Thanks due to Ryde and Tablewhine for stepping in at short notice to hare today’s run, due apparently, to lack of illumination in the Kensington Gardens area, where Pope had originally intended to set a trail.
Anyway, always good to revisit my old home stomping ground on the Brentford trail, and the lavishly refurbished Globe.
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.
A not-too-challenging trail (5.9km) set by Mudgee Smuggler around the delightfully posh neighbourhood of Primrose Hill.
The hare also provided a drink stop on some random canal boat that he had somehow commandeered on the Grand Union Canal. Reportedly, he had procured all the drink for <£10 at Morrisons. Who would have guessed?
Down downs for all the usual suspects. Hopefully our singing did not upset the rest of the pub’s clientele who were apparently attending a wake!
A fine trail set by hare Wacker, including perilous river crossing:
The pub did us proud with an excellent spread of hash food, which even WLH gannets were unable to finish.
A fine trail set by Sir Humpalot, with plenty of shiggy for those who like that sort of thing.
Drink stop provided courtesy of Eagermount. Most of the pack managed to keep out of HMP Wormwood Scrubs, hence the usual number of miscreants were present for the down-downs once we got back to the pub. We had one visitor down-down for Steptoe from Pattaya Hash, no doubt back in blighty to revisit the old scrap yard in nearby Goldhawk Road. (A surprising number of WLH hashers appeared to be not-unfamiliar with Steptoe’s home hash. Not sure why that might be!?)
Suddenly, figure-of-eight runs are all the rage in West London! Last week, Pickled Fart’s innovative Richmond trail. This week, Bhopal’s trail with not just one, but two, crossovers – here is the evidence:
A well marked trail, as you would expect from our hare raiser, with (many) perfectly circular checks, just to show off his draughtsmanship skills, I suspect. A welcome rum and coke at the drink stop, located at Bhopal’s local floating social club/lounge. (OK, more of a tool-shed/workshop, but on WLH we are not too fussy). Finally, loads of cheap beer and the obligatory down-downs back at the Weatherspoons.
A fine example of trail setting by our hare, Pickled Fart, including an audacious figure of 8 crossover – see trail: Richmond trail. Managed to create a largely off-road trail without actually venturing into Richmond Park.
Made in Chelsea themed trail hared by Dingo and All Fours. Plenty of pearls on display, teamed with waterproof tops and thermal underwear. Might just catch on?
Drink stop featuring cocktail sausages and bubbly at the Battersea Park Pagoda. A surprising number managed to get that far, bearing in mind the occasionally washed out trail.
Usual down-downs plus a naming ceremony for the hasher in the natty purple (actually maroon) velvet smoking jacket. Now known as Purple Haze.
Australia Day hash hared by Man Magnet (with support from family). No Dingo, but at least her dog bothered to turn up. Trail was as for Man Magnets azalea run - Norbiton Trail - except that it was about 4 months too early for the azaleas. Welcome drink stop supplied by Pickled Fart, and even more welcome beer and BBQ stop at Man Magnet’s gaff.
Credit due to Rambo for a trail that claimed to cover previously un-hashed ground, involving accessing a golf course via a railway tunnel under the M4, even if, at 10km, it was a bit long for some of us. - Northfields Trail