Monday, December 17, 2018

Anything that can go wrong...

Sunday's HH3 run narrowly avoided disaster on a number of counts, not the least of which was that the beginning of the run had to be substantially replanned on the hoof owing to some of the small river crossings planned having turned into raging torrents, as a result of which, the hare ran out of paper towards the end of the run. Then in the afternoon there seemed to be the possibility that no one would be able to get  to the runsite anyway because of the wedding of the year strategically located at the center of the village. But Sex Printer and Nong Gop saved the day on that count by working out an alternative route, moving the sign and laying paper, so that everyone who wanted to made it, albeit a bit late.

That meant that the run did not start until 4:30 which for an 8.5k all-up run with a 5.8k short run was rather late. But most of the short run arrived at the beer stop in good time to resume the proper run making the hare's efforts in actually finishing laying it after the packs had departed, worthwhile. Meanwhile the absence of three short runners was noted but they dutifully arrived at the beer stop while the late-arriving long runners were enjoying their well-earned refreshments by which time, aided and abetted by the stolidly falling rain, it beginning to get dark, forcing the hare to sanction everyone walking back to the run site on the road rather than via the last kilometer of the trail.

At that point Toy Boy's absence was noted, but the hare decided to re-lay paper along the road and return to the run site anyway in case Toy Boy had decided to go that way. However, back at the runsite, the toll was 7 runners missing all apparently having embarked on the long run. But just as search parties were being organised with night now rapidly falling and the rain not easing off, all happily turned up together avoiding the need to deploy them.

With 7 generous F's and a check back to boot, the long run reduced to something over 7k, getting up to a high point of about 190m with a total ascent of about 260m. The short run meanwhile which only had to face 3 of the F's reduced to about 5.3k and had nothing more than a climb out of the final valley to face. The circle was held in the unrelenting rain, following which there were some problems getting all the vehicles off the run site as mud had now set in. Meanwhile the wedding had called it a day so those who decided to risk the direct way out were rewarded with an easy drive home.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Wedding warning!

If you are coming to HH3 this afternoon, there's a wedding in Ban Sai Kao (or there was this morning) at the point where the road splits about 150m up from the main turn off by the big tree. I have put a sign out to indicate the road but there may be cars parked in front of it, so don't forget, go straight ahead at that point, don't turn right. And be careful of the hole on the right hand side of the road about 500m further on where the concrete runs out.

Thursday, December 13, 2018


Two runs in the Sai Khao area this weekend which makes route finding easy! Saturday's hare advises:<<In response to Robocop’s “sabai” run last Sunday, this weeks SH3 run is promised to be equally “sabai”, or maybe just boring. Anyway due to the shortness of the days' sunlight currently, and mindful of the inclement weather we have been experiencing lately, Saturday’s run is promised to be on the shorter side, and not too challenging. >>
Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1953, Saturday December 15, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Hares: Yardstick and Not the Full Shilling
Misdirections:  From Songkhla, either take the 16k turning right off the old Yala road and go 5.1k (1.6k past the big tree) to the run site on the left in the rubber opposite Sai Kao Resort at 7.039405°N 100.608389°E or get to Tha Kham (old Hatyai road 4.7k left and go 6k) and turn left (east) for about 4.5k when the runsite will be on the right. From Hatyai: get to Tha Kham and head east towards the big tree etc. 

Sunday's (December 16) HH3 run is from the football field behind Ban Sai Khao at 7.033834°N 100.624647°E and is being set by Kai Jeow, The turning into Sai Khao village is close to the big tree so if you are coming from Tha Kham, it is about 6k on the right, or from the old Yala road it is 3.6k on the left. Follow the road for 150m then go straight ahead as the road bends sharply to the right. Follow the concrete road across the paddy and through the village for about 500m to the run site. But beware! just before you reach the run site at the point at which the concrete road turns into a dirt track, there is a hole on the right hand side of the road where the water has washed a culvert bank away. There is enough room to get past on the left so try not to drive into it! Park on the northern end of the grass football field if dry or only a bit wet but if it is raining substantially then head for the concrete football pitch beyond the southern end of the grass pitch.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

HH3 Tomorrow-today!

Tomorrow's HH3 run is from the Football field at Kuanjong, which for the uninitiated is at  6.975149°N 100.520453°E or thereabouts. If you prefer good old-fashioned hash directions, from Wat Keow Kloy at the top of Poonakan go 7.5k down Poonakan and turn left onto the Ban Nai Lai road. Go 3.5k and turn left for about 200m to the run site on the right. If you are coming from Hatyai, the Ban Nai Lai turning is 3.5k up from the other end of Poonakan at the corner of PSU and Kanjanawanit road. The hare is Robocop - the nice Robocop, not the formerly tyrranical unmerciful Robocop who used to destroy Monday mornings with his runs, but the gentle considerate lovey-dovey Robocop who only sets "wing sabai"s. Map above for the disproportionality tolerant.

Banana anyone?

