How to Set a Good Hash Trail – Using Flowers!

Hashing is said to be an institution, and most of the people who run with the Hash should be in one. Hashing is often mistakenly described as a running club with a drinking problem, but to me is better described as a drinking club with a running problem. The original KL Hash Charter stated that the Hash was a social running club, where Hashmen were encouraged to run a short paper trail so as to work up a thirst for beer - a thirst that should already exist!

In my case I have a permanent thirst for beer. There is however, the pesky detail of slogging round some other buggers trail, and too often I have to drive! The trouble is that us slow, fat, lazy SCB’s, who prefer drinking to running, can often get separated from the long legged, fast, streaky FRB’s, who run off, leave most of us in the lurch, and get to the pub half an hour before the real drinkers!

Now to me, this is not in the spirit of the Hash, but if this happens the problem lies clearly with the Hares!

In my ideal Hash, the FRB’s do all the running they want (something like 3 miles worth on a single back check), and us SCB’s get back to the pub at least two minutes before them, so we don’t have to queue at the bar.

So to my Daisy Theory of setting a Hash. If you can imagine a daisy (if you can't - see my effort below!), which generally has a round yellow bit in the middle, and loads of wee white petally bits on the outside; in my theory, the trail is set in the theoretical outline shape of that daisy, where the FRB’s run round all the white bits, and the SCB’s selectively run round white bits, but mainly run round the yellow bit!

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The trick to setting a daisy run is to pick a good location. If the location doesn’t suit my daisy format, then pick another one. That is, if the location forces you to have lots of long straight gallops, it is no good for the Hash. Long straight gallops are OK for the ON INN, but only separate the pack during the run. If you can’t avoid straight bits, then you need to load the run full of longish back checks and regroups. Try also putting in a backarrow. Here if the FRB’s meet a backarrow, they have to run all the way to the back markers in the pack, before they can start to work their way through the pack again.

The whole idea of Hashing is to try keep the pack close together whilst allowing the FRB’s to get a good run too.

Where the all pack can help is by shouting ON ON, when you are on flour. Refer to Commandment 17, if you are unsure! especially 17 point 4.

Lets face it, this is a social run, and you can’t be social if the next runner is 300 yards ahead of / behind you. Also, how can you get snitches for the RA if there has been no social intercourse / interplay on the run! So hares, your job is keeping the pack together, most of the time. The Hash Commandments are intended  to remind folks of our Hashocracy.


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