Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Happy birthday to us!

SH3's slightly early birthday run will take place this coming Saturday and everybody is invited and welcome to attend. The registration will be 100 Baht (50 Baht for kids) which will cover the run, the food prepared by our team of international chefs (well, one of them is an Aussie!) and free beer and other drinks all evening. The event is being held at Worm and Not the Full Shilling's palatial residence in Poonakan Rd., or at least, at the workshop there.
Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1945, Saturday October 20, 2018. 4:30 p.m.
Hares: Egghead and Little Tool
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 4.7k and turn left for 8k then at the Wat Keow Kloy traffic lights turn right for 1.3k to the run site inside the big gates at 7.023149° 100.568478°, on the right. Follow signs to the car parking area.
Details of the HH3 run on Sunday and the Full Moon H3 run the following week will be posted later and.or announced on Saturday.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The rise and rise of SH3

Yesterday's reprise of the rumble long run saw our biggest Saturday attendance so far this year, with 47 registered runners including the 2 hares, a figure bettered only once this year on our Sunday outing in June after HH3's 900th run. That figure is itself likely to be blown away at next week's birthday run, but generally there is no doubt that after a long period where SH3's existence seemed to be in doubt, we are now definitely on the up!
To mark the occasion pretty much everybody squeezed into three pick ups, and was taken round to the other side of the hill then followed a somewhat different route round, rather than through the quarry, joining the rumble run around the back of the Korakot restaurant with a slight diversion about 6k into the run for the beer stop and the end of the short run. Then the long run headed back out onto the trail to complete the 8.6k as dusk fell with the short runners arriving back at the run site about 30 minutes later via pick up.
The only casualty was Gan Yao who decided to attempt the hill crossing rejected for the rumble run on the basis that it was too tough for our visitors. Gan Yao reached a similar conclusion as he too noticed the descending darkness, returning to the base of the hill and following the general route of the rumble run in the reverse direction and thus eventually arriving at Nam Noi where he sought and was given directions back to the CP factory by a guy in a pick-up who immediately sped off in that direction without offering him a lift!
Thanks to the hares for a great run - it was worth waiting for! And thanks to everyone who turned out, particularly the 6 new runners and a big contingent from HH3, who ran or walked for upwards of an hour and then drank the beer truck dry! Hashing in Songkhla has never been better than this!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Rumbling on!

This week's SH3 run is for all those who for some reason did not do the Rumble-Back-to-Mother long run a month back, which includes just about everybody from SH3 bar a hare or two! So we'll all be able to relive the full grandeur of half the run, or about a quarter of it if you do the short run! Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers" run #1944 Saturday October 13, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Hares: Innuendo and Little Tool
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo Intersection take the old Hatyai road for 6.5k and do a U-turn. Come back 100m and turn left immediately before the CP factory then go 1k to the runsite on the right in the car park behind the community center at 7.086344° 100.545237°. The runs will both be A-B and transport to the A sites will leave the B site sharp at 4:30 so please try not to be late.

Sunday's HH3 run is from Budokan's auxiliary residence in Poonakan Soi 10 at 6.998002° 100.515254°, which coming from Wat Keow Kloy is 8k on the left or 3k on the right if you are coming from the Kanjanawanit Rd. junction. The hare is Rrrrrrrrrobocop!

Finally, for various very good reasons, SH3's birthday run this year will be held a week early on 20th October and will be hosted in the garden of Worm and Not the Full Shilling's house at the top end of Poonakan. Inspired by last weekend's excellent HH3 event, the cost will be 100 Baht, the food will be provided by SH3's resident chefs and there should be loads of free beer as long as we get some beer sponsors this weekend!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Where the beaver used to roam

After all the excitement of electing a new GM at Hatyai hash on Saturday, Sunday's HH3 run was back to business as usual, as Kai Jeow set two longish but flattish runs in territory that in days gone by were regularly patrolled by Sex Weasel, aka Beavershot. The long run was around 8.9k all up but more than a kilometer of that was accounted for by the F's and the single X.

