Hash House Harriers @ The Countryside

Hashing originated in December 1938 in Selayang Quarry, Selangor, in what we now call Malaysia when a group of British colonial officers and expatriates began meeting on Monday evenings to run a traditional British paper chase or a "hare and hound" run.

The main aim was to rid themselves of the excesses of the previous weekend. The original members included, Albert Stephen (A.S.) Ignatius "G" Gispert, Cecil Lee, Frederick "Horse" Thomson, Ronald "Torch" Bennett and John Woodrow.

Gispert suggested the name "Hash House Harriers" after the Selangor Club Annex, where several of the original hashers happened to live, known as the "Hash House" where they also ate.

The Hash House Harriers (abbreviated to HHH, H3, or referred to simply as hashing) is an international group of non-competitive running social clubs all over the world, with several based in Thailand. An event organized by a club is known as a hash or hash run, with participants calling themselves hashers or hares and hounds.

Quite simply it is a drinking club with a running problem.

The objectives of the Hash House Harriers as recorded on the club registration card dated 1950 is:

To promote physical fitness among our members

To get rid of weekend hangovers

To acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer

To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel

If this sounds like your cup of tea, and you are looking to get out of town and into some jungle or country side, check out the Korat HHH who meet every second Saturday of the month at The Walrus Pub on Suebsiri. The packs usually consist of about 10-20 expats, and have been known to get up to 40+. Visiting hashers often attend and there are even outstations for the Pattaya Hash and Pak Chong Hash some years.

After meeting (usually 3pm) at the pub, trucks will shepherd runners to the A Site (where the run begins). Runs can be an A to A (essentially a circular run where you finish where you started), or an A to B run (where you finish in a new location). They usually last about an hour and will cover 4-6km of countryside following a paper trail. The leaders of the pack often spend a great deal of time searching for the trail allowing those further back to catch up, meaning the pack comes in together in time for snacks and beers and a 'Cirlce' where punishments are handed out in a raucous manner.

Trucks will take everyone back to The Walrus Pub after, where festivities continue  and the On On finds its way to wherever the party is.


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