Hash House Harriers
2013 INVITATION RUN
MIXED HASH - Coffs Harbour Hash House Harriers run every Monday
at 6.30pm Rain Hail or Shine, Mixed hash, Cost $5.00 for run, food free, Donation for drinks - depends on how thirsty you are!
Runs vary from
2K to 10K over all sorts of Terrain. Or maybe enjoy a casual walk with the Boilers
or just come and socialise.
Each Hasher takes his or her turn to set
a run from their place, or a venue of their choosing by entering their name
in the Route Book.
BOH (Blokes Only Hash) -
Coffs Harbour Blokes Only Hash run the first Wednesday of every month
at 6.00pm - $10.00 for run, food and drinks. For more info on BOH call
Kalahari on 0418 421 420 or Bronco on 0402 976 666.
New runners are most welcome.
26th INVITATION RUN
WHEN: 8th, 9th & 10th November 2013
****click here to download and print flyer****
Bearers for 2012 are:
- Luckless - (Alison Henderson)
On Sec - Lifer - (Lyn Martin)
Hash Cash - Watery Port (Chris Veerhuis)
Hash Cash Arse - Clap - (Jill Parker)
Brew Master - Grey Rooter - (Ron Scott)
Brew Master Arse - Flaps Up - (Dave Flemington)
RA - Clipper - (Vicki Digney)
Hash Trash - S & M - (Karen Hislop)
Hash Monk/Santa - Tic Tracey (Col Roberts)
Coffs Harbour Hash House Harriers
c/- 30 Vera Drive
COFFS HARBOUR NSW 2450
Updates, Enquiries and CH4 Info on upcomming events
Lyn "Lifer"Martin-Email Lifer
or Chris "Watery Port" Veerhuis- Email Watery Port
or Alison "Luckless" Henderson - Email Luckless
The HASH HOUSE HARRIERS is a social club of runners that have been described
as "a drinking club with a running problem."
Ex-pat British businessmen, accountants, lawyers, civil servants, etc., started
the HASH in 1938 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is a club based on the old English
game of hares and hounds where one or two members would be given several minutes
head start and would drop shredded paper as the "scent". The hounds
would then follow, after the prescribed time, and attempt to catch the hares.
The hares would lay the trail in a straight or obvious line, but then would
stop laying trail and run off in another direction and begin laying the trail
after 100 meters or so. When the hounds discovered that they were no longer
on trail, they would fan out in all directions in search of the "scent"
and would call to the others when the trail was once again discovered. The founder
of the HASH, A. S. "G" Gispert, in 1937 discovered the Springgit Harriers,
one of the paper chase clubs, in Malacca. He introduced Ronald "Torch"
Bennett to the concept and the stage was set. When "G" returned to
Kuala Lumpur in 1938, he became a member of the Federated Malay States Volunteer
Reserves, which trained on Mondays. "G" and many of the other ex-pat
Brits were housed in barracks in the Royal Selangor Club where he and "Torch"
would often discuss starting a harrier club in KL (Kuala Lumpur). Finally in
about December of 1938, "G" convinced about a dozen others to follow
his inaugural paper trail. Gispert then suggested the name of HASH HOUSE HARRIERS
in mock allusion to the mess at the Selangor Club, where many of them dined.
The runs were held Monday evenings after reserve
training and were followed by refreshment of Tiger beer. A. S. "G"
Gispert was killed in battle defending Singapore from the Japanese at 0400 hours
11 February 1942. The HASH has grown from those humble beginnings to include
thousands of chapters and tens of thousands of hashers worldwide.
Much of the information presented above comes from the book "On On! Run
#2 Hash House Harriers 1938-1992" by Harrier International and the late
Tim "Magic" Hughes, Phhh.D.
Despite its growth, hashing hasn't strayed far from its Kuala
Lumpur roots. A typical hash today is a loosely-organized group of 20-40 men
and women who meet weekly or biweekly to chase the hare. We follow chalk, flour,
or paper, and the trails are never boring . . . we run streets and back alleyways,
but we also ford streams, climb fences, explore storm drains, and scale cliffs.
And although some of today's health-conscious hashers may shun a cold beer in
favor of water or a diet soda, trail's end is still a party.
Its objectives are :
- to promote physical fitness amongst its members
- to get rid of weekend hangovers
- to acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it with beer
- to persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel
So . . . if you'd like to spice up your running program with fun, good company,
new surroundings, and physical challenge, try hashing.
If you'd like to try hashing, there's probably a group in your area.
Why not check it out?
This glossary is for the benefit of virgins and newcomers.
- Alcohol Abuse: spilling or otherwise wasting beer at any time during
hash, especially during down-downs
- Annual General Meeting (AGM): in many hashes, the occasion for annual
erections of hash mismanagement; in others, an excuse for a party; also
Annual General Piss Up
- "Are You?" (R U?): question shouted by the pack to FRBs,
meaning "Are you
- Arrow: directional trail mark.
- Back Check (BC): trail mark* indicating that runners should turn around
and retrace their path while looking for true trail.
