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Est 1983 - ON PRES: Robin Low

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7962014-08-31Old Faithful and BambiBuriton Queen Elizabeth Country Park SU733197

The utterly delightful weather, sunny, warm and fresh had prompted many non hashers to fill the small car park from early in the day. If more of our regular crowd had turned up then we would have had big problems, as it was several were forced to park where they could along the SDW.

After waiting forever for Snake Charmer to manoeuvre her chariot into a tight spot that had magically become available, our JMs welcomed Roaming Pussy and Bogeyman from Brighton HHH.

The hares then gave a well prepared health and safety briefing before pointing east in the direction of the familiar old quarry pit.

Not yet being fully awake, the pack was easily duped into charging down the FP towards the village without seeing any flour. By the time that they came back up the more alert bunch were already well along the southern edge of Appleton's copse on a good trail. A few, including His Knees Are Buggered (HKAB) and Panda caught up by running along the road and passing over a false trail mark, tut tut.

It was not long before the reunited pack found the trail South into Head Down wood with Sinbad, Keith, The Ref, HKAB and Snake Charmer at the front.

It has been a while since we have visited this neck of the woods, and much has changed. A previous forest jungle is now criss crossed by bike trails under a dense canopy. A public FP runs South and down hill along the spine of the Down and the hares had laid a fiendish clockwise trail that first followed the contours through Ludgersham Copse, crossed the FP and then meandered back up through The Plantation flirting with the steep down hill slope above Gorecome Hole.

Just about all the falsies were down hill from the true trail and this managed to keep the adventurous energetic hashers well occupied.

Early on, Flash demonstrated his gardening skills by clearing a path through a thorny bit for some of our more delicate participants, what a gentleman he is.

At the southernmost part of this hash, where Dr Blood found himself way out front for a while, there are abundant fungi on the leaf litter and on the tree trunks, I managed to collect some that later turned out to be Livid Pink Gill (Bad Bad news).

Other things of note along the way was a tall lookout ladder that has been outgrown, the Mary Celeste of camping complete with abandoned tent and water kettle, and finally some wooden ramps and staging that everyone just had to climb on.

Old Faithful had performed his usual trail relay (I thought that he had kicked that habit) so we ended up back at the top and exited by the way we entered to find the On-In after one Hour and six minutes of strenuous hashing.

At the circle there was a perfunctory attempt to offload the Hash-It to Sinbad for making a meal of not quite falling over until it became known that Keith intended to run, with rucksack, back to Emsworth. So he was given a bit more weight to carry.

We went downhill to the Maple Tree Inn to wet our whistles where all had a good time except Bambi and Splasher who received a cold shoulder from a yellow T-Shirt averse barmaid.

On – On! Bambi.

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