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9042018-09-16 11:00Two Ferrets Fighting & Hairbrush RED DRESS RUN!!!Slindon Shellbridge Rd SU972076

I might be mistaken, in realising that this was the very first Red Dress Run for Chichester HHH, perhaps an old timer will correct me?. In any event the roadside West of Rewell Woods saw a crowd of crimson clad chumps sporting the result of a visit to the ladies section of their local charity shop. "Do you want to try it on sir?", pause, "Uh, oh no! it's not for me, it's for a friend". Confirmation that Popeye is colour blind was made when he arrived in something long, flowing and plum.

Prancer had prepared a scroll of pre-Hash piffle which he insisted on sharing with us while we adjusted our straps and girded our loins to the usual accompaniment of a trio of canine whines.

Then we were off!, South on Shellbridge road, streaks of red in the hazy sunshine, soon reaching a fish hook for ten, too many to list here.

Continuing and before reaching the A27, thank goodness, we darted East into the brambles of Danes Wood to clamber through the branches of recently felled, storm damaged, beeches.

Next it was North and a long slog up the ridge over mossy roots to the ancient yew grove at the bottom of Madehust Wood where there is a confluence of six footpaths. En-route Pocket Rocket succumbed to gravity and made a hard landing on gritty flint which required some TLC from Snake Charmer who then almost emulated the dive herself.

Understandibly we spent some time amongst the yews, sorting through all the options, with no one wanting to check downhill West, which of course is where the true trail was found.

This placed us in the valley below the slopes of Sweet Chestnut where in a few weeks' time you will be able to harvest ingredients for your Christmas stuffing. Yes, the cards are already out in the stores.

Some very kind bikers have worn meandering banked down hill runs among the trunks, which the Hares had used to take us up, continuing West, returning to the over ripe blackberry brambles of Danes Wood. Before returning to cross Shellbridge Road we encountered a fish hook that caught Bambi, Kinky, Popeye, Flash and Spiderman.

There was no prize for guessing correctly that we would charge down the length of Bridle Lane and that there would be another fish hook to reward the speedy, that caught Bambi, Snake Charmer, Prancer, Pocket Rocket, The Ref and kinky.

Across Mill Road we found a Regroup in the Slindon Common Rec where we gathered round a picnic table for a snap, followed by a frolic through the many playground attractions.

A counter clockwise loop through the common proved harder than it should have been due to the Hares' clever use of unofficial paths that pervade this area.

At the end of the loop we reached the On-In and the chariots after one hour and fourteen minutes of Red Dress Hashing. Next time, if there is one, I will avoid a posh frock with a lining as it gets far too hot.

The Hash-It was notionally awarded to Snake Charmer because she had forgotten to bring it, tut tut.

Then we stripped off before nipping round to The Spur for rehydration in the lovely garden, without finding out if we would have been served as Hashers in Red.

On - On ! Bambi.

PS. - I Forgot to mention that Hairbrush managed to head-butt the planet while laying the trail. His left eyebrow looked like half a boiled egg with a bright red smile, suitable for the theme of the day. Later, see the photos, darkness descended.

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