Friday, December 29, 2017

Out with the old....

For our final run of 2017, stalwarts, Conescrew and Short of Brains will be bringing down the curtain on a mildly forgettable year, before SH3 rises phoenix-like from its own ashes next week and turns a new page in its checkered history. And who said that mixing metaphors wasn't a good idea?

Details are: Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run # 1905, Saturday, December 30th 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Hares Short Screw and Conebrain.
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the new Yala road for 836.65m (oh, ok, 850! and turn left then immediately right into the run site where Star Golf used to be.

Beyond that, the remains of 2017 beckon with the likelihood of a few beers and maybe a bite to eat after the run (details to be decided) and then the HH3 New Year's Eve party on Sunday evening, which kicks off at 6:00 p.m. or any time you fancy arriving, and is at Gold Star (Buk Toy's yard: go 12k down the old Hatyai road to the Ko Mi traffic lights and do a U turn. Come back 500m and Gold Star is on the left).  For those who don't fancy the drive home, there is lots of covered space where you can bed down for the night, but a sleeping bag would be a useful accessory as would a cattle prod if you don't fancy sharing it with Mi. Alternatively there will be a camping area if you enjoy your privacy and can be bothered to erect your tent. But do try to put in an appearance; there will, as usual, be lots of food and copious amounts of beer and other uplifting beverages and the evening will feature a number of hash acts including the SH3 Barber Shop Quartet performing a tender ballad about the joys of motherhood. Don't miss it - it's a once-only performance, or it will be once the audience get hold of them afterwards!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Robocop's Christmas cracker

...or damp squib perhaps. By the miracle of Hash cooperation and a bit of artistic license here is Sunday's HH3 run, long run in red with the broken purple line representing the sensible option taken by the short run, or at least some of them as there was actually no short run set. Assuming this is more or less correct the long run was only about 3.5k and got up to about 180 meters. Hmmm... just as he was doing so well!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Happy Christmas to all our readers (now with added HH3)

It's the season of good cheer so appropriate headwear would be, well... appropriate for tomorrow's run which is being set by Sex Sprinter from somewhere behind Ban Dan School.

Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1904, Saturday December 23 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Hare: Sex Sprinter and friends
Misdirections: From the Kao Saeng intersection take the old Yala road for 8 km then do a U turn after Ban Dan School at 7.105488° 100.632947°. Come back 200 meters past the school and turn left at the hash sign, then follow the road for about 3k or until you hit the run site.

After the run there will be a shortish circle in order to allow everybody to get into town for the Hot Bread Shop Christmas party. Please do try to come along to support both the run and the party as there are likely to be more than a few visitors from KL including Softy and Temp in transit to Texas.

Hatyai Hash on Sunday is somewhere in the Northern Hemisphere and our best guess is that it will be within medium-range ballistic missile distance of Songkhla, and will be set by someone with two heads (ok, we made that up. It will probably be Robocop). But beyond that who knows? Details will be posted appropriately sometime in advance of the actual run.

As predicted it's the man with two heads!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Run 1903 Done!!

For anyone interested in such things, above is the track for Saturday's SH3 run. With another small but determined turnout for the run in unusually good weather compared with what we have been having in the last few months. The long run was again about 7.0km including the 7 false trails, 6 checks & 1 checkback, and one beerstop; with a total ascent of 260m but never attaining a greater elevation difference then 60m. Even though I could have sworn those hills looked higher, as Gan Yao will attest to.

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!)