Saturday, June 23, 2018

SH3: the afternoon after the night before

After their excellent 900th run today, HH3 have generously donated their regular weekly slot on Sunday to SH3 so that this Sunday's run will be:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run  #1929, Sunday June 24th, 4:30 p.m.
Hare: Ru Man Kap
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 4.7k and turn left for 12.2k (passing Wat Keow Kloy at 8k and Wat Nern Pijit at about 11k in the process) then turn right for 1k to the run site on the football pitch on the right. Pretty much everybody who was at the HH3 run today has said that they will be coming along, so if you didn't make that try to get to the SH3 run to keep all those good vibes from this afternoon's run vibrating.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

HH3 900

SH3 will be taking part in the HH3 900th run celebrations this Saturday, June 23, 2018, run starts at 3:00 p.m. (or to be advised) so there will be no run in Songkhla as such but the location of the HH3 run, which is close to the Wang Pa waterfall is shown on the map above.
Some caveats:
  • The run site is at:  6.892467° 100.237799°
  • This map starts at the turn off for the Ton Na Chang Waterfall on the 4026. In order to get to that point you should take the new Hatyai road and turn left at the T junction at the end onto route 4/AH2 for about 1.3k then turn right at the next big intersection onto the 4267 (or according to the map, 4067) signposted to Satun and Ton Na Chang Waterfall. 
  • Follow that road for about 9k then turn left onto the 4026 signposted to Ton Na Chang Waterfall and follow that road for 10.4k...
  • ...then turn left at the hash sign onto the 5017 (or according to Google Maps 5071)....  
  • ...then just follow the map and look for the hash signs...
  • ...don't be phased by the rest of the distances, they assume that you zero your trip-meter at the 4026 turn off so the run site is actually only about another 7.5k from the first hash sign.
  • The final approach to the run site may be challenging for lesser vehicles so if you think your vehicle may be challenged give someone a call at the final hash sign and transport can be arranged.
  • If you are going to stay the night, as far as is known there isn't any accommodation provided so a tent is highly advisable! 
  • But all are welcome and if you fancy joining the run just turn up and pay 60 Baht...we hope!
Any questions?

It also seems likely that there will be a regular HH3 run on Sunday June 24, with the location yet to be confirmed (although when last heard it was a toss up between the football field at Tung Ngai and that at Nern Pijit. More details on Saturday or they will be posted here later.

Monday, June 18, 2018

It never rains....

...but it pours! HH3's run yesterday was held in conditions that would have been more appropriate for Manchester, or Melbourne maybe, as the temperature plummeted to the low 20's and the rain fell like... well like rain.

Half an our before the advertised start it was so heavy that the run site had to be moved onto the concrete football pitch and that move and the usual need to wait for still more runners delayed the start to almost 4:30, much to the concern of the hares. But all was well and probably because everybody knew more or less where they were going to be going, most of both the short and long runners were at the beer stop in about an hour, in good time to be able to get back to the run site before dark.

The known exception at that stage was Mr. Bean/Beanie so the hares set off in the Egg-truck in search, finding him almost back at the half way point standing by the side of the track looking confused and mumbling incoherently (ok, he was speaking Thai!) about four more people, who turned out to be not long runners as would be expected, but short runners, including Sexy Cop who had been reported to be safely back at the run site and Sagai who had apparently baulked at the hill and decided that as the long run was not going up it, they should follow that, little suspecting that the cunning hares were just delaying the inevitable climb. All five were loaded onto the back of the truck and transported back to a very damp run site.

For the record, the long run was 8.1k or 9k with the F's and the single X and ascended 279 meters in total getting up to 222m. The short run had a bit less ascent but still maxed at 209m at the beer stop and covered about 5.7k all in including a couple of the F's.

The evening ended with Ban Sai Kao's ditches (yes, Ditches) claiming another victim as Inchdick, possibly because he had former victim, Lady of the Lamp sitting in his truck, managed to get bogged down just north of the run site, eventually being pulled clear by the Egg-truck after some Heath-Robinsonesque methods employing rocks, planks of wood and a jack managed to free the vehicle from its bog. But once again the good people of Ban Sai Kao turned out to help as they have done on at least one occasion before.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

SH3's 1928th run!

Glad tidings from the hare:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1928, Saturday June 16, 2018. 16:30.
Hare: Gan Yao
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the new Hat Yai road for 
about 8.6km. Turn left by the hash sign onto the blacktop road. Go for 
250 meters and turn left by the sign, go 440 meters and park by the 
hare's Toyota Starship.
'Cause it’s such an idyllic spot some days the mozzies like it here too, 
so bring some repellent if they bother you.
Runsite is at: 7°06’09.15”N 100°31’02.40”E

From Hatyai this is probably best approached from the Nam Noi traffic lights. Turn left and go 6k and the hash sign will be on the right. If you need to come down Lopburiramesuan road, then look for the sign next to the opposite carriageway on the turning before the hill/True Moves tower than go 2k and do a U turn and come back 2k to the turning on the left etc.

