With a screetch of brakes Tigger brought her speeding chariot to a halt in the last free space in the carpark. "Just made it" she said as she hopped out, and she was right, because Hash Flash had just called us to order in the clearing by the picnic table. Not a big crowd, so Flash mumbled something about a recruitment drive before Old Faithful dropped the bombshell that he would not be turning out for the next hash!. Not having ever missed a hash since 1983 you can imagine that we were all dumbfounded. Anyway it was over to the Hares with Splasher announcing "I'm in charge" before telling us honestly that it would not be too long, there was one regroup and some water involved.
We were ushered out in a northerly direction into that area of heather and
sandy soil with which most of us are familiar. Some straightforward checks
gave us no problems as we made our way west and then south.
From here it was north again and back to the water action with a second crossing, this time the less steep bank looked easier to tackle, but seemed to fox Frances until she realised that a bit of tree climbing was needed. At the next check we discovered Spiderman and Spiderwoman concealed in the bushes, having taken a shortcut and with some time to kill....who knows what they were up to ?, they seemed out of breath. Some fairly easy checks now took us north then west over to the road by Main Wood where Mussolini got so far ahead of everyone he had time for a doze on the wooden barrier. Without further ado, and in keeping with the hares promise of a shorter outing, the trail now simply headed south parallel to the road and then east and the On-In almost exactly on the hour.
Hash Flash said that a few trivial nominations had been made, but more importantly pointed out that Splasher would be very easy to play poker against because he found it hard to conceal his delight whenever a hound persued a falsie, and his facial reaction to the direct question "is it that way ?". Musolini received the Hash-It for announcing that he could "easily do that one again". Refreshments were taken at The Foresters for a second time in a row.