Monday, May 22, 2017

What went wrong this week?

Well, actually not a lot. No one got lost or angry or threw anything and although yesterday's HH3 run lacked the impressive scale of Saturday's SH3 A-B run or the previous week's HH3  monster, the pack were generally enthusiastic and showed their enthusiasm by good-humoredly sticking around to the bitter end in the hope of polishing off the beer.

For the record, the long run was measured by Mapsource  at about 6k but with the 8Fs and 2X's added expanded to a tolerable 7.5k. However the short run which by Mapsource should have been 4.2k was logged on Sex Teacher's GPS as just over 5k, so the long run may have been a little longer.

But everybody made the beer stop within an hour. Despite LotL's complaint about going up too many hills, the long run didn't scale either of the two available peaks, skirting around both for a maximum height around the 4th 360 of 251m with a total ascent sans Fs and Xs of about 280m .For much of the long run the in and out trails were less than 200m apart  and at no point were the two trails more than 600m apart so that the area enclosed was only 700sqm, surely one of the lowest figures possible for a 6k run. But despite that, short-cutting seemed not to be a major problem as much of that 700sqm was impassible terrain  The short run meanwhile hit a creditable 200m.following a fairly well-worn track particularly familiar to Sex Teacher since on her first SH3 run she accidentally did pretty much the same run after missing the turn off for the short run, vowing never to leave the safety of the rescue vehicle and certainly never to return to the hash. Yesterday as well as leading the short run pack round, she was also the only one to then add the walk out to the beer stop which sadly did not service.the short runners. A worthy performance from SH3's GM!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

This week's SH3 run is loosely speaking a birthday run as two of the four hares are celebrating around now.
Details are: 
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1874, Saturday May 20th 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Hares: Stick Insect, Eightball, Keeling and Fathima
Misdirections: From The Kao Seng intersection take the old Yala road for 8.2k and do a U turn, then come back 700m and turn left into Chompoo Soi 11. Follow the road/track for 500m to the run site. 
From Hatyai, (avoiding the Ko Yo intersection) Get to  Tha Kham and head East for about 5.5k then turn left under the new temple arch on the road leading to Kao Long. After 500m, bear right away from Kao Long and follow the road for about 4k through several villages and across 2 crossroads until it comes out on the old Yala road just after passing Wat Kao Lam. Turn left and go north for about 4.5k then turn left into Chomphoo Soi 11 etc. Note: The long run will be an A-B run so there will be transport to the A site leaving the B site (in Chompoo Soi 11) sharp at 4:30 p.m. So please try to be there early so the transport can leave on time. It is understood that the short run will not require transport so anyone arriving late can do that.

Sunday's HH3 run is being set by Kai Jeow not a million miles from where last Sunday's Inchdick monster was set. Full directions are:
(From Songkhla) From the Kao Seng intersection take the old Yala road for 16k and turn right just before Wat Khun Thong for 3.5k, then turn left just after the big tree and go 150 meters. Bear right following signs through the village for about 800m then turn left at the T junction onto the concrete road heading for the hill. After 200m take the third turning on the right just before the chicken farm and follow the dirt track/new concrete road for 1k to the run site. Park considerately as there is not a lot of off road parking. Coordinates are: 7.025486N, 100.619056E or thereabouts. From Hatyai get to Tha Kham and go east for 6k then turn right just before the big tree and follow the directions above.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Revenge of the SH3 Oldies

This was another upside-down run to counter Sex Printer's Full Moon horror run last Tuesday night. The long run was a ‘moderate’ length of 9.6km, including the 10 x 360s, 4 x false trails and 2 check-backs; the beerstop coming in at 7.7km from the start. The total ascent was a not so modest 435m starting at the maximum height of 234m. dropping to a minimum height of 63m before working it’s way back to the beerstop at the top of the ridge before going over and down the other side to the runsite.
The short run also started at the same height and dropped down to 71m before going back up the ridge to the beerstop at the top; and then proceeding down the other side to the runsite. The total length for the short run was 4.7km and a climb of 166m; and included 3 x 360s.
The first checkback was cleverly avoided by all when Sex printer, not being a front runner on this occasion, looked for, and found, paper well short of the 360. However the front runners, Sex Printer included at this stage, were well flummoxed by the checkback at X02, and after further confusion at C07 at the bottom of the hill enabling most of the back-runners to arrive at the beerstop ahead of the usual front-runners.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

No recce no cry

I suspected this one was going to go totally off the rails, as I'd had no time to go scouting and so improvised the whole thing yesterday morning. Plus for some inexplicable reason I thought I'd make it a figure-8, which is always asking for trouble. But in fact people seemed to stay on paper, apart from the shameless Egghead, who skipped what he called a "useless loop". Remind us again, what part of a hash run is "useful"?

