As we gathered in the village carpark on a lovely sunny warm morning it became
clear that not many regulars were going to turn out. Even Malibog's old old Volvo
had failed to make it, Treefeller kindly providing the hare chariot.
We started out past the hall and along the side of the cricket pitch with a check halfway down Jacob's ladder leading to a long slog on the path downstream alongside the Arun with Pancsi and Banker becoming specs in an horizon dominated by Arundel castle.
A check where the path turns west brought us together again as some of the FRBs took a falsie in the direction of the Black Rabbit on the opposite bank, the aroma of pub drawing them to their doom.
South then east over the small footbridge, across the road and then north east along the edge of The Woodleighs was next on the agenda with Nippy Knickers being very nippy out in front.
Instead of using the main picturesque but easy path to Wepham the hares wanted to turn us into mountain goats by laying the trail along a deer track through the undergrowth above, with various hashers in turn sniffing out the very sketchy indications with much predictable mutterings.
Eventually we got back to the road and were heading smoothly north until at the next junction the trail went right and up the energy sapping concrete road towards New Down.
A regroup at the next check was needed at the top as the pack was well strung out by tackling the
long hot climb, some of course, for example NK, Banker Old Faithful and Shakesprick got there
before the rest.
Downhill is easy, so it wasn't long before we got back to the road to Burpham and then after a bit of hesitation found the path that cuts across to the George and Dragon, reaching the Beer Near after one hour and one minute of hot sweaty hashing.
After a round of applause for the hares for a great hash there were nominations for Splasher who was moaning all the time about a bout of Athletes foot and Godiva for displaying green painted toenails, however the Hash-it was presented to Nippy Knickers for being all together too nippy for us.
P.S. Shakesprick has created an encyclopaedia of hashing on the web, point your bowser at www.shakespublishing.com/intro.htm you can find an entry for Chichester under E for England then See In-depth report and Sussex under the South East.