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Run No 1819 (Guy Fawkes) – Wednesday 4th November – Twickenham

Registration is required for all participants in our runs during the current Covid emergency if you plan to come on this run please register ASAP by clicking on This Link

Hare : Man Magnet

This week’s run will, for the first time ever, take place on Wednesday. The trail will start from outside Twickenham station map link

The standard Tier 2 rules will apply:- The start time for the run is 6.30 pm to 7pm , however, faster runners should leave closer to 7pm.  If you have a group ready to leave just before 7pm please wait a few minutes for any late comers so they do not need to run on their own.  DO NOT start before 6.30pm as the trail won’t be ready and the drink stops will not be operational.  Hashers leaving the start point after 6.50pm are requested to start marking through the checks, please bring chalk.

In addition the Hare has advised that a torch would be useful, and also that there will be a shortcut for walkers, so they should feel no need to start before 6.30 P.M.

We are not only making history by running on a Wednesday but re-writing it as well, as this will be our Guy Fawkes night run, with a suitably explosive drink stop. Remember, remember the fourth of November…

For those wishing to go for a beer after the run there are several pubs in the vicinity, such as The Albany and The Cabbage Patch with outdoor space where groups of up to six could meet. Please make your own arrangements if you wish to do this. Alternatively you could sit on your own inside, and cry into your beer as you contemplate four weeks of lock down without pubs or hashing.

Run No 1818 – Thursday 29th October -Richmond Park Halloween run

Advance registration is mandatory for all participants in West London Runs during the current Covid emergency, if you plan to come on this run please register using This Link. The hare has requested that you register as early as possible so that she can gauge numbers for drink stops.


The trail for this week’s run will start from Richmond Gate of Richmond Park map link  and the run will end at the same location. Richmond Gate is around 20  minutes walk from Richmond station and can also be reached by taking the 371 bus from outside the station and disembarking at The American University on Queens road. 


The following GM’s instructions for all runs under Tier 2 restrictions will apply:-The start time for the run is 6.30 pm to 7pm from the gate, however, faster runners should leave closer to 7pm.  If you have a group ready to leave just before 7pm please wait a few minutes for any late comers so they do not need to run on their own.  DO NOT start before 6.30pm as the trail won’t be ready and the drink stops will not be operational.  Hashers leaving the start point after 6.50pm are requested to start marking through the checks, which will all be in flour this week, so no chalk needed, but please consider bringing some to future runs.

The Hare is Casting Slouch


This will be our Halloween Trick or Treat run and the Hare says that it will be completely in Richmond Park so will be spooky, scary and dark, a torch will be essential and the Hare suggests Hashers run in groups. Fancy dress is encouraged for all participants, as well as saying “trick-or-treat” to receive their provisions. She has also promised that the run will be short and and sociable, please observe social distancing and the Rule of Six at drink stops. There are a few pubs with gardens near Richmond Gate, where groups of up to six can meet outdoors after the run: The Lass of Richmond Hill and The Marlborough are at the top of the hill, and of course the ever hash friendly Dukes Head is in the Vineyard, a bit nearer to the station.

Run No 1817 ~ Thursday 22nd October ~ Harrow-on-the-Hill

Hare : Roadkill

Important-Pre-registration is required for all participants in West London Runs during the current Covid emergency, if you plan to come on this, or any other run, you must register in advance using This link which will be open for each week’s run by the evening of the Tuesday before the run.

This week’s run will start from outside Harrow-on-the-Hill Station (Metropolitan and Chiltern Lines) HA1 1BB Map Link. Trains from Baker Street take only 20 minutes and 15 minutes from London Marylebone. Exit the station via the Lowlands Road exit LHS – do not take the exit towards the town centre and bus station RHS.

There will be no bag drop, run with what you bring and do not hang around waiting for a pack to form. Set off as soon as you turn up, anytime between 18.30 and 19.00 hours. Early starters should not mark through checks ahead of the main runners.

The hare will follow our former hash tradition and re-run the trail from 19.00 hours, marking through the checks for late comers and walkers.
A torch is not essential but would be useful towards the end of the run.

There will be a drink stop towards the end of the run so stay on trail and do not short cut. The hare’s able assistant will be at the drink stop location from 19.15 onwards.

If you want to go for a drink afterwards nearby under Tier 2 rules The Junction and The Royal Oak have outside tables. Please make your own arrangements in groups of not more than six. There is also the Moon on the Hill, The George, O’Neill’s and the Trinity Bar but they have no outside area so follow the solo drinking rules if you choose these locations.

Run Number 1816 – Thursday 15th October – Twickenham Station

This week’s run will start from outside Twickenham station, Map Link . As has become the “new normal” in these dystopian times, there will be no bag drop, run with what you bring and don’t hang around waiting for a pack to form, set off on trail as soon as you turn up, anytime between 18.30 hours and 19.30 hours. There will be a drink stop on trail and if you want to go for a beer after the run, in one of the many local pubs, then make your own arrangements to do so in groups of not more than six. The Hare has hinted that the drink stop might be a lot closer to the Thames than the station and has suggested that pubs in the vicinity of Church street, Twickenham, see this This Map Link, such as The Fox, the The Eel Pie and The Barmy Arms will be conveniently located at the end of the trail, the Hare has also suggested that a torch might be useful, for some sections of the trail.

The Hare is Minge and Tonic

Note: Pre registration is mandatory for all Hashers participating in West London’s runs during the current time. If you plan to come on this run you must register via This Link preferably before lunch time of the day before the run, so the Hare can assess numbers for the drink stop.

Run Number 1815 – Thursday 8th October – Southwark (A to B)

Hare : Stayover

“A” is the exit from Southwark Tube Station Map Link. Anyone not liking the tube can walk to Southwark tube from Waterloo in 3 mins station.

There will not be a bag drop, run with what you bring. Do not wait for the pack to congregate but set off when you turn up, any time between 18.30 and 19.30

“B” is The Rose pub 123 Snowsfields SE1 3ST Map link . 0207 403 0168 Pub Web Site

The Rose is close to London Bridge station and tube.

At the Rose there are 2 options –

Option 1 – book a table in advance for a group of 6 or less, by phone or on their web site

Option 2 – purchase a pint (or whatever) from whatever is on tap, in a plastic glass as a takeaway and drink it on the street outside the pub. There are a few little booths set within park benches right opposite – which punters utilise for beer drinking purposes. So it’s a nice place to drink outside if wrapped up warm. No mingling beyond 6.

If people prefer to book their group of 6 elsewhere, there is also the Horseshoe Inn Map Link and web site nearby . It is more into track and trace apps and table service etc.

The Rose was the first in the locality to open (using the takeaway concept) after lockdown, so has become a favourite. NB this is not the Rose and Crown. It’s the Rose.

It West London H3 require pre registration for all their runs at this time, so if you are coming you should register using by this link.

Please observe all anti-covid social distancing rules and avoid gathering in groups of more than six throughout the evening.