Wednesday, 19 October 2016

MH3 Run 280. Bluebell Inn, Melbourne

A sign of things to come? Mobility scooters parked outside the On Inn

MH3 Run 280
Date: Monday 17th October 2016
Location: Bluebell Inn, Melbourne
Hares: Gobalot and Oriface
Weather: Clear skies with nr. full moon
Pack size: 10

The question I had before this trail was "could the hares, freshly back from their USA adventures, find a sufficiently long trail around the small town of Melbourne without resorting to night-time manoeuvers in the dark countryside?" Yes they could, and a fine trail it was. Even with a temporary fairground occupying part of the town, sufficient pathways were found including a stretch along the disused railway. Torches were certainly needed as 75% was along unlit paths/roads but no shiggy fields or the need to disturb sleeping cattle or sheep.
The pack split in two from the start with walkers Dobber and Catflaps setting a casual pace at the back and r*nners Wriggle, Ballcrusher, Artless Dodger and myself trying to keep Trianal in sight. Seaman Stains defies classification, although walking, was seen checking at the front of the pack on several occasions. The hares popped up at random points around the trail just to make sure I was checking for bars at the end of every false trail. Just look at all those false trails I did on the GPS map link below!
Alas the fairground was closing down as we arrived back in town - no rides on the Helter-Skelter this time.

In the circle RA Dobber made the following awards: 
1. Seaman Stains for walking around faster than many of the pack. Rumour has it that he is fitted with a transponder. Maybe his final MH3 hash?
2. Ballcrusher was seen appearing through hedges like a badger - hedge hunter.
3. Trianal got his usual DD for being all over the place though for once on the right trail, just too far out in front to be seen or heard.
4. Catflaps for leading Dobber astray. And I thought you just had to follow flour.
5. Hares Gobalot and Oriface were thanked for a good trail.

On On ..Durex

Trail as done by Durex

Sunday, 16 October 2016

QH3 Run 919. Duke of York, Lichfield (Joint trail with Bull Moon H3)

RUN #919
Date : SATURDAY 15th October 2016
Location: Duke of York, Lichfield
Hares: Durex and Soggy Balls
Weather: Lovely autumnal sunshine (again!)
Pack size: 16

What a grand day out our joint trail in Lichfield with the Bull Moon H3 turned out to be. Our RA did us proud with yet another dry sunny run.

Lichfield is a lovely little city and we can't believe we've never visited it before even though we live just 25 minutes up the A38. I can even forgive them for claiming Lichfield rather than Solihull was the birth place of Dr Johnson.

The Duke of York was an excellent On Inn, a friendly pub with excellent ales, plenty of room and real pub food snacks such as pork pies and scotch eggs. Worth a visit if you are in Lichfield.

The Bull Moon Hash celebrates full moons with a hash trail, fittingly done this month in Lichfield at a weekend when the Lunar Society were also meeting in Lichfield with a conference celebrating 250 years of the society.  Lunarticks (as they were known) have had many famous members from the scientific community including Erasmus Darwin, Josiah Wedgewood, Joseph Priestly and James Watt. They've just been going for a bit longer than the Bull Moon H3.

A reasonable sized pack, half-and-half Quorn and Bull Moon (depending how Wriggle wanted to be classified), set off just after noon on a promised 5.3 mile trail. After just over a mile with the pack still together the SRBs led by a limping B*gger were offered the option of a shortcut. This was readily taken by a majority of the Bull Moon H3. This left Ballcrusher, Goblin and Malteaser (the 'C-Team') to do most of the checking.

Hash hound Freya showed the fishmen how not to catch fish by jumping into the fishing ponds. Being in Staffordshire there were no sheep or cows to entertain us, just a couple of horses.

Just over two-thirds around the trail was a beer stop courtesy of Soggy Balls. The walkers arrived here well before opening time but it was a most welcome drink on a warm sunny day.

In the Duke of York we had a room to ourselves, which is probably just as well with Quorn RA Chicki trying out a full range of DD songs. Distracted by a large pork pie and hash chips I forgot to make any notes about the circle led by Stretch and Chicki. This is what I remember... though no necessarily in this order.

