The Hash Commandments

1.  The GM is always right

2.  When the GM is wrong, Rule 1 applies

3.  The RA is always right except when Rule 1 applies and there shall be no defence.

4.  The RA checks on proper behaviour before, during and between runs. It is left to the RA's discretion as to whether he/she will ignore any transgression, give a private reprimand or make a charge. If a charge is made a penalty will automatically follow.

5.  The penalty for any transgression is one down-down, except when the charge is severe, when a penalty with shame shall apply. A penalty with shame is a down-down taken kneeling down (or on ice if any is available).

6.  Beer is to be drunk when down-downing or poured over your own head. Excessive waste may result in a second down-down with shame.

7.  No Whingers!.

8.  With joyous heart, every Hasher will give Hash Cash £2 after every run. New Hashers and guests have one free run.

9.  Anyone having knowledge of a transgression by a fellow Hasher may make a charge during the down-downs. A charge will always result in a penalty for either the accused, the accuser, or both, at the discretion of the RA. Charges from the pack can be defended, but poor defence will result in a penalty with shame (see Rule 5).

10. Intelligence is neither required or appreciated on the Hash. Thinking on the run is a punishable offence.

11. Short-cutting is allowed. Being caught short cutting is a serious offence (see Rule 10). A short-cutter will be known as an SCB (Short Cutting Bastard).

12. At more or less regular intervals, every Hasher will be asked to set a run. Since being a Hare is a great honour, refusals are neither expected nor accepted. If the run is passably good, the Hares will be awarded a down-down. If the run or anything about the run is considered to be below standard for GH3, the Hares may face the great honour of the Hash-Shit (see Rule 13).

13. Extreme violators will be awarded the Hash-Shit T-shirt which is to be worn next to the skin. The offender must wear the Hash-Shit T-shirt to every run, until somebody else is awarded the Hash-Shit.

14. Silent running is a punishable offence.

15. After completing 50, 100, 150 etc. runs, a Hasher will be awarded a trophy that will be theirs to keep, and also a down-down.

16. Every Hasher will be given a Hash Name after three runs. They will subsequently be known only by this Hash Name. Failure to observe this rule will result in a charge

17. The Hash has Internationally accepted forms of communication on the run:- When ON flour shout 'On-On'. When Checking shout 'Checking'. When calling someone back to the correct trail shout 'On Back'. All calling must be at an appropriately high decibel level. Failure to comply will result in a charge under Rule 14. Hashers caught shouting 'On-On' when not in sight of flour will be charged with misleading the Hash. (See Rule 23).

18. All Hashers should be strongly committed to the Hash and attend gatherings whenever possible. Irregular attendance will be noticed and charged. (i.e. two consecutive absences).

19. The Hash is a non-competitive run through the local countryside in order to encourage a thirst for beer that should already exist. Aggressive running is totally banned and is a punishable offence. Aggressive runners will be called FRB's (Front Running Bastards). Persistent FRB's may be awarded a down-down prior to a run to curb their enthusiasm.

20. No crop bashing will occur during the run. Down-down with shame to the offenders.

21. If the cars are sighted on the run, then the run is officially over and the Hash may proceed to the beer by the most direct route. Hares will automatically find themselves punished under Rules 12 and 13.

22. Leading the Hash astray is easy. However, the perpetrator of this crime will surely be made to suffer.

23. The rules are not comprehensive and therefore rule 24 applies.

24. The GM can add, delete or change, any rule, at any time. No public announcement will be deemed necessary, however transgressions will still result in a charge.

25. The Hash is democratic and fair but will obey the GM in all matters.

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