HZH3 – Guide to Setting a Hash Run
Selection of Co-Hare
If you are inexperienced, choose a more experienced hasher as your co-hare, and vice versa.
Selection of Venue
Look for a virgin area with a watering hole nearby. Look for variety, hills, cliffs, building sites, parks, canal paths, bush, streets and whatever. The run can start from some public or private space either near the nominated watering hole or you can organise the catering, and recover your costs.
Cost of the On On
Hashers revel in the lowest common denominator of everything, especially cash. The hash welcomes all, so low cost of refreshments and sustenance is important.
Doing the Recce
You have to do a recce with your co-hare. Even a pre-recce recce can be useful. You need to search out those little gem locations that make the difference.
A Good Length
Packs like being out for about an hour. Hares generally take about 2 hours to set a one hour run, so it’s a simple equation.
The Big Picture
The pack goes out together and comes back together; if you get 90% of the pack back in a 5 minute bracket, you’ve done well.
Setting the Trail
Never overestimate the intelligence of the pack.
Use chalk and flour. Be generous with your marks. Maintain consistency in style, spacing and side of road.
2 or 3 arrows in opposing directions (they could be chalk or flour). The real trail is then marked in just one direction, the first mark laid from 50 metres to 100 metres. The pack will collect at the check until the correct trail is confirmed by a front runner.
An FT can be laid only from a check, where one of the trails is false. The first mark on the FT is much closer than that on the correct trail. The FT can go for 100 to 200 metres, no longer, and always finishes with an FT in chalk or flour.
The trail passes an intersection of street or track. At a distance of up to 100 metres past the intersection, but obviously before any other intersection, mark the trail with a CB. The real trail re-starts from the intersection, but make sure your first marks on the correct trail cannot be seen from the intersection itself.
The trail ends with a circle (chalk or flour). It can re-start anywhere in a 360 degree arc. Depending upon the location this is a good weapon against the front runners, but it can backfire if the pack spreads far and yonder.
Any large open space can be used for a loop which follows the perimeter in something like a circle or semi-circle. The back markers can easily short-cut across the neck of the circle.
Desperate measures for desperate times. This compels the front runners to wait for the back markers. Mark with RG. Good for very scenic locations.
Outward Trail vs Homeward Trail
Don’t run false trails and check backs in the direction of the homeward trail. It frequently happens that the pack stumbles on the homeward trail with unfortunate consequences for the hares.
The Homeward Trail
The last couple of Ks in a run can be clear of checks, giving the pack a solid run home.