Hares Durex and Soggy Balls were given seperate DDs and thanked for a good trail. The former was smiling as nobody had been lost, the latter was under the supervision of his parents. Malteaser received two awards, one for not seeing a check she was standing right next to and for being overheard mentioning she could no longer fit into her waterproof trousers. This was Skid's 200th QH3 trail and she had come a long way to participate. Coach was selected as the token Bull Moon walker accompanied by hash virgin Jan (?). Nose Job was thanked for his lack of control of the said hash hound at the fishing ponds and Mad Max for showing such great appreciation of strawberry flavoured water at the drinks stop. Too Tuf's roll of honour as a Down Down champion was recited following his recently added accolade as Madrid Hash DD champion. Ballcrusher did a lot of checking today but was only remembered for the one on which he turned back on the correct trail. Well that kept the pack together allowing Stretch and Nose Job walking at the back to keep up. Then finally there was Wriggle, promiscuous regarding the hashes she associates with, mingling with many but unable to decide as to which one she belongs to.

These joint trails are always great fun. Let's have more!
On On..... Durex 

Monday, 3 October 2016

QH3 Run 918. Great Hucklow Bunkhouse weekend

RUN #918
Date : Sunday 2nd October 2016
Location: Foundary Adventure Centre, Great Hucklow
Hare: Butcher's Dog
Weather: Lovely autumnal sunshine
Pack size: 30

This Sunday's trail was the end-point of our bunkhouse weekend in the Peak District. Friday night had seen the "back-to-school" assignments followed by a long 10 - 12 mile walk on Saturday (Gt Hucklow-Foolow-Longstone Moor-Coombs Dale-Stoney Middleton-Eyam-Foolow-Gt Hucklow). Saturday was party night (see the QH3 Facebook page for photos!) so all but one of the registrants were grateful not to be the hare for Sunday morning. The weather on Saturday had exceeded all expectations remaining dry all day whilst Nottingham was hit by heavy thundery downpours. Sunday was even better with blue skies and lovely autumnal sunshine, our RA Chicki can do no wrong at the moment.
Hare Butcher's Dog was out before most got up for breakfast. During the setting she met the unhappy farmer who bore a grudge against any groups or runners using a public path across his land, though the Tweeny incident of 3-4 years ago obviously hadn't helped.
Much of the first half-mile was down hill which may have accounted for Captain
A nice way to spend a Sunday morning - hashing
in the Peak District (photo by Lily the Pink)
being at the front. Nice to be running with a larger than usual pack, our ranks swelled by seven hashers from Norfolk who had joined us for the weekend. After a few checks the usual FRBs became established, namely, Sausage, Lily the Pink, Puss in Boots and Trianal with myself also present to report on anything of note. By the time we got to Bradwell the pack was well spread, even with the walkers being shepherded off before this point. Out of Bradwell it was useful having a holding check so everyone could regroup and walk through the field with cows and calves. 

The public footpaths of Stanlow Dale are poorly marked and differ in several places from what the maps show. After the encounter with angry farmer the hare obviously opted for the cautious approach and took us back along the well established tracks and road.
A comfortable circle was held in the lounge of the Adventure Centre, the beer master taking the opportunity to use up what drinks were left, mainly mild and dandelion and burdock, both sometimes supplemented with cream. Awards were as follows:
(1) Wallington - for strapped wrists;
(2) Slug - champion snorer;
(3) B*gger - many sporting socks have "L" and "R" written on them and B*gger still got it wrong;
(4) Twonk - organising Nash Hash 2017;
(5) Yogi - not realising that QH3 can't count past 3 so we call On-On not "three";
(6) Goblin - chef for the weekend. Round of applause for excellent food;
(7) Trianal - after yesterday's 12-mile stroll he warmed up for today's trail with a 4-mile run yesterday evening;
(8) Butcher's Dog was awarded a good run accolade achieving a higher than average of 48.2% though Barritone complained there were no brunette sheep;
(9) Basset was dobbed in by Smutley as a sinner though I missed what for as I went out the room to get another drink;
(10) Shagulater dobbed himself in for using skin cream rather than toothpaste whilst standing next to Sausage who he thought was Captain Oates;
(11) B*gger failed to workout how to lock the key in the keysafe but had fortunately failed to locked the door as he was one of the last back from the trail; and
(12) Durex for snitching on the RA's dog and Too Tuf's contribution to the Tweeny incident from many years ago.

