Saturday, June 23, 2018

SH3: the afternoon after the night before

After their excellent 900th run today, HH3 have generously donated their regular weekly slot on Sunday to SH3 so that this Sunday's run will be:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run  #1929, Sunday June 24th, 4:30 p.m.
Hare: Ru Man Kap
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 4.7k and turn left for 12.2k (passing Wat Keow Kloy at 8k and Wat Nern Pijit at about 11k in the process) then turn right for 1k to the run site on the football pitch on the right. Pretty much everybody who was at the HH3 run today has said that they will be coming along, so if you didn't make that try to get to the SH3 run to keep all those good vibes from this afternoon's run vibrating.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

HH3 900

SH3 will be taking part in the HH3 900th run celebrations this Saturday, June 23, 2018, run starts at 3:00 p.m. (or to be advised) so there will be no run in Songkhla as such but the location of the HH3 run, which is close to the Wang Pa waterfall is shown on the map above.
Some caveats:
  • The run site is at:  6.892467° 100.237799°
  • This map starts at the turn off for the Ton Na Chang Waterfall on the 4026. In order to get to that point you should take the new Hatyai road and turn left at the T junction at the end onto route 4/AH2 for about 1.3k then turn right at the next big intersection onto the 4267 (or according to the map, 4067) signposted to Satun and Ton Na Chang Waterfall. 
  • Follow that road for about 9k then turn left onto the 4026 signposted to Ton Na Chang Waterfall and follow that road for 10.4k...
  • ...then turn left at the hash sign onto the 5017 (or according to Google Maps 5071)....  
  • ...then just follow the map and look for the hash signs...
  • ...don't be phased by the rest of the distances, they assume that you zero your trip-meter at the 4026 turn off so the run site is actually only about another 7.5k from the first hash sign.
  • The final approach to the run site may be challenging for lesser vehicles so if you think your vehicle may be challenged give someone a call at the final hash sign and transport can be arranged.
  • If you are going to stay the night, as far as is known there isn't any accommodation provided so a tent is highly advisable! 
  • But all are welcome and if you fancy joining the run just turn up and pay 60 Baht...we hope!
Any questions?

It also seems likely that there will be a regular HH3 run on Sunday June 24, with the location yet to be confirmed (although when last heard it was a toss up between the football field at Tung Ngai and that at Nern Pijit. More details on Saturday or they will be posted here later.

Monday, June 18, 2018

It never rains....

...but it pours! HH3's run yesterday was held in conditions that would have been more appropriate for Manchester, or Melbourne maybe, as the temperature plummeted to the low 20's and the rain fell like... well like rain.

Half an our before the advertised start it was so heavy that the run site had to be moved onto the concrete football pitch and that move and the usual need to wait for still more runners delayed the start to almost 4:30, much to the concern of the hares. But all was well and probably because everybody knew more or less where they were going to be going, most of both the short and long runners were at the beer stop in about an hour, in good time to be able to get back to the run site before dark.

The known exception at that stage was Mr. Bean/Beanie so the hares set off in the Egg-truck in search, finding him almost back at the half way point standing by the side of the track looking confused and mumbling incoherently (ok, he was speaking Thai!) about four more people, who turned out to be not long runners as would be expected, but short runners, including Sexy Cop who had been reported to be safely back at the run site and Sagai who had apparently baulked at the hill and decided that as the long run was not going up it, they should follow that, little suspecting that the cunning hares were just delaying the inevitable climb. All five were loaded onto the back of the truck and transported back to a very damp run site.

For the record, the long run was 8.1k or 9k with the F's and the single X and ascended 279 meters in total getting up to 222m. The short run had a bit less ascent but still maxed at 209m at the beer stop and covered about 5.7k all in including a couple of the F's.

The evening ended with Ban Sai Kao's ditches (yes, Ditches) claiming another victim as Inchdick, possibly because he had former victim, Lady of the Lamp sitting in his truck, managed to get bogged down just north of the run site, eventually being pulled clear by the Egg-truck after some Heath-Robinsonesque methods employing rocks, planks of wood and a jack managed to free the vehicle from its bog. But once again the good people of Ban Sai Kao turned out to help as they have done on at least one occasion before.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

SH3's 1928th run!

