Thursday, December 14, 2017

Another Chanong Run

Due to our misdirection editor being snowed in by academic servitude, directions this week are being brought to you by the hare himself. And speaking from a completely unbiased editorial position, many people are saying that this weeks run will almost certainly be proclaimed to be the best run of the year so far. So to make sure that you won't be disappointed to find you have missed the run please make careful note of the following Misdirections:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1903, Saturday December 16, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Hare: Yardstick
If coming from Songkhla: proceed to the traffic lights at Ang Thong (NYR / OYR intersection). From the traffic lights proceed south on the Old Yala Road (OYR) for 8.3kms then turn right onto the concrete road just before the entrance to the small mosque (opposite the large microwave tower on the east side of OYR); 19.1kms from Samrong Junction. Follow the concrete road through the village following hash signs or paper, for 2.0km to the runsite on the concrete road.
If coming from From Hatyai:  take Route 43 East for 20.6km from the Klong Wa intersection (7.8km beyond the Phichit Road junction). Turn left at the SH3 sign for 3.4km along the concrete road, to the runsite.
Runsite co-ordinates are  N 7° 00.739'  E 100° 39.135'

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Today's HH3 run and yesterday's news

Today's HH3 directions are to get to the Nam Noi traffic lights then turn east, (i.e. left from Songkhla, right from Hatyai) and go about 4k, passing Wat Pru Toh on the way, then turn right at the hash sign to the run site up the red-dirt road. The hare is Robocop.

Yesterday's run shown above was (believe me!) a bitch to set - not that there was anything particularly difficult about the run itself, although the long run pack might disagree, but with an abortive recce at another site on Monday, the recce for the run itself on Tuesday, the lay on Friday which failed to complete the long run and didn't even contemplate the short run, a supplementary lay early on Saturday and then shepherding the short run on Saturday afternoon around what had up until then existed only on the GPS, the run basically took the thick end of 4 days to organise. Matters weren't helped by the weather, which was wet all week, some local creativity with the paper and the fact that a lot of trails, which we have used for years in that area, are just not viable any more. But in the end half a dozen people got as far as the beer stop on the long run and a slightly larger number completed the whole short run, including a guest or two from Koh Samui, a couple of new runners, one of the two returners, and Stick Insect, sporting his latest life-style injury and a pair of flip flops which came off towards the end of the run and gave way to bare feet.

For the record, although Kan Kai racked up 8.1k on his smart phone app., the long run excluding the F's and X was just under 6k as far as the beer stop, with the whole of the pack opting for the ride down the last 600m of road. The total ascent was a surprisingly large 260m, with the maximum height reached being about 270m. The short run, having suffered a fairly hairy truck-ride up to their starting point, opted to complete the road trip down from the beer stop on foot, so covered a little more than 4k reaching the same high point but with about half the ascent. The returning Gan Yao went AWOL but managed to be first at the beer stop, proving that his trip to the civilized(!) world has not blunted his native instincts. With most of the habitual short cutters absent for the day it was left to Kan Kai and Palm job to opt for the road down to the beer stop rather than take the hares' carefully planned route to avoid it.

A curry-fest followed with three on offer from different cooks, most of which were polished off by the depleted host. The circle which followed managed to greet two new runners but failed to welcome back the two returning runners both of whom had POE'd along with one of the hares. Red Mullet from KSH3 got named Red Herring and Sparky became Extra Terresticles (you had to be there!). Palm Job and Kan Kai were iced in lieu of more serious short-cutters and yours truly represented the haring team which though not credited this time around had involved the entire canine section of the Egg family at some point during the week, plus Eightball and Buddy who was even drafted in to aid the herding of the short runners on the day.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Come to the hash - you know it makes sense!

This is just a taster of what's in store at this week's SH3 run - glorious trails and breathtaking scenery without all the pain of climbing the hill and you don't even need to get your feet wet! So  try and fit the run into your afternoon and we promise you can be away from the run site in good time for  whatever else you may have planned for Saturday evening. Go on! You know it makes sense!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

All change!

Early notice this week that the runsite for Saturday's SH3 run has been changed as the roads behind Nern Pijit have taken a beating from the rain and are not passable by anything that doesn't pass muster as a monster truck! So this week's hares have opted for a guaranteed dry run site with a hard-top approach road and most of the run will take place above the level where water damage is likely to be a problem - yes, you've guessed it, Prem's Place!
Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1902, Saturday December 9, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Hares: Eightball and Egghead.
Misdirections: from the Ko Yo intersection take the new Yala road for 800m and turn left (usual diversions to avoid the KYI apply!). Follow the road for 800m then turn up the hill at the National Library and park outside the Home of Faith at 7.125868°N 100.591162°E.
This will be an A-B run involving runners for both runs being ferried up the hill to the A site. Transport will leave from the B site (Prem's Place) at or shortly after 4:00 p.m. If you think you may be a few minutes late leave a comment below and we will wait.

