How to set a Hash

Although the first rule of hashing is there are no rules, the following points will keep the pack together and achieve the overall objective of exhausting the fast runners and allowing the strollers to have a chat & still keep up.

1. It Can't be Too Short
Measure your route, don't guess, aim for 4 miles. Choose an area with lots of criss-crossing paths, avoiding stretches of more than half a mile without a check. Runners expect to be back in the pub no later than 8:30.

2. You Can't Have Too Many Checks
Set a check at every junction, not just where you change direction. Fast runners like checks because they get to run further, slow runners like them because they get to catch up and socialise. Plan for about 3 regroups but use more (or fish-hooks) if there are places where you cannot set enough checks.

3. We Might Want to Come Back
Ask the landlord if we can use their car park. Where possible, inform landowners and anyone who lives near that we will be passing through. We are rarely refused if we ask but often hassled if we don't!

4. Avoid Livestock
Be aware of livestock in fields and avoid passing through them wherever possible, especially in the dark and during lambing. Instruct the hash to WALK past animals, both before the run and as they enter the field.

5. Be There
Having set the trail, the hare(s) need to run with the pack to make sure it all goes to plan. You can give hints when they can't find the flour, warn of road crossings and cut out the distant sunset regroup when it all takes much longer than you thought. If you are setting a live trail then appoint someone who knows the route to act as sweeper.

6. Take Enough Flour
You will need at least 6kg of plain flour, which can be carried in a bag or dispensed from a large water bottle. A hash in the dark and wet may need more and will be slower.

On On!