Sunday, November 29, 2015

Also now known as the Royal Carrot Run 1797

No chicken was available at the foodfest after the run, nor were there any carrots as promised there would be by our GM. But lucky enough one of the hares was thoughtful enough to bring along carrot crackers from a royal project farm. The first sampler just happened to be our dedicated hater of these thin orange roots, Beavershot, who became quite partial to their taste. Does that mean he is now a fully converted carrot eater??
The long run overall length was 7.2kms, which included the 2 check-backs, 4 false trails, and 8 checks and the single beer stop. The total ascent was 280m, reaching a maximum height of 133m. The short run was just 2.4kms, with a total ascent of 36m.

The chicken run

Over the years we've attached hash signs to a whole lot of other signs, but this has to be a first: yesterday some enterprising fried chicken/sticky rice vendor taped his sign to ours. The poor fellow probably thought we'd be around longer than an afternoon. Or else he was simply trying to get our business before the run, which makes me sorry I didn't stop and buy some of his food. Anyhow it's a great area for running and now we know we won't go hungry there.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Wedding quickies

Three quick ones from last Sunday's HH3 town run/wedding. Why does it always end in Goonie with his tongue out? Click to engorge.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Close to home

After a couple of recent outings which seem to have taken forever to get to, Saturday's SH3 run is just a hop skip and jump down the old Yala road and just to make things easier, by Grand-Masterly fiat we are doing away with all that early-during-the-rainy season stuff and reverting to running at 4:30 p.m. to help those who find an earlier start difficult to make.

So the details are:Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1797, Saturday, November 28th, 2015, 4:30 p.m.
Hares Yonestick and Cardbrain
Misdirections: From Songkhla, proceed to the NYR / OYR intersection, traffic lights at Ang Thong. From the traffic lights proceed south on the Old Yala Road (OYR) for 8.3kms then turn right just before the mosque on the right hand side. Proceed 3.5kms along the bitumen & concrete road through the village following hash signs or paper to the runsite on the concrete road.
If coming from Hatyai, proceed along the New Chana Road for 20.6kms from the overpass on the Sadao road, or 7.8kms from the Pitchit Road junction. Turn left at the SH3 sign for 1.8kms along the concrete road, to the runsite on the concrete road.
Sunday's HH3 run at Sala Hin Kliang is also pretty local to Songkhla: From the Ko Yo intersection take the Old Hatyai road for 4.7k and turn left for 6k then left for 1.5k then right for 500m to the run site on the left. The hare is Robocop.
Finally, don't forget that the final quiz night of 2016 will take place at the Office Bar on Friday 27th November at 8:00 p.m. with yours truly asking the questions. The Hash team is on a 5-time winning streak but that could all change if YOU come along and take part. All proceeds to the blind kids. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

If it's Tuesday, this must be.....

...Full moon 123! But it's difficult to be sure as after the 500th selfie (which this wasn't!) you kind of lose track. But here is 4-Wheel at her first HFMH3 run for almost 7 years not wielding that bloody stick thing but obviously having a great time while in the background the old fa... stalwarts put the world to rights.

Good run by the pussies though, given that the weather conditions were euphemistically describable as appalling. 4k'ish and mostly run in a torrential downpour overhead and 5cm of water underfoot, it was actually a bit of a relief to get onto the road at the end! But no one complained much as we all knew what to expect, except All Black for whom this was her first Full Moon run and who was guided round by hare, Moo Sahb running in flip-flops which were probably more practical than running shoes!
The turn out for the party that followed was just about as expected, falling 2 short of the 40 budgeted for, with the result that the food never quite ran out and the beer stocks were never in danger of being exhausted. The Karaoke was also as expected but the cronies were forced to dodge showers to avoid its worst excesses. Last to leave seemed likely to be Yardo and Coney who took 6 cans of Leo from the departing beer truck "just in case".
As was noted the hundred and twenty third run more or less coincided with the 11th anniversary of the first full moon run - actually held on 26th December 2004, although there seems to be no reason why we shouldn't get one more run in this year to mark the anniversary, as the 26th December is a Saturday. Any takers - we've still got some beer left!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Not difficult

Tomorrow night's Full Moon run  is number 123 and a good excuse to continue the present run of parties dating back a month or so and likely to continue at least util the New Year.
Details are:

Hatyai Full Moon Hash House Harriers run #123, Tuesday November 24th; registration: 6:00 p.m., run starts 6:30 p.m. sharp.
Hares: Moo Sahb and Martell
Misdirections: Go to Tung Jaeng! (OK: 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. (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).
Damage: Regular (3 or more runs in the last year) runners: 50 Baht. Named and previously registered runners who have not done 3 runs this year:100 Baht; completely new runners: 200 Baht. Kids 20 Baht.

