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Hashing!

overcast 10 °C

So, as I've probably got your attention with the title of this entry, let me explain what I mean...

The Hash House Harriers (abbreviated to HHH or H3, or referred to simply as hashing) is an international group of non-competitive running social clubs. An event organized by a club is known as a hash or hash run, with participants calling themselves hashers or hares and hounds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hash_House_Harriers

Great emphasis is placed on the social aspect, and in particular the après-hash refreshemtns after the run.
The Hash usually meet at a pub chosen by the Hare (the person setting the trail) and the Hounds set off using their clearly defined trail, set using either chalk, sawdust or flour.
The Trail has varies symbols showing options and alternative routes, which allows the slower runners to catch up whilst the faster runners figure out the correct route, shouting "On-On" when the correct route is identified.
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Hashing began in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1938, when a group of British colonial officials and expatriates founded a running club called the Hash House Harriers. They named the group after their meeting place, the Selangor Club, nicknamed the "Hash House." Hash House Harrier runs were patterned after the traditional British paper chase. A "hare" was given a head start to blaze a trail, marking his devious way with shreds of paper, all the while pursued by a shouting pack of "harriers." Only the hare knew where he was going . . . the harriers followed his clues to stay on trail. Apart from the excitement of chasing the hare and solving the clues, reaching the end was its own reward . . . for there, thirsty harriers would find a tub of iced-down beer.

GOALS OF THE HASH
. . . from the 1938 charter of the Kuala Lumpur Hash House Harriers
• To promote physical fitness among our members
• To get rid of weekend hangovers
• To acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer
• To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel
http://onin.com/hhh/hhhexpl.html

And so I joined the Sheffield Hash House Harriers for their annual 'Hash-Camp' - two days in the Peak District.
The First day covered around 10.2miles, and 3 pubs, though the weather made it more interesting:
Gorillas, no, cows, in the mist:
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What goes up, must come down... off the edge of the world it would seem...
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Follow a trail in this...
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And then, the site every hasher wants to see...Pub in the mist - 'On-In':
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Stopping at a local pub over night with good food and plenty of refreshment, we over-came hangovers, and more interesting weather to get out for another 6+mile run on the Sunday:
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All in all, a great first experience Hashing. 'On-On'

Posted by charlystyles 03:23 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged running hash peak_district Comments (0)

My Family

rain 6 °C

As you can imagine, we have a lot of friends and family to catch up with / say goodbye to before we leave.

One great, and rare, get-together was in Essex with most of the Styles' side of the family.

With thanks to my Aunty Sue for hosting 19 people!!
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Posted by charlystyles 02:24 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged family Comments (0)

Sunshine in Somerset

one of my favourite places...

sunny 22 °C

I thought I should test this concept, and have a practice run at writing a blog - something which I hope to get a lot more practice of over the coming few months!

The idea of moving abroad is slowly making me realise that everything I know will be left behind, for now anyway.
So it's been lovely to have time to spend with my mum and dad, to visit some old familiar places and to take Eric to visit one of my favourite places - Stourhead, National Trust.
However, not one to do things by half, I wanted to make up for not being around this year for the traditional Boxing Day Walk - a picturesque route along an old coach path from Redlynch to Stourhead.
The coach road is believed to be a driveway built from Redlynch Mansion to meet the London coach road near Stourhead. These days it is followed by the Macmillan Way (coast to coast from Lincolnshire to Dorset) and the Leland Trail (a county council route following the itinerary of John Leland who travelled this way in the 16th century).

Stourhead is a Palladian mansion with world-famous landscape gardens that often feature in the national newspapers when showing off their autumn colours.
When Stourhead first opened in the 1740s, a magazine described it as ‘a living work of art’. The world-famous landscape garden has at its centrepiece a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes, and rare and exotic trees, and offers a day of fresh air and discovery.

Despite the drizzle on the way, we were rewarded by glorious sunshine at the optimum view point giving Eric the chance to take these amazing photos.
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Posted by charlystyles 13:27 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged stourhead redlynch Comments (0)

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