Run Number: 1359 07/12/03 Visit the website - http://www.bhhh.freeserve.co.uk
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Venue: The Horse and Harrow
Hares: Spot, Hitch-hiker. Miss Whiplash
Honeymonster Dumper Septic Motox Posh Bomber Iceman Lemming Mother Baldrick Hashgate Cloggs Non-stick Dutchcap Slowsucker Florence Tinopener Miranda + dog Emma BGB Cheating Foghorn Chopsticks Trainspotter Anorak Zebedee John Le Voisin White Fang C5 Wally Headboy Squirrel
Ringer Plod Pressganger Eric Fuellish Billy Whiz
The Power and the Glory
After much milling around in the car
park and the adjacent field the joint run set off right out of the
pub on a bright and frosty morning. You could almost believe in
England’s green and pleasant land as we passed a beautiful
thatched cottage, duck pond and idyllic church unless you glanced at
the steaming towers on the skyline. The hash paused to the cry of
“Petrol”….Yes it was the ever punctual Zebedee
and Florence who clearly didn’t know their west from their
elbow! In there haste to catch up Zebedee managed to skid across the
field into Motox’s car. Or “ Phil has damaged my car!”
as Florence rather tartly put it later. It was difficult to tell
whether Motox’s car had been damaged or enhanced!
We hithered and thithered through the
village to a long straight track where Lemming who claims “to
love the sound of breaking ice in the morning” proceeded to
splash anyone within range ..White Fang mainly judging by the
state of her clothing later.
Next a cry of “it always goes left” from Motox……. Yes but not the way he went! A short ways straight on and off we went left following a distant and silent (As usual) BGB. After a brief regroup Honeymonster led us out down a long concrete strip between fields until Zeb intent on making up for lost time assumed the lead and of course immediately went wrong. We paused to admire a Shetland pony and Foggy revealed that he too had a winter coat and I thought he had just lost his beard comb.
Anorak and Trainspotter checked left correctly and led us to a bar and then over a fallen tree over a stream to the “miracle of the mud” where the trail crossed back through the small river and nary a footprint in sight….. Amazing! Needless to say there were many a sinner.. Wally to name one !
Next an excellent false across a field caught most of he FRBs desperate to avoid the road and they then chased the pack all the way to the Medium/Long split. At this point Spot and fellow Hares perpetrated an even better ruse sending the entire pack the wrong way down a false… Well except Cheating who presumably hung around Spot until he got the nod.
We now returned to civilization (Though whether it was West or East Hagbourne God only knows!) and with a few detours arrived at the old railway line (Now a cycleway) Bomber and Zebedee continued to check out every long false but Spot was in “kind” mode now and kept us mostly on the straight and narrow until we “on inned” to be greeted with mince pies and a choice of creams from Miss Whiplash, Hitch-hiker and Dutchcap.
Foghorn was insistent that Miss Whiplash “should be put down” Fortunately just in time he explained that he meant on the run sheet and not in he veterinary sense though there is a school of thought that says that this would be a kindness!
An excellent trail on a beautiful but somewhat chilly morning.
Zebedee Car Abuse
Non-Stick and Cloggs Loves young dream and bogie abuse
Fuellish Didcot’s representative on earth and for dodgy shorts
Hashgate/Miss Whiplash/Anorak/Tinopener There was beer left apparently!
The Hares Spot/Hitchiker/Miss Whiplash Excellent by all
Date Run No. Grid Ref. Location Hares
21/12/03 1361 644792 The Sun Whitchurch Hill Foghorn
28/12/03 1362 455693 The Blackbird Bagnor Max