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6762010-01-03Old Faithful & Bambi. Bring hangovers, raffle prizes & money. Party on!Chichester, Freeman Towers Keepers Wood SU859073

This was the twenty fifth time that Doc and The Chamois have hosted the hangover hash, so most of the regulars have seen all the permutations of route that can be laid from Freeman Towers rather like the variations of what you can do with the leftover Christmas turkey.

This year for a change we stayed well away from the raging waters of the Lavant which once again is in full spate.

A good crowd turned up, not all hashing, including the whole spectrum of mankind ranging from Leighton (son of Godiva) a babe in arms all the way through to Doc who is now challenging Methusela.

After a short briefing we set off, Flash having forgotten to take the usual pre-hash snap, and headed east along The Avenue to a check just after the bend to the south.

Dr Blood and Flash were the first to be taken in by the falsies here that headed towards the Lavant and then as the route headed over to Fordwater others such as The Ref also fell for the same ruse.

Then we headed into the houses at Ferndale and south on Maplehurst where for a while total confusion reigned, reminiscent of the chorus from The Messiah that goes "For we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned each to his own way".
It is well known that old GF was a hasher in his youth.
So with a little help the way out through the copse was discovered and the pack headed west down Broadway and then Brandy Hole Lane with the overly fit Trevor being a real FRB until Flash called a regroup so that he could take his hangover hash snap.

A simple check at Centurian Way was easily sorted out by finding the trail along the gully through the old WW2 tank traps into Brandy Hole Copse and down to the pond where all the trails seemed false and everyone did a bit of checking until Pink Flamingo ventured out onto the road and it was all go again into the western part of the copse where we have not been before.
The trail through this coppice was picturesque and easy to find so the pack made its way out, back over the road and south towards Whitehouse Farm in quick time except for Can Man who was mesmerised by the abundance of discarded beer cans.
Some entertainment for the hares was provided as the pack tried to walk on the ice over the marsh which had been thick when the trail was laid but now was paper thin barely able to support the weight of the flour.

The rest of the trail was a bit of a formality to get to the On-In by retracing our steps courtesy of some relayed checks (OF is an expert at this) and then up The Lane and IN after one hour and fifteen minutes.

Drink food and warmth awaited us kindly provided by Doc and The Chamois.
As soon as our basic needs of thirst and hunger had been attended to the outgoing JMs started the traditional awards ceremony.
Thanks to the hares, thanks to Spiderman for his web site, thanks to our hosts, thanks to yours truly, then presentation of the hasher of the year award jointly to The Gnu and Sinbad who have had one hell of a year.
The Hash It went to Dr Blood not sure why ?.

Then the big item the JMs for 2010 who are... Can Man and Soapbox.
A little AOB of a naming for Sarah, after a bit of lobbying for a name of her own choice (White Sox) the committee decided to ignore her preference and use the name "Shure Shot", so be it.

We then launched into the raffle prizes, where for the first time I did not win a single thing, boo hoo.

Bambi.

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