Glad tidings from the hare:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1928, Saturday June 16, 2018. 16:30.
Hare: Gan Yao
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the new Hat Yai road for 
about 8.6km. Turn left by the hash sign onto the blacktop road. Go for 
250 meters and turn left by the sign, go 440 meters and park by the 
hare's Toyota Starship.
'Cause it’s such an idyllic spot some days the mozzies like it here too, 
so bring some repellent if they bother you.
Runsite is at: 7°06’09.15”N 100°31’02.40”E

From Hatyai this is probably best approached from the Nam Noi traffic lights. Turn left and go 6k and the hash sign will be on the right. If you need to come down Lopburiramesuan road, then look for the sign next to the opposite carriageway on the turning before the hill/True Moves tower than go 2k and do a U turn and come back 2k to the turning on the left etc.

Sunday's HH3 run is as advised below, at the football field at Ban Sai Kao at 7.033159° 100.624725°and is illustrated in the helpful graphic (let's not dignify it with the word "map") slightly less below.

From Songkhla get to Wat Khun Thong (OYR, 16k and turn right for 3.5k then turn left just past the big tree and follow the road straight ahead (i.e. don't turn right after 150m) for about 800m. From Hatyai, get to Tha Kham and head East (towards the big tree) then just before the big tree at about 6k, turn right etc.  Please try to be there in time for a 4:00 p.m. start (well, ok, 4:10!)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

HH3's 900th run

On 23-24 June there will be a joint HH3 – SH3 run at Wang Pa waterfall on the way to Rathaphum in celebration of the HH3 900th run (more details later). Registration will be 60 baht and the T shirt will be 200 Baht. Please let Sex Sprinter know as soon as possible (i.e. before the weekend) if you want a shirt so that he can order your size. The rego and the T shirt can be paid for in advance at this Sunday’s (17th June) HH3 run which will be from the football field at Sai Kao (7.033159° 100.624725°).

Friday, June 8, 2018

Dream on!

Ok, so C-in-a-H has invoked MLK, so let's use him as our inspiration this week....
I have a dream hashers and harriets, that this will be the week when all those people who keep saying that they are going to come back to the hash will wake up tomorrow morning with a new sense of purpose and fill the run site with cars to overflowing. I have a dream that every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plane, and the crooked places will be made straight
....but then that's up to the hare! Details are:

Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1927, Saturday, June 9, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Hare: Yardstick
Misdirections: From the Kao Seng intersection take the Old Yala Road for 16 km (5.3 km from the NYR / OYR intersection at Ang Thong) and turn right just before Wat Kuhn Thong. After 2.0 km turn left and proceed approximately 1.2 km along the new concrete & dirt road to the runsite at 7° 01.922' N 100° 38.514' E. Hatyai visitors take the Nam Noi -Thung Wang road East through Ban Tha Kam to Ban Sai Khao then go straight ahead  past the big tree for 1.4 km and turn right for 1.2 km.

Sundays HH3 run is being set by Robocop and unless anything has changed since last weekend will be from the football field at Tungnai (Poonakan, 4.5 k from Wat Keow Kloy. 6.5 k from the Kanjanawanit Rd traffic lights or about 2k from the GM's apartment! For anyone who has not been to HH3 recently, you might be surprised to know that attendances are pushing 70 these days with a big influx of new runners so it would be really nice if we could do the same thing at SH3 (Hint! Hint!)

Thursday, May 31, 2018


In case any encouragement were needed, here are a couple of shots of Saturday's idyllic run site taken by hare, Little Tool, and for those who missed the HH3 run at the same site a few months back, note that lovely concrete road which now stretches all the way back to the Nam Noi-Tha Kham road, so avoiding all that nasty pot-holey stuff that used to be involved in getting there.

Details are: Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1926, Saturday June 2, 2018.
Hares: Conebrain and Little Tool
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for about 10k to the Nam Noi traffic lights and turn left. Go 1.5k and turn right (at 7°02'47.5"N 100°31'55.8"E) then follow the road for about 1.5k to the run site (at 7°02'08.9"N 100°31'31.3"E).

Sunday's HH3 run has been entrusted to Sex Au Au and the run site is somewhere in the wastelands behind Macro. Details of how to get there, in the form of a map, will, it is hoped be added later.