Meanwhile, the normally reliable measurer of the short run, Sex Teacher had apparently short cut so was unable to provide an accurate length, but the hare recorded it as in the region of 5.5k. That short cut enabled her and the equally short cutting Not the Full Shilling (HH3 name unknown) to arrive at the beer stop first in about an hour, followed by the FRB's on the long run, with the remainder of both runs drifting in over the course of the next 15 minutes, with Sex Printer thoughtfully sweeping up some long run stragglers and arriving last.

A slightly lower turnout than of late at HH3 witnessed new GM, Sexy Cop's first circle which was carried off with some aplomb. The occasion was marked by the three current local GMs, all of whom are female, gracing the ice together, belying the impression you might get further south that hashers are just a bunch of misogynistic old men. As if!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

At last!

Just in case anyone has a last minute urge to join the HH3 run this afternoon The runsite is at Nam Tok Tone Lua at 6.896383° 100.236171° or thereabouts. It's about an hour's drive from the Ko Yo intersection, via the new Hatyai road, then left at the end for 1.5k, then right at the Khuan Lang intersection onto the road signposted to Rattaphum and Tone Na Chang. The turn off left onto the 4026 is about 9k along, then follow the map above and hash signs. The ante is 100 Baht for named HH3 runners, 500 Baht for guests.
The details for tomorrow (Sunday)'s HH3 run are unchanged from below.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

A double Hatyai weekend

This weekend, HH3 will be hosting two runs as they will be electing a new GM on Saturday, which would generally happen at an outstation run. However, this year although they will be taking over SH3's normal Saturday slot, the run will not be a million miles away from Hatyai as can be seen from the map above. Ok, so things are still a bit vague but more precise details will be given as soon as they are made available.
What do we know?
There will be a car rally to the run site starting from Hatyai Park at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday with lunch to follow. The run itself is intended to start at 3:30 p.m. but that may slip a little to accommodate latecomers including anyone who can't join the car rally. Following the run, all the beer and food will be included in the price which is 100 Baht for named Hatyai H3 runners, 500 Baht for guests and non-HH3-named runners.  Those who want to stay should take camping gear and there will be ample space for tents etc. The location of the run site, which is currently a closely guarded secret, is not the same as the 900th run but is in the same general area. More information will be passed on as soon as it is released.

Sunday's run, which will be a regular HH3 run (i.e., 60 Baht for adults, 30 Baht for kids), will be set by Kai Jeow (alias Egghead) and will be from the football field behind Wat Khokpayomsukaram at Nern Pijit. SH3 runners who can't make the HH3 run on Saturday or who don't qualify for the members' rate are recommended to come to the Sunday run, where they will be made very welcome.
Misdirections are:
From the Ko Yo intersection take the Old Hatyai road for 4.7k and turn left. follow the road ahead through Tha Kham and past Wat Keow Kloy, then at 11k follow the road as it bends right at Wat Nern Pijit for a further 1k then turn right for 1k to the run site at  6.988001°100.571269°

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Today's HH3 run and next weekend's runs.

Today's HH3 runsite directions as best as can be managed are: 

From the Klong Wa intersection (Phetkasem road/Route 43) go south on the road towards Sadao for 4k and turn left at a set of traffic lights into Klongyatai Rd. Follow that road for 5k (6.929553° 100.513064°) and turn left at the hash sign until you see indications of a run site. The coordinates may not be completely accurate as they just refer to a point 5k along Klongyatai road, so start looking for the hash sign from about 4k onwards as the most likely left turn appears to be at about 4.5k based on a Google Earth survey! 

One more thing, based on discussions between committee members in residence, the intention today is to cede next Sunday's run back to HH3 rather than attempt to hold an SH3 run on Sunday, which means that there would be no actual SH3 run next weekend, even though the location and hare for the run on Sunday would still be the same (i.e. the football pitch past Wat Nern Pijit and Egghead). The decision is partly diplomatic but also takes into consideration the fact that last time SH3 took over HH3's slot we were forced to ask them to help us to run the beer truck and to provide enough food, and it was not exactly easy for our beloved GM to run the circle in English when 90% of the people there only spoke Thai! If anyone has any objections to this plan please register them below or on the SH3 thread on fb messenger.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

1943: the renaissance continues

The 2018 pussy birthday run presented a strange combination of statistics with the long run only exceeding 70m if you were unlucky enough to find some of the more extravagant Fs and Xs and the short run doing the hill thing and getting up to about 145m, while not breaking the 3k barrier horizontally. The long run was about 6.8k without the checks and for most of the run the whole pack were within hailing distance of each other although that all seemed to change after the fifth check and the first check-back. Good turnout again though despite a few notable absences with everyone bar the beer truck driver either setting or running one or other of the runs and some great food from our celebrity chefs including the newly named "Jim not Jim" or however we are going to spell that one!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Probably pussies!

