The last run was called 821, so I am wondering what happened to run number 822? We had several new runners with us today, including Claire and Jones and a very young puppy. Canman enlivened the start of the run circle with a tale of the annual Flounder Tramping Championship in some remote estuary in Scotland (which apparently involves wading in the water and stamping on flounders to catch them).
Today’s run was advertised as hareless, but Bambi and Old Faithful bravely decided to do a live hare run and left 15 minutes before the pack. At 11 o’clock the pack set off and quickly found the trail leading over a stile that had a rocking step held to a rotting post by only 1 nail. This slowed us all down, especially the less nimble hashers. We then headed up the hill towards Walderton Down. We not only had to contend with a steep hill, but the path was heavily overgrown with nettles, brambles and other icky stuff. Too much for small dogs and small boys. Both had to be carried screaming up the hill into the wood at the top. We ran through the woods and then back down to the road leading to Walderton. A couple of hashers peeled off here and went back to the car. The rest turned up the hill towards Watergate, then down a lane to a dry riverbed. This riverbed led back past the carpark, where your scribe decided to call it a day, along with all the other walkers.
The rest of the pack continued up to Watergate Hanger and wandered about through the woods before returning to the carpark. No-one caught the hares, but rumour has it that it was a close thing.
Contenders for the Hash Shit were: CanMan for his flounder stamping; Olive Oyl for having a total lack of concern for Popeye who had at this point not yet returned; Kinky for abandoning the flour dispenser he was sharing with Bika, despite it being his agreed job to fetch it; the Panda for calling ON-ON on a piece of chalk (not flour) ; all the Front Runners for not marking the trail. The clear winner was Kinky. Most hashers went on to the Barley Mow for a well-earned pint or two, and some to an excellent roast dinner.