Sunday, October 30, 2011

RUN NO. 2253 - KOTA BATU - 25 OCT 2011

RUN NO. 2253
DATE: 25 OCT 2011
HARES: Never Wrong/Jo N

So we all gathered at the top of 672 Kota Batu, I think all the cars managed it.

It was a miserable rainy day, and therefore already dark and we hadn’t even started the run. We did have plenty of warnings from Hare Dizzy, that the run was long and pretty difficult, so no one was under any illusions as to what lay ahead. Mrs Pingu made an executive decision as front horn, to start us early, so at 5.10 off we went.

Straight away we were faced with that killer of a hill, made all the more tricky by rain. There was some rope to help us on our way, so we formed an orderly queue and trudged up. And up, and up, and up! Finally we hit the top ridge and went left whereupon we had some lovely running trails. first check wasn’t far from here and it was on-ahead, I think found by Yvette, Fertile Myrtle and myself sadly chose to check back and down a big hill. Always good when it’s the wrong way. I think by this time a few hashers had already turned back.

By 6 o’clock, the Duchess of Cambridge and myself decided to turn back - let’s be sensible we thought. We passed Trailblazer determined to forge ahead and as it turned out, it wasn’t such a long run and when we turned back it would have been about the same as continuing as it was a lollipop run and we met the others at the stick.

Well, by now it was well and truly dark, and the rain was cascading down; it was starting to descend into something resembling ‘Romancing The Stone’. The big hill in, meant the same big hill out, only this time down. By now everyone had been up it, and those who had turned back had already been down it, so this made for rather steep 30ft mud slide. Bunny Girl led the way, setting off and going hell for leather, full pelt down the slide, next came Jane - who should win a prize for her canny right turn at the bottom to end up wedged under a tree, there was no let-up and Tamsin went next, followed by myself, the bodies were starting to pile up and the screams and hysterical laughter were getting louder and louder! I have never seen such a muddy lot of hashers! All anyone could see were the whites of our eyes and our teeth.

Happily everyone came out in one piece, in good time too, and we headed back to Dizzy’s for the on on which was very ably conducted by Dizzy herself and co-JM Squeak. Hares actually turned out to be Never Wrong and Jo as Dizzy had hurt her back, thanks all for a great run - I look forward to doing it in better weather with more light.

Yvette - super checker, was named Hash Hound after finding nearly all the checks since she’s arrived, well done! We had a couple of jokes and a few announcements which were followed by some amber lubrication of the throat and delicious pasta - thanks chef Dizzy! And so another evening was wiled away under threatening Brunei skies..........On on!

Next run: LUGU (km 84.7 Coastal Highway after the Jerudong turnoffs) - HALLOWEEN RUN --- normal start time - 5.15 pm
HARES: Trailblazer/Pee Wee

Sunday, October 23, 2011

RUN NO. 2252 - MATAMATA 18 OCT 2011

RUN NO. 2252
DATE: 18 OCT 2011
HARES: Readymix/Jenni of the block/Alice in Wonderland/Mani Mouse

The run began by following the "road in progress" for half a kilometer before turning left into the jungle. It was a bright sunny evening and with the exception of the approach we were always in the shade so the light was lovely on what is always a very pretty run.

There were quite a few ups and downs but nothing humungous, though still i felt reasonably exhausted. One of the cheques (I think Dizzy meant "checks") was an on back which always pleases me hugely, and for a very brief period I was up with the front runners. A state of affairs that rarely last further than the next incline, or decline come to that, but oh it does make me feel fit; and I get to hear the front horn as well as the back, thank you to both.

The path was good and wide most of the time and underfoot was soft and not slippy. A couple of drains near the exit were well marked. Everyone was out before dark, which is quite early at the moment (NB unlike this weeks run) No wet feet this week and no rain either, at least not until after the run.

We had two new members; Welcome to you both Hazel & Debra.

Alice in Wonderland, Jenny from the Block, Readimix & Mani celebrated their
Birthdays with the other October Girls.

The hares laid a scenic run, including organising the weather and provided a truly delicious meal, all home cooked goodies. The Vietnamese rolls were prepared before our very eyes! and, the Birthday cake was yummy. Thank you to you all.

Hash Hint -
When holding back branches please release carefully. If they spring back they may hurt someone behind you.

