I missed most of Maggie's preamble and just caught the bit about part of the hash being live as co-hare Dave had already set of to reinstate the flour which, almost certainly, would have been washed away in that afternoons torrential rain. Thankfully the rain had now stopped, unfortunately giving way to the coldest night of the year so far.
The on-on was called south along the aptly named Hare Lane to a very fresh check on Heath End Road before squelching off across the fields to Peterley Avenue where we caught up with Dave our live hare, so far so good ! After this point flour, thanks to the rain, was thin on the ground but Maggie was at hand to point us in the right direction.
Oddly though fresh back arrows kept appearing before it came apparent Gerry had got hold of the flour dispenser and was making full use of it. The pack stayed together through Crook's Wood and Peterley Wood, the pace must have been slow though as, try as we might, we could not lose Roger who was walking following his ankle injury (Ed's aside: Why was Roger following an injured Ankle?). A regroup in Atkins Wood signalled the long/short split with Maggie, the hare, going with the shorts. This is never a good sign at the best of times - so with the lack of flour a deep sense of foreboding settled over the longs, this could only end in tears.
From here on the route followed bares very little resemblance to that on the map, navigation by committee does not work. We should have dropped down in to Great Missenden through View Farm then back up to Little Kingshill via Sedges Farm but instead went north into Angling Spring Wood before entering Great Missenden and then leaving the village up the lane to View Farm we should have come down, now following the little bit of flour visible the wrong way back toward Atkins Wood via Hobbshill Wood.
Despite Ken pointing out a dirt great arrow left by the shorts pointing the way to Sedges Farm the longs blunder on towards Nairwood Farm. A second opportunity to take a left turn along Nags Head Lane and the correct route back to the pub through Sandwich Wood was missed, instead opting for the longer run to Peterley Manor Farm where we could retrace the route we had taken on the way out.
Fortunately for Helen I'm far to gallant to name and shame who suggested that one.
Once in the pub all was forgotten when bowl after bowl of chips the size of a hasher's trainer were put before us and Roz received a T-shirt for 200 runs. Good luck/well done (depending on when you read this) to Maggie and Roz who are taking part in the Great South Run this weekend and thanks to Maggie and Dave for a memorable run, albeit we only did half !