It was a day of cloudless sunshine with a cool easterly breeze keeping the temperature down, but yes, spring was definitely in the air. A reasonable turnout of the usual suspects was treated to a demonstration of how to set off your car alarm by Hash Flash, who somehow managed to open the boot of his brand new luxury autombile with the alarm enabled. Our regular Humble Scribe had turned out but alas still not able to take part. The prehash foreplay began, there was to be a ladies check, there would be numbered tags placed on "special" falsies that would be marked with four dots, but then Pancsi said that he had not been told about the special four dot falsies and he had placed tags on regular three dot falsies also. A case of the right hare not knowing what the left hare was doing. We were given no indication of the general direction of the on out, so the pack spread out in all directions at the start.
By the time we all got back together the trail had taken us north east , then east on the path that runs round the northern slopes of Lambdown Hill, to a major n-way check. The Panda was going like a train and warmed up for the ladies check by heading off due east on one of the longest falsies of this season. At this point Mussolini was conspicuous by his absence, which lead to some discussion about the possibility that he might be doing some trail re-laying. The true trail was just to keep to the main path, due south, and very soon we arrived at the ladies check. The ladies did check this out at their leisure, so the rest of us, i.e. the men and the scrubbers had plenty of time to have a good natter. Dave B was considering the legality of non ladies behaviour at a ladies check, for example is there a rule that states that all non ladies must remain at the check until the true tail has been found ? or is it legal for a non lady to leave the check in any direction as long as they are preceded by a lady ? While such debate was going on we did not notice that the trail had not been found, and that Pancsi had to point us in the right direction, which was up hill towards Blackbush House with Louise way off ahead. Another n-way check at the top and then we headed down the path that runs northwest and eventualy leads back to the chariots, was this to be the on-in ?... no !, a check about halfway to the valley bottom lead us to a trail that headed southwest and straight back to big check that we had suspected might be re-layed by the missing hare. Of course we had to recheck this one, and some more tags were found before heading back towards the chariots ,the way we had originaly arrived. Was this to be the on-in ?... no! More re-laying at the next check took us up hill once again and finaly over the side of the slope and down to the chariots right on the hour.
Nominations for the hash it came thick and fast; Hash Flash for his car alarm, Louise for covering some of the route on her *rse (again), Dave B and Panda for running the same long falsies on the second time check, however it was awarded to The Ref because he had picked up tag no 1 on April 1st. All tag holders were treated to an Easter Egg before we adjourned to the pub at Walderton to slake our thirst and mix with the lycra clad bikers.
Thank you hares ! Bambi.