I’ve mentioned this mob that I run around with (pun intended) before, but a discussion with a Rioter at the Sim Challenge at ABN last week prompted me to mention it again. Don’t fret, as the guitarist said to his instrument, it won’t be a regular update.
The Hash House Harriers is/are a world-wide social running/walking/drinking phenomenon that have been in operation for 70 years. For all the back-story, see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hash_House_Harriers
There are about six or seven groups in Canberra/Queanbeyan (including a bike hash) and they provide an opportunity for anyone to come along and join in sociable run/walks all around the Canberra region and surrounds. There’s a (Master) Batemans Bay Hash run once a month too, and I’ll mention this weekend’s details in the DIY Guide on Thursday.
Don’t be put off if you’re not fit; there’s always a walking option and Hashers come in all shapes and sizes, from whippets to walruses.
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The main element is the social side of things. The Hash motto is: drinkers with a running problem, though the groups include teetotallers, so don’t feel like you have to empty a keg to be part of it. (That is a possibility if you feel so inclined. After a few you may be inclined to incline anyway.)
A list of Canberra/Queanbeyan-based Hash groups is here: http://www.hhh.asn.au/ (click on ACT).
Just one minor warning: if you have easily offended sensibilities, it might not be for you as Hashers are mostly a rather irreverent bunch. First run is free, thereafter it’s a couple of bucks or upwards (check the individual “kennel” page for more details). If you hang around, you’ll eventually get a nickname (or Hash name) for life. I stress that mine was all a shocking misunderstanding, but you never complain about your Hash name or you’ll just get something five times as bad!
I’m setting a WACT (Wednesday ACT) Hash run this Wednesday from the Civic Pub, Lonsdale Street in Braddon at 6.10pm. WACT typically starts and finishes at a pub or club so those who want to can hang around for a feed afterwards.
There’s a link on the ACT HHH page mentioned above for more info on WACT.
If you can make it, I’ll see you if I’m looking at you.
FishAr$e (aka Overheard)