Sunday's HH3 run is as advised below, at the football field at Ban Sai Kao at 7.033159° 100.624725°and is illustrated in the helpful graphic (let's not dignify it with the word "map") slightly less below.

















From Songkhla get to Wat Khun Thong (OYR, 16k and turn right for 3.5k then turn left just past the big tree and follow the road straight ahead (i.e. don't turn right after 150m) for about 800m. From Hatyai, get to Tha Kham and head East (towards the big tree) then just before the big tree at about 6k, turn right etc.  Please try to be there in time for a 4:00 p.m. start (well, ok, 4:10!)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

HH3's 900th run


On 23-24 June there will be a joint HH3 – SH3 run at Wang Pa waterfall on the way to Rathaphum in celebration of the HH3 900th run (more details later). Registration will be 60 baht and the T shirt will be 200 Baht. Please let Sex Sprinter know as soon as possible (i.e. before the weekend) if you want a shirt so that he can order your size. The rego and the T shirt can be paid for in advance at this Sunday’s (17th June) HH3 run which will be from the football field at Sai Kao (7.033159° 100.624725°).

Friday, June 8, 2018

Dream on!

Ok, so C-in-a-H has invoked MLK, so let's use him as our inspiration this week....
I have a dream hashers and harriets, that this will be the week when all those people who keep saying that they are going to come back to the hash will wake up tomorrow morning with a new sense of purpose and fill the run site with cars to overflowing. I have a dream that every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plane, and the crooked places will be made straight
....but then that's up to the hare! Details are:

Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1927, Saturday, June 9, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Hare: Yardstick
Misdirections: From the Kao Seng intersection take the Old Yala Road for 16 km (5.3 km from the NYR / OYR intersection at Ang Thong) and turn right just before Wat Kuhn Thong. After 2.0 km turn left and proceed approximately 1.2 km 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 East through Ban Tha Kam to Ban Sai Khao then go straight ahead  past the big tree for 1.4 km and turn right for 1.2 km.

Sundays HH3 run is being set by Robocop and unless anything has changed since last weekend will be from the football field at Tungnai (Poonakan, 4.5 k from Wat Keow Kloy. 6.5 k from the Kanjanawanit Rd traffic lights or about 2k from the GM's apartment! For anyone who has not been to HH3 recently, you might be surprised to know that attendances are pushing 70 these days with a big influx of new runners so it would be really nice if we could do the same thing at SH3 (Hint! Hint!)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Dam!


In case any encouragement were needed, here are a couple of shots of Saturday's idyllic run site taken by hare, Little Tool, and for those who missed the HH3 run at the same site a few months back, note that lovely concrete road which now stretches all the way back to the Nam Noi-Tha Kham road, so avoiding all that nasty pot-holey stuff that used to be involved in getting there.

Details are: Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1926, Saturday June 2, 2018.
Hares: Conebrain and Little Tool
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for about 10k to the Nam Noi traffic lights and turn left. Go 1.5k and turn right (at 7°02'47.5"N 100°31'55.8"E) then follow the road for about 1.5k to the run site (at 7°02'08.9"N 100°31'31.3"E).

Sunday's HH3 run has been entrusted to Sex Au Au and the run site is somewhere in the wastelands behind Macro. Details of how to get there, in the form of a map, will, it is hoped be added later.

Meanwhile, don't forget Little Tool and Tool Box's birthday party at Oscar's Bar on Friday night 1st June from 6:00 p.m. to which all are cordially invited.
As promised. From Wat Keow Kloy take Poonakan for about 9k and turn left at the hash sign then go across the klong and up the hill to a T junction and turn right onto the road coming from Gam Ling reservoir. (You can also get onto that road from the Ban Nai Lai turning but that's another story.) Look for the hash sign and then turn left and go an indeterminate distance to the run site on the right.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Ageless

This Saturday, our longest established active runner and our newest naming join forces to set a run together, and we're not saying which is which!
Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run # 1925, Saturday May 26, 2018
Hares: Raprakaa and Wi Wi
Misdirections: From the Koh Yor intersection go 7.4 km on the New Hatyai Road, make a sharp left turn at the entrance to the Korakot Restaurant (see picture below); go 200 meters and make a right turn then go 300 meters to the run site 
at  7.101813° N 100.526071° E.

The hares offer some cautionary advice:
 1. The road in front of the restaurant is rough with a large bump that will spoil the bottom of low sitting cars.  
 2.  Proceed past the run site for 200 meters, turn around and park near the run site on the left facing the main road.  There is an alternative turning place 50 m past the run site, on the left, but large ditches and uneven surface can also spoil your day if you get things slightly wrong.
3.  It goes without saying that mosquito repellent is a good idea!


