What is hashing?
Hashing is a form of non-competitive running, a bit like hounds and hares.
A trail will have been laid by the hare, and at the appointed time the
other hashers try to find it by working as a team. Some of the trails will
be false so the faster runners will have to run further than the slower
ones as they will be checking all the possible routes. You will soon work
out the rules.
The trails are generally around 4-5 miles and there will be several (usually
3) hash-halts where we wait and regroup so nobody should get left behind.
We run all year round so in the Winter you will need a torch.
We meet back at the pub afterwards for refreshments so you might want to
bring a change of clothing.
It is often said that there is only one rule in Hashing:
Rule Number 1: There are no rules!
It is true that no two hashes are the same, but this is generally how
the Wyre Forest Hash works. The trails are usually laid in flour or
sometimes sawdust but when it's snowing the hares have to be more
inventive. This is what you might see on the trail:
These are what you're looking for. They might be quite small and they
might be on the back of trees, posts etc.
When you have found four of them you are on
the right trail so start counting. You will hear people calling "On-One"
"On-Two" as they are checking the trail. Feel free to repeat the call
for people behind you. After "On-Four" you will hear "On-On" so follow
These are used to mark the end of a false trail. If you hear "On-Back"
called then it's because someone has found one of these.
Check: (Usually a line, sometimes a circle)
This marks a check. The trail could continue in any direction. You will
have to check out all possibilities or you could just hang around till
someone else does. Checks are never laid on a false trail so you know
you are on the right trail at this point. You might hear "On-On Checking"
Hash-Halt. This is where we regroup.
If you see these you are definitely on the right trail so you
can start shouting "On-On".
These mark the right direction to go. They are usually used when the
trail is not obvious like crossing a main road.
A fish hook symbol marks a check-back. You have reached the end of the
trail but you were not on a false trail. The trail actually went somewhere
else, probably through a subtle gap in the hedge. Go back and find it.
A 'T' symbol denotes that the trail only goes in one direction, downwards
when looking at it the right way up. These are usually found at the start
of the trail to stop people following it in the wrong direction.
When you see this, you are nearly back at the pub. You should ignore
any more marks.