Run No 1000
Sunday 30 August 2010
Ringsfield Hall, Suffolk
Hares: Bangers, Capt F, Private Parts & Shufflecock
HASHERS: 43 ANKLE BITERS: 9 MUTTS: 1 APRES: 2
After Run 999, lunch and a few beers, the Hares set out to lay the trail, thankfully it was nice and sunny. With Bangers directing operations, the trail was quickly set, which lead many hashers to believe it'll be quick. Next day the run time was increased as a beer stop was added.
Run 1000 started out with everyone going in every direction around Ringsfield trying to find the right trail, no such luck until the hares sent them on the correct way (turn right from the house and through the woods). Once out into the fields, the children (and big children) indulged the time honoured tradition of hay bale jumping, which with a little help many of the ankle biters succeeded in doing. The FRBs weren't liking the number checks as Fizzy, Knotch and Skippy were showing how slow a knitting circle can be (Legs & Ginger Tom - you have a lot to learn).
At a held check, the knitting circle were sent on the short cut while the rest went the long long way around. With the knitting circle arriving at the next held check several minutes before the runners, it was suggested that they might like to partake in a few exercises, which were quickly abandoned after the various cries of derision. Meanwhile the FRBs were ignoring the numbers to the back, claiming they could hear the hash horn and that took precedence.
The runners finally caught the knitting circle up, with the held check turning into a beer and jelly baby stop. Suitably refreshed the pack set off once again, with the numbers yet again being ignored, as this back hare didn't once see a returning FRB. The knitting circle split into 2, the slowest version (Fizzy, Knotch, Hash Bike, Mekon, Shufflecock, Skippy, Wallahflobollox) (note to ed: can you fill in Will's hash name, can't remember it. [note to RA: can you give Shuffle a down-down for that]) enjoying a ramble around the countryside eating the blackberries and more bale jumping.
All good things come to an end, and half way along the On Inn, the heavens opened and everyone had to make a run for it,[run? shurely shome mishtake there? ...ed] arriving back wet, cold and 2½ hours after starting. As I always say there's nothing like a short run on a Sunday lunchtime.
After lunch - a super Bangers BBQ cooked outside despite the rain - the circle was called by the GM, meanwhile the RAs were getting ready for their main duty of the day. After changing into appropriate clothing, they started to discuss who to punish. They were interrupted by Splitblox who looked a little perturbed until told that none of them were catholic. With the circle arranged outside the front entrance of Ringsfield Hall, the RAs, adorned with the hashits and the Travelling Stan Cross, made their entrance. The RAs lead the hashers to the proper hash circle deep in the woods.
With the hashers huddling under umbrellas, Rapid Withdrawal started his sermon. Almost immediately Hash Hush was broken and the hashers found that the RAs were in no mood to tolerate trivial offences. Hash hush was broken many times by Shagpile, Ringer, Lush Big Knickers (Knockers!? [yes I think so ....ed]), Count Roadkill, Shaggy, Frau Krafty Rot, Lady P and many others, who got the usual down downs.
Rapid's sermon focused on the seven deadly sins and awarded down downs for:
Rapid had also acquired an amazing collection of lost tankards, with all accused claiming that theirs had in fact been nicked while they were sleeping (or some such twaddle). Capt F had even managed to lose both of his, but the hashers promptly got their own back by nicking the RA's tankards and making them have to take their
own down-downs, little knowing that the RAs had their own secret down-down stash for just such an occasion, and so enjoying a nice tipple of Old Speckled Hen instead of the dishwater called Fosters that they were serving.
On On to Run 1001 with The Fat Controller @ The Globe, Dunstable.
The vast majority of readers will have been at the super 9991000 Weekend and enjoyed a couple of great runs, loads of good food & drink and smashing company, all in the lovely surroundings of Ringsfield Hall in Suffolk. We are "The WI Hash" and it was all very WI.