Sunday's HH3 run will be set by Robocop and will be from the same run site as was used by SH3 (not HH3) last week, i.e. 1.3k along from Wat Pru Toh on the PruToh-Tung Ngai road or if you are coming from Poonakan, 5.5k from either Wat Keow Kloy or the  Kanchanawanit Road end, turn right or left, respectively and go 2.8k  (7.029317° N, 100.545433° E)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Yesterday's run and today's directions.

 A better than average turnout turned out and both long (7.1k) and short (4.5k) runs were well supported. The Beer stop almost didn't occur as the long run pack narrowly beat the hare, who was out laying the in trail for the short run, to the meeting point. But anguished cries of "Beer stop! Beer stop!" did the trick and the pack returned to enjoy the beer shortly before they were joined by the front end of the short run pack. The rest of the long run was therefore somewhat less athletically achieved and the 5th F, which must have been all of 10 meters long, caused some problems, with the result that the long run took close to an hour and a half to finish and trailed even the back end of the short run pack home.

Today's HH3 run is on the road leading up to Kan Lao - from Wat Keow Kloy take Poonakan Road for 5.5k and turn left just before Wat Tung Ngai (or from the bottom of Poonakan take it for 5.5k and turn right just after Wat Tung Ngai.) Follow the road for about 3.5k and turn right at the HH3 sign then follow the road until you see signs of a runsite.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Once more unto the breach...

Without the firm hand of the hare-raiser to fill the roster last week, this week's hares are again Egghead and co, and just for a change the run site is not a million miles from Poonakan, but this time on the other side of the road, not far from the Or Bor Tor at Pru Toh.
Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1924, Saturday May 19th, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Hares: Egghead etc.
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 10k to the Nam Noi traffic lights and turn left for 3.7k then turn right immediately after Wat Pru Toh for 1.3k to the run site on the left. From Hatyai, If you are coming from the PSU end of Poonakan, take the left turn at 5.5k just after Wat Tungnai and go 2.8k. The run site is on the right.

No news from HH3 yet, but there is the suggestion of a trip to Yala for a run there on 29th May (which is a holiday). The run actually takes place in Yala city and starts at 6:00 a.m. although there seem to be 4, 10, 21 and 42k options so that may depend on which one you feel capable of! If we were going to do it, it would probably be sensible to go down the previous evening and stay over night. Sex Sprinter is offering to put people up at his house down there which would probably involve sleeping bags and back pain, but Yardo has access to a resort with the unlikely name of the Egg House (really, really!) which costs 500 Baht a night for a room and has a nice area available to sit out in the moonlight and drink ...lime cordial-yeah! There is an online registration form (but no details) here. This will probably be discussed at the weekend so think about it!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

HH3 Today

,,,which roughly translated means that it's opposite the Sai Kao Resort. Get to Tha Kham and head East (towards the big tree) then look for a sign and turn right into the  rubber at about 4k. The hares  are Mr. Bean and Moo Toon with Sex Printer providing technical advice. HH3 runs start around 4:15 p.m. but call someone if you are going to be late and they'll wait.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

No Frills

With only time for a single recce and a late decision to set on Friday afternoon instead of Saturday, there was every chance that 1923 would be a disaster. But it all turned out ok with the modestly large pack following Sex Sprinter round for most of the way  before he disappeared off into short-cut land managing to rejoin the pack just as it began the final descent back to the runsite. All up, the long run was 7k including the generous X at the furthest point of the run which caught Stick Insect and had most of the long runners back together before the real ascent of the hill after 360 7. First home was SI as SS moved over to let him lead the pack home in 1 hr 12 mins, well after most of the short run were home from their 3.8k. The long run ascended 270m with the maximum just over 160m while the shout run ascended about half that to the same maximum height. Heartfelt pleas for shorter circles were heeded and everything was done and dusted by 7:00 p.m., so fast in fact that Palm Job was away and homeward bound before R2D2 could even politely inquire after a lift home. Meanwhile, Egghead slunk home for a well-earned break from haring duties... NOT! He's the hare next week!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

More Egg

This week's SH3 run gives Egghead another chance to add to his haul of lays as it approaches 250 for SH3 with another 140 or so for HH3 and HFMH3. You'd think after all those he might set a decent run once in a while!

This weekend's effort is conveniently placed in Poonakan, just in case the GM has a transport problem again! Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1923, Saturday May 12, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Hares: Egghead and Harram
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 4.7k then turn left for 8k then right (at Wat Keow Kloy) for 1.3k and then turn left for 500m to the run site. From the PSU end of Poonakan, the turning is at about 10k on the right. or if you are coming from Nam Noi, then get to Tha Kham, and head South for 2k to Wat Keow Kloy then turn right for 1.3k etc.

HH3 details for Sunday to follow shortly.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Deja vous?

Lady of the Lamp recovered from his apparently terminal directagnosia to realize that this was his own run (SH3 1919 - was it really only 3 runs ago?) set without some of the more extravagant additions. The short run reached the (unmarked - somewhere after F8) beer stop in about 50 mins. The long run got there in an hour 11.
What happened next? Too difficult to explain!

