I think this excerpt from Flanders and Swann’s "The Hippopotamus” sums up last week’s hash perfectly…
Mud, mud, glorious mud
Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood
So follow me follow, down to the hollow
And there let me wallow in glorious mud
Well Maggie certainly didn’t disappoint with her traditional wet hash last week – to say there was a ‘little shiggy’ would be an understatement! It had been raining on Tuesday since early in the morning, so by the time we got going there wasn’t a huge amount of the (sawdust mixed with flour) trail left. The weather seemed to affect the attendance somewhat with what appeared to be less [fewer - Ed.] hounds than usual, but we tried to not let it dampen our spirits too much as we set off from The Squirrel in Penn Street.
The route took us around some lovely scenery, forming a loop past Penn House, through Penn Bottom, then onto a strangely familiar stretch in Common Wood (that we’d covered the previous week) before heading through Penn Wood and back to the pub. The long was just over five miles and the short was about three and a half.
Maggie went on the short, so Roger was given the task of guiding the longs around any parts of the trail that had been washed away and, aside from Helles Belles asking him at one point “Is the map the right way up?”, he did a sterling job! The vision of Hawkeye crouching over an R shouting ‘regroup regroup regroup’ like madman shortly after Helles Belles’ questioning of Roger’s map-reading skills will live long in the memory though!
As far as the shorts go, there’s a vicious rumour circulating that some running went on!
Once back in the warmth of the pub, having wrung our socks out, we were treated to some very tasty skin-on chips. It was the first Tuesday of the month, so the Toscar/Magneto award, which had a lovely ‘natty’ new gilet/fleece – beautifully knitted by Sandra – was to be awarded. For reasons I’m not too clear on, it went to Sooper!
I think Roger summed the evening up perfectly when he said: “It would have been a lovely run in the summer!”
That’s not to say we didn’t enjoy it Maggie!