The grey misty and rainy morning did not put off the usual merry throng of regular hashers who were joined by Ginger Glove Puppet who thought Chi HHH might not run in the rain (more of that later). So without much ado on account of the weather, the pack of some handsome number of 16 or so set off by crossing the Elsted road into Stedham common but were sent back through a gate to the north where the true trail lay. But soon the pack was flummoxed again by the lack of flour (washed out by rain perhaps) until small patches were found in the woods nearby which the pack tried to follow only to be told that this was the wrong trail, and they had to go back and find the right way though the heather and down the Roman Road toward the A272. Hereabouts a running circuit had been especially made for Olive Oyl in the middle of the patch - which she completed only once incidentally. From the dell the trail went uphill towards the ridge and it was here that a magnificent array of fungi were spotted by several eagle eyed hashers who were fascinated by the vivid colours and the addition of a troll on top one of the red fungi – weird or what? However we had been warned by notices earlier not to pick the funghi but leave for others to enjoy so the troll was left sitting on the toadstool waiting for his next visitors. After a bit of scampering around the nearby check the trail was found heading down a narrow heather lined patch toward Trotten common. At the foot of the hill there was a brief regroup and time for a quick photo in the rain by Hash Flash who was eager to check out the next part of the run. At the next check the trail went over a bank and into Goldrings Warren wood where the FRBs took off and were not slowed down at all by the Ladies check which was speedily checked out by Snake Charmer and Olive Oyl , and the pack headed into Bridgelands plantation. It was thought Panda had been left behind in Goldrings Warren during this turn of speed only to find that she was way up in front which is where she usually is. The trail continued and crossed the Elsted road and into the rhododendron shrubbery of Fitzhall Plantation – from where the pack turned down a tarmac driveway and to the road again where the trail went back into the woods on the Stedham common side. After a few twists and turns the on inn was called and back to the chariots after 1 hour and 10 minutes of very wet hashing. After thanks to the Hares, the Hashit was quickly presented to Ginger Glove Puppet for having the audacity to think that Chi HHH did not run in the rain and actually texting the Hashmistress at the early hour of 9.00 am to see if the hash was on! Those who had a change of clothes adjourned to the Hamilton Arms with Canman looking particularly dapper and then telling us about collecting acorns to make acorn coffee with (apparently a very good year for acorns and sweet chestnuts). The coffee recipe has yet to be tried and perfected but Dogwhistle was not too keen to try the results.
Spiders and Wee Ginge.