One has to feel sorry for our hare, Optimist. After a morning of steady rain, the sky sort of clears and he sets a fine trail around the leafy suburb of Ealing, only for it to piss down again at 6pm and wash away all his good work. So off he has to go all over again, relaying the trail. You would almost think that the RA had it in for him.
Come hash on on time, and we have perfect cool conditions for a change and a well laid trail.
From a personal perspective, good to be back in Ealing again, although a senior moment strikes and I forget where Ealing Green (and the drink stop) is situated. Doh! Talking of drink stops, we were treated to a refreshing glass of cannabis cordial courtesy of Kenny. After that, my memory of events become rather cloudy. Usual down downs for the hare, visitor Half Finger (I think?), and Man Magnet for the design of the new West London shirt. (See photos for samples modelled by various hunky hashers).
AGPU run hared by outgoing GM Wacker, around Brentford and Ealing.
Good drink stop, as is usual from Wacker.
A large turnout, no doubt due to the promise of hash food. And it has to be said that the Globe did serve up an excellent curry, which seemed to disappear rather quickly, as did the chips.
Down downs for the outgoing GM who somehow managed to convince Butt Plug to take over the job. Similarly to Bhopal as outgoing hare raiser and his replacement, Called Away. Thanks to both for doing a great job for many years, and good luck to their replacements!
Down downs also to the rest of the committee who remain largely unchanged having failed to find some mug to take over their respective roles.
Somehow Wacker manages to mix up the ingredients to give each trail from South Kenton its own distinct flavour. A reasonable crowd of about 20 hashers at the start swelled to at least double that number by the time we got back to the pub. Many no doubt tempted by the pub food provided, as usual, by the kind people at the Windermere, but frustrated by the lengthy delays on the trains heading West from the centre of town, due apparently to some inconsiderate b****** dying on the train. Special mention also to Wacker’s drink stop with loads of Brewdog beer and Smarties!
A pleasant evening outing on both sides of the Thames, in and around Vauxhaul, as hared by Boy Blunder.
An epic trail hared by Rambo. Two hours and 10k+ slog across fields, along muddy paths, and including not one, but two, river crossings. A masterpiece in the art of trail setting.
I think Rambo was forgiven for the length of the run thanks to the scenic off-road terrain, and his efforts in opening up a neglected part of West London to the delights of the hash.
Crane River Trail
Run 1700, yeah!!
Hare was Castrato. A nice off-road trail around Hampstead Heath, even if the hare himself forgot the correct route on at least one occasion. Still very muddy from the recent rains, but amazingly, and to the disbelief of the RA, no one fell over. So Pope got a down-down anyway, and quite right too.
Hampstead Heath trail
A reasonably large turnout today, no doubt in part due to the first decent Thursday night weather for quite a while. And also the prospect of a glorious run around Bushy Park, expertly hared by your scribe (New Balls Please).
Bushy Park trail
Amazingly, the drink stop supplies were still in their secret cache by the time the front runners got to the DS site. Less fortunately, they were discovered by some enterprising hasher and by the time the hare arrived most of the drink had been snarfed. Oh well.
Usual down-downs followed back a the pub. Can’t remember much else.
Here is a map showing locations of some of the WLH runs during 2017. Clicking on a run location will allow you to view the trail for that run.