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Est 1983 - ON PRES: Robin Low

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7952014-08-17Flash and PandaWickham West Walk - South CP SU596121

Initially Old Faithful said he had received lots of apologies for absence and it looked as if there would be only a small pack. However, at the last minute there were a few more arrivals to swell the ranks.

There was a welcome to two relative newbies “Hard Dick” and Veronica “Ice Box” making 23 including the hares. Weather check....dry but cloudy.

After the usual preamble from Popeye and Olive Oyl, the hares took over and pointed the pack in the general direction of the on out. Virtually everyone crossed the road on to the other side. However, kindness being her middle name, Panda pointed Pru and Tigger in the right direction which was alongside the road for about 100 metres where the trail was located and entered the forest. The girls led the charge but were soon overtaken by the rest.

At the first check, Bika took advantage of the loo even though we had only been gone for a few minutes and there was some confusion as there were so many options, but eventually the trail was found. This led to a main trail with a nice long descent to the next check where it was a job to stop the two youngest members (Liam and Ryan) from giving the game away as the day before they had checked over the trail with their grandparents.

Olive Oyl went steaming ahead and having gone down; inevitably the trail went up to a 4-way check. Bika and The Ref made the wrong choice but were soon on their way back. I believe Old Faithful found the right trail which went up once again....and he found the right trail at the next check but went “well wrong” on the next.

We all turned left on to the main trail and after a short jog encountered the next check which turned out to be a back check. Old Faithful got it wrong again but Sinbad and The Ref implored me to call him back as they were feeling sorry for him – some Hashers have hearts!.

Once again we followed a main trail. After a longish grind uphill another check was encountered and here Tigger, Pru and Thumper were goaded into running uphill by Flash but only while the camera was running.

Everyone suspected there was a fish-hook looming so there was great reluctance to take the lead. They were right and six of them (Bika, Jon, Kinky, Olive Oyl, Old Faithful and Hard Dick) came back down to join the rear.

The next check had the pack going up to the gate adjoining Liberty Road and then to turn around to come back again turning right on the correct trail. The next fish hook caught four including Dr Blood. I really enjoyed the next check as the trail went up hill to a 3-way split which caught loads out including Kermit as all 3 trails were false and the true trail was back down the hill again amidst lots of mumblings (were they expressing how much they enjoyed it?).

When we reached the next check it has to be mentioned for Hash History that we lost Canman. apparently he checked out a trail, presumably over-ran a falsie and got side-tracked collecting cob nuts. We realised our loss at the next re-group at the North car park and although we hung around to see if he would appear, we were not too concerned as there are abundant signs indicating the way back to the South car park.

After the regroup, the pack located the out trail with a bit of assistance from the hares the trail leading upwards once again. I recall The Ref boasting about his good eyesight spotting a mostly obliterated falsie...but then again he is a football referee!

The time was getting on and Flash indicated the shorter way back to the chariots but suggested those who wished to continue the final bit to turn right to the final check which was a hard half-mile slog up-hill to the rear of the children’s play park.

Back at the chariots, concern was voiced at the absence of Canman and a search and rescue party was organised with the exchange of cellphone numbers and Treefeller at the command post. However, not long after setting out we got a message that he had made his way safely back to the chariots.

All together we were back after 74 minutes of hashing in good hashing country.

I believe Thom would have got the Hash-it (had it been available) for using an amazing burst of speed to cannon into Kermit.

Quite a few of the pack descended on the Red Lion in Southwick to quench their thirsts.

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