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Est 1983 - ON PRES: Robin Low

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6672009-08-30Bambi & Soapbox (Bank Hol. WE)Stoughton Forest SU815125

From a hare's perspective the day starts far too early.

Some hares have mastered the art of laying a trail at the last minute, others such as yours truly are ultra conservative which means Soapbox and I set off at the crack of dawn heavily laden with too much flour clutching our maps and hoping we could remember all the nuances of the trail.

Eventually, after the odd minor panic about shortcuts for walkers, which we had overlooked, we have laid the trail and returned to the chariot with loads of time to spare and loads of unused flour.

Waiting for hashers to turn up we make bets on who will turn up first and I win as The Ref's chariot rumbles over the rough flint gravel into the carpark at about thirtyfive minutes before the off.

The day was turning out to be warm and humid with scattered sunshine as a reasonable pack assembled, Flash arriving in his classic car and Pancsi and Godiva were preparing to give young Leighton a push chair outing.
The JMs were notable by their absence, so it fell to Old Faithful to stand in. He had just launched into his intro when a middle aged couple who had been getting boots etc out of their car strolled over saying “hello Graham how are you?”, so the intro was suspended while OF had a private chat with his friends.

So after a short delay we, the hares, were allowed to tell our usual lies and direct the pack out north west down the road, we were carrying flour because the trail that lay ahead involved some real time modification.

The first part of the route was an anticlockwise loop up through Wildhams Wood around the eastern side of Coldcroft Copse back to the first check. This loop caused no notable problems, Spiderman was complaining a bit about being held back by one of his bionic hips, Flash was breakfasting on some of the abundant blackberries and Mussolini second guessed the loop by returning to the first check via the road.
I had by now re-laid the first check so as to take the pack up the steep path to the west which most except graham2, Mussolini, Flash, Sinbad and OF decided to walk up, however this bunch of FRBs missed the back check half way up the climb, so the pack was nicely regrouped as we headed west on a clockwise loop through Inholmes Wood.
One devious check in here had the desired effect of making the first last, so it was Splasher that was briefly up front as we mounted the ridge and headed north on the top leg of the loop.
The last quarter of the loop was well known by the old hands, over to the large yew on the edge of the drop and then turning south east.
So confident were they that they knew the way home the whole pack charged down a long long falsie back down towards the road. They totally missed the minor trail above that lead back to the first check on the second loop, which had been re-laid.
Coming back up from the falsie the cursing and swearing would have caused me to blush if I had not been laughing so much.

Back at the start of the second loop we then headed back down the steep path to the road and On-In after one hour and twenty minutes.

There were a few nominations, which alas I forget, and the Hash-It was given to Soapbox for being too much of a gentleman in asking The Chamois if she wanted him to carry it.
And then on to The Barley Mow to enjoy liquids and natter in the garden.

Bambi.

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