Thanks to all who made it a wonderful weekend especially to our guests from Norfolk who add something of the exotic to the event.

On On..... Durex 

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

QH3 Run 917. The Embankment, Nottingham

RUN #917
Date : Monday 26th September 2016
Location: The Embankment, Nottingham
Hares: Too Tuf and Chicki
Weather: A dry window in an otherwise wet day
Pack size: 9

On a wet day like this you might be tempted to turn up with Wellington boots and an umbrella, though not on our hash where RA Chicki managed to open a window of dry weather for the evening. Dry weather, but still dark after 7 pm meaning we're now into the season of urban hashing for our Monday evening trails and torches very necessary. Considering the trail was laid the day before the flour had stuck remarkably well. However, there were long stretches where we ran on an ingredient of invisible flour - not even the brightest torch or hasher could find it. The hares shepherded us around and our latecoming visitor from the Boston Hash (Swedish Eagle) did well to find the ON OUT across Trent Bridge. An interesting shaped trail with two crossovers.
What's not to enjoy about the splendid ON INN that is the Embankment with and excellent choice of beers. In the circle the RA gave the following awards:
1. Puss 'n Boots for stalking the trail yestersday;
2. Lily the Pink for failing to trust the RA's weather control and putting her phone in a plastic bag to stop it getting wet;
3. Smutley whose Smart car became a left luggage office just managing to squeeze in Lily the Pink's broken head torch;
4. Swedish Eagle, visitor from the Boston Hash and latecomer. (He concluded our circle with a song and invited us all the the Boston Marathon hash event);
5. Pre-Mature seen running backwards and AGAIN had a challenging time safely crossing the road;
6. Diarrhoea who correctly predicted where the trail would go having set a hash from Sneinton over in this direction some time ago, demonstrating that this wasn't all the virgin trail the hares anticipated; and
7. The hares Too Tuf and Chicki were congratulated for a good run. Passing the Cheese Cake Shop was a nice touch but lost points as it was shut. After a public vote of 35% this was further reduced to 30% when the visitor complained about not marking the start for latecomers.

That's how my Monday evening turned out.

On On..... Durex 

Sunday, 18 September 2016

QH3 Run 916. Wheatsheaf, Bingham

RUN #916
Date : Sunday 18th September 2016
Location: Wheatsheaf, Bingham
Hares: Lily the Pink and Puss 'n Boots
Weather: Lovely sunshine
Pack size: 14

In the nearly 30 years of Quorn hash history it is surprising that this was only the fifth time we've run from Bingham. Last time we visited this pub was in April 2010 and since then it has been renamed, shut down and only recently reopened in August 2016. Whilst on historical facts, one of the hares laid claim to a family connection - once run by Puss 'n Boots' Great Grandmother Susannah then Grandada Gordon and Granny Marjorie.
The aforemention hare helped set the trail but was absent for the run, a risky tactic in the event of complaining hounds. It is very easy for any problems about the trail to be blamed on the absent hare. Last time I set a trail and then ran elsewhere with another hash, someone (Enema) broke a wrist on the my trail and my cohare had to pick up the pieces. No such excitement today. A solidly good trail. If there was an award for the oddest shaped trail (see GPS trace link below) this would be a prime candidate. And then the RA just keeps giving us wonderful sunny hashes month after month.
Today was a rare hash outing by Should be Felt who didn't have far to walk to get to the hash. She demonstrated a lot of local knowledge for the first two miles of the trail. RA Chicki was still running-in her new shoes from the back of the pack, although 'identical' to Too Tuf's they don't go as fast. This could either be attributed to shoe size or driver.
The end of the trail had a bonus loop where, with the On Inn in sight, all but Skids and Wallington went the extra mile plus. This included the 'hares' revenge', a narrow passage between hedges where it is rumoured (that is, a rumour started by Too Tuf) that a certain hasher had to take it sideways.
We sat out in the beer garden enyoying the September sunshine before the RA interrupted to give out awards as follows:
1. Malteaser for insinuating that the RA's shoes were the same size as Too Tuf's;
2. Butt Plug who inherited Chicki's last pair on new trainers and claimed he got lost wearing them;
3. Skids was welcomed back for her 198th Quorn hash. Two-hundred timer looming;
4. Wallington for his strapped up wrists. Why does he need to use two hands in front of the VDU?;
5. Durex, who on one of his many long checks choose to 'pass through the field boundary' rather than running the quarter-of-mile back again;
6. Diarrhoea for many sins including being a FRB, liking a big one and referring to his 'nuclear beer' (a new clear beer);
7. Too Tuf for insulting a fellow hasher (see earlier reference to a narrow path);
8. Not in this sequential order but more in context following the above, Ballcrusher received a DD for the comment that the insulted hasher should 'put it behind her';
9. Pre-Mature for throwing himself in front of a car on the A52. It was noted that he was absent from the last hash where the hare (Butt Plug) provided copies of the Green Cross Code;
10. Barritone took Should be Felt's DD for running with insider information; and finally
11. Hare Lily the Pink took the verdict from the Archers-like jury of eleven (one having gone home). They were found guilty of setting a good run.

