Looe & Liskeard Hash House
'the drinking club with a
Hashing goes on all
over the globe with somewhere between 1600 and 2000 hashes, including groups
in most major cities around the world. Here in Cornwall the Looe & Liskeard
Hash was formed by Cliff Hizzard, Joe Stephenson and Ray Thornton in March
1982. Ray was also a founder member of the Bicester Hash in 1974 following his
hashing experiences in the far east. In mid-Cornwall there's the Truro Hash,
and recently the Isles of Scilly Hash has started up.
L2H3 has gone from strength to strength, thanks to its members
and mismanagement. Customs differ between hashes and many of us travel far and
wide to hash around the world.
So why do we do it?
the Feelgood Factor
by Dr Feelgood
have never particularly enjoyed running.
Why then, you might ask, travel for 45 minutes or more on a howling,
dark, misty Sunday morning, to meet up with a bunch of alarmingly clad
individuals, then flog through knee-deep mud and shiggy in the afore
mentioned conditions, searching for a long washed-out trail and shouting
increasingly incoherent obscenities into the teeth of the gale, before
stumbling miraculously back to your car and eventual salvation in a
fire-lit watering hole.
But you know the answer, don't you? The Hashing Bug.
Once you're infected there's no known cure.
My first hash
All this rambling takes me back to my first hash
- a casual comment from an eccentric Cornish Farmer raving about this
Hashing phenomenon and we were curious to see what all the fuss was
about. We turned up, the run went pretty much as outlined above, and we
were hooked. Since then much shiggy has congealed on our trainers and
many beers filled our bellies. But what is the secret of this bizarre
pastime? Perhaps the secret cannot be unlocked by by anyone assessed as
rational and sane. However, some of the facets of this weird addiction
include access to the areas countryside and coastline (and trees if
Chopper is the hare) not normally available to the public, mixing with
interesting people from all walks of life, and the convivial atmosphere
of 'Down-Downs' and irreverent banter back at the pub.
I have particularly fond
memories of international away-hashes. Rolling up in Paris to see an
articulated lorry stuffed full of bottled beer for the weekend's
festivities was quite an awesome sight. Even more awesome was the fact
that two days later it was completely empty! I will never forget hashing
through the centre of Paris, careering past familiar landmarks, turning
the heads of curious on-lookers, leading the pack towards the Eiffel
Tower and echoing shouts of 'on-on!'
Another great trip was to Amsterdam. Rachel, our first daughter, was
just seven months, and we arranged to leave her for the time in the
capable hands of Chocolate Drop and Dreckly.
Of course sleep was something not always easily come by in those days,
and we managed to wangle a separate room so we could crash out at every
available opportunity. Inevitably, the Hash interpreted things
differently, and that was how Jill earned her hash name Sick Note - as
she was always under the Doctor!
Hashing has brought us lots of fun,
and every hash has its share of special moments.
It seems a carefree, spontaneous organization,
but as with anything that runs smoothly, looks can be deceptive,
and my thanks go to the 'hard-core' who keep the wheels turning.
Thanks also to all
those who have run and drunk with us over the years
in the unique experience of Hashing.
extract from the L2H3 Word for our 1000th Run
Dr Feelgood on the Amsterdam hash?!
Chopper's 25 Years of Hashing
(celebrated way back in 2001 - he's still at it)
When and where did you start
Back in '76 as I stepped off the plane to start a job in Brunei, I
was met by an old friend Harry Chapman, from Dubai days, who
announced "You're coming hashing with me tomorrow." To this time all
my exercise was about darts, dominoes etc. - this was in the jungle
, with cliffs, ropes, the lot!
Why did you carry on?
The social side. After the run the On Down was always either at Rai's
Malay Curry Restaurant or at the Chinese Restaurant Roberts. After that
we went to a club called the Non-Descripts, eventually getting home at
about 2 am to a hosing down by Sue before being allowed inside... I was
I owe it all to the hash
How many Hashes have you run with?
Uhm.. quite a few...
OK, lets have The List
HHHs I've hashes with:
Muscat (GM, Hash-Cash & JM)
Muscat Reunion (GM for 7 years)
California Orange County
LA Val Hash
LA Full Moon Hash
LA Get A Life
Duchy - Luxembourg
Dutch Nash Hash
Cyprus Interhash '96
Bangkok Thinking Drinking
Episkipi - Cyprus
Grand Bru - Belgium
Goa - Interhash 2002
The Chopper Hat..
is now 19 years old, a memento of
the Falklands. The white bit is the only original bit left, the
red bit on the top was renewed with the cup of a bra.