Meanwhile, don't forget Little Tool and Tool Box's birthday party at Oscar's Bar on Friday night 1st June from 6:00 p.m. to which all are cordially invited.
As promised. From Wat Keow Kloy take Poonakan for about 9k and turn left at the hash sign then go across the klong and up the hill to a T junction and turn right onto the road coming from Gam Ling reservoir. (You can also get onto that road from the Ban Nai Lai turning but that's another story.) Look for the hash sign and then turn left and go an indeterminate distance to the run site on the right.

Thursday, May 24, 2018


This Saturday, our longest established active runner and our newest naming join forces to set a run together, and we're not saying which is which!
Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run # 1925, Saturday May 26, 2018
Hares: Raprakaa and Wi Wi
Misdirections: From the Koh Yor intersection go 7.4 km on the New Hatyai Road, make a sharp left turn at the entrance to the Korakot Restaurant (see picture below); go 200 meters and make a right turn then go 300 meters to the run site 
at  7.101813° N 100.526071° E.

The hares offer some cautionary advice:
 1. The road in front of the restaurant is rough with a large bump that will spoil the bottom of low sitting cars.  
 2.  Proceed past the run site for 200 meters, turn around and park near the run site on the left facing the main road.  There is an alternative turning place 50 m past the run site, on the left, but large ditches and uneven surface can also spoil your day if you get things slightly wrong.
3.  It goes without saying that mosquito repellent is a good idea!

Sunday's HH3 run will be set by Robocop and will be from the same run site as was used by SH3 (not HH3) last week, i.e. 1.3k along from Wat Pru Toh on the PruToh-Tung Ngai road or if you are coming from Poonakan, 5.5k from either Wat Keow Kloy or the  Kanchanawanit Road end, turn right or left, respectively and go 2.8k  (7.029317° N, 100.545433° E)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Yesterday's run and today's directions.

 A better than average turnout turned out and both long (7.1k) and short (4.5k) runs were well supported. The Beer stop almost didn't occur as the long run pack narrowly beat the hare, who was out laying the in trail for the short run, to the meeting point. But anguished cries of "Beer stop! Beer stop!" did the trick and the pack returned to enjoy the beer shortly before they were joined by the front end of the short run pack. The rest of the long run was therefore somewhat less athletically achieved and the 5th F, which must have been all of 10 meters long, caused some problems, with the result that the long run took close to an hour and a half to finish and trailed even the back end of the short run pack home.

Today's HH3 run is on the road leading up to Kan Lao - from Wat Keow Kloy take Poonakan Road for 5.5k and turn left just before Wat Tung Ngai (or from the bottom of Poonakan take it for 5.5k and turn right just after Wat Tung Ngai.) Follow the road for about 3.5k and turn right at the HH3 sign then follow the road until you see signs of a runsite.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Once more unto the breach...

Without the firm hand of the hare-raiser to fill the roster last week, this week's hares are again Egghead and co, and just for a change the run site is not a million miles from Poonakan, but this time on the other side of the road, not far from the Or Bor Tor at Pru Toh.
Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1924, Saturday May 19th, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Hares: Egghead etc.
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 10k to the Nam Noi traffic lights and turn left for 3.7k then turn right immediately after Wat Pru Toh for 1.3k to the run site on the left. From Hatyai, If you are coming from the PSU end of Poonakan, take the left turn at 5.5k just after Wat Tungnai and go 2.8k. The run site is on the right.

No news from HH3 yet, but there is the suggestion of a trip to Yala for a run there on 29th May (which is a holiday). The run actually takes place in Yala city and starts at 6:00 a.m. although there seem to be 4, 10, 21 and 42k options so that may depend on which one you feel capable of! If we were going to do it, it would probably be sensible to go down the previous evening and stay over night. Sex Sprinter is offering to put people up at his house down there which would probably involve sleeping bags and back pain, but Yardo has access to a resort with the unlikely name of the Egg House (really, really!) which costs 500 Baht a night for a room and has a nice area available to sit out in the moonlight and drink ...lime cordial-yeah! There is an online registration form (but no details) here. This will probably be discussed at the weekend so think about it!