Like the picture above, Saturday's hares are probably pussies, although at time of writing their identity is not clear. Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run# 1943, Saturday, September 29, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Hares: Various pussies to be declared
Misdirections: From the Kao Seng intersection take the old Yala road for 8.1k and do a U turn. Come back 100m and turn left immediately after Ban Dan school. Go 2k to the run site on the right at  7.105447° 100.616206°. Park in the rubber or on the road if necessary. From Hatyai, coming from Nam Noi, the best way is to take the old road to the Kuan Hin traffic lights then turn right and head for the new Yala road (straight ahead at 4k then follow the road for about 2k). Do a U turn then head south and turn left towards Ko Tau at  7.087201° 100.616400° and follow the road through the village to arrive at Ban Dan, 300m south of the school at  7.104409° 100.633113°. Then follow the directions above. Alternatively coming via Poonakan/Tha Kham, head East towards the big tree and make it across to the old Yala road that way then go North until you reach Ban Dan school and turn left.

Sunday's HH3 run is down beyond the Klong Wa intersection on the road heading south towards Sadao in the general area of Ban Pru. More details, a map and hopefully some coordinates to follow later. The hare is believed to be Sax Sanan.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

1942: Not the pussy run!

Generally around this time of year we are treated to a pussy run by our ladies section who mostly seem to celebrate their birthdays in September. But this year due to unforeseen circumstances that's been postponed, possibly for a week maybe for longer.

So into the breach steps In-U-Endo who though no pussy will be attempting to set a run with just a hint of femine touch (i.e. he should have had a female co-hare but that fell through as well!)
Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run # 1942, Saturday September 22, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Hare: In-U-Endo
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 4.7k and turn left for 8k to Wat Keow Kloy then turn right into Poonakan. Go 1.2k and turn left for 300m opposite the sacred ju-ju tree (aka the spirit house scrap-yard) to the run site on the left. From Hatyai the turning is 9.8k up from the junction with Kanjanawanit road on the right.

Sunday's HH3 run is being set from near the elephant camp on the old Hatyai road, about 1k beyond Nam Noi, on the left if you are coming from Songkhla. If you are coming from Hatyai you will need to go about 500m beyond the run site and do a U turn. The hare is... Vaseline!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

HH3 today: On the road again, again!

From Songkhla: From the Ko Yo intersection take the new Yala road for 6.5k and cross the carriageway onto the unused section of road then follow it for 500m to the run site at the top of the hill (7.086898° N 100.610967°E). From Hatyai the suggested route is to take the old Hatyai road to the Kuan Hin traffic lights then turn right and go 4k, then follow the road straight ahead (i.e. left, as the road bends right). Go 1k then follow the hard top road left at the 4-way intersection for 500m and at the junction with the NYR, turn right along the hard shoulder onto the unused section. The hares are IT UT and Sex Sprinter

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Recce in haste lay at leisure

Run 1941 was the product of a postponed recce which should have taken place on Wednesday as the antidote to the post-rumble hangover, but got put off to Thursday afternoon when the hares could only spare an hour or two with the result this Saturday morning's lay required rather more time to complete than usual. Was the result worth it? Possibly as the only real complaint was from the FRB's who found that they got confused by some of the checks...Er, yes! That's the whole point!
For the record, stripped of its Fs and Xs, the long run was about 6k, a mere 2k longer than the short run, and the total ascents were about 200m and a bit more than 100m respectively. The long run got up to 140m while the short run made it to 112. The first long runner was home in around 1 hr 9 mins, by which time the short run were already organizing the food and tucking into the beer. Another good turnout, partly because Phayok (formerly known as Nay, Conebrain's personal trainer) keeps bringing along all those lovely people who seem to be really enjoying the hash experience, so much so that some of them seem unwilling to get back to the runsite! But no search parties were necessary this week and the hare was not required to add searching to recceing, laying and sweeping!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The return of the yellow shirts!