The almost non-return of the GM

After travelling halfway around the world to be with us at the hash on Saturday, and cancelling an important prior engagement, our GM was forgotten by our anonymous front runner (SS, no not the one in Blighty), and left waiting at the door at her home in Hatyai. Jumping on her steed and racing to be at the circle for the start of the run, meanwhile being rescued and escorted to the runsite by YS, our beloved GM, All Black, made a tumultuous return, to once again lead the flock through the valleys of horror.
Well actually more like the horrible hills, if one was to listen to the complaints of the back-checked long (& short) runners.
The long run was in fact only 4.8km long and only a mere 175m in ascent, so it should have been one of the easiest runs of the year. Admittedly there were the 3 check-backs & 7 false trails which may have added a little bit to the length, if anyone, and quite a few of the long runners did, venture down, or up, most of them. Luckily due to the tight confines of the surrounding hills, no-one was lost and everyone returned to the runsite for a rather long & boisterous circle.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The return of the GM

This weekend sees the return of our glorious leader who has been away in foreign parts collecting delicacies for us to enjoy, a selection of which she will no doubt be bringing on Saturday to the run site, details of which are:

Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1822, Saturday May 5, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Hares: Yardstick and Little Tool.
Misdirections: From the Kao Seng intersection take the old Yala road south for 17.6km (6.9km from the NYR / OYR intersection at Ang Thong) and turn right just after Ban Thang Khwai School with the bright yellow fence. After 1.2km turn right and follow the track through the rice paddies for 500m, turning right at the second ‘T’ junction for a further 800m to the runsite.

From Hatyai, get to the Tha Kham crossroads and head East for 6km to the big tree then go straight ahead for a further 3.5km to Wat Khun Thong on the old Yala road, and turn right for 1.7km then turn right just after Ban Thang Khwai School. After 1.2km turn right and follow the track & signs for 1.3km to the runsite. The tracks are good all weather tracks, suitable even for little March’s and shopping trolleys, ….and the run is totally canine safe.

Sunday's HH3 run is being set by Kai Jeow and Moo Sahb and the runsite is at the big sala at Napong: From the Kuan Hin Traffic lights on the old Hatyai road, turn left if coming from the Ko Yo intersection, or right if coming from Hatyai and follow the road for 5.2k, bearing right with the road at 4k rather than going off on the left turning. Turn left opposite the temple arch for Wat Borogam and go 500m to the run site at 7.074554° 100.606316°.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Today's run and yesterday's news

Today's HH3 run is behind the Chinese cemetery at Ban Phru, in front of the autistic school at 6.956081° N 100.486193° E. From Songkhla  (or Hatyai for that matter) Get to the Klong Wa intersection between Kanjanawanit road and Route 43 beyond Macro/Central Festival and head south towards Sadao for 2k, then turn left into the Chinese cemetery and follow signs for about 1k to the runsite. The hare is Robocop...

...who kind of saved the day yesterday as just as it looked as if the long run was going to struggle to get a decent pack together, turned up with Square Peg and made it look respectable. Ok, so he short cut remorselessly throughout the run then POE'd to avoid the ice, but with several notable absences yesterday his presence was much appreciated. The long run was 7.4k and traversed 2 small hills before heading around the third one to arrive at the beer stop at exactly the same time as the short run who covered 4.4k all told, including about half the F's and 360's, even finding one of the X's which the long run had avoided. Bob from Yala was our new runner who said he would try to come again; Jump Shot and Yardstick were the token sinners for calling on on when not on, and Stick Insect who was first to the beer stop and first home was done for competitive running. Egghead and Harram were faintly praised for a reasonable run at short notice despite the goat tracks with which it commenced (and Cherie is still smarting about that anti-ungulate slur!)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Business as usual

An artist's impression of Saturday's SH3 runsite
After all that excitement last week at the HH3 outstation run, it's back to the routine business of accommodating the hashing masses of SH3 who, judging from most of the responses to Yardo's latest appeal for hares, are located elsewhere than in Songkhla! So if you are in Songkhla or its environs, please try to come along this Saturday and swell the numbers to make up for those who sadly cannot be with us as we can't afford to pay their airfares home.

For the occasion, the hare has found a totally new runsite, set next to a river which gently meanders between trees and beneath a rustic bridge. And the run itself is in an area to which we have not ventured for about three years and which anyway has changed beyond all recognition, so the whole experience will feel like a new beginning in your hashing life... until you get back to the runsite when it will be the same old beer truck and the same old beer!

Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1921, Saturday April 28, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Hares: Egghead and Harram
Misdirections: from the Kao Seng intersection, take the old Yala road for 14k (3k past the intersection of the old and new Yala roads) and turn left for 2k then turn right onto the track by the bridge into the runsite at  7.058570° N 100.664136° E. If you are coming from Hatyai, get to Tha Kham and head East for 6k then go straight ahead at the big tree for a further 3.5k to reach the old Yala road at Wat Khun Thong. Turn left for 2.3k then right for 2k then turn right into the runsite.  Final message, the short run will be A-B so if you are intending to do it, please try not to be late or let us know by phone that you are on the way so that we can hold the transport for you.

HH3 on Sunday? Hmmm.... It'll be added later.

Monday, April 23, 2018

HH3 Outstation 23...

These two pictures just about sum it up - no words are necessary!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Gas station?

Information about this weekend's outstation run continues to seep out like blood from a stone. But there is now a new meeting point which is at the PTT station immediately before the turn off to the resort. The entrance to the PTT station is at 7.891071° N  99.929704° E, which is 121 km from the end of the New Hatyai road's intersection with Route 4/AH2 . Time? Well, I am not so politely informed that all Thais eat lunch at 12:00 noon so it should be before then!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

HH3 outstation: the lowdown.

No runs in Songkhla this weekend as HH3 are taking us off to Phatthalung for an outstation run. The details of which are:

HH3 run # ? (outstation run # ?) April 20 - 22, 2018.
Location: Somewhere in Phatthalung
Hares: ?
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the new Hatyai road for 25k then turn right/north onto route 4/AH 2. Go 120 km and look for a hash sign on the southbound carriageway outside a restaurant called ?. Do a U turn and come back to the restaurant for lunch at: ? a.m./p.m. If you don't want lunch then turn left off route 4/AH2 after 122 km at   7.893027° N 99.929456° E and head East for at least 10 km until you see a hash sign outside a resort rendered phonetically as Nam Chum Pon. Go in and register your presence!

Ok, so there are a few details missing but they will all be filled in by Friday! Keep checking this post for updates.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

1920: the run that ate Mrs. Garmin

RIP GPS: Mrs' Garmin who narrowly avoided being drowned just down the road at HH3 last year, and has not been feeling herself ever since has tracked her last satellite, refusing to perform on Saturday morning for the short run (green) which is therefore an "artist's impression" of where the middle section of the 3.6k went. The long run (cerise) is however Mrs. G's swansong and was accurate enough to detect the fact that the run just barely impinged on Yardo territory after the 3rd F, but otherwise did not cross his trails from recent runs. She logged the whole run at 8.6k but Google Earth lopped 10% off that and without  the 8 F's the distance was under 7k with a total ascent of about 200m, topping out at that 3rd F at 106m.
A strong turnout from our HH3 buddies and a couple of surprise returnees kept us over the 30 mark for the third week in a row but there will be no run next week in view of the the HH3 outstation run.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Enough water, already!

With Songkran appearing to have started a day early this year and with the probability that it will extend into the weekend, SH3 on Saturday afternoon will be a dry haven for anyone who thinks enough is enough, as the likelihood of encountering anyone with a water gun, hose or even a bucket in the wilds of Pijit are pretty much zero! So, wring out your undies, drain the water from your ears, put on your runners and join us at:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1920, Saturday April 14th 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Hares: Egghead, Only a Yolk and Harram
Misdirections: From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 4.6k and turn left for about 10.3k (2.3k past Wat Keow Kloy) and  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.

Sunday's HH3 run will be set by Robocop and details will probably be announced on Saturday so will be posted here later. Meanwhile back to Friday the 13th when there will be the usual mayhem in Songkhla although the hash will not be 'running' officially for the first time in living memory. But Little Tool and Tool Box have stepped into the breach and will be holding a BBQ at their house at 11/2 Thanon Sadao Soi 3, (7°12'31.1"N 100°35'38.6"E or https://goo.gl/maps/jDLpD9wC7xH2which is near the Chinese Consulate) between 10 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Leave your water guns at the door and take some beer instead!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

HH3 saves the day

Ok, so SH3-1919 isn't necessarily the run that you are going to want to carry with you as you slip into senile oblivion as representing the zenith of hash perfection. But then HH3 went a long way towards healing the wounds. To begin with, any lingering after-burn from Saturday was dispelled as HH3 turned out more than 30 marshals (count them!) at 5:00 a.m. for the Songkhla Triathlon, who variously handed out rubber bands or plastic medals and generally kept the 5 and 10 k'ers in line, Then for some it was off to set a run or two which was completed in good time for the HH3 short-cut-crew to basically ignore the paper and run where they felt it ought to have been in the first place. But justice was done as Sex Printer in seeking to take one short cut too many at the last F, ended up rejoining the beginning of the run and limping in 20 minutes after everybody else.

