For Hares – tips and hints – please read….

Please send details of your run to the On-Sec AND the On-Tec
in this format….
When: Date and time of the run
Where: Say where it is (full postal address including postcode) AND provide a grid reference in this format SX123456
Include any special information (dogs, parking etc)
Hares: use Hash Names please
On Down: Name of the pub AND where it is (full postal address including postcode) AND grid reference please

You can get the Grid Reference off streetmap.co.uk. First find the place by typing and clicking, then move the arrow to the exact right spot by clicking ‘move the arrow’ and re-positioning it. Finally, click ‘Click here to convert coordinates’ at the bottom of the page and the Grid Reference will be displayed like this – SX123456

Please provide all the information for every location, even if they are regular Hash Haunts – so visitors and newbies can find us

Raffle. Please prepare and bring along a suitable selection of raffle prizes

Public liability insurance certificate as .pdf Liability insurance to 31 May 2019
Risk assessment form as Word L2H3 Hash Harriers risk assessment V1
Risk assessment form as .pdf L2H3 Hash Harriers risk assessment V1

Tips and Hints!

Every now and again we attempt to set out some simple guidelines to explain what hashing is all about as an introduction to newcomers and a sometimes not untimely reminder to ancient hashers.
This is difficult as rules are antipathy to the hash and temptation to break them too great. However respect for the countryside is essential and at all times we should endeavour to follow the Countryside Code regarding gates, fences, stock, growing crops and keeping our dogs and children under control. If farmers stop finding us amusing we are finished.

The Hare

A successful run is created from a thorough initial reconnaissance by the hare. First check out the pub (drinkers with a running problem!) and clear our imminent arrival with the landlord. Have a look at a map. As a guide an hours hashing can be had around a circular route in an area of two to four kilometre square on an ordnance survey map, but there is no substitute for walking your planned route beforehand, not least to seek permission from landowners to cross farmland and go through woods and to check that the footpaths shown on the map really exist on the ground. The best hash runs keep road running down to a minimum, so seek out paths, tracks, fields, woods and as much shiggy as can be found.

The hare should strive to lay a run where the WHOLE pack arrives back at the pub together having exhausted the front runners with tricks of the art such as checks, false trails, loops and back checks at the same time as giving the social pack opportunities to shortcut as often as possible.

The hare is responsible for whatever substance marks the trail. Some agricultural limes or certain sawdusts are effective but beware of the burns that lime and water can give to exposed skin. Flour is safer but can be eaten and is more easily washed away. Single drops mark the trail placed frequently to prompt front runners to shout ‘on-on’ loudly and so get puffed out! If you want the pack to know you have changed direction place the drops close together. If the trail peters out runners should fan out and shout ‘looking’ this is a hare’s trick to slow the pack.

A circle marks a check
It is the check that gives the hash its character and makes it different from any other physical recreation, and it is the skill of placing checks that represents the peak of the hare’s art.

It is here that front runners can be led astray.

At the check the trail stops and there is a gap in the marked trail. EVERYONE is meant to search for the drop of lime that will mark the next stretch of the trail and they shout ‘checking’ while doing so.  When they find it the call is again ‘on-on’.

Good checks make a good hash and the hare shouldn’t be stingy with them.  A straight unchecked run of over 500 metres will spread the pack out too far. Plan a route with lots of natural junctions. After each check the trail could go in any direction, the more varied the better, even back along the old trail someway before diverting (a back check).

The new ‘on’ should not be less than 50 metres from the check – in good daylight – but not so far away that the person who finds it will not be heard. Beware of putting a check too near the incoming trail, inevitably it will be found instead of the hare’s intended route and all your blood sweat and tears will have been wasted.

A loop or zigzag in the trail is an obvious technique to get front runners running around in circles while the social pack catches up and should be used wherever possible.

The false trail, marked with a cross, is another weapon used to knacker front runners. It is important to make the cross marking the false clear to prevent the risk of a hasher continuing and perhaps coming across the incoming trail. Too long a false trail may have everyone going the wrong way but, more seriously, it may tempt the tricked runner to catch up with the pack by finding a short cut instead of going back to the check (you know who you are!)

They do say that the hash is not a race and is non competitive but experience shows it usually brings out the worst in all of us. What we must do is to make sure that there is someone behind us to pass back the call, “on-on!”

The ultimate skill is to bring everyone back to the pub at the same time. As the hash has members of all abilities an additional tool for the hare is to include a long and short route at some point in the trail. The macho hasher can’t be seen not to try the long route while the social hasher can take the short route and be back at the pub first. However even social hashers enjoy the challenge of checking and short routes allow them to have that pleasure. The hares must remember that checks on the short route are just as important as checks for hashers on the long.

At the point where long and short trails come back together it is helpful to put down direction arrows so that the shorts don’t start running the long trail backwards, or the longs going the wrong way on the short trail.

The hare(s) should also ensure that the slower runners and social pack are in touch at all times.

Good practice is for the hares to bring up the rear, suggesting short cuts to those who may need them and making sure no one gets lost. Equally important, the rearguard hares can then also make sure that all gates are closed and any stock remains in the right field.

We do often reminisce about diabolical runs of the past but if they occurred every week our L2H3 ‘all ages, all abilities’ character would change and would very much limit its present appeal.
Once back in the pub it is the hare’s duty to provide one or two objects to raffle for hash funds.
These are but a few guidelines and all may be ignored for one reason or another at times, but if there is a must it is to follow the Countryside Code as hare or runner.

On On!