots until after the pack had set off! For those who are interested it is a ruptured Achilles tendon and I cannot run for at least three months!!!
However the pack were ingenious and after waiting for a while set off in search of the trail. There was a trainee TV reporter following the action but he had wisely decided not to follow the pack. The trail looped around for a little while before going down Monarch’s Way and avoiding the sheepdog trials (they pleaded their innocence) went through a small wood before emerging into a field and then back up the hill with another check or two en route. Into the woods and then a long run through beautiful glades until emerging into a field with the horse gallops looming ahead. This was a place where if the hares had been present the first of the cut off points would have been offered. Oh well, onwards and towards Slindon. Through more wooded areas going further south until reaching the main road near The Spur and then back through the park until the next check. Some souls by now gave up and headed for home with the help of their GPS leaving braver hashers to follow the trail through a muddy field and over a fence with a water trough until rejoining the path to Stag lodges. Apparently near here the natives were a bit restless and voiced their disquiet and hashers allegedly running over their land. The pack began to break up and GPS holders started to offer even more help. A few brave 600ers carried on to the finish showing true Light Brigade spirit (courage and stupidity) to arrive back in only a couple of hours or so after having a long run on in, up the long steep hill which gave a 20 minute upward climb with no respite.
A memorable 600th run.
Some might think that the pack would have been a bit unhappy with the hares but as we had laid on some nibbles and wine they were easily bought off and after adding Godiva’s excellent cake, Treefeller’s cheese and Pancsi’s beers the pack gathered and with full bellies awarded the hashit to Sinbad for wearing skin tight racing shorts that he had borrowed from Paula Radcliffe.
So a run to remember (9.2 miles I was told).
It was thick fog on the top of the hill and very cold but as soon as everybody came down from the top the weather was wonderful and warm baths beckoned.
land of Bignor

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