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How It Works: The Hare

Pilgrim Faster

Being a hare can be great fun - so once you're happy hashing you may want to offer to set a trail.

Here's a quick guide:


1. Team up with a friend (or an experienced hare)

Being a hare on your own is quite hard work, so we often team up to share the load.


2. Find a friendly farmer

With permission to run over farmland, moorland or parkland you will have plenty of scope for laying a trail. If your trail goes through a town, the Town Council like to know in advance.


3. Select a date from our list of available runs


4. Check out footpaths

These are shown on an OS Map and can help link up farmland. As a rough guide, a trail set within 2-4 km squares will be about right.


5. Talk to the pub

We are usually very welcome at local pubs, but sometimes it may not be convenient to have a crowd turn up.


6. Provide 3 or 4 raffle prizes


7. Godmother Purchase sawdust or flour for marking the trail

You will need a bale of sawdust (which will be enough for a couple of runs) or 8-10 bags of flour.


8. Walk the route

Explore the interesting corners of a farm, woodland, streams, tracks - it all helps make a good route.


So now you're ready to


If you've been running on hashes for a while now you'll have a good idea of how the trail is laid, so these pointers are just to help you along.


checkChecks - Find as many junctions as you can, where the trail can divide or go in a number of different ways. This is the place for a check, with false trails leading from it as well as the actual trail. Running the false trails and searching for the right trail will keep the front runners busy.



falseFalse Trails: Try not to choose the obvious route for the trail - make that one a false trail, marking this with a cross which tells hashers to go back to the check and look somewhere else, then take the actual trail on an alternative route. The more varied the better!


HornbyLoops: For example, going the long way around the edge of a field will make front runners work harder and allow slower hashers to cut across and catch up.
Long/Short Split: If possible, include a shorter route - within about 1km sq - that cuts off a section of the trail, enabling those who don't want to go so far to take the short. Include checks in both the long and short trails, and when the trails come back together put arrows so that we don't end up running in the wrong direction!
Local people: If you see local residents or dog-walkers it can be helpful to explain briefly to them what you are doing.
Dogs: It may or may not be OK to allow hashers to bring dogs on your run. Please let us know in advance if you want to state 'no dogs'.


And now for the Run ...

checkThink about what you need to say to the hashers before they set off, then follow around, kick out checks in the direction of the trail if hashers haven't already done this, make sure any gates are left securely to avoid stock escaping, and enjoy the fun!




Anything else?

Do ask if there's anyting else you need to know. There are plenty of us willing to help.