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Est 1983 - ON PRES: Robin Low

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7872014-04-27Flash & PandaHayling Island A3023 South of bridge on right SU719039

The precipitation persistently permeated through a dull grey sky laden with Atlantic moisture, landing on a die hard band of hashers who had lost all pretence of remaining dry. Then, toying with our affection, the rain eased as Panda and Flash told us to look for chalk (some hope!), plain flour, and pink! flour.

So off we went, looking for white or pink dough and assuming that there was no point in checking north over the bridge back to the mainland. After a brief dalliance down the Billy Trail and an amusing circuit of the lush green field behind the petrol station there was nowhere to go but over the bridge, although Bika was not convinced, heading south alongside the main road until he was left well behind.

A fish hook on the Langstone end came to his rescue, with Pink Flamingo, Dr Blood, Old Faithful, John, and Popeye going back to meet him. Considering that we would have to return over the bridge (a swim being unlikely) the hares were understandably keen to usher us away from The Ship and west on Mill Lane A.S.A.P.

Here the path crosses an inlet with a small slipway, the idea was that we would have to wade across the inlet to get to a check. Flash is not King Canute, so the tide had come in as usual and made the wade a swim in murky oil slicked harbour bilge, which no one fancied.

So we crossed the little bridge, over a falsie, and watched Bika head south around South Moor and Old Faithful head north on the top of the concrete pipe. Bika was wrong again, as the rest followed OF through deep mere in Southmere and Southbrook to emerge at the ex IBM plant, where Bambi once slaved for a meagre crust.

Now it was urban hashing as we crossed Langstone Road into the houses where an unfortunate sequence of events combined to leave the pack split into two groups. There are many cherry blossom trees in this area, the petals cover the pavement in a speckled carpet of pink and white, the “special” flour is pink and white, result, lost trail. So the FRBs ran round Southbrook Road, following pink petals while the tail end followed flour down Rectory Road, reaching a fish hook which just added spice to the confusion.

We managed get back together at the east end of Hamilton Close and then enjoyed a gentle jog north under the droning A27, almost to the old Havant station yard. There are lots of ways to go here, and the lucky checker was Spiderman who took us east and then south on Wade Lane to a droning regroup at the underpass.

The sun was now out, warming us nicely as we continued south on the lane, with Flash trying to baptise young Ryan in the stream on the way and Bika taking yet another long false trail. A fish hook where we reached the harbour caught Bambi, Old Faithful, Pink Flamingo, Sinbad, Popeye and Bika, and then we had a lovely jaunt west along the sea wall with the sun out and the tide in, back to The Ship, glorious!

Back over the bridge we reached the chariots after one hour and twenty seven minutes of following dough and seeing pink spots.

Circling up there was some mutual admiration as we thanked the hares (for the hash) and they thanked us (for turning up) and we could have mentioned the distance of false running that Bika had made, or the bloody gash on Bambi's knee, or Dr Blood starting out under an umbrella. Instead our JM awarded the Hash-It to himself and Thom for managing to finish with dry feet, quite a feat.

Some returned to The Ship to slake their thirst.

Bambi.

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