Sunday, December 8, 2019

Thursday, December 5, 2019

December already?

Yep! Another year is in the home stretch  and for once the SH3 hareline is looking healthy with our 4 most regular haring combos lined up to set the runs for the rest of the year. First up is the lately returned Yardo who will be picking up where he left off prior to his departure with a run above Prem's place. Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers', run #2004, Saturday December 7th, 4:00 p.m.
Hares: Yardstick and Conebrain
Misdirections: from the Ko Yo intersection take the New Yala road for 800m and turn left then follow the road as it bends right and then left past Prem's Place for a total of 2.7k to the run site at 7.1179°N 100.5988°E. Click here for a Google maps pin. If you are coming from Hatyai you will need to go across the intersection and U turn at the first opportunity then come back to the intersection to turn left.

Sunday's HH3 run is being set by the Egg tribe and is from the football field at Sai Kao (7.033355°N 100.624659°E - click here for Google Maps pin.) Map below, or, if you prefer, get to the big tree either 3.5k from the OYR 16k right turning or from Tha Kham about 6k east, and turn into the village (left from the OYR or right from Tha Kham). Go straight ahead after 150m and follow the road for a further 650m. As long as it's reasonably dry, park on the old (grass) football pitch as the concrete pitch seems to be regularly used for its intended purpose. And please try to be there at 4:00 p.m. as the run needs to start on time. Say no more!

Finally, The last quiz night of 2019 will take place on Friday (6th December) at Oscars Bar starting at 8 p.m. with Stick Insect setting the questions so please come along and give him hell if he gets it wrong and buy him a beer if he doesn't!

Monday, December 2, 2019

Stately SH3, hairy HH3!

Here is the SH3 run from Saturday rendered in dear old Google Earth format, showing the 4.3k short run (green) and the 6.8k long run (green-red-green, going in a vaguely clockwise direction. Both runs were completed in a little over an hour, reached the same high point of 167m and didn't cause anyone to fear for their lives or worry about getting home to their own beds that evening.

Here in slightly different formats, courtesy of, respectively, Kii Loeii  and Kai Ping, are yesterday's short and long HH3 runs.
Clearly there is a difference in that the Long run appears to be an A-B, but actually most of the long runners completed the trip down the new concrete road to the run site which is indicated on the short run map above. The short run was recorded as 7.3k with a total ascent of 391m and reached a peak of 367m. The run started promptly at 4:00 p.m. and the first of the short runners made it back just as dusk was falling with the final stragglers arriving at about 6:40 by which time it was completely dark. Happily they had been advised by the hares to carry handlights!

The long run meanwhile, after following the short run for most of its course dived off into the never-never land on the right about half way up the hill, went down, then up, then down again and finally up the steep bit of Khan Lao, some of it with the aid of a rope, accumulating a total ascent of 591m and a trip as far as the beer stop of around 8.5k. At that point there was still a 2k trip down the hill to complete. However, our intrepid reporter Kai Ping, having left the main trail rather later than everyone else on the long run, got a bit lost, tired and confused and was eventually located by some of the other runners and guided the rest of the way up to the beer stop in just under 2 1/2 hours, then sensibly got on the beer truck for the trip down the hill without recording it on his GPS watch.

Full marks to everyone who ensured that no one was left out in the jungle and for the immense effort that the five hares went to in setting the long run in what has to be some of the most inhospitable country you are likely to encounter hashing in Songkhla.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

2003

Saturday's SH3 run details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harrier's run #2003, Saturday, November 29, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Hares: Egghead and Dor Yoi
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo Intersection take the old Hatyai road for 4.7k and turn left for 8k to Wat Keow Kloy then turn right into Poonakan Road for 1.2k then left for 500m to the run site just off the concrete road on the left at   7.019134° 100.568892°. Click here for Google Maps' pin. From the other end of Poonakan, the turning is at about 10k and on the right.
Sunday's HH3 run is being set by a cast of thousands apparently including some if not all of the China-Doll/Double Door/Boner/Cracker axis plus Sound Chef and others not readily identifiable from the picture in the map below. The run site is in the road leading up to Khan Lao - from Wat Keow Kloy take Poonakan for 5 km and turn left just before Wat Thung Nai  (or if coming from the PSU end, the turning is on the right at about 6 km, just after the wat). Follow the road for about 3.5k and turn right at the hash sign then follow the road until you see signs of a run site.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Remote haring!

