Next Run (no. 1506)
When: 2nd June 2014 at 6pm
Where: 23 Hurley Street, Lismore
Hares : Upcycler (Simon) and Yarnbomber (Dayle)
NOTE: BRING A TORCH AND WEAR SOMETHING BRIGHT!!
Last Run (no. 1505)
When: 26th May 2014 at 6pm
Where: 15 South Street, Alstonville
Hare: Miss Took (Rosi) and Feel Free (Bob)
A great turnout on yet another mild, star-filled night. There may have been billions of stars overhead, but there were only three runners, as Polarised and Procol ran off into the night, closely followed by Dame Edna, who had dedicated the run in honour of her good friend and Australian athlete, Penny Gray, who had recently died (more below). Hare Feel Free led off the large pack of walkers. As Barney was actually leading the walkers, it was destined to be a slow pace. Thankfully, whilst the walkers had to comply with the pace set by Barney, they did not have to equally comply with his many toilet stops. The slowish pace proved to be ideal for Toecutter as, from the commencement of the trail until about the halfway point, she was deep in discussion on her mobile - a hash cardinal sin!
The trail wound the streets of Alstonville and, with a series of fiendishly clever on-backs, the Hare kept the runners and walkers close together. The on-backs were so devious, they even caught quite a few walkers. Shortly after the runners descended a steep hill, Dame Edna joined the walkers, leaving just two runners to blaze the trail. Hare Feel Free had laid many checks along the trail which, as Goanna noted, were all curiously egg-shaped and from experience, were the result of setting trail on a bike.
Close to the end of the trail, some of the walkers were scared out of their deep discussions by Saddle Sore, when he leaped from behind a bush, yelling like some wild banshee. He was surprisingly realistic. Space Cowboy and Lost With Space cruised past the hash on the Home straight. According to Lost With Space, they would see us later as "they had been invited around for dinner at Rosi's". It seemed rather an elegant way of saying they were dropping round for hash nosh at the Hare's.
At the Circle, which really was an elongated slender rectangle, but we will not let geometry impinge upon the hash, Toecutter was called upon to speak about the first section of the walk. Unsurprisingly, she had not noticed much, but she did rather excitedly tell the hash about her new job offer whilst, already in job mode, promoting various organic ginger beer products. No More Gaps said it was a good walk with a good pace (Hmmmm). Feel Free was happy to note that he heard a lot of recipe swapping and crochet talk during the walk, as he always wanted to become a member of the Woman's Auxiliary.
Polarised spoke of the run, on behalf of the only two runners. She wanted to give Down Downs to all the runners who didn't run, as it left only herself and Procol to do the running. However, she felt that would encourage all the runners to walk in future, so as to get a free beer. It had definitely been a struggle to run a hash, with only two runners!!
Dame Edna offered a toast to her late friend, Penny Dunbabin (nee Gray) who was one of Tasmania's finest female athletes; being both a middle-distance champion and hockey Olympian. A dual international, Penny had represented Australia at both athletics and hockey. Penny had exploded onto the national athletics scene as a record-breaking junior in 800m and 1500m events, and in 1979 became Australia's No.1-ranked woman in the 1500m and was selected to represent Australia at the 1980 World Cup in Germany. In hockey, Penny represented Tasmania from 1976 to 1986, and was state captain in 1981 and 1986.Down Downs were given to:
Feel Free -Hare and for setting an interesting hash trail, with devious on-backs
Miss Took - Co Hare and wonderful host
Toecutter - for walking and mobile-talking for most of the trail
Geoff - new Hash Name 'Hugme', after hugging a complete stranger in a darkened pub car park - in front of her husband!
Hash Brown - for finding the only rock in Ballina to cut his knee open on
Miss Took served up glorious 'Italian' grub of tacos and burritos, followed by a scrumptious homebaked orange cake. Many thanks to Miss Took for hosting the hash and a great night, and also to Hare Feel Free for his great hash trail.
NOTE: Bali Interhash 20-22 May 2016 - start saving now....
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-- Rick Molloy PO Box 95 Federal NSW 2480 02 6684 9451