And while we're on the theme of things which are not difficult, the last quiz night of the year falls on Friday 27th November at the Office Bar in Th. Sadao at 8:00 p.m. when Egghead will be the quiz master  leaving exposed the soft underbelly of the hash team who could do with some help if they are not to lose their currently 5-in-a-row record of victories. Come alng and support, challenge, participate and contribute to the pot which will thereafter be donated to the blind school.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

1796: tough but fair.

The hares' GPS records it at 8.2k; Stick Insect who swore he faithfully followed the paper had it at 9.25k. Whatever; it was long for a relay run and the hare's time of 1 hr 46 mins. was probably a better estimate of the pack's time than the 1 hr 37 mins. claimed at the runsite after the run.

The short run was lead by OaY who cut off back down the road at the second check which was probably sensible  and the outing seemed to have been enjoyed by new and old runners alike.

By dint of some serious peer pressure we have hares for next week, but surprise, surprise Yardstick is in the team along with Conebrain. The message still doesn't seem to have got through: We cannot go on relying on the same 3 or 4 people to  set runs week after week. As a minimum, runners who turn out pretty much every week need to be setting runs every 8-10 weeks; it doesn't take a mathematician to work out that if most weeks we have 8-10 hounds, that is how often they must set the run.

But a good relay run today even if the middle bit didn't go exactly to plan. No one was complaining though and we will no doubt be doing this again before too long!

Friday, November 20, 2015

By popular demand Pt. II

Ok, Ok, so some people understand map coordinates better than my lilting prose! Saturday's run site pinpointed!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

They say don't delay, we lay relay!

Cut the "popular demand" crap! Efforts at gentle and not so gentle persuasion, the publication of damning statistics and even an appeal to OaY's better nature (it exists; really!) have failed, so this Saturday's run will be a relay hare run, details of which are:

Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run # 1796, Saturday 21st November 2015, 4:00 for 4:10 (i.e. the first hare will depart at 4:00 p.m., the pack will follow at 4:10 p.m.
Misdirections: From the Kao Seng intersection take the old Yala road for 11.2k (about 1k past the Angtong intersection with the New Yala road) and turn right. Follow the road for 2.2k and go straight ahead at the crossroads then go a further 900m to the run site on the left. (From Hatyai, get the the Tha Kham crossroads and take the road East towards Sai Kao, but turn left after 5.2k on the road up to Kao Ron. After 600m take the right fork at the Y junction and follow the road for a further 900m to the run site on the right.)

Sunday's HH3 run will be from the Green World Palace Hotel in Songkhla to allow everybody to attend the wedding celebrations of 4-Wheel/Hardware's son, Golf. Runners are asked to be outside the hotel at 3:00 p.m. with the intention of setting off to run at or before 3:30 p.m. After the run, there will be two gender discriminated rooms available at the hotel for showers and bodily titivation before the wedding dinner itself which begins at 6:00 p.m. Three line whip on this one guys!

Finally, advanced warning that the Hatyai Full Moon Hash 1-2-3 run will take place on Tuesday 24th November from the Tung Jaeng Restaurant. The run will start PROMPTLY (and we realise that this is a revolutionary concept!) At 6:30 p.m. so intended attendees are politely advised to arrive at the restaurant to register their presence at 6:00 p.m. After the run, which will probably be set by OaY and Y-chromosome challenged friends, there will be another TJ gastronomic event which will be sponsored by the Hash.  For regular (as in you have been to more than 3 runs his year) runners will pay a standard 50 Baht. Named or previously registered HFMH3 runners who have been a little lax in their attendance will be asked to cough up 100 Baht, while new runners will be prevailed upon to pay 200 Baht which is roughly what the hash is paying per pax to the restaurant. There will also be some free and sponsored beer and if it runs out the restaurant will be standing by for your orders!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Why doesn't the beer truck driver ever set a run? And other pointless questions.

Hot off the press, some provisional statistics for 2015 showing the top 40 or so runners by number of runs attended and all the people who have set runs so far this year.

Based on the total number of runs attended and the number of hares laying them, the figure to reach this year to date is 6.88% (i.e. the percentage of runs you have laid against the runs you have attended. 23 people have managed it; a lot haven't.

But don't forget, there are still 6 runs left this year for which we don't have hares, commencing with this coming weekend. So c'mon guys, you know who you are! Volunteer today and set a couple of runs before the year's out!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Thailand sets a world record

So while you were wasting your time and energy following Silly Pants' (admittedly pretty well laid) paper up and down the back side of Khao Khaw Hong yesterday, you could have been running the world's longest half marathon ever.