The long run came to just over 7km with a mere 180m of ascent. Short run was probably just under 4km. The first short runners hit the beer stop in a little over 40 minutes, and the first long runners in just over an hour. The circle was notable for several demonstrations of All Black's fully developed grand mistressing style, which might be described as an iron fist in an iron glove. You have been warned!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Then you're in luck because they're both setting runs this weekend. Up first is Beaver for SH3 on Saturday who returns to another of his personal runsites near Nern Pijit. Details are:

Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1873,
Saturday May 13th 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Hare: Beavershot
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 4.7k and turn left for 10.2k (2.2k beyond Wat Keow Kloy) then turn right and follow the road/track for about 1k to the runsite. From Hatyai, get to the top of Poonakan and turn right for 2.2k then turn RIGHT etc.

Inchdick is in action for Sunday's HH3 run behind Sai Kao village on the concrete road: Full directions are: From the Kao Seng intersection take the old Yala road for 16k and turn right just before Wat Khun Thong for 3.5k, then turn left just after the big tree and go 150 meters. Bear right following signs through the village for about 800m then turn left at the T junction onto the concrete road heading for the hill. The runsite is about 900m from the T junction. Coordinates are: 7° 1'37.97"N 100°37'22.51"E. From Hatyai get to Tha Kham and go east for 6k then turn right just before the big tree and follow the directions above.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Full moon 136: Update

Hatyai Full Moon H3 run #136 takes place tonight with the run starting shortly after 7:00 p.m. and a blow out/camp out to follow. The rego is the usual 50 Baht for active runners but 100 Baht for returnees who haven't been to a run in the last 6 months and new runners. The run site is at the old scout camp on Khuan Lao - the road is shown on the HH3 map on the post below or for the verbally inclined, from Songkhla take the old Hatyai road for 4.6k and turn left for 8k then turn right (at Wat Khao Kloy into Poonakan) and go about 5k.  Turn left just before Wat Tung Ngai (if coming from Hatyai the turning is at about 6k, on the right and just after Wat Tung Nai) and follow the road for about 3.2k then turn right at the hash sign and follow the road/track until... 

Then it's up to you. If you are happy driving up the hill then keep going until you hit the run site at about 2k. But if you would prefer to let someone else do the upward bit, then get to the quarry on the right about 1k along the track just as the it starts to go seriously uphill (which HH3 generally use as a runsite) and park there. Gashole's pick up will be running a shuttle service up the hill from about 4:30 p.m. at 30 minute intervals. If you arrive at the quarry and there is no sign of the transport, don't despair, but give Sex Printer (081-7666682) or Kai Jeow (081 9691227) a call and they will comfort you! The last trip up the hill will be at 7:00 p.m. just before the run so if you think you are going to be cutting it a bit fine give us a call while you are on the way so that the truck can be asked to wait for you.

Some of the usual stuff applies: bring a hand/head light if you intend to do the run. There will be a lot of beer all of which will be free and there will also be some ladies drinks as well, so unless you are seriously averse to Leo or Chang but feel the urge to contribute, err on the side of bringing alternative alcohol, i.e not beer. The Hash kitchen will be in action but contributions of food, snacks, hangover cures etc. will also be welcome.

If you seriously feel the need to go home after the run then you'll probably have to either take your own vehicle up or walk down the hill if you have left it in the quarry as there probably won't be any service down after the run. In the morning the shuttle will resume to get people  back to their vehicles but if you need to be away early then you may have to make your own downward arrangements (but hey, it really is all downhill!)

If you are camping then bring a tent or at least a sleeping bag/blanket as there is some covered accommodation for the tentless. Whilst the singing arrangements are not know, we can't promise to control Scud's enthusiasm so if you are a sensitive sleeper some ear plugs may be advisable!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Gan Yao tells it like it is!

Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1872, Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Hare: Gan Yao
Misdirections: From Songkhla:
From the Kao Seng intersection take the Old Yala Road. At 22.7km bear right on the slip road and at 23.1 go right at the 'T' junction onto Highway 43.

After 400 meters, at the traffic lights zero your trip meter. Go straight along the highway and  turn left at the sign at 2.3km. After 500 MT bear right, follow the dirt track and at 1.2 km take a sharp left under the railway bridge.  Immediately after the bridge bear right.  Follow the track, keeping right at  1.5 KM to the run site marked by the Toyota Starship at 2.4KM  (6° 58.908N  100° 38.065E)

From Hat Yai: From the Klong Wa intersection (Near Makro) take Highway 43 East, passing Na Mom traffic lights at 8.2 km. At 21.4km turn right (at a conveniently located U turn. Ed.). Follow directions as above from ‘Turn left at sign…’

On my last recce there were lots of mosquitoes, bring repellent if they bother you.

