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.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Last chance!

We're in the final stages of organizing the 1900th run on the 25th November. The venue will be no more than a 30 minute drive from either Songkhla or Hatyai and the registration fee will be no more than was charged for the birthday run (100 Baht) for active or regular runners or for guests/new runners (300 Baht). The hares will be Curry in a Hurry, (to whom many thanks for some generous sponsorship) and Egghead. We currently have 50+ people registered. If you want to check if you or your friends are registered the list is here on the Hash One Drive page. If you want to add your name please either respond to this post or send an email to by Thursday (November 16th) midday. If you register after that we can't guarantee....anything!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Tomorrow's HH3 run today!

Not content with having set us a fair old run this afternoon, Sex Printer in the good company of  Sex Blackman will be setting tomorrow's (Sunday November 12th) HH3 run from another of Beavershot's cast-offs: From Wat Keow Kloy, take Poonakan for 1.2 k and turn left opposite the pale shadow of a big tree then follow the concrete road for 500m or so to the run site. If it's any comfort, he promises it won't be as hard as today's SH3 run (well it's a comfort to me anyway!)

Friday, November 10, 2017

After the rain...

And the rain let up
and the sun came out
and were getting quite dry
Almost let a pick-up truck
nearly pass us by...

So, the rain seems to have stopped and with Sex Sprinter and Buk Toy setting the SH3 run this Saturday and the event having been advertised to the HH3 fraternity as being registration day for the birthday run in 2 weeks time, there should be a good vernacular turn out this week. It would therefore be nice if we could match that with a better farang turn-out than we seem to have been managing lately. Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run#1898, Saturday 11th November, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Hares: Sex Sprinter and Buk Toy
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 4.7k and turn left for 6k then turn left at the Tha Kham crossroads for about 4.5k and look for the sign on the right opposite the moto-cross track, at  7.039608°N 100.609081°E. Park considerately beneath the rubber trees trying not to churn up the ground too much!

Sunday's HH3 run is...well, you know... It'll be added later.

Now, that birthday run. Out of the confusion and misinformation comes... well, more confusion and a complete lack of information. You're just going to have to trust your committee, or those of them who are in the know to get it all organised for the 25th November. Trust, as in we're not telling you the location nor the cost (although that is not going to break anybody's budget) and we're not even going to tell you who the hares are, mainly because that is still slightly up in the air. Suffice it to say that there will be a run there will be beer and there will be something to eat. And as long as we all turn up there will be good company good crack and quite likely the odd song to enliven the evening. Those who have already signaled their attendance by indicating an interest here or on the facebook messenger page are already registered and if you haven't done so already you can add your name through either channel, or just let us know this weekend that you are coming. Registering will ensure that you get your share of whatever is coming on the day....say no more. If you don't register then nothing is guaranteed!

Monday, November 6, 2017

A wet one

Yesterday's HH3 run will probably go down as being memorable for all  the wrong reasons as the culmination of 3 days' rain almost caused both runs to be called off.

Setting the long run on Sunday morning as the rain fell steadily, the hare noted the crossing  of the first stream to be a little wider than had been the case on the recce earlier in the week, and towards the end of the lay, observed that the crossing of a second stream  was a little wet under foot, but nothing to be concerned about at that stage of the run.

Come the afternoon however, the hare having left the short run to be set immediately before the off, discovered that the first stream at the point where the short run was due to cross it on the in trail, a little lower down its course than the first crossing on the out trail, had, to put it mildly, become rather swollen and in an effort to find a more comfortable point upstream,  eventually arrived back at the first crossing point which was by then in the middle of a raging torrent. Finding himself on the other side of the river to the run site, the hare then made the decision to cross and was promptly swept away, only managing to stop himself by grabbing hold of some vegetation on the opposite shore on a bend. At that point neither run seemed feasible as both had to get across the river, and the short run had to somehow cross it twice. Nevertheless after some disbelieving looks from the assembled packs at the suggestion that the runs should be abandoned, hare, Kai Jeow aided by Lady of the Lamp and Knobshot set off with a skein of rope to try to construct a safe (albeit aqueous!) river crossing, but in the event, with a conveniently discovered tree trunk, were able to erect a makeshift bridge by wedging it behind two handily located trees and then use the rope as a handhold (Beaver please note, you would have been proud of our efforts), across which the long run, swiftly followed by the short run crossed while Sex Printer braved the rapids to hold the log steady. Not only that, but the short run having no other crossing point later made the perilous journey back across the river using the makeshift bridge a second time, this time without the steadying influence of Sex Printer.

Meanwhile the long run reached the beer stop in about 1hr 15mins from whence the hare had intended to transport them back to the run site to avoid their crossing of the second stream which by the sound of it was probably even more dangerous than the first. The pack had different ideas however and Kai Jeow was forced to set off with the soggy remains of a bag of paper and relay the end of the run to take it via what was a marginally less wet crossing a little downstream and thus to complete the whole run.

For the record, the long run with four fairly modest F's and no X's was 7.5k, and the short run with only one F was 3.9k. The long run ascended 354m to a maximum height of 297m with the short run climbing to 157m and descending to a low point of 80m. Thanks to all for not giving up and not getting drowned in the process, and to my two fellow bridge-builders for their invaluable assistance in the absence of a real beaver. Thanks also to Star Soccer for the gift of beer and to the HH3 cook-team for a sumptuous spread on a less than clement day.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Whack, whack, whack!


This week's SH3 run is being set by Sex Sprinter and the run site is on the other side of the big tree-Khun Thong road almost opposite where we were (or weren't in most cases!) last week. Details are:

Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1897, Saturday November 4, 4:30 p.m.
Hares: Sex Sprinter and Buk Toy
Misdirections: From the Kao Saeng intersection  take the old Yala road for 16k and turn right before Wat Khun Thong. Go 1.5k and turn left for about 500m. Follow indications to the run site either in the rubber on the left at 7.037663°N 100.643658°E, or, depending on accessibility, up at the top of the small hill immediately ahead. Hatya'isters should get to Tha Kham and go East for about 6k to the big tree then go straight ahead for another 2k and the turning is on the right.

HH3's run on Sunday is being set by Kai Jeow and the run site is out Nern Pijit way: From the old Hatyai road, 4.6k turn, go 10k (2k beyond Wat Keow Kloy) and turn left. After 150m follow the road round to the left and then for a further 2.1k to the runsite at 7.016616°N 100.598455°E.

On Friday night there is a quiz night at the Office Bar starting at 8:00 p.m. at which yours truly will be the quiz master. The much-reduced Hash team got roundly beaten last time out so needs all the support it can get! (Whack, whack, whack!)

Finally: last chance to register your support for doing something for the 1900th run in 3 weeks' time. Visit the Online Scum or the Facebook Messenger page to indicate your interest. The response so far has been to put it mildly, underwhelming, but like the man said, it's not over by a long shot (is it?)