At this early time in the week, wounds are only just healing from last Sunday's HH3 run (actually it was a very good run and full marks to Robocop for finding a lot of good dry trails without going up every available hill) so there is as yet no news of the HH3 run for next week and that will get posted when available.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Today's HH3 run

Today's run site is on the road up to Khan Lao the big hill with the scout camp on top. Coming from the PSU end of Poonakan take the right turn after Wat Tung Ngai (5.5k from the traffic lights with Kanjanawanit road) and go about 4k then turn right at the hash sign. The run site is at the end of the hard top. From the other end of Poonakan the turn is on the left and 5.5k down from Wat Keow Kloy. The hare is Robocop and he says there are no hills.... yeah, right.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Putting the 1900th run to bed

With apologies to Beavershot!
I've put the final runners list as well as the final account for the 1900th run up on the One-Drive page, here if you're interested. The salient points are that we had 66 people at the run of which 3 were hares. They paid a total of 7150 Baht to which was added 10,000 Baht from Curry in a Hurry for the T shirt sponsorship (thanks again GG!) and the balance of the total cost of the event which came out at just over 36000 Baht was met from hash funds, the total sub being 19757 Baht - just inside the budget set of 20,000 Baht. That leaves us with about 41000 Baht in the kitty (not that Kitty!)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sparky's first lay

Not too many people get to set a run before they are named (as opposed to some people who never seem to set a run even though they have been named!) but Sparky who won't be officially up for naming for at least another week will be setting this Saturday's SH3 run with Kan Kai.
Details are: Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1901, Saturday December 2nd 2017, 4:00 p.m. (repeat 4:00 p.m.)
Hares: Kan Kai and Stephen Park, a.k.a. Sparky
Misdirections: From the Kao Seng intersection take the old Yala road for about 3k and turn right at the traffic lights into the zoo road. Follow it for 700m then turn left for about 1.8k into the Gor Sor Nor and follow signs to the Thap Pala Cottage resort/restaurant at the eastern end of the reservoir.

HH3's run on Sunday will be set by Robocop but the location is so far unknown. Meanwhile the final quiz night of 2017 will be taking place on Friday December 1st  at 8:00 p.m. at the Office bar. The Hash team are on a hat trick of defeats and with 'teacher' Chris setting the quiz the auguries are not good. But it's all in a good cause (which one we are not sure) so come along and compete, support, cast aspersions or just poke fun at the ignorance on display.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Wet! Wet! Wet! (and that was just the beer!)

Yesterday's runs as laid although neither of them actually got completely set before the off as both long and short run hares ran out of paper in the morning in the attempt to lay enough for it not to be washed away by the rain. The short run got completed by Only a Yolk just in time as she only narrowly avoided being caught by the front of the short run pack who made it to the beer stop in about 40 minutes although the last runners to get there were a good 30 minutes behind them. To their credit, all of them except the injured Julie then completed the run with Curry in a Hurry taking the shreddy bag home and completing the trail from where the paper had run out just short of the tidal section of the two runs, but by then everybody had wet feet anyway.

Meanwhile the long run made their way across Kao Lam and the first runners arrived at the beer stop in exactly one hour with most of the remainder arriving in the next 15 minutes or so. Thereafter, the Thais followed the paper home while the farangs steadfastly waited at the beer stop for the one missing runner, Conebrain, eventually persuading the hare to abandon his post and take them all back to the runsite instead. To his credit, Conebrain had followed the instructions and the paper and must have arrived at the erstwhile beer stop not long after it had departed and then did what any sensible person would have done in the first place and followed the road, eventually stumbling upon a friendly local who obligingly took him to Tung Jaeng on his motorbike. For the record, the long run for those who went all the way was 7k including the 5 false trails and the total ascent was about 250m with the highest point  at 195m Those who chose to take the truck back did less than 6k all in, so no complaints about over-long runs before parties please! The short run was 4.1k and made 4 river crossings - hence the wet feet and barely made it over 50m from a starting point of 19m.

A rather rowdy and very wet circle followed which successfully named 3 new hashers, some of whom have been coming to the hash for more years than the GM. There were then a slew of mugs and T shirts to award including the GM herself for her 100th run topped off by Chao Ngor (800) and Buk Toy (1100) getting their long service awards. In an effort to get everybody inside out of the rain, the afternoon's sinners were reprieved and the circle's glowing eulogy for the hares efforts in setting the runs in less than stellar conditions was cut off in its prime. Such is life.