And HH3 Sunday? Sex Sprinter draws it like it is, sort of!
Or if you prefer it, from the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 4.7k and turn left. After 8k, at Wat Keow Kloy, turn right into Poonakan for about 5k then turn left just before Wat Tung Ngai and go about 3k then look for the sign on the right and follow the road for 700m. Bear right and follow the road a bit further to the runsite. From Hatyai the turning off of Poonakan is at 6k and is after Wat Tung Ngai.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Heads up! Full moon camp out next week.

Advanced notice that the next Hatyai Full Moon H3 run will be at the top of the hill at Kuan Lao at the former scout camp behind Na Mom, next Tuesday, 9th May. It will be a standard HFMH3 run but there will be a camp-out afterwards, so while active runners will pay the standard  rego of 50 Baht, returning runners will be asked to pay a little more (the GM'ette is thinking about it!)  All pledges of beer or other happy-juice are welcome as are contributions of food. Please let the GM'ette know either on Saturday or Sunday next week if you are coming so that catering can be arranged accordingly. The top of the hill is now accessible to rugged vehicles although 4-wheel drive is recommended. There will be parking/transport facilities at the bottom of the hill available for anyone who does not want to tackle the hill in their vehicle, but again, we need to know that you are coming.
Full details later .

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The run they didn't want you to do.

..."they" as in the forces of international evil conspiring to take away YOUR personal liberty and bring in the new global NANNY STATE. Well they failed today, huh? Run 1871, formerly know as run 1868, was  8.6k according to Mr. Garmin hand-held, but sensible old Mrs. Garmin on the pc lopped a full kilometer off that, so with the 7 F's and single X the long run was probably only a shade over 6k. Felt longer? well, that would have been the 350m total ascent kicking in and the maximum height reached (at the 4th 360) of 285m taking its toll. The short run was about 3.5k and featured some rugged sections inspired by Mr. Garmin who successfully enabled the two runs to link up despite being separated by 100m of impenetrable shiggy, as well as some great walking trails and a couple of waterfalls to boot. Both runs benefited from the beer stop which gave the hares a good excuse for not sweeping, for which Harram (that sad old decrepit dog) was particularly grateful, having been dragged round 2 recces, the long run lay and the short run lay as well. I think she deserves 2 hare credits for that! The short run ate it in about 25 minutes to the beer stop, The long run took their time and were there in about an hour longer. Sad, old and decrepit?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

While the Beaver's away the groundhogs will play

Has he gone yet?
Ok, so this week's hare is going to make another attempt at stealing Beaver's run site etc, which last time resulted in him being struck down with some awful disease possibly as a result of Beaver employing an Indonesian witch doctor to put a hex on him. But Beaver's in Bangkok this weekend and there are no witch doctors up there, are there? (Don't answer that!) So all being well, the details of this week's SH3 run are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1871, Saturday, April 29, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Hares: Egghead and Harram
Misdirections: Take the Old Hatyai Road for 4.7 km and turn left. Proceed about 10.3 km (i.e. 2.3 km past Wat Khao Kloi) and turn left again. Bear right after 150m and carry on about 2km to the runsite, From Hatyai take Poonakan Rd. from it's junction with Kanjanawanich road for 11 km to Wat Khao Kloi then turn right and go 2.3k, then turn left etc. Coordinates are: 7°0'50.00"N 100°36'18.44"E.

Sunday's (30th April 2017) HH3 run site is  just past Rong Rien Tungnai off of Poonakan Road: From Wat Keow Kloy go about 6k and look for the sign on the right and turn into the road. Follow the road past RR Tungnai for about 500m then at a sharp right hand turn in the road, take the track straight ahead or slightly left through the rubber for a further 300m or so to the run site at the top of the building site. From Hatyai the turning is 5k from the junction with Kanjanawanit Rd. and is on the left. The hare is Robocop.

Sound familiar? Well it should do because it's the same as last week, when Robocop set, let's be charitable, an abomination; a blot on the good name of hashing; a load of old codswallop. So in the spirit of Groundhog Day, this week he gets the chance to go back and do it all again and get it right this time! And just as an added attraction, there will be a camp-out after the run for those who don't have to work the following day or get up to get their kids off to the first day of the new school year. So if yer into camping then bring yer tent!

Finally, this Friday (28th April) is quiz night at the Office Bar and a chastened SH3 team who slumped to third place last month, will be attempting to come back from the brain-dead. The quiz master is big Alex and the quiz kicks off at 8:00 p.m.