The long run (cerise ) was about 7.2 k expanding to 8.4k with the 8 F's, while Jumbo logged the short run (green + cerise lower half) at a whopping 6.3k. Despite that he was the first at the beer stop on 45 minutes with most of the short runners arriving before the short-cutting duo of Sex Printer and Toy Boy arrived from the wrong direction, followed by the long run pack who drifted in and polished off all the beer within about 10 minutes. The final section then took 20 minutes to complete with a lot of the short runners realizing that the final F was right on top of their out trail and not bothering to check at all and thus tempting many of the long runners to do the same.

The dusty run site sent the assembled throng off into the rubber for dinner and the circle, which went on forever particularly once the hare was dumped on the ice as upcoming events were again discussed.  Registrations for the outstation run are at about the 30 level so if you are going to be joining you need to register next weekend which is your last chance.A good farang turnout seems to be guaranteed though, as Jumbo and Sex Beaver were added to the list today

Thursday, April 5, 2018

An insect of habit


Ok, so no guesses as to who the SH3 hare is this week which on current form means that the run site will be in Napong. Sooner or later he's going to get it right, then we can move on to another run site!
Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1919, Saturday, April 7, 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 (avoiding the straight ahead/left turn at 4k) then 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 also features a recycled run site from another habitual hare. The runsite is on the road between Keow Kloy and Nern Pijit: go South past Wat Keow Kloy for 1k and the run site is on the right at  7.011713°N 100.582178°E. The hare is Kai Jeow.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

More smiles from Scotland

So that's where he belongs! Let's hope he doesn't get captured and taken back to his cage before Saturday when he will be the hare (more of which anon).

Sunday, April 1, 2018

A smile from Scotland

...a "cold barbaric and sunless land" to quote McMucky. But as you can see, he, Perky and Luk Lang are having a wonderful time in Edinburgh, presumably having tired of the delights of Belfast Never mind, it'll be summer soon and Perky will be able to put the hood down at least!

Finally...

The 30 barrier was well and truly broken at yesterday's SH3 run and it looked as if we might get to 40 as well, but that target eluded us although there were more than 40 at the Full Moon run which followed. More importantly we had 6 new runners, 3 of whom enjoyed the experience enough to stick around for the FM run with another 3 newbies turning up for that.

The runs were... interesting, with the short runners reporting some varied terrain and the long run featuring the F from hell from which Egghead and Palm Job managed to find the FM paper so arriving home somewhat sooner than the rest of the pack who persevered at the top of the hill and eventually found the real trail. The FM run itself split the biggish pack into two groups with the front runners reporting good trails and a pleasant run, while the strugglers at the back lead by Jumbo and swept along by Buk Toy found the going tough and the paper hard to follow.

Back at the run site there was an early panic about the sufficiency of the beer which was duly supplemented from the SH3 remnants, but then it didn't all get drunk anyway as the card-school apparently needed their wits about them to ensure that they didn't get taken to the cleaners by Short Time who was on a streak. Last to bed was Palm Job who was all for carrying on with the party at 4 a.m. but was ordered into his tent by Sex Printer. Meanwhile the farangs all ducked the camping bit and snuck off, Conebrain being the last to leave around midnight.
Mi feels the strain
















Thursday, March 29, 2018

Three runs for the price of....


...three. Well what do you expect,  a discount? But there will indeed be three runs this weekend with the full moon run following Saturday's SH3 run and there will be a camp out to follow for those who don't fancy the drive home afterwards. Details of Saturday's runs are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1918, Saturday March 31st, 4:30 p.m.
And 
Hatyai Full Moon Hash House Harriers' run #141, which will follow the SH3 run shortly after the end of the circle at around 6:30 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 8k then right at Wat Keow Kloy into Poonakan for  about 5.8k and turn right. Follow the road to the right at a T junction after 300m, then swing left past Rong Rien Tungnai for a total of 700m. Then leave the road into the rubber on the track to the left and follow it to the run site at 7.011608° 100.532303°. 

If you intend to camp then a tent is advisable and there are plenty of flat areas on which to pitch it. There will be some sponsored beer at the full moon run but if you're not among the sponsors than how about buying from the SH3 beer truck before it leaves as there will be no beer sales for full moon hash after that time. There will be food after the full moon run but again that's up to everybody to bring, so don't come empty handed if you are staying around. It doesn't need to be much but every little bit helps.

Sunday's HH3 will be set by Inchdick and Buck and will be from a run site close to that used by Yardo and the GM a few weeks back for the last full moon run and for SH3: From Songkhla, take the Old Hatyai Road for 4.7km past the Ko Yor intersection, turn left and go 10.6km (i.e. 2.8km past Wat Khao Kloi and about 350m before Wat Noen Phichit). Turn left at the hash sign and staying right go 3.1km to the runsite (700m beyond the end of the bitumen).