- Beer: see Piss
- Beer Check: 1) beverage stop; 2) trail mark* indicating a beverage
- Beer Master: mismanagement member in charge of ensuring an adequate
beverage supply for hash events; also "biermeister"
- Beer Near: trail mark* indicating proximity of beverages; can be
associated with a beer check, on-in, or on-home
- Boob Check: trail mark* indicating a check or intersection which must
solved by female hashers before the pack can proceed also know as tit check.
- Check: trail mark* indicating an intersection where true trail may
- "Checking!": answer shouted by FRB to pack when asked "Are
indicating that FRB has not determined whether the trail he's following is
true or false
- Circle: assembly of hashers at trail's end, normally for the purpose
- Dead Hare: hare who lays the entire trail before the pack sets out;
sometimes accompanies the pack to ensure it doesn't get lost.
- Debauchery: Any of several morale-building mixed-sex activities indulged
in by hashers.
- Down-Down: the ceremony of quaffing a beverage (an honour)
- Down-Downs: the ceremony of honouring deserving hashers after the
- Erections: mismanagement elections, normally accomplished during the
- False Trail: a section of trail going nowhere, designed to slow down
pack and give the hare more lead
- Flour: a basic substance used to mark trail; also Chalk, Paper
- Front Running Bastard (FRB): faster member of the pack, also the one
member of the pack who finishes trail first (and is normally honoured" for
same, since one should not be competitive)
- Full Moon: frequently an occasion for an evening hash.
- "G" Day: February 11th. A.S. Gispert ("G"), the
father of hashing, was
killed in action defending Singapore from invading Japanese forces on this
date in 1942
- Grand Master: mismanagement member, ceremonial leader of the kennel;
- Grand Mattress: mismanagement member; sometimes used as the title
female grand master.
- Hare: hasher who lays the trail; Live Hare, Dead Hare
- Harrier: any hasher, male or female; in some hashes, a male hasher
- Harriette: female hasher
- Hash: 1) the Hash House Harriers, as in "I run with the hash";
individual kennel, as in "I run with the New York Hash"; 3) the actual
event, as in "I'm hashing tonight".
- Hash Cash: 1) mismanagement member; the treasurer
- Hasher: any Hash House Harrier
- Hash Haberdasher: mismanagement member in charge of T-shirts, hats,
- Hash Horn: mismanagement member; carries a horn or bugle on trail,
it to encourage and guide the pack
- Hash House Horrors: hashers' children
- Hash Master: mismanagement member; see Grand Master
- Hash Name: nickname, usually bestowed after a set number of runs or
honour of a notable incident.
- Hash Scribe: mismanagement member normally in charge of writing the
- HUYA (aka:Hash-It, Hashit): offensive or embarrassing object given to a hasher
for notable on-trail accomplishments, normally carried by the awardee on subsequent
trails until it is awarded to someone else; sometimes also used as a nickname
for the awardee.
- Hash trash: newsletter containing write-ups of past runs and announcements of
- Hounds: the body of hashers in pursuit of the hare, see also Pack.
- Interhash: regional, national, or world hash gathering.
- International Hash Hymn: "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot".
- Live Hare: hare who gets a nominal head start and is pursued by the pack as
he lays trail.
- Mismanagement: hash officials; sometimes selected, sometimes appointed.
- Nash Hash: a national interhash.
- New Shoe: drinking vessel used during down-downs.
- "On-Back": shouted by FRBs to the pack when FRBs encounter a back
- On-In: trail mark indicating proximity to the end of the trail.
- "On-On": 1) shouted by FRBs or hounds to indicate they're on trail,
sometimes used only to indicate true trail. 2) trail mark in lieu of a true trail arrow
- "Checking-One" ("Checking-Two," etc): shouted by FRBs or
hounds to indicate the number of flour marks they've seen on an unexplored trail,
usually after a check.
- On-Sec: mismanagement member normally in charge of hash rosters, run records,
- Pack: hashers in pursuit of the hare, also Hounds.
- Piss: see Beer
- Pissed: drunk
- "Piss Off": go away, gf, etc.
- Piss-Up: drinking session; a party.
- Poofter: 1) some one not welcome at a hash.
- Pre-Lay: act of laying the trail or sections thereof before the hash. Sometimes
a violation, sometimes not, depending on kennel traditions; like masturbation,
widely practiced but seldom admitted.
- Private Party: act of participating in a non-circle conversation, thereby showing
disrespect to the GM/RA during down-downs.
- Red Dress Run: theme hash where hares and pack wear red dresses; variations
include lingerie runs, mini-skirt runs, muumuu runs, nude runs, etc.
- Religious Adviser/Advisor (RA): mismanagement member normally in charge of
blessing the hash and settling disputes over tradition; in charge of down-down
- Rule: universally-understood tenet of acceptable hash behaviour; never called
a "rule" but often euphemised as "tradition" or "hash
- Rule # 1: "There are no rules"
- Rule # 2: "See Rule # 1"
- Rule # 6: "No poofters!"
- Shiggy: mud
- Short-Cutting Bastard (SCB): habitual short-cutter, a title of esteem in most
- Violator: he or she who must be punished, normally by down-down.
- Virgin: first-time hasher.
- Walkers: infant, infirm, or elderly hashers, but a completely acceptable and
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