In a first for SH3, Saturday's run is being set by one hare firmly located in Thailand with the other two being either in, or on their way to Japan! Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #2002, November 23, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Hares: Not the Full Shilling, Worm and "Jim", aka, Kai Ping at HH3.
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 10k to the Nam Noi traffic lights and turn left for 3.6 km, then turn right just after Wat Prutoh for 750 m. Turn left for 1 km then right at the hash sign for about 250 m and cross the earth bridge on the left to the run site at 7°01'54.8"N 100°33'10.7"E. Click here for Google Maps' pin. If you are coming up Poonakan from the PSU direction, take the left turn opposite Wat Thung Nai at about 6 km (or if coming from Wat Keow Kloy, the turning is on the right at about 5 km) and go 3.5 km along Th. Prutoh-Thungnai, then turn right for 1 km etc.
Sunday's HH3 run is being set by Robocop: from Wat Keow Kloy take Poonakan for 5 km and turn left just before Wat Thung Nai  (or if coming from the PSU end, the turning is on the right at about 6 km, just after the wat). Follow the road for about a kilometer and look out for the hash sign on the right then follow the track etc. to the runsite. Map below.

Monday, November 18, 2019

A tale of two runs

Here is a picture of what those who came along to SH3's run #2001 on Saturday enjoyed, a pleasant 7k or so with a couple of modest hills including our first ascent of Kao Long for a few years and trails neatly manicured by the hare to ensure a pleasant, non-life-threatening experience. The long run got up to about 175m with a total ascent of about 230m. The short runners meanwhile were split with some doing the first half of the long run ending at the beer stop and the remainder being ferried out to join the second half via the blue stub above, both doing about 3k and all being back home well before dark.

In contrast, above is the trail from Sunday's HH3 run as recorded by Kai Ping (slightly retouched to accommodate the fact that his watch didn't kick in for about the first kilometer - spot the joins if you can!) or if you prefer a less cluttered picture, here is the contour map of the run:
Ah, but I hear you say, they are not the same! And you would be correct since the top picture is of the long run (about 8k, total ascent 422m, highest point recorded 453m) while the bottom picture is of the "short" run, courtesy of Kii Loeii (about 7k, total ascent 403m, highest point recorded 459m - actually the same point as on the long run!). With the start being slightly delayed by someone's car getting stuck on the rutty road to the runsite, the run did not actually start until after 4:15 and it took even the fittest long runners almost an hour to reach the top, with others from both runs arriving any time up to about an hour later. That meant that only the leading half of the long run were allowed to complete the run as set since the somewhat otiose section which departed from the track to take in a river gorge was deemed to be too dangerous to attempt after dark - probably the most sensible decision taken all day by the hares! The upshot was that most of the short run and many of the long runners were still making their way down the hill when darkness fell and the final group did not arrive back at the runsite until well after 7 p.m. Full marks for their perseverance but should it have been necessary?

Long tough long runs are fine - if you deem yourself to be a long runner then that is the challenge you accept from time to time. But short runners really don't expect to have to be struggling home down a 450-meter hill after dark, nor for some of them to have spent the thick end of 2 hours to climb it in the first place. There were some fairly obvious rumblings after the run had finished among the short runners about no warning having been given of what was in store and it's probably fair to say that had they been given such a warning they would probably have not embarked on the run in the first place!

But on the positive side, the view from the top was spectacular, the trail down pretty nice and happily we were blessed with great weather again which at least meant that none of the more difficult sections of the hill were attempted in the rain. But maybe, just maybe, there is a need for a reaffirmation of the purpose of short runs - to offer a kinder gentler experience to those who don't want a full-on combat-scale hash and come along for a pleasant outing where they can safely take selfies and not get stuck up mountains after dark!

Over to you madame GM!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

2001: Hal takes over!