NEXT RUN: SPG 672 KOTA BATU - Long run - bring torches - Turn around after 30-45 minutes if you arrive late. On on at Dizzys - PLEASE PARK SENSIBLY.
HARES: Dizzy/Never Wrong

Monday, October 17, 2011

RUN NO. 2251 - DIPLO 11 OCT 2011

RUN NO. 2251
HARES: Squeak/Smurf/Wina

This week’s hash was at one of our favourite haunts- Diplo. As in previous times, our agile and crafty hares managed to carve out an untrodden trail within the familiar. Initially, the drone of the traffic drowned the calls for the checks so we who were further behind, never really knew when they were found. Alice said it is a trail she used to lay quite long time ago however the last bit took a twist and took us to a different route (somehow familiar yet uncertain).
The trail had all the elements of a typical tropical jungle trail: some dry stretches, some muddy bits, some ups and some downs- making it a challenging yet doable run.

Somehow on this trail, hashers seemed introspective , almost meditative in their walk. Why one wonders? Was it because the haze had enveloped everything insight and created a heavy stillness? Or, was it because people were so absorbed in their own thoughts that our own reveries were not interrupted by the usual more audible chatter that tends to pepper our previous runs? Or, was it because there were fewer hashers on this run? This is our time, our place, and our joy and we all eagerly owned it in our own unique way.

After everyone freshen up and back to the tent, the usual welcome to FTG, announcement, joke (told by the first time joker-Smurf~a good one! ) done at the shout up, we were greeted by a table generously laden with an array of goodies for everyone- the active and cautious, as well as for the decadent and indulgent. Bring a plate is always a roaring success. Many thanks fellow hashers for delighting our palettes.
Thanks also go to Anna, our front horn who lead the way and pointed us in the right direction and backhorn Margaret, who patiently waited and herded us safely back. Dizzy, yet again, received the hashshit and she took it bravely like a woman- face on.

HARES: Alice in Wonderland/Readymix/Jenni of the Block/Mani Mouse

Saturday, October 08, 2011

RUN NO. 2250 - DADAP 11 OCT 2011

RUN NO. 2250
HARES: GI JANE/GUNG HO/SID (in absentee)

Something must have been in the air this Tuesday, if not the dementia must be setting in early because I actually volunteered to write the words this week??!! Well when there's nobody down as hares the week before a run and someone volunteers at the last minute and it's hashers who have laid a few runs already this year then we all need to be very grateful to them and lend a hand so here I am writing the words. As I have this honorable task I can add my own whinge at any of you hasher who are sitting back on your laurels expecting others to come up with a run each week and haven't laid a hash yet this year come on even if you aren't very experience there are plenty of experienced hashers to help you out, get your name down and lay a hash!!!!!!!!!!!

So, Tuesday 4th of October and we're at Dadap, a different site for a change and it's bound to be a good one! With hares like GI Jane, Sid and Fiona there's got to be a good run, a good On-On with good food and a bit of theatre from the girls, especially the dressing up kind. Anyone remember Sid's bras?

Well that is exactly what we got, 5.15pm saw a what............gaggle, flock, herd, pack, possie, what is the collective term for female hashers? Any ideas to hash words or JMs. Well what ever we are called there was quite a group setting off up hill in an array of shades of pink in honour of Breast cancer awareness, well done for remembering and supporting the cause. Words from Jane had stated that the run was “not too hilly” and I suppose all these terms are relative, but from the site to passed 1st check we seemed to be still going up and up. Mustn't complain though after the Tuesday before at Subok even Diplo this week will be flat!!! Lets call it a gentle steady incline from the start of the hash as we forked right off the road and into an open clearing and then eventually into very pleasant open paths. On up was definitely the way we were going even if only gently. No problem though as all this gave us time to catch up on the holidays of our JM Dizzy as she strolled with us near the back of the hash. The checks were found but don't ask me by who but congrats to whoever you were they were all laid through well and we back runners only detoured from the correct way slightly once at 2nd check.

A few slippy drops down from the higher ground and we recognised the more traditional area of Dadap as we crossed and recrossed the streams and rocky out crops along the way. The waterfall was in good flow as we crossed over the slippery rocks.

We passed through a variety of terrain throughout the hash finally making the last stream crossing to the out trail. It was suggested by JM Dizzy that the clearing should be where we had the On-On thank goodness no-one else had that idea as that last stroll out seemed to go on for sometime before we finally heard the clucking of the gathered hens.

The shout up started by a quick introduction of our wanderlust JM as some new members may never have seen her before followed by a thank you to the hares for a great run. The hares took the opportunity to thank those responsible for the decorations, Sid for her recci skills and sorting out the pink towels we had all received after the run. Thanks to all for a great night whether for the run, decoration, freebie, food, drink etc it was hash to remember.

The JM and GM welcomed 2 new hashers (remember it's never to early to start laying a hash!!) and a returning hasher, Running Bare who I'm sure we would wish to be seeing her back in Brunei for more joyous reasons but it is still always good to welcome her back.

This weeks run - well, watch this space, listen before the run or just wait and see!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't forget your plate with something edible on it