On On into Autumn we go.. Durex

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

MH3 Run 279. The Half Moon, Littleover.

MH3 Run 279
Date: Monday 12th September 2016
Location: The Half Moon Inn, Littleover
Hare: Durex
Weather: Warm and dry
Pack size: 12

With temperatures set to soar this was like a mid-summer's evening, except it got dark at 7:30 pm. It's the time of year when hashers have to adjust to running in urban areas and in the dark. Torches and bright coloured attire required. The pack managed to find its way around eventually, but only after missing a check in the 'dark patch' allowed fast-walking Seaman Stains to take the lead. Parts of the trail were familiar, other bits were new and certainly joined up in a novel way. Nobody got lost and the walkers were already back in the beer garden before the main pack arrived.
The Half Moon is a good pub for an On-Inn. Dobber awarded DDs as follows:
1. Seaman Stains for smooching on the hash (with his wife);
2. Wriggle for 'window shopping', B*gger having left early escaped this award;
3. Smutley and Woggle coming dressed for autumn weather;
4. Durex the hare was thanked for the run; and
5. Lionel for having the 'wrong trousers'.

On On ..Durex

Trail as set by Durex

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

QH3 Run 915. Old Ship Inn, Lowdham

RUN #915
Date : Sunday 4th September 2016
Location: The Old Ship, Lowdham
Hare: Butt Plug
Weather: Dry and mild
Pack size: 9

Butt Plug trails are always contenders for 'Trail of the Year' and this could be another one, certainly gets my nomination for the best trail in September. We
Today's trail was a forager's dream, including
this puffball fungus
don't often hash this side of Nottingham and, although we have hashed from Lowdham before, much of this was virgin trail. It was certainly a forager's trail with abundant damson, plum and apple trees along the way, and the odd puff ball fungi. 

For her second successive run Chicki turned up in new shoes, identical to Too Tuf's but not as fast and still with the labels on. It is becoming increasingly difficult to get away with misdemeanors behind the RA's back on the trail. Especially today as she was 'running in' her new shoes from the back of the pack.
So just how did we manage to tell Chicki had new shoes?
It's good when hashers wear bright T-shirts (the exception being fluorescent pink) because you can see them a long way ahead and on checks. Both Wednesday and Diarrhoea had bright orange T-shirts and both did a lot of checking, as did Lily the Pink in her bright blue top. Barritone was on good form with the hash horn. It is difficult to get a note out of the horn whilst running on a hash let alone after having cycled all the way from Beeston.
I had to depart the On Inn early and missed the circle, so the following is from RA Chicki's notes:
DDs were awarded as follows:-

1. Durex - for furtive activity with plums.  Durex had left the hash to wash his hair before attending an important function so Barritone stepped forward as lookie-likey.
2. Too Tuf - for sticking his knob into a bush on the run.
3. Chicki - for new shoes again.
4. Lily the Pink - for refusing to check out an overgrown footpath because a nice hare wouldn't do that to the hash.
5. Wednesday - for being the only person who felt that she should read all the instructions on crossing the road safely, which were handed out by the hare because there were a couple of busy roads to negotiate.  Wednesday is a doctor but clearly still unsure of how to cross a road.
6. Wee Willie - for being very late for the run because he had gone to the wrong bus stop and then took Lily's suggestion of running to the hash seriously.
7. Butt Plug - for an excellent trail, although 58% was deducted for a couple of difficult foot paths making the trail 42%.

On On.. Durex