In the vain hope of fooling our resident short-cutter, who shall remain nameless, the hare attempted a stunning reversal of direction midway through the run apparently to no avail, only for the nameless short-cutter to get tripped up by the last-but-one check thus arriving at the beer stop from the wrong direction.

Meanwhile the short run en-masse succumbed to the hare's subtle hints and opted for the long run leaving Chao Ngor as the only actual short runner, with Only a Yolk, Meals on Wheels and Eightball opting for the medium run by getting onto the truck at the beer stop.
The long run all in was just over 8k reducing to just under 7k without all that checky stuff. The short run was about 4k with the effy stuff and the medium run was around 5k whichever way you looked at it. Total ascent for those who did either the long or medium runs was around 240m with the maximum height about 150m. More to the point, everyone was back ate the run site by 5:40 p.m. with no one having to be redirected, rescued or resuscitated.
Great circle followed. It doesn't get much better than this!

No sign!

For anyone coming to this afternoon's SH3 run from Songkhla, be aware that there is no sign at the 4.7k turn off the old Hatyai road by the m/c taxi stand. But there will be one at the turn off at Pijit (8k'ish up that road, 2.3k beyond Wat Keow Kloy) from about 3:00 p.m. If you are earlier than that, look for shreddy at the mouth of the road and shortly afterwards at the right turn towards the run site which is also marked with piles of shreddy.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Pitch it!

(So, guys... I had this idea for a run, out at Pijit, you know, where I go out and lay a trail and everyone else tries to follow it. And I thought we might drink some beer afterwards.
Ok, Egghead. Sounds like a good idea to us! why don't you run with it and see how the jelly wobbles!)
Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harrier's run #1952, December 8, 2018: 4:00 p.m.
Hares: Egghead and Harram
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 4.7k and turn left. Go through the traffic lights at Tha Kham (6k) and at Wat Keow Kloy (8k) go ahead for a further 2.3k then turn left and after 200m turn right (it used to be straight ahead but it's now definitely a right turn!) Follow the road and track for 1.2k to the run site on the left at N7 00.641 E100 35.691. From Hatyai get to the top of Poonakan and go south for 2.3k then turn left etc.
The whereabouts or who-abouts of HH3's run on Sunday has not yet been revealed so will be added later when it is.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Old haunts

This weekend we will be frequenting old haunts with two of the hash's most popular runsites being used by the two hashes. Saturday's SH3 run site is up the hill behind Prem's place with Sunday's HH3 run being from the football field in Poonakan:
Full details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harrier's run #1951, Saturday, December 1, 2018: 4:00 p.m.
Hare: Gaseous Clay
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the new Yala road for 800m and turn left. Follow the road for about 800m, up the hill to Prem's place then continue up beyond it for about 1k to the run site on the right at the top of the hill. From Hatyai, to get into the new Yala road, since there is no direct access from the intersection heading East, you will need to do a U turn beyond the intersection on Kanjanawanit Road heading towards Songkhla and come back 200m and turn left to get into the new Yala road (unless in the meantime the main overpass has been opened - anyone know?)

Sunday's HH3 run is being set by the Beany family and friends and the run site is 4.5k down Poonakan from Wat Keow Kloy, on the left, or 6.5k up Poonakan on the right if you are coming from the other end.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

HH3 Tomorrow

Tomorrow's HH3 run site is at Nern Pijit and the coordinates given are 7°00'00.1"N 100°36'11.5"E. From Wat Keow Kloy at the top of Poonakan head towards Nern Pijit for 2.9k and turn left about 300 meters before Wat Nern Pijit and follow the road for 2.4k to the end of and just beyond the concrete and turn right for about 200 m to the run site. The hare is Sex Printer.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Get lost if you dare!

Where you want to go: The run site marked with a red blob;
not the pink blob which is a short-time resort... on the other hand... 
Following suggestions that last week's misdirections lacked the degree of accuracy to which Songkhla hashers have become accustomed in recent years, we have this week engaged the services of a world renowned company to provide us not just with accurately sited coordinates for this week's runsite but also with a map, centimeter-perfect distances and even photographs at critical points to ensure that you will arrive there in good time and without the slightest possibility of getting lost.
The run site, digitally enhanced for your viewing pleasure.
Details are: 
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1950, Saturday, November 24th 2018. 4:00 p.m. 
Hares: Not the Full Shilling, Worm and All Black.
Misdirections. From The Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 4.7k and turn left for 8k then turn right into Poonakan at Wat Keow Kloy for 4.2k and turn right (about 200 meters past the football field) for 210 meters to the runsite on the right at 7.0113798° 100.5457270°. From the bottom end of Poonakan, the turning is 6.8k on the left. Since the turning is not one we normally take, the two pictures below show it (upper) from the Keow Kloy direction and (lower) from the GM's direction. 
Sunday's HH3 run will be set by Sex Printer but details and we hope equally detailed clues as to its whereabouts will follow and be posted here and elsewhere later.
The turning to the run site off Poonakan coming from Wat Keow Kloy
Ditto from the other end of Poonakan