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Get together

There's a get-together happening tonight (Wednesday) at Buk Toy's yard (Goldstar, Old Hatyai road about 12k on the right - do a U turn at the Ko Mi traffic lights and come back past the big black Buddha for 500m and it will be on your left). Ostensibly it's to discuss HH3/SH3 people acting as marshals at the Songkhla Triathlon on April 8th, but the meta-reason is drinking beer and hanging out with yer mates. The Egg family will be bringing a case of Leo and there will be some food as well. Anytime after 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

What the well-dressed hasher will be wearing this Saturday

It's the hot season and Saturday's run will take full advantage of the dry conditions by running out on the south side of Songkhla lake for the first time in at least five years,

In honor of the occasion, there will be a prize for the best dressed desert rat and a few other surprises, notably the first visit of this year from Smeggers who is down from KK for the weekend.
Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1917, Saturday March 24th, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Hares: Buck 'n' Wi Wi.
Misdirections:  From the Koh Yor intersection drive 4 km on the new Hatyai Road, do a U turn and enter the Omsupkru Village directly opposite the large PTT Station.  Head towards the lake for about 850m then turn left on Soi 12 and take the 4th turn to the right, then another right turn and park on the left side of Soi 13 facing East near the big stainless-steel gates at 7.129044° 100.539967°. If you are coming from Hatyai, the turning off of the NHR is on the left - look out for the PTT station on the other side of the road. Last word, for dog owners, it might be as well to leave your canines at home this week as they will have to stay in/on your truck once the run is finished or risk being ripped apart by the local soi dogs!

Sunday's HH3 run features another kind of desert rat as Robocop sets the run out at Ban Nai Lai - from  Wat Keow Kloy head down Poonakan Rd for about 7.5k and turn left then follow the bendy road for about 1.5k and turn left at the hash sign then follow the road/track to the run site. Map below.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Ten-beers' worth!















Based on the hare's stats (above) Sunday's HH3 run was a ten-beer run, so it wasn't surprising that some of the more seasoned runners probably got out of bed on Monday morning wondering what had hit them - and that was just the run! But a classic Sex Sprinter lay and a great beer stop, just at the point that some of us were questioning whether life still had any meaning. After all that climbing we probably need a nice flat run this weekend  - Wi Wi? Buck? Can you oblige?

Sunday, March 18, 2018

1916: Pussy perfect

Generally agreed to be a pretty good run by all who completed it despite the meaningless loop towards the end which two recces had failed to conquer, but which Egghead, desperately searching for his lost Gik, managed to short cut, getting iced later for his troubles. Gik meanwhile was off consorting with Only a Yolk's not short-cutting group who managed to completely avoid most of the paper. The short run meanwhile got split up with All Black being first home and the rest following on after the return of all the long runners bar Sex Sprinter who took a short cut too far and was almost last home. Actually last in were Chao Ngor and Kanya plus baby who had decided to head up to the top of the hill rather than face all that flat stuff. For those who didn't head up the hill (184m) the high spot (109m) was just after 360 6 with the total ascent being about 150m. All Black measured the short run at 4.4m and Mrs. Garmin thought the long run was about 7k without the checks. Buck returned and will set next week's run with Wi Wi, and Smeghead is rumored to be joining us. Sex Sprinter will set the last run of the month with a camp-out to follow so the hareline looks ok for the time being. But we have a blank sheet staring at us for April and volunteers should contact Yardstick who is threatening to nominate hares if we don't get any!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Pink is for pussies

It's a pussy run on Saturday, in celebration of Superpig's birthday and since our GM has requested that we should be themed this week, let's all try to wear something pink as a sign of our solidarity with our ladies who will be doing battle with the elements on Saturday morning to bring you a run to remember.
Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1916, Saturday March 17, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Hares: Super Pig, Only a Yolk, Squealer
Misdirections: From the Kao Seng intersection take the old Yala road for 11.8k and turn right (about 1k past the Ang Thong intersection) on the road heading for Wat Kao Lam. Follow the road for 4k across two crossroads and on through the village then turn right on the road leading towards Kao Long for 1k to the runsite on the right at 7.050195° N 100.613577° E. From Hatyai, get to Tha Kham and head East toward Ban Sai Kao for about 5k, then turn left into the Kao Long turning and follow the road for about 600m, Bear left at the Y intersection for 1k to the run site on the right.
Details of HH3's run on Sunday are currently unknown but will no doubt appear within half an hour of this post so will be added later.
Post script.
It did! Map below.
As used not so long ago by Gan Yao! From the Tha Kham crossroads go south for 2k to Wat Keow Kloy then go about 100m and turn left at the hash sign then follow the road and track for about 1k to the run site on the right at the T junction

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Second best

Run 1915 teetered on the brink of being our biggest turn-out of the year, but then at the last minute fell away and we still await the breaking of the 30-barrier. But with a couple of new runners and a healthy short run pack it felt crowded even if the long run was a bit sparse. The run  however, was not difficult and the whole hill section was bereft of 360s, with the result that by the final check, all 5 hounds were together and the sweeping hare was able to short cut to the beer stop with a clear conscience. There, the beer truck guardians' run awaited them with 4 people having opted to join 2 of the hares on the ride out with several then setting out to finish the run on foot with the long run pack.

