Guide for New Hashers

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: On Tuesday evenings throughout the year - summer and winter - the Hash meets at a pub within a 10 mile radius of High Wycombe for run or hash.  There are usually two trails – one “Long” (around 5 miles) and on short (around 3.4 miles) and the pack has to find it’s way around. It’s not too fast and there are lots of “Checks” where the faster runners run on to find the flour-marked trail.

The "ON" is given by the Hare at 7.45 p.m. (19.45 to you 24 hour merchants) so it is a good idea to arrive by about 7.40.  The Hash sets off along the  trail with the front runners calling "ON-ON" for the benefit of the slower runners and latecomers catching up.

Every so often there is a CHECK which will be at a footpath junction or some other place as decided by the Hare . The frontrunners, on reaching the check, start searching for the new trail.   This can start up to 75 metres from the check in any direction. The time taken by the frontrunners to find the new trail usually allows the runners at the back (the "social or chat-pack") to catch up thus increasing the chances of everyone reaching the the pub at the end at roughly the same time. The frontrunners will usually find that the cunning hare has laid some "on-backs" where they have to turn around and run to the back of the pack. And there is an occasional false trail as well with a few blobs followed by an X or a couple of lines across the trail.

This keeps the pack together and ensures that the really fit types, known as FRBs (Front Running Bastards) will become exhausted more quickly and be forced to join the social pack. Another device used by Hares to achieve the same objective is the LOOP whereby the trail might go round 3 sides of a field allowing the back markers to run across the fourth. Hash runs are usually 4 - 5½ miles long and are designed to last 1 - 1½ hours. Revelries in the pub after the run are up to the individual but it has been known for some muddy sweaty hashers to be turned out of the pub at closing time......