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Run 1818, Richmond Park Halloween Run, 29th October 2020

This year’s Halloween Run was hared by Casting Slouch and took us around the spooky, and somewhat muddy, interior of Richmond Park. And what a run it was, with abundant shiggy on the first stretch making the going somewhat treacherous for the unwary hasher. Did I mention drink stops? Casting Slouch had laid on no fewer than four drink/treat stops, each manned by a ghoulish helper and providing a range of alcoholic refreshments, including jellies, cocktails (some variant on an Old-Fashioned, as I recall), cider++, and good old beer. Treats included brownies and spiced pumpkin cookies. And the hare sensibly kept the trail to a reasonable length in view of the difficulty of getting around Richmond Park in the dark, and the need to spend some time socialising at the numerous drink stops. (Note for future hares: no hare has ever got a down-down for setting too short a trail.)

It was generally agreed that this Halloween Trail would be a hard act to follow. Well done Slouch!

Run 1816, Twickenham, 15th October 2020

This weeks run was hared by Minge & Tonic, and took us on a tour around some of Twickenham’s highlights (and lowlights). We finished up for a drink stop on the riverside, opposite Eel Pie Island, after which the pack split up into smaller groups and headed for the local pubs for what will be our last indoor socialising for a while. Come 10pm, we were all chucked out of our respective pubs, but this was not the end of the evening. It turned out that some how we had not managed to drink all the drinkstop beer at our first attempt, so Minge & Tonic invited us to reconvene back at the riverside to rectify that oversight. Many of us gladly accepted that invitation.

Run 1812, Richmond Park (via Kingston Gate), 17th September 2020

First hash of the new “rule-of-six” era, hared by Man Magnet. Starting from Kingston Gate into Richmond Park, and taking us via a well laid trail into a veritable labyrinth inside the Isabella Plantation, from which only a few hashers managed to escape.

Those fortunate enough to find their way out made it to the socially-distanced drink stop, where a one-in, one-out rule just about managed to keep the total numbers down to six for most of the time. But unfortunately no circle and down-downs in these unusual times. Then on to various pubs in Norbiton and Kingston for additional refreshment in our smaller groupings. Not ideal, but a great hash none the less.