Sunday 14 December 2014
The Fox, Pirton
Hares: Catch It If You Can and Clap Trap
HASHERS: 18 APRES: 3 MUTTS: 3
Jack looks back down Deacon Hill
Leroy supervises down-downs
700 Run Award for The GM
It had been just over twelve hours since the Posh Nosh at Old Warden had ended. Despite that, it was an unexpectedly lively crowd that circled up at the Fox, on the morning after the night before – perhaps hoping to burn off some of those delicious calories.
The route left the village centre on Crabtree Lane, to head steadily upwards on Wood Lane towards the south-west. This lane is part of the prehistoric Icknield Way, and gave splendid views across the valley and towards Knocking Knoll [no Ed., – it’s a prehistoric Long Barrow!]. The trail then left the Icknield Way to loop round Tingley Field, a plantation of mature beeches, crossing the busy Hitchin Road to enter the field below Deacon Hill via a style. Here, a short cut was offered or the option to press on up the hill to a loftier (172m) viewpoint. Descending, the trail first returned to the Icknield Way, then diverted alongside the Hitchin road to where the recently launched North Chiltern Trail crosses. Following this briefly, the trail then ran parallel to the main road for a time before descending to cross it and climb the dry valley south of Tingley Wood. From there, as they say, it was downhill all the way to the pub.
Back at the Fox, we feasted on cheese and biscuits (courtesy Posh Nosh) and cakes (courtesy Catch-IT) before circling-up. Taking charge, the Hash Master reminded everybody of the award winners announced at Posh Nosh, then went on to give impressive individual run awards to Shagpile (700 runs) and Lady Penelope (400 runs). Congratulations to both of them. LeRoy then took over supervising down-downs for various infringements including one count of unauthorised removal of cutlery from Old Warden Village hall.
On on to Moggerhanger
Millispeed is named, Top Dog
Rapid does his Arfur Daily
400 Run Award for Lady P