No, they're not on their way to stop Bangkok this time, but were just a part of the HH3 team who turned out at Hatyai Station on Tuesday morning to welcome our guests from around the world who joined us for a remarkably well-organised and much enjoyed "rumble". Not sure how SH3 can follow that but we will try!

So Saturday's run is Egghead's attempt to make up for the short-comings of his last run and is being set in country where it is highly unlikely that any one else would dare to go to move the paper!
Details are;
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1941, Saturday, September 15, 4:30 p.m.
Hares: Egghead and Harram
Misdirections. From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 4.7k and turn left. Go through the traffic lights at Tha Kham (6k) and at Wat Keow Kloy (8k) go ahead for a further 2.3k then turn left and after 200m turn right (it used to be straight ahead but it's now definitely a right turn!) Follow the road and track for 1.2k to the run site on the left at N7 00.641 E100 35.691.  If you are coming from Hatyai, either get to the Nam Noi traffic lights and head for Tha Kham then turn right for 4.3kor get to the top of Poonakan (Wat Keow Kloy) and turn right for 2.3k, then turn left etc.

Sunday's HH3 run is unannounced as of yet so details will be added in appropriate places later.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Separated at birth

These warm wonderful human beings have planned, sweated, recce’d and rehearsed to bring you the following:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1940, Saturday September 8th 2018. 4:30 p.m.
Hares: Eightball & Gan Yao
Misdirections: From the Koh Yoh intersection take the new Yala Road for 900 meters. Turn left at the sign as if going to Pa Prem’s Place. Go for 300 meters and turn left for 50 meters to the carefully sited car park. For those with access to technology (and children to show us how to use it!) co-ordinates are: 7°07’39.83”N 100°35’15.17”E

This Sunday there is no HH3 run as everyone involved will be working at the big sala behind the CP factory to get ready for the Train rumble run on Tuesday 11th September. Any extra hands welcome!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

250 Lays? Back to the drawing board!

You would think that after 249 previous lays,  Egghead (ably assisted by Little Tool) would have been able to lay a decent run yesterday, particularly since this one was in his own backyard and didn't exactly break new ground either territory- or track-wise. But no! ignoring one of the Yardstick golden rules (Don't set checks where the long and short runs depart/join) the run managed to lose half the short run (including OaY who also should have known better!) seriously delay Lot Rakaa and family, and confuse the hell out of the long run. Ok, so the situation was not helped by the apparent intervention of some knowledgeable locals (we know who you are!) who not only relaid a section of the run at the beginning and picked up a whole section after the first 360, but also laid a completely new 360 between Fs 5 and 6, thus totally screwing up the long and short run junction which also suffered from some rain damage rendering the short-run paper invisible.

The upshot was that All Black, Eightball and R2D2 came back via the road and the first person to arrive beyond the final check, which by then Egghead had by-passed, was Super Pig followed by most of the short runners who had been herded through the confusion by Little Tool. OaY's group arrived from the wrong direction having used local knowledge to no good effect, and the long run were eventually found at the back of the village and called onto the paper.

But eventually everyone arrived at the run site where there was some great food courtesy of SH3's expanded culinary section to combat the inclement weather, which sadly had one final go at damping down the proceedings before the circle ensued. Winner of the poker game was (ahem!) All Black who by dint of swapping her two jokers, (each of which qualified for a beer) for two queens, ended up with five ladies, beating Sex Sprinter's 5 Jacks which had been more honestly collected on the run.

For the record, the long run all in was 6.8k and the short run, 5.1k with negligible ascent and a high point of about 55m at the first road crossing. The good news? Well that was the turn-out, which despite the weather and the absence of a number of regulars, was in excess of 40 with no less than 6 new runners and barely a hound left at the run site, so 40 people actually out on the runs. The moral to be drawn from the confusion? Recce, recce recce! With the run being set at short notice and the checks being laid on the fly, there was always the potential for disaster although circumstances combined to cause the problem and at the end of the day most people had fun and we will certainly be repeating the poker tournament idea ... as long as we can find somewhere to buy the cards!

Friday, August 31, 2018

You gotta know when to hold....