For the record the long run was 6.7k stretching to 8.4k with all the checks. The maximum height reached by whoever found the 6th F was 198m and the total ascent was about 260m. The short run in contrast was flat, flat, flat never getting above 70m, and discounting the only F on the run was about 3.7k. Back at the run site there was pumpkin soup and chocolate cake to sustain the runners - just right for those cold winter evenings, and the beer truck was ritually emptied with the last 5 cans being added to the surfeit which will have to be drunk at today's HH3 run. People began to drift away before the circle could be called, partly because of a clash with some minor football match in the UK - we really are going to have to protest to the Premier League about their scheduling of games in our drinking time! Eightball was among the early departees, much to the chagrin of Buddy who resolutely refused to get into the car and had to be chained and dragged protesting into the back seat.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

It's a family affair!

This week's SH3 run is a family affair with Egghead and Only a Yolk making a rare  joint appearance as hares. Other members of the Egg family may join the team if they can be persuaded to come down from the trees in time.

Details are:
Songkhla Hash House Harriers' run #1915, Saturday March 10, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Hares: Egghead and Only a Yolk
Misdirections: From the Kao Seng intersection take the old Yala road for 16k and turn right at Wat Khun Thong for 3.5k then turn left just after the big tree. After 150m go straight ahead (i.e. don't follow the road round to the right towards the village) for another 700m to the run site on the grass football pitch at  7.033055°N 100.624710°E. Park considerately just in case there is a match planned!
From Hatyai, get to the Tha Kham intersection and head East for about 6.5 k then turn right just before the big tree etc.

Sunday's HH3 run is another from Budokan's auxiliary residence in Poonakan Soi 10 (6.998133°N 100.515269°E). and is being advertised as being a special run. From Songkhla get to Wat Keow Kloy and turn right down Poonakan for about 8k and turn left at the Hash sign. From Hatyai, the turning is 3k up from the junction with Kanchnavanit Rd. and the turning is on the right. Map below which includes visual clues as to the identity of the hares!



Monday, March 5, 2018

RIP Fufu

We lost Fufu yesterday, at the hash as she probably would have wanted it. (Don't all hashers?) She was a little dog but apparently someone forgot to tell her. And probably the best pound-for-pound runner Songkhla and Hatyai Hashes ever had. On-on Fufu!

Rebirth & Rehash of the Full Moon Run

In trying to limit the overuse of future run locations and in keeping with the new green culture, the hares decided to reduce, reuse & recycle the 1914 runsite, for use of the FMH3 full moon run. This may have been a mistake on the hares part as more time was spent picking up, relaying and generally redistributing shreddy & squares, then it almost certainly would have been to set a new run in a completely different area. However to the relief of the hares, nobody appeared to have been misled onto old trails and both runs were more or less run as designed.
The attached map shows the long run for the Full Moon in magenta, with the short run cutout shown in yellow. This was also the short run on the Saturday, with reconstituted false trails & checks. The long run for the Saturday SH3 run is shown in green with the additional checks & false trails.
The short run on both days was around 4.0kms with an elevation change of about 100m. The long run for the Full Moon was 6.9km in length and 183m in elevation change, while the SH3 long run was 10.7kms in length, including false trails & checkbacks, with a total ascent of 269m.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

HH3 tomorrow: the map

Give or take a preposition or two and the odd article and dispensing with any pedantic considerations about where head nouns are positioned in relation to their qualifiers or indeed where turnings are positioned in relation to traffic lights,  here is the low down on tomorrow's HH3 run site for the visually creative.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Reborn!

HFMH3 was well and truly resuscitated last night with a turn out in the low thirties and a great run set by Inchdick and Sex Teacher which pretty much everybody did either in its short or long form.
This month is another blue moon month so let's do it all again on the 29th and more to the point let's do it all again on Saturday, when the same hares and run site will be gracing SH3's run, details of which below:

Songkhla Hash House Harriers, run #1914, Saturday March 3, 2018; 4:30 p.m.
Hares: Yardstick and All Black
Misdirections: From Songkhla, take the Old Hatyai Road for 4.7km past the Ko Yor intersection, turn left and go 10.6km (i.e. 2.8km past Wat Khao Kloi and about 350m before Wat Noen Phichit). Turn left at the hash sign and staying right go 2.4km to the end of the bitumen, then turn right for 200m along the dirt road to the runsite 
at 6.998842° N 100.604472° E or thereabouts. From Hatyai, get to Tha Kham and go south for 4.8km then turn left at the hash sign etc.

Sunday's HH3 run is being set by Sex Printer from the big sala behind the CP factory. From the Ko Yo intersection take the old Hatyai road for 6.6k and do a U turn. Come back 100m and turn left for 1k (7.086453° N 100.545255° E). From Hatyai the turning is about 3.7k past the Nam Noi traffic lights.