A party followed of which reports are still appearing on other organs of the hash and of which photographs on this blog would be welcome, preferably involving people making complete fools of themselves. Thanks to lots of people for making it a great day. Particularly to Curry in a Hurry for his generous sponsorship of the T shirts, the sizes and quantities of which, for once,  we got almost completely right, to Dung Beetle for having the sense to turn round and come back  rather than getting lost again and to Conebrain for following the instructions to FOLLOW THE PAPER! even if the paper didn't actually lead him home (now who forgot to break the last check then?). But most of all thanks to Jeow and her staff at Tung Jaeng for letting us behave badly and keep them up to past midnight and providing us with another brilliant buffet and also keeping us in beer until our capacity to consume it ran out, at prices that would make the Beer Butch weep.

So like the T shirt says: On On to 2000!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Run 1900: All is revealed!

In a complete break with tradition, Saturday's SH3 1900th run will take place at the Tung Jaeng Restaurant on the new Yala road and along with with Curry in a Hurry who has generously sponsored a T shirt for the occasion, the hares will be Egghead and Only a Yolk. There will be free beer and a buffet dinner to follow with Karaoke for the audibly challenged.

The details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1900, Saturday November 25th, (times as below),
Hares: Curry in a Hurry, Egghead and Only a Yolk.

Misdirections: From The Kao Seng intersection take the old Yala road for 11k and turn right at the Ang Thong intersection into the new Yala road for 1.4k to the Tung Jaeng restaurant on the left at   7.086757° N 100.623507° E. If you are coming from the Ko Yo intersection take the the new Yala road towards the Ang Thong intersection and take the final U turn (just before Ang Thong) and go back westwards for about 1.3k. (Directions from Hatyai will be appended as a comment below).

Run times: The long run will be A-B so to make sure that everybody is back in good time, the transport to the A site will leave Tung Jaeng at 4:00 p.m. (if anyone thinks they may be late, give either Egghead (0819691227) or Only a Yolk (089 6546541) a call. The short run will start and finish at Tung Jaeng so will begin at about 4:15 p.m, and latecomers will be directed to the out trail.

Registration/T shirts: Thanks to Curry in a Hurry for generously sponsoring the event T shirt. As a result, registration will be 100 Baht for everyone (guests and new runners included) with all kids at 50 Baht. The T shirts will be free to named SH3 runners (including those who are named on the day) who are at the run (no exceptions on that one!) and who registered in advance before the deadline. If there are any left after that they will be given out to any named SH3 runners at the run who didn't pre-register, or will be available to guests at 200 Baht each.

Beer/Dinner: Thanks to HH3, Sex Sprinter and Palm Job for sponsoring 5 cases of beer which will be available from the beer truck together with the contents of the truck which has been "bought" by SH3 Hash Cash for the occasion. There will also be a beer stop on both runs sponsored by the hares and if all that runs out then we can buy beer from the restaurant at 70 Baht a bottle (Chang and Leo). Dinner will be a buffet and should start at around 6:30 p.m.

Hatyai H3's run on Sunday will be from in the general region of the football field at Tung Ngai in Poonakan road.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Stick Insect presents...

A Stick Insect run is always an occasion to celebrate as his new career as a born-again teacher keeps him too busy to set runs very often. But he's returning to one of his old haunts this week with promises of new and interesting trails and just a hint of wet feet as the rainy season grinds towards its end.
Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run # 1899, Saturday November 18th 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Hare: Stick Insect
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 4k and turn left at the Kuan Hin traffic lights then go about 6.5k and turn left for 500m to the run site just beyond the water tower at 7.070652°N 100.611909°E. From Songkhla town  you can avoid the Ko Yo intersection by taking the old Yala road for 11k from the Kao Seng intersection and turning right by the beer shop (about 1k past the Angthong intersection) then go 2k, passing Wat Kao Lam in the process, then at the crossroads go right for about 2k and the turning to the run site will be on your right. From Hatyai, take the old road to Kuan Hin then turn right at the traffic lights for 6.5k, etc.

Sunday's HH3 run is Kai Jeow's attempt to make amends for the near disaster two week's ago. The run site is new and, yes there will also be some never-before-run trails as well as some old favorites, and the hare is definitely not constructing any bridges this week so wearing an old pair of running shoes might be sensible! Misdirections are: From Wat Keow Kloy at the top of Poonakan Road, head towards Nern Pijit and after 2.3k turn left. After 150m, bear right and follow the road/track for 1.2k to the run site in the rubber on the left at 7 00.642N 100 35.704 E.

Finally, notice that by popular request SH3's start time will be shifting to 4:00 p.m. for the remainder of the rainy season and this week will be the last 4:30 start for a while. The 1900th run on November 25th will, however start at 4:15 p.m. with the first 4:00 p.m. start the following week.