Following a very successful sign up at the Get Active event the previous week, we waited with bated breath for the influx of virgin hashers. We waited, and waited, and waited......perhaps they were caught up in the Goodwood Revival traffic and will most definitely be at the next hash! We did however welcome the return of Andy and Jackie of the Prancer/Dancer/Vixen persuasion.
Following a quick blow on Bambi's horn, we assembled the pack and it was over to the beautiful hares, Two Ferrets Fighting, Dag, Snake Charmer and Belle. This part of Graffham Common seemed to have been untouched and unspoiled (like the hares eh em) by Chi HHH for a while. So it was good to see people excited, especially Panda who was bouncing about like she needed a wee.
Off they went through the woods, whilst myself and the walkers ambled down the road to meet them at the check. Across the road and up the track to a check with many paths. As usual Dag was unclear, having only laid the trail an hour before, and so it was left to the others to check it out. The walkers took a shorter route and hid in the bushes awaiting the rest of the pack.
I don't know what went on with the runners, but from the walkers point of view, it was a lovely area, relaxing bird song and great weather.
The On Inn was reached in the hour so it was also beautifully timed - a massive round of applause should go to Two Ferrets for scoping it out.
Back at the cars, Panda was still bouncing about but turned out she was doing her Fit Bit steps so that she didn't have to do them later. At the circle, thanks were given to the hares, Andy admitted that he used his Bear Grylls technique to look for small lady and dog footprints. It seemed clever until it was pointed out that those delicate footprints would have also laid the falsies! But the hash-it went to Dogwhistle for admitting to the JM shortcutting - will she never learn?
We retired to the Cricketers for drinks outside and to watch Belle and Aragorn try and figure out who is top dog!