hashing

Hashing is a mixture of exercise and sociability, a combination of running and orienteering, where bands of harriers chase hares on three to five mile long trails through town and country, in search of exercise and friendship. The Hash is not competitive, and walking is perfectly acceptable. So if you enjoy running, jogging or just walking, Hashing is for you. Every Thursday night from May to August the Owston Ferry Hash will be organising all of its summer series at a different Public House around the Isle of Axholme, with the first hash being held on Thursday the 11 of May at 6.30pm from the White Heart Public house Owston Ferry. Full details of all the summer venues, details of the summer Hash Bash, and membership can be viewed via the link below.

So if you have half a mind to join the Hash, that's all it takes. If you have hashed before you will know the format but for the newcomers here's a quick rundown on what happens. But first and foremost please bear in mind that hashing is supposed to be fun so don't ever take it seriously:

The Hash meets at a different pub every week and set off at the appointed time along a clearly defined trail (blobs of white chalk) with the front runners calling "ON , ON" or the sound of a hunting horn for the benefit of the slower runners and latecomers catching up.
Every 500 metres or so the trail will end signified by a check mark which will be in the form of a circle. The frontrunners on reaching the check mark start searching for the new trail. This can start up to 50 metres from the check mark in any direction. The time taken by the frontrunners to find the new trail allows the runners at the back (the "social or chat-pack") to catch up thus increasing the chances of everyone reaching the pub at the end at roughly the same time. The frontrunners will usually find that the cunning hares have laid some FALSE TRAILS in addition to the real trail - these falsies consist of up to 3 blobs followed by an X and be as long as 100 yards.
This ensures that the really fit types become exhausted more quickly and join the social pack. Hash runs are usually 3-5 miles long and are designed to last around one to one and half hours even if you walk.

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Hashing Tips and Rules
1. Hashing is totally non-competitive, move at your own pace, if however you manage to find yourself in the lead (or anywhere near it), yell "ON, ON" until you are exhausted enough to fall back to your rightful place in the pack. These calls are designed to help the slower runners at the rear; the sounding of the HASH HORN achieves the same aim for all but the stone deaf.
2. If it is your misfortune to arrive first at a check mark, don't sit down and rest, or stand about like a wet weed, but look for the new trail and shout "CHECKING" loud and often. If you find an X, announce "FALSE TRAIL" equally loudly.

3. Short cutting from the back to the pack is allowed but only if you can, cutting across fields in crop or uncleared land will only upset farmers so please don’t do it.

4. Always try to keep at least one hasher between you and anything which looks at all fierce such as bulls, landed gentry, geese and pigs.

5. If you hear the cry "LOOKING" it means that the trail has disappeared into thin air. This could be due to the trail being washed out by rain or an attack of chalk blindness by the front runners. Usually in this event the pack will spread out and the trail is soon located.

6. If you wish to know what the hell is going on up front, call "HOW ARE YOU?" which should evoke the response "CHECKING", "FALSE TRAIL", "OFF CHALK" or even "LOST".

7. Please don't shout too loud near animals. They don't like it. If cows, horses or sheep appear to be upset, WALK, don't run.

8. If you damage fences or gates, try to achieve some sort of repair before running on and, most important of all, NEVER LEAVE GATES OPEN.

Transgressions of this and any other "crime" committed during the hash will be drawn to the attention of the Hash RELIGIOUS ADVISOR who will hand out some dire punishment at the Après-Hash. You may also be asked to do a WRITE UP of the run (for publication in the Hash Trash). If so, please oblige - it helps everyone to remember where they've been and what they did but it doesn't have to be accurate - let your creative imagination roam free!

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Hashing Dates and Venues Summer 2006

Hash 1 Thurs 11th of May Venue: White Heart, Owston Ferry, Located at the head of the village on the River Trent  Harriers off at 18.30hrsparking tight so park around the market place. Hares Notes: Easy flattish 3.5 mile trial around the village and countryside, a nice easy start to the summer Hash.

Hash 2   Thurs 18th May Venue: The Kings, Haxey, Located right on the A161, Harriers off at 18.30hrs, big car park at the pub. Hares Notes: This will be another easy flattish 3 to 4 mile trial in and around the village and countryside.

Hash 3   Thurs 25 May Venue: The Mowberry Arms Epworth, Up the High Street from the A161 Traffic Lights.
Harriers off at 18.30hrsparking fairly tight so park around the pub as near as you can. A good steady trial around this Historic Town about 4 miles.

Hash 4   Thurs 01 June Venue: The Wheatsheaf Belton, turn onto Westgate Road from the mini roundabout on A161. Harriers off at 1830hrs parking pretty good. Plenty of footpaths on this Trial.

Hash 5   Thurs 08th June Venue: The Kings, Haxey, Located right on the A161, Harriers off at 18.30hrs, big car park at the pub. Hares Notes: Back to Haxey to exploit the many routes around this village 3 to 4 miles.

Hash 6   Friday 23 June Venue: Summer Hash Bash starting outside The Crooked Billet Owston Ferry Harriers off at 1830hrs (Hares Notes: Easy undulating trial different from Hash 1, different Pub and loads of Grub, at the Hash Bash afterwards.)           

Hash 7   Thurs 19 June(Hares)


Hash 8   Thurs  06 July Venue:  The Mowberry Arms Epworth, Up the High Street from the A161 Traffic Lights. Harriers off at 18.30hrsparking fairly tight so park around the pub as near as you can. About 4-5 miles this trial but out into some lovely countryside with great views over the Trent Valley.

Hares

Hash 9   Thurs  13 July
Hares

Hash 10 Thurs  20th July The Kings, Haxey, Located right on the A161, Harriers off at 18.30hrs, big car park at the pub.
Hares Notes: Back to Haxey to exploit yet even more routes around the top end of the village 4 to 5 miles

Hash 11 Thurs  27 July Venue: The Wheatsheaf Belton, turn onto Westgate Road from the mini roundabout on A161. Harriers off at 1830hrs parking pretty good. A different route around Belton around 4 miles

Hash 12 Thurs  03 Aug
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Membership.

  1. Membership for the whole year cost just £5 for seniors and juniors (under 16), plus £1 Hash Bash subs per hash per person on the night.
  2. All hash funds go into the hash cash fund and are only used for hash business.
  3. All monies raised from Hash Subscriptions are used to pay for annual hash insurance, the white liner used on all trials, and to offset the cost of hash Bashes.   

Contact

01427 728790 or Email postmaster@nobbyclarke.plus.com

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