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
Hash House Harriers
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
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
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.
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
ginger beer and
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
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
New Zealand, and
North America, booming in popularity during the mid-1970s.
|"Are You?" (RU?)
||Question shouted by the pack to FRBs, meaning "Are you
on the trail?"
||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
||Beverage stop or trail mark indicating a beverage stop
||The person that supplies the beer, soda, water, and
chips for the hash
||Trail mark indicating the true trail must be sought out
from the false trails.
||Assembly of hashers at trail's end, normally for the
purpose of conducting down-downs
||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
||The ceremony of quaffing a beverage (an honor)
||A short trail ended with the Tee sign, three lines, or
other mark indicating termination
||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.
||Mismanagement member in charge of T-shirts, hats,
||Hasher who lays the trail.
||Mismanagement member in charge of lining up hares for
||Mismanagement member; the treasurer
||Designated photographer for hash events
||Mismanagement member; carries a horn or bugle on trail,
blows it to encourage and guide the pack
Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur, meeting place of the
|Hash House Harrier/Harriette
||Nickname, usually bestowed after a set number of runs or
in honour of a notable incident; not used by all hashes.
||Newsletter, usually with reports of previous hashes and
a list of upcoming events.
||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
||The act of running a hash trail
||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'
||Children of hashers
||The body of hashers in pursuit of the hare, see also
||World hash gathering
|Kennel or Chapter
||Local Hash Group
||Hare who gets a nominal head start and is pursued by the
pack as he or she lays trail
||Hash officials; sometimes elected, sometimes appointed
||A national gathering of Hashers
||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
||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"
||Mismanagement member normally in charge of hash rosters,
run records, etc
||Children of hashers, see "Horrors"
||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
||Mismanagement member normally in charge of writing The
||Short-Cutting Bastard: habitual short-cutter
||Thick vegetation, streams, etc; especially mud. See also
||see Back hare
||Hash newbie; first-time hasher.