Among the 19 starters we noted the welcome return of Hash Flash and Amanda whose faces we haven’t seen for a few weeks, and also a new pair of runners, Katie and Frankie from Midhurst. JM Bambi welcomed them and before he handed over to the hares, Canman reported some disturbing news about Treefeller who he had visited and found in a somewhat incoherent state – unrelated to alcohol apparently. Canman saw to it that he got medical attention and he is currently in the AMU ward in St Richards undergoing tests to find out the problem. We all wish him a speedy recovery.
The choice from Droke is always the hill to the south or the hill to the north, and this time we headed north taking a path through the field parallel to the official footpath to avoid the boggy bits.
Bambi eagerly raced up the hill as most of us trudged. Old Faithful, on the other hand, has a nagging calf injury so was only walking. He nevertheless seemed to make good progress and was always to be found close to the front. Another eager beaver was Olive Oyl – not present at the official start yet she managed to reach the top of the hill as soon as anyone.
While I am listing the FRBs, it turns out Katie and Frankie are no slouches either and they quickly cottoned onto the conventions (there are no rules) of hashing and were checking out falsies like old hands. After zigzagging through the woods at the top of the hill for a while, Katie was checking out from one check point 50 yards ahead of me and ran past a suspicious looking sign. So eager was she, she ignored the “private keep out” instruction and I had to call her back.
It turns out hares Dr Blood and Pink Flamingo did plan to go that way and had to revise their trail on the hoof. So they (and we) turned right at that point instead and followed the long twisty trail down the hill until we (Katie again) came to a false trail mark. Not wanting to run the long way back up the hill again to the last check point we milled about hopelessly until Dr Blood caught us up. He solved the problem for us – he rubbed out 2 of the 3 blobs of the false trail mark! Huh!
A few yards further on we came back to a check on the out trail – more puzzlement. Dr Blood sauntered up again and said “Haven’t you found the ‘On In’?” Well, no actually. After looking for it himself for a while he then showed us where Pink Flamingo had marked it – a little further on and a little off to the left of trail – but it was there. The trail returned down the same hill as the out trail.
In the circle Dr Blood was listed for the hash-it for the foibles of the trail and for the frugality of the flour in places. Amanda was cited for having requested a cup of coffee at the top of the hill; Frankie and Katie for being FRBs; Dr Blood and Pink Flamingo for “sex on the hash”. But in the end the hash-it was awarded to me, Kinky, for being overheard trying to cheat – when I discovered Katie and Frankie lived in Midhurst a few yards from the start of our next trail I suggested they do a quick recce on the morning before the trail and let me know where it goes. Well there are no rules! Anyway there’s no hash-it at the moment – it is still in the boot of a well known Jaguar.
On on was at the Fox Goes Free where it was warm enough to sit out in the garden.
On On ! Kinky