What happens on an Hash? (or how to lay a hash trail!)

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Before the beginning ...
Just after the beginning ...
Beginning of the end ...
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How to lay a hash trail ...


In the beginning .......................

Our runs starts somewhere in the Stuttgart area or wherever the hare likes. Runs start on Sundays at 14.00 h.
Just before the 'Off' the Grand Master or the Religious Advicer calls the hash together in a circle. The hares usually waffle on a bit about potential hazards on the run, like livestock, narrow roads, unfriendly landowners and other such things. The hares then indicate the general direction for the start of the run.

After that the Pack set off looking for the first signs of the trail.

Before the beginning .......................

The hares will have laid the trail the previous day, or in the case of really fit hares (a very rare beast) they will set off before the pack (a 'live' hare) and hoped not to get caught. The idea is to lay a trail that should take about 1 hour to run by the pack. The trail usually starts and finishes at the place. It is courteous and sensible to approach the place landlord in advance and ask his permission to run from the place, and fill his car park up with hashers cars.
Only public footpaths and highways are used for a trail. NEVER private land unless permission has been granted by the landowner. The main trail is marked with blobs of sawdust or floor.

The hare's aim should be to lay a trail that keeps the pack together. Those hashers that are fit or youthful (known as Front Running Bastards) will obviously leg-it off much faster than the sedate pace of the elderly, infirm or just plain lazy hashers who will dawdle along. Therefore decoy or false trails (falsies) are used that are found by the FRBs, who then have to retrace their steps to find the true trail, allowing the laggards to catch up. The presence of a branch in the trail is indicated by a Check sign, or a Bar sign. Check's can be modified slightly - see below. Completion of the trail is indicated by the On Inn sign.

 Just after the beginning ..............................

After the Off, as soon as the trail is seen by the lead FRB he or she (oh really) lets the pack know by hollering the famous hash cry of 'ON ON'. Whenever the trail is found the pack must follow the On On. While the run is in progress a very important hash person will be watching out for hashers breaking the hash rules. This is the Religious Adviser (RA) - he who will punish the miscreants later.
The Hashing Rules:

        There are NO rules in hashing

        The W word is not to be used on the run (work)

        Sex on the hash is banned (no holding hands)

        Crop busting is really banned (stay on the paths)

        Don't wear a hat in the circle

        No short cutting (unless you won't get seen)

        Always follow the On-On

        Hashers exhibiting signs of competitiveness will be punished

The hash trail is followed until the On Inn is seen. As hashing is non-competitive there is no recognition of arriving back first, second etc.

Beginning of the end ...........................

Once everyone is safely back at the place or pub, a cool-down period is observed, assisted by thirst quenching beer, lager, ale and softies for the girlies (not necessarily the Harrietts !). Following this, Circle-Up is called again by the GM/HM. Here the ritual of awarding drinks known as Down-Down's to the hares is conducted, as well as down-downs for other deserving hashers like those celebrating a birthday or anniversary etc.

Then the RA is given centre stage. He/She will pontificate about the behaviour of the pack during the run, often scattering inappropriate metaphors into his sermon which usually fall upon deaf ears or at least are as much use as a one legged man in an arse kicking contest. All those guilty of a hash crime are given a Down-Down which they must consume in the time it takes to sing a little ditty that insinuates that they have doubtful parentage. If they can't drink it - over their heads it goes.

 The end of the beginning .......................

 Everyone goes home.


Here you see how to lay a FH3 Hash Trail................

Blob of flour

A check trail can go in any direction.

Marks the true trail ("No No" if you're going the wrong way)

Marks a BT or Bad Trail - go back to check and look again

BT mark

Hare's arrow (only made by hares) showing true trail

Pack arrow made by FRB who thinks he is on trail

Pack arrow showing the walkers' trail (a good sign if you are completely lost)

Five hashers passed here

Golden nectar is now within sniffing range (about 300 m)

End is right around the corner!



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