Trail around Hammersmith, set by our hare, Lay Me, and overseen with some assistance from Called Away. Perfect length and generally good markings as one would expect under the supervision of our hare raiser.
An unusual drink stop was provided in the middle of the closed-off Hammersmith Bridge. Since not all hashers were able to follow the reasonably clearly marked trail of arrows to the drink stop, they found themselves on the wrong side of the pedestrian barriers, which gave the rest of us the entertaining spectacle of seeing them grasping for their drinks and Easter eggs through the wire mesh, much like caged animals at the zoo.
Back in the Salutation, the circle was overseen by RA Wacker, with down downs to our visiting couple from Sweden. Your scribe was awarded his well deserved 100 run WLH beer glass for services to hashing.
Here is a map showing locations of some of the WLH runs during the current year. Clicking on a run location will allow you to view the trail for that run.
Finally, Airhead gets to hare a WLH! And very successful it turned out to be, with a perfectly calibrated 7.6 km trail around the parks and riversides of East Molesey. All laid with lashings of flour and enough short cuts for even the slowest hashers. The hare was heaped with lavish praise on our return to the Albion, and admiration only increased with the provision of copious plates of hash chips and several Easter eggs. Chips, chocolate and beer. What’s not to like!
Butt Plug was in serious multi tasking mode, performing the roles of GM, RA and Hash Cash. Someone should give him a medal, or at least a down-down.
A jolly trail around the Queen of Suburbs (Ealing), hared by Optimist. He managed to make it slight different from the default Ealing trail by going round clockwise, and omitting some of the well worn cliches, like Pitshanger Park and Fox Wood.
Setting a trail that takes in the Thames towpath, or one that includes Richmond Park are both worthy objectives. Trying to fit in both in the same hash whilst starting from Kew is perhaps a hash too far? Anyway, it was this task that was set for us by our hare for the evening, Hobo. One has to ask whether he has managed to successfully make the transition from imperial units to metric. He described the trail as quite long: ‘ about 8km’. In reality it was nearer to 8 miles (about 14 km), as attested to by those hardy hashers who stuck it out for the full distance. A large contingent of hashers decided to implement various short cuts so that they could get back to the pub the same evening. (see map for one such variation by your scribe).
Needless to say, the hare was duly reprimanded in the circle for setting a shitty trail, and awarded the appropriate down-down by our RA for the evening, KMA.
Our hare raiser, Called Away, was responsible for setting the 1750th milestone run from the much loved Ram Brewery in Wandsworth. Taking in Wandsworth Park and twisting around the Tames Riverside developments in the area, the trail was thankfully on the short side so that the pack could get back to the brewery quickly, to do justice to the 1750 commemorative beer brewed especially for this occasion. Oh, and we got to drink it out of our own special WLH 1750 commemorative beer glasses.
Pizza was delivered, as advertised, and duly consumed almost instantaneously.
Amongst the usual down downs, the circle welcomed two Putney-based newcomers to WLH (sorry, I forgot their hash names).
The initial omens were not good, with no P-trail from Mortlake Station to the pub, but in the event our hare, Petal, set a well marked trail around Sheen and Mortlake, taking in Richmond Park en route.
Pleasant trail north and south of the river, hared by Giving Head.
Only problem was that virtually all the pack took a wrong turn at Blackfriars Bridge, and ended up shortcutting it to the drink stop, instead of going the long way around via Waterloo Bridge.
Anyway, some unusual drink options were on offer plus food, so we were happy enough. Unfortunately we were all back in the pub by the time that the hare arrived at the drink stop herself, having been the only hasher to complete the full trail! Needless to say, down downs were forthcoming.