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The New Guilderoy Hotel Blackpool

Blackpool Hotel - Hash House Harriers

Hash House Harriers welcome to this Blackpool Hotel, North Shore

Set in the quieter North Shore location just minutes from the sea front 


This year's annual hash event in Blackpool is the Black Pudding Hasher's event at The New Guilderoy Hotel on Friday 15th September 2017.  In line with the hotel's policy that our hotel does not accept group bookings, the hotel will remain closed to the general public from Wednesday 13th September 2017 until Thursday 21st September 2017.

 

Hash House Harriers

 
 
A large-scale Hash.
 
A run of the Lima Hash House Harriers in Lunahuana, Perú.

The Hash House Harriers (abbreviated to HHH, H3, or referred to simply as Hashing) is an international group of non-competitive running and social drinking clubs. An event organized by a club is known as a Hash or Hash Run, with participants calling themselves Hashers.

History

The Hash House Harriers was founded at the Selangor Club in late 1938, the name being taken from the local nickname for the Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when a group of British colonial officers and expatriates began meeting on Monday evenings to run, in a fashion patterned after the traditional British Paper Chase or "Hare and Hounds", to rid themselves of the excesses of the previous weekend. The original members included Cecil Lee, Frederick "Horse" Thomson, Ronald "Torch" Bennett, Albert Stephen (A.S.) Ignatius "G" Gispert and John Woodrow.[1]

After meeting for some months, they were informed by the Registrar of Societies that as a "group," they would require a Constitution and an official name. A. S. Gispert suggested the name "Hash House Harriers" after the Selangor Club Annex, where the men were billeted, known as the "Hash House" for its notoriously monotonous food. Apart from the excitement of chasing the hare and finding the trail, harriers reaching the end of the trail would be rewarded with beer, ginger beer and cigarettes.

The Constitution of the Hash House Harriers is recorded on a club registration card dated 1950:

  • 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

Hashing died out during World War II after the invasion of Malaysia, but was re-started after the war by most of the original group, minus A. S. Gispert, who was killed in the Japanese invasion of Singapore.

Apart from a "one-off" chapter formed on the Italian Riviera, growth of Hashing remained small until 1962, when Ian Cumming founded the second kennel, in Singapore. The idea then spread through the Far East, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and North America, booming in popularity during the mid-1970s.

 

Terms

"Are You?" (RU?) Question shouted by the pack to FRBs, meaning "Are you on the trail?"
Back check Trail mark indicating that back tracking is necessary in order to find the true trail because the true trail branches off prior to the check mark
Back hare/Sweep hare/Sweeper/checking chicken Hare who remains with the last runners
Bash Bicycle Hash
Beer Check Beverage stop or trail mark indicating a beverage stop
Beermeister/master The person that supplies the beer, soda, water, and chips for the hash
Check Trail mark indicating the true trail must be sought out from the false trails.
Circle Assembly of hashers at trail's end, normally for the purpose of conducting down-downs
"Checking" Answer shouted by FRB to pack when asked "Are You?", indicating that FRB has not determined whether the trail he's following is true or false
Down-Down The ceremony of quaffing a beverage (an honor)
False trail A short trail ended with the Tee sign, three lines, or other mark indicating termination
FRB Front-Running Bastard: faster members of the pack, or the first to arrive at the on-in.
Grand Master/Mistress (GM) Mismanagement member, ceremonial leader of the hash. This term is, in many hashes, given to the Hash Master/Mistress after his tenure.
Grand Mattress (GM) Synonym for Grand Mistress.
Haberdasher Mismanagement member in charge of T-shirts, hats, mementos, etc.
Hare Hasher who lays the trail.
Hare Raiser Mismanagement member in charge of lining up hares for future trails
Harriette Female hasher
Hash Cash Mismanagement member; the treasurer
Hash Flash Designated photographer for hash events
Hash Horn Mismanagement member; carries a horn or bugle on trail, blows it to encourage and guide the pack
Hash House The Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur, meeting place of the Mother Hash
Hash House Harrier/Harriette Any hasher
Hash Name Nickname, usually bestowed after a set number of runs or in honour of a notable incident; not used by all hashes.
Hash Trash Newsletter, usually with reports of previous hashes and a list of upcoming events.
Hash Shit Offensive or embarrassing object awarded to a hasher for notable on-trail accomplishments, normally carried by the awardee on subsequent trails until it is awarded to someone else.
Hashing The act of running a hash trail
Held/hold Check Trail mark indicating an intersection where true trail may take another direction, but requires hashers to wait until ordered by the hare to 'check it out'
Horrors Children of hashers
Hounds The body of hashers in pursuit of the hare, see also Pack
Interhash World hash gathering
Kennel or Chapter Local Hash Group
Live Hare Hare who gets a nominal head start and is pursued by the pack as he or she lays trail
Mismanagement Hash officials; sometimes elected, sometimes appointed
Nash hash A national gathering of Hashers
"On Call" Shouted in response to "Are you" by a hashers to indicate that while they do not see any trail markings, they are following someone else's "On On" calls.
On In / On Inn Trail's end, also On-Inn; trail mark indicating proximity to end
"On On" Shouted by FRBs or hounds (or hashers) to indicate they are on true trail. Only shouted by a hasher to indicate they see true trail markings. See also "On Call"
On Sec Mismanagement member normally in charge of hash rosters, run records, etc
Puppies Children of hashers, see "Horrors"
Receding Hareline List of up-and-coming hash events, normally printed in the Hash Trash
Religious Advisor (RA) Mismanagement member, often in charge of Circle, also in charge of blessing the hash and settling disputes over tradition. Also considered to be responsible for the weather.
Scribe Mismanagement member normally in charge of writing The Words
SCB Short-Cutting Bastard: habitual short-cutter
Shiggy Thick vegetation, streams, etc; especially mud. See also Vertical Shiggy.
Sweeper see Back hare
Virgin Hash newbie; first-time hasher.

 

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