I guess maybe we better stick to the Angkor Wat Empire after all. At least they seem to get the distance right.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Surprisingly undisasterous

If you click on me you can make me big.
Instead of rain we got a day of beautiful cool sunny weather. And instead of going up into the hills as usual, the run curved around to the west, circumnavigating a really big wet spot, i.e. swamp. Shortcut that, Sex Sprinter! (In fact he did.) GM Egghead would want me to mention that he and his dogs were first in on paper. Then everyone else showed up within a couple minutes, all around the 1:15 mark. Stats: 7.8km long and 248m total ascent despite starting at 84m ASL and never getting above 128m.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Laff it up

Well the old Garmin conked out on yesterday's recce and there's no time for another try. So enjoy a few laughs today because there might not be many on Saturday!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Back to the wetspot

Misdirections? Leave it to Beaver this week!

Hashers who like it wet and sloppy may recall the Beavershot run of December 20 last year. You know, the one for which Egghead put up a  ridiculous map that really said much more about his twisted mind than that of the hare. Anyhow, that's where we're running from again this Saturday, and if the new-found rainy season does its thing on schedule, don't expect to stay dry for long!

SH3 Run #1795, Saturday November 14, 2015, 4:00 p.m. (we mean it this week!)
Hare: Beavershot
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 4.7k and turn left for 10.2k, then turn left and bear right at the Y junction after 200m and follow the road/track for a further 2.2k to the runsite.

Twisted mind? Surely some mistake! Or maybe he was thinking of HH3, who coincidentally will be running from just off Poonakan on Sunday (15th November, 4:00 p.m ) Misdirections are something like: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 4.6k and turn left for 8k then right (at Wat Keow Kloy into Poonakan) for about 6k then turn right and go about 400 meters to the run site on the left opposite Tungnai school. Hares, it is believed, are the sex people, who last week set one of the best HH3 runs in living memory, but don't let that put you off!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Cherie's Lament

Typical! They steal me from my family (Money? What's that?) and dump me in a wilderness of that nasty green stuff that we use as a latrine and expect me to eat it. C'mon guys. Do you drink the water out of the toilet bowl? (Don't answer that Lucky!) Then they fill my house up with nasty sweaty people who seem to think that I'm some kind of dog; yeah buddy, just try that stroking crap again and you'll find out what a horn is for!
And then... do I get to run? I mean was I even asked? That little tart Lucky goes off again with the tall guy who feeds me bananas and bread (at least someone in this hell hole understands what an ungulate likes!) and I'm left entertaining the lame and lazy, when given half a chance I'd be out there at the front of the pack - until I happened to pass some tasty tree or other when I might just have to stop for a quick browse....

Ok Cherie, calm down! You were registered. Sadly, too late to be iced but we now have a new goat runner who should we happen to have another 4 parties at Egg Towers will have to be named so get thinking!

What did she miss?

About 7k all up with a total ascent of about 30 m - it was flat! The beer stop which represented the end of the short run was at about 4.1k with the result that by the time the short runners reached it and had been transported back to the run site, the long runners were already safely at home.
A party followed which went on quite late and involved consuming large numbers of beers. Neither Yardo nor Stick Insect felt capable of driving home and took advantage of the presence of handy Saffers who had not been quite so ambitious in their alcoholic consumption.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Inside if wet

Saturday's SH3 run is a triple birthday run celebrating the proximity if not the actuality of  the anniversaries of R2D2, Egghead and Peppered Pussy's births. Let us draw a veil over the precise numbers individually involved but if we tell you that their combined birthdays total 141 it shouldn't be too difficult to work them all out.

Whilst the run cannot itself be magically translocated inside, if, as seems possible, the weather is little inclement, what follows can.
What follows will be a party which should feature lots of good food and a little (or a lot of) beer. All are welcome. The runsite and the party are both at Egg Towers - see allegedly confusing, but accurate map below or follow the magic misdirections:

Songkhla Hash House Harriers run #1794, Saturday  November 7th 2015, Run starts 4:00 p.m. (ok, 4:15 at a push)
Hare: Egghead
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 4k and turn left then go 5.2k (don't go straight ahead at 4k but follow the road as it bends round to the right) and turn right through the temple arch at Wat Borogam, then follow the road for 200m and turn right, keeping the temple wall on your left for about 300m. Turn left at the T junction and then after less than 100m turn right to the car parking area.

No news yet of the whereabouts or whoabouts of the HH3 run on Sunday. Details will no doubt be available on Saturday or will be posted here if they become available sooner.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween Nightmare Run #1793

The long run overall length was 8.6kms, which included the 7 checks, 6 false trails, and one check-back. The total ascent was 311m, reaching a maximum height of 199m, after a rather nasty steep & muddy climb of 140m. The front runners returned to the runsite in about 90mins, including about 10mins spent at the beer stop after an easy jog down the "mountain" along a construction track. Even though Buk Toy was only a few minutes behind the long runners, he returned with assistance of his hand torch in the rapidly fading light. The short run was a very short 2.7kms, with a total ascent of just 76m, but it did involve getting their feet wet at the “river” crossing.