It was a lovely, sunny day to be hashing and it appeared that we had all been well informed of the extra hour in bed as nobody owned up to arriving an hour early. With the mention from Madam JM of the first day of winter and something about the 600 year anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt we were handed over to the hares. Not wasting their breath on it being hilly etc., they informed us of chalk marks and high quality arrows which we were to look out for along the way.
With the last two hashes lasting 1 hour 45mins. and a birthday lunch waiting for me in less than 90mins. I was glad to be off running at last, although in the wrong direction along the shoreline towards Hayling. Luckily the trail to the east was a loop and we were all reunited just north of the car park on Southmoor Lane. Bika who had been suspiciously hanging back at the start took over the lead from 2 Ferrets Fighting and led the pack eastwards down the footpath off Southmoor Lane to a shiggy crossing. Then straight on to the next check where most were tempted by their little knowledge wrongly headed north. After waiting for Hairbrush to rearrange his attire we followed a red faced, blushing elderly lady and her dog through the metal gate towards the Langstone Road.
After a regroup, which took us across the road to The Ship Pub, the trail continued along the shore line past the swans and ducks to The Roal Oak, where we met up with Dag and Hairbrush who were denying knowing the meaning of a regroup. The next check took us on a diagonal path, past the horses, away from the shore and onto The Hayling Billy Line, where the hares had fun watching headless chickens running around in circles. Finally it was decided that it must be a back check and the trail was found continuing on down the path whilst averting our eyes from Jones who was taking a leaf out of Hairbrush's book.
Carrying on up Wade Lane and under the A27 to South Close we arrived at The Museum car park in Havant. Here the hares had the pack staring over the fence at a bit of muddy scrub land looking for “I am sure non-existing” hedgehogs. Another hare’s bluff?
Meandering through the side streets of Havant we reached the bridge back over the A27. The hare had great difficulty convincing the pack that the trail did not go over the bridge but carried on to Tesco’s and a small footpath that led us to an underpass and back to the south side of the main road. Here the trail went east following the road to the highlight of the run, the Quality Arrow. A painted road marking with HHH chalked in below it. This led us to the top of Southmoor Lane where as I only had 20mins. to get back to the chariots, change and be in Portchester for lunch I, with the hares permission, took the short cut back. The remaining runners/strugglers carried on the loop which took another 10mins.
At the circle there could only be one candidate for the Hash-it, Hairbrush, and it was unanimously awarded to him for holding up the public.
The Langbrook was mentioned as the pub by the hares but I doubt if there were any parking spaces left by the time they arrived.
Thanks to Flash and The Panda for an enjoyable run of 1 hour and 20mins.