Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Who, me?

I was thinking of something more like this. But after managing the "short" run on Sunday, I guess I can't play the crippled card much longer.
Er yes, carry on past Wat Khao Kloi for a couple km and turn right and wind your way through the village to the site I've used so many times before. (I like this one because it provides almost 360º of running possibilities.) The road to and beyond the site has been improved, so we may start another few hundred meters down it from the usual place, which used to be the end of the road. I'll try to update here once I drag myself out there and recce a bit.

For better or worse, this will officially be the first attempt at a single run for both long and short runners. I have a cunning plan for slowing down the former*.

And yes, please do come to the quiz if you can. My turn as quizmaster has been postponed so many times that I've probably put in more hours on this thing than in my last two or three jobs combined.

*Does beer count as cunning?

Who's a busy beaver then?

This week's SH3 run is being set by Beavershot the run site being roughly located at Nern Pijit (Old Hatyai road, 4,7k, left 10k'ish then look for a sign) More details when they emerge from the lodge.
Meanwhile, Beavershot is also the quiz master at this month's thrice rearranged quiz night which will now happen at the Office Bar on Thursday evening (27th July, 8:00 p.m.) to avoid clashing with the King's birthday. Beaver's been busily constructing this quiz for several months now and it should be a good one, so come along and take part, support, poke fun; whatever.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Birthday Run

No-one requested it but I thought I'd post it anyway. Quick facts are:  long run 6.5km including the 8 "Fs", one check-back, so about 5.5km without, and 254m up; medium (aka short) run 4.2km & 190m up; really short run 2.7km & 124m up. Make up your own comments.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Hatyai Hash in hi-rez

Here is a really big photo of the entire rabble at today's memorable* HH3 run. Click on it to see just how big it is. In fact you could right-click on it to download it and print it poster size if you really wanted and didn't have anything better to put on your wall than Palm Job's nostril hairs.

HOLD THE PRESS: It seems that Blogger, our website provider, limits the size of jpegs. Ah well, if you want the full-size file, simply contact me (via the Astral Plane) and it will be yours.

*Long, tall, steep and tortuous and yet somehow oddly satisfying. Full marks to Sex of the Man (the real one -- accept no substitutes) & co.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hats on for Yardo.

In honor of Yardo's birthday, today's run has been declared a silly hat run by the GM, following the success of last nights hatted event at Oscars. In a further revolutionary move, there will be a BBQ, Oops! a Braai available after the run so if you want to bring along some food to cook, then feel free. The Braai which has been donated by Curry in a Hurry who will be bringing along some chicken to grill, will be available for future hash events on demand.

Friday, July 21, 2017

OSCARS BAR is proudly celebrating its 3rd birthday this week with an open invitation party THIS FRIDAY, 21st JULY. Please come to join the celebration. Food will be provided. Wear a hat, a funky hat, any old hat or a wig, a Trump toupée, wig, a bonnet, big ears, a witches hat, or any kind of headgear. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Yardstick's birthday run

It's Yardo's birthday this week, so this Saturday's run (Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run# 1883, Saturday, 22nd July, 2017, 4:30 p.m.) is officially the Yardstick birthday run and in has guise as your genial hare for the week, he has provided us with the following misdirections, comments and broad hints:

"From the Khao Seng intersection take the Old Yala Road for 16km (5.3km from the NYR / OYR intersection at Ang Thong) and turn right just before Wat Kuhn Thong. Proceed for 2.0km along the concrete & bitumen road and then turn left and go 1.2km along the new concrete & dirt road to the runsite. Runsite co-ordinates are: 7° 01.922' N 100° 38.514' E

For Hatyai visitors go to the big tree in the middle of the road at Ban Sai Khao, then go straight ahead past the big tree for 1.4km and turn right for 1.2km.

As demanded by a loud minority on the tweet machine, the hare promises a boring run this week with no nasty shiggy or near vertical cliffs to scale. Furthermore there will only be one run which will be medium short / long. This is going to be hard - for the hare. No hidden paper after the check, no back-checks, although possibly a checkback or two, no running along unswept paving. Now, what else was there, no competitive running, no beer, ……..hang on a minute, that can’t be right, well, you’ll just have to come along and see. Unless you’ve got something better to do, in which case you probably don’t want to come along, as the run is only going to be set to cater for anywhere between 11 & 13 hounds. Any more or less than this, will just have to run in small circles at each check until the paper is found.
Yardstick (with a severe aversion to cold water and sitting on ice – please note Madam GM)"

HH3's run on Sunday is from behind the CP factory on the old Hatyai road (Ko Yo int. 6.5k, right 1k) and the hares are Sex of the Man, Sex Si and Sex Tour X.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Happier trails

Here is Sunday's HH3 A to B run which was generally praised despite being over 8k without the F's and X's of which there were several and where the also several 360's didn't cause any problems. Set by a cast of 1000's,(6 pussies and 7 dogs which didn't include any of the Egg mutts) the run started with  an attempt on the world record for packing people into the back of pick ups as the whole hash was squeezed into two trucks for the first leg to the beginning of the long run. The first half of the run was a fairly flat and quite gentle 3.7k to the beer stop sponsored by Scud, with everyone bar Nosin, who had found alternative transport back to the rusite, embarking on and completing the longer second half /short run over the hill taking in the high point of 145m in the process before taking a slightly different route home than usual from that point. No complaints other than that we all had to get our feet wet, apparently because Moo Sahb had to take a phone call at the strategic moment when the run should have lurched into the top end of the quarry, instead blundering onto the wrong side of the river which now protects the run site from dry access. But by that point  most people were just happy to get home in good time.

A vexing check

Here's the check that caused us the most trouble on Saturday. It felt like it took forever, though it was probably only around 20 minutes. It turned out to be a bit of a back check, very cleverly around the side of the hill we'd just come up. It would have been perfect on a Hatyai run . . . .

Saturday, July 15, 2017

1882: Hmmm.....

As the GPS file will confirm, the long run with all the F's and X's was 6.7k, and without them it was a mere 5.5k, and anyone who had had a mind to, could have short cut the ass out of the run simply by following the well-worn trails around the top of the valley, which we have all run a hundred times. But sadly with a pack of only 7 people there were simply not enough people to check, with the result that the run took 2 hours to complete by a pack who made their views plain by refusing to so much as talk to the hare afterwards. Such is life.

The short run in contrast came back happy which is surprising as the live hared run was 4.4k and had a total ascent of 127m which is unusual for a short run. Ok, it didn't even come close to the long run's 400m nor did it's high point of 125m rival the long run's 288m; but still...

But the comments that were made today were correct, if we have to plan runs for small packs then checks have to be quite easy and we probably need to stick to trails. But what happens if we suddenly have a larger pack as could have happened today?

'Nuff said.