The Shoes ....
about 80 pairs
The T-Shirts ..
including that colourful figure-hugging
number from Goa
Knee Supports etc
, we'll stop there)
... and 35 different hashes in the
UK from Aberdeen to Truro
... with L2H3 since 1986, run number 233
... and 1698 runs in total with hashes worldwide
memorable hashing experience?
Definitely my first hash! But also another jungle run soon after. Three
of us were crossing a mango swamp, I was in the middle. The guy I was
following jumped onto a floating clump and it went down! It completely
disappeared!! And all that was seen of the hasher was a hand sticking up
out of the swamp! The two of us mage a human chain and pulled him out.
Your hopes for the
future? To carry on hashing as long as I can! Every hash I go
to I meet up with tremendous people. You won't ever find a nicer bunch
under the strict guidance of the On Sec, this team are responsible for
keeping the hash going. Each year, at the 'AGM Run' ( a hash run
followed by beer, a 2-minute (max) report from the On Sec and
handing-over of mismanagement, beer etc) a new or revised mismanagement
takes up the challenge and their sterling efforts inevitably result in a
variety of hash events as well as the weekly runs for a thoroughly
enjoyable hashing year.
So who does what exactly?
On Sec: Each week the On
Sec produces 'The Word' to inform us of the venues for future runs, this
also includes a brief report of the previous week's effort and any other
worthy hash news. The On Sec keeps the hash-stats and attempts to
control the activities of the mismanagement. Each On Sec usually manages
to survive the year before total exasperation and hash fatigue sets in.
Its not exactly a desirable job but somebody's got to do it.
two Joint Masters & two Joint Mistresses are the back-up team who
do the leg-work.
our banker, auditor and conscience, likes to be in total control of
expenditure, but rarely is.
See why >>
essential to the smooth running of hash events.
Haberdash: we're at the mercy of whatever inspirational idea
takes the fancy of the Haberdash, so we may be seen sporting a variety
of hash T-shirts, home-grown and imports from far-flung hashes.
hash depends on a regular supply of hares ready to
sign-up to lay a trail, check out the venue and the on-down, and lay the
trail in advance of hash arriving to enjoy the run (or totally mess-up
well-laid plans). Every-one takes their turn throughout the year!
Where did hares lay their runs in 2003? >>
mismanagement for 2005 >>
keeps tags on world-wide hash events.
has to run and blow at the same time, helps you locate where you're
supposed to be.
Religious Advisor, awards down-downs for
misdemeanours and keeps us entertained by a lot of drivel.
the Grand Master carries the Hash on his back, and looks after it.
The 'Word' is produced each week by the On
Sec to tell us where the next run is, includes a report on the previous
week's run, and anything else the On Sec feels like filling the page
To give you a flavour, here's a couple of extracts form a Word, 12 May
Run No. 1295 laid by hares Mary & Steve, 19 May 2003 and the Buzz
Run no 1295: Along the Stairs and up
(mnemonic for map-reading skills)
'Much to Mary's surprise, 46 hashers declined to go to the given venue,
just north of Helston, and duly turned up at the Lay-by near St Ive.
After much maneuvering into the limited space we emerged for a
windy briefing before the off. Once on the move the wind chill
disappeared and we descended, in much disorder, through beautiful
Despite the fear of contradiction I think this was the first time we had
run over this particular area. It was rich with diversity; dark
woodland, open fields and lots of streams to encounter, not to mention a
couple of river crossings. Potbelly, in his enthusiasm to keep ahead of
the On Sec, threw himself into a deep spot and had to swim the river -
he remained a fetching shade of blue for the rest of the evening!
A long and short split sorted the men from the boys and they were soon
left in the wake of the front running boys (and girls!). An excellent
hash through lovely country on a nice evening, many thanks to Mary and
Steve. Back at the pub Lydia was awarded her 25 runs badge.
Do you want the Buzz from Bicester?
(Well you're going to get it anyway, Courtesy of Chopper who had a spare
"Good afternoon. I feel it is my duty to report the goings-on at a very
enjoyable Bicester weekend. The attendees were: Chopper, Whingeing Pom,
Potbelly and Ever-Ready.
Notable events: Friday night pub-crawl - Chopper was the front-runner,
Potbelly took a lift in a CAR to the first pub! Whingeing Pom and
Potbelly walked home. Saturday (1500th run) 16 km long, two and a half
hours to complete, Whingeing Pom and Ever-Ready did the SHORT!
Whingeing Pom went for a shower instead of the circle and missed the
TWO down-downs he was awarded. Sunday: we did the 'Hill' -
Whingeing Pom had the down-down for missing his down-downs! Weather:
cold, beer: good, food: plentiful, Regards Tony!"
(Phew... the pent-up excitement is tangible)