This Saturday sees the running of the annual SH3 Mother Hen memorial 5-card draw poker run. Don't remember that one? Well that's because it's the first time this soon to be regular feature of hashing in Songkhla has actually been held. More information at the run-site tomorrow when hare, Little Tool has worked out the kinks.

Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1939, Saturday September 1st 2018. 4:30 p.m.
Hares: Little Tool and Egghead.
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 4k and turn left at the Kuan Hin Traffic lights. Follow the road for 6k (don't turn left at 4k, but follow the road round to the right) and turn right at the hash sign, then at the Y junction in 150m turn right to the run site on the left at 7.066813N 100.605000E. From Hatyai, the turn at the Kuan Hin traffic lights is to the right, or you can go via the Tha Kham crossroads and head east towards the big tree. After 5k, turn left under the new temple arch on the road heading for Kao Long then after 600m take the right fork on the Y junction and head through 2 villages for about 1.8k, crossing one crossroad in the process. At the second crossroad turn left and go 2.5k then turn left at the hash sign, etc.

Sunday's HH3 run is being set from the football field at Tung Ngai (Poonakan Rd., 4.5k down from Wat Keow Kloy or 6,5k up from the Kanjanawanit road traffic lights). The hares include Nong Gop and the real Sex of the Man.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Run 1938

A good turnout again with one new runner, Seb, and a brief return visit from Raccoon Ass ensuring our continuing existence, but also our ongoing search for hares. As usual Egghead has been filling the breach, but come on all we can't let him do it ALL the time, so please, if at all possible let him have a break from time to time. Offer to set a run now!
Back to yesterday's runs. The short run was a flattish run with no big hills, while the long run was a flattish run with just the one hill. The long run length, including the 8 "F"s and one checkback, which nobody found, totalled 7.4km and the maximum elevation was less than 200m, so all in all seemed to be enjoyed by even some of the short runners joining the long runners ranks. The short run was quite long at 4.6km and reached an elevation of almost 100m.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The yardo now leaving.... and a pre-training run.

Saturday's SH3 run will be Yardo's last for a month or so as he is off to PNG to fill the Talen coffers again. Details are:

Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1938, Saturday August 25, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Hare: Yardstick
Misdirections: From the Kao Seng intersection take the Old Yala Road for 16km (5.3km from the NYR / OYR intersection at Ang Thong) and turn right just before Wat Kuhn Thong. After 2.0km turn left and proceed approximately 1.2km along the new concrete & dirt road to the runsite at 7° 01.922' N  100° 38.514' E. 

Hatyai visitors take the Nam Noi - Thung Wang road through Ban Tha Kam to Ban Sai Khao then go straight ahead past the big tree for 1.4km and turn right for 1.2km.

Sunday's HH3 run is being set by the up-coming train event long-run team  whose anguished cries about the state of the hill they are supposed to be going over have been audible and of unusual vehemence! So on Sunday they will be trying out some of the friendly bits of their run as an A-B with the run site adjacent to the big quarry on the New Hatyai road at N7° 06.150' E 100° 31.042'. 

The runsite can be approached from the New Hatyai road. If coming from Songkhla, from the Ko Yo intersection take the new Hatyai road for about 8.5k and turn left just after the True Moves tower on the road heading for Nam Noi. After about 350m turn left and go 500m to the runsite. From Hatyai approaching the runsite from the NHR will involve going past the run site for almost 2k and doing a U turn then coming back and turning left. Alternatively from the OHR at the Nam Noi traffic lights turn left (from Hatyai) or right (from Songkhla) and go about 5.5k then turn right for the runsite. Map now added below.

Finally, for those who don't know, Raccoon Ass (Mel Herring) is in town for a few days and will be having a few beers in Songkhla tomorrow evening probably starting at Oscars Bar around 7:30 p.m. so if you can please come along and make it a night to remember for Raccoon Ass.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Hatyai H3 tomorrow, 19-8-2018

From the Ko Yo intersection take the 4.7k turn off left from the OHR and head for Tha Kham (6k) Turn left for about 4.5k and look for the hash sign on the right at   7.039606° 100.609055° or a bit beyond. Follow the track for about 1k. From  Hatyai get to Tha Kham (north for 2k from Wat Keow Kloy or East from Nam Noi for 7k) and head East towards the big tree for 4.5k etc.