With 2 events to celebrate last week (Valentines day and the start of the Chinese year of the Dog), the weather set fair and dry I fully expected a good turn-out of hashers for this year's Red Dress Run. Alas we only had 10 well dressed takers for a visit to this area of North Herts. Perhaps it looked a difficult Pub to find, or too many other things interfered!
However, we had romantic music and an invitation to hug your neighbour at the start, and after a few false trails we headed right, down the Private Road and into the first of a considerable amount of shiggy. Again, a falsie around quite large puddles ment the pack following the ever leading Hot Shot around the boundary of the Putterridge estate. With the fronting of Captain F and Ringer we made our way to the edge of Wigmore and a ladies check. Here Double E unerringly found the trail but confusion resulted before Jane [ya mean Tarzan methinks: Dep Ed] and Nik Nak found a small path into the wood alongside the road. Our hardy front runners found many numbers check (which were all reduced by 2 on account of our shortage.) and we enjoyed a well surfaced path along the County boundary.
A check saw us being given 'Love Hearts' to keep us going, with a bit of calapiciousness thrown in!. We crossed the Cockernhoe road and made our way to the Golf Centre outside Ley Green where we found a broken and discarded club no doubt thrown away after a particularly bad shot!! The trail back was quite interesting through the woods (and plenty more 5 star shiggy). A gentle stroll through the village led us back to the King William. I must say the Landlord was most obliging, and had the pub open at the start. Thanks. As co-hare and RA (say no more) Forking was able to give everyone a down down, including Courtisan for arriving late, and for Knobber overhugging at the start!! A good route was enjoyed by all and we departed in the sunshine for home.
Cheers Bangers and Millyspeed.