How to set up a hash event

Although the first rule of hashing is there are no rules, the following points will keep the pack together and achieve the overall objective of exhausting the fast runners and allowing the strollers to have a chat and still keep up.

It cannot be too short - Measure your route, don't guess, aim for 4 miles. Choose an area with lots of criss-crossing paths, avoiding stretches of more than half a mile without a check. Runners expect to be back in the pub no later than 8:30.

You cannot have too many checks - Set a check at every junction, not just where you change direction. Fast runners like checks because they get to run further, slow runners like them because they get to catch up and socialise. You only need regroups when you cannot set enough checks.

We might want to come back - Ask the landlord if we can use their car park. Where possible, inform landowners and anyone who lives near that we will be passing through. We are rarely refused if we ask but often hassled if we do not!

Be there - Having set the trail, the hare(s) need to run with the pack to make sure it all goes to plan. You can give hints when they cannot find the flour, warn of road crossings and cut out the distant sunset regroup when it all takes much longer than you thought. You are more likely to be forgiven a rubbish run if you are enduring it with them rather than munching your crisps in the pub when they eventually get back.

On on!

Credits - would like to thank the Mendip Hills Hash House Harriers ( for the authorization to reprint the article "How to set a Hash".

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