All change this Saturday, since with Yardo's impending departure to do unmentionable things in Oz, SH3's answer to HAL 9000 has taken over and will set this weekend's run. Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers run #2001, Saturday November 16, 2001, 4:00 p.m.
Hares: Egghead and Harram
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 4k and turn left at the Kuan Hin traffic lights and stay on the main road for 6k. Turn right for 300m then follow the road round to the right for about 80m to the runsite at  7.066283° 100.604885°. Click here for Google Map's pin. From Hatyai the Kuan Hin traffic lights are 10k past the Nam Noi traffic lights and the turning is on the right.
Sunday's HH3 run, last we heard, was to be set by Nong Golf and will be somewhere across route 43 in the Na Mom area. More details here when they arrive.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Songkhla H3 2000...

from this:













to this: 











in 100 easy stages.

Remember October 2017? When SH3's very existence seemed to be in doubt and the only person confident about it was Sex Sprinter who was looking forward to run 19000? Ok, so we are not quite there yet, but SH3 has reached the milestone of its 2000th run with some aplomb, thanks to a combination of solid support from our traditional runners and the invaluable support of HH3, who have made sure that there is life in the old bull yet.

Saturday's milestone will be celebrated with a special run followed by a party at the Thung Jaeng Restaurant on the new Yala road (7°05'12.7"N 100°37'24.1"E or click here for Google Maps' pin). The runs are slated to start at 3:30 p.m: the long run will be set by Buck, Egghead and Lot Rakaa and will be an A-B, with the transport leaving Thung Jaeng at about that time. The short run will start and finish at Thung Jaeng and will be set by Sex Sprinter, Buk Toy and Only a Yolk, so the start will be a little later than that to accommodate any late arrivals. Both runs will feature sponsored beer stops: the short run by HH3 and the long run by the Full Moon Hash.

The circle will follow the end of the two runs with dinner timed at 6:30 and there will be facilities available to take a shower provided by the restaurant. Then it's party-party-party! With karaoke and party games and all the beer you can drink. 

If you haven't already registered then you can do so on the day, but at this stage the chances of getting your choice of T shirt are pretty slim as we are already almost at the 150 cap which was declared for registrations. We will do our best to accommodate late regos but it may take us a while! Meanwhile those who have registered include all your favorite hashers from SH3 and HH3 plus a generous contingent of runners from other chapters in Thailand and overseas and some SH3 runners from way back when, with whom to renew old friendships. 

One more word about Saturday's run. As things stand there will be no transport from the Hot Bread Shop to the runsite as both the Beer Truck Driver and the Beer Butch will be going to Thung Jaeng early and not via the HBS. So could anyone who needs transport to the runsite from Songkhla please add a comment to this post or let Egghead know in advance and we will get something organised.

Sunday's HH3 run details will no doubt emerge in due course and will be posted here later. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

1999

This week's penultimate run in SH3's second millennium (and yes, the millennium does end in 2000!) is being set by our very own prince, Not the Full Shilling, with his princess and the royal mutt in close attendance. Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1999, Saturday, November 2, 2019, 4:00 p.m.

Hares: Not the Full Shilling, Worm and Mai Dtem Baht
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 10k to the Nam Noi traffic lights and turn left for 3.6 km, then turn right just after Wat Prutoh for 750 m. Turn left for 1 km then right at the hash sign for about 250 m to the run site at 7°01'54.8"N 100°33'10.7"E. Click here for Google Maps pin. If you are coming up Poonakan from the PSU direction, take the left turn opposite Wat Thung Nai at about 6 km (or if coming from Wat Keow Kloy, the turning is on the right at about 5 km) and go 3.5 km along Th. Prutoh-Thungnai, then turn right for 1km etc. Please note that the start of the run will be at 4:00 p.m. to avoid losing people after dark again!

Sunday's (November 3) HH3 run is to be set by Syntax Error, China Doll, Double Door etc. The location is out behind Ban Phru: from the Klong Wa intersection of Kanjanavanit Road and Route 43 beyond Macro, take Kanjanavanit Road south for 4 km and turn left at a set of traffic lights into Th. Klongyathai. Follow the road for 4.2 km then turn left at the hash sign for 1.3 km to the run site at 6°56'30.7"N 100°30'45.9"E. Map below or click here for Google Maps pin.
Meanwhile, Friday (1st November) there is a quiz night happening at Oscar Bar at 8:00 p.m. with the qvizmeister being Koko. Come along and support your favorite version of the hash team, or better still make your own team and help make Koko's effort worthwhile.