Run No. 674 26th July 2004
The Green Dragon, Upper Gravenhurst
Ankle Biters: -
Knitting Circle: -
"We could do a live hare run - we haven't had one of those for a long while". And so it began. "We know the pub - changed landlord again. The new one is Hash friendly. We know the area reasonably well. No need to reccie it before hand- just figure it out on the map - no problem".
Should have known better! So we're at the pub early, but also early are Supermini and Wonder Woman, closely followed by Shaggy and family. So, 19:15 (that's a quarter past seven to you) off we go - in three different directions to put the pack(ette) off the scent. "See you at that junction", we said. Well it looks a dead straight path on the map, so why have I reached a T-junction? Bugger - what now? "Try this way - bugger, no good - oh well, back the other way". This was the cause of the hiatus at the start of the run for the pack - 25 minutes just to get out of the village!!!
Having all met up again at the appointed place, Capt. F observes - "A bit of bad news - there's a sign up on the stile saying 'Bull in Field'". Laying proceeds OK, with the hares keeping a sharp ear out for sound of the Hash Horn, which Ringer had already given to Shaggy as a known potential FRB - specifically to keep us informed of the pack's distance - more on this later.
Now let me tell you that laying a live run that you have only seen on the map is hard work - no time to study the map - got to think on the run. Still all seems to be ok - only the last uphill section and the On Inn to do, when BANG - up behind creep Bell End, Mekon, Fifi and Sludge - see I knew they were creeps.
First full course runner back at the pub was Private Parts, at exactly 20:31, so perfect timing. GM Shagpile calls the Hash to order and then bellies on about BAD harecraft - and this from someone who STILL doesn't know where in Wales his underpants are!!
Down-downs for the Hares. Secret RA Cardiac awarded D-Ds to Shaggy for passing the Hash Horn to his son, Ben, to deca-runners Lady Penelope and Count Roadkill, to Supermini and Wonder Woman for an anniversary and to G-String for bringing back the 'Chubby Bunny Muncher' championship from Interhash - the reprise in the circle gave those of us not present at the moment of glory a taster (?) of the winning performance.