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Virtual Run 6, Azalea Run, 7th May 2020

This week’s virtual hash will be hared by Man Magnet, and will feature her traditional Azalea Run trail.

Here is Man Magnet’s quiz to accompany the video.

WLH3 20TH AZALEA RUN 7 MAY 2020

  1. Which British monarch first enclosed the area known as Richmond Park by having a wall built around it?
    Charles 1 in 1637 escaping from an outbreak of the plague in London
    Henry VII changed name to Richmond Park…used to be
    known as the Manor of Sheen during Edward I 1272 – 1307
  2. What is the area of Richmond Park?
    Nearly 10 sq km 2500 acres (3 times the size of New York’s Central park)
  3. The white house in the video is known as the Thatched House Lodge (presumably it used to have a thatched roof). Which member of the Royal family resides here now and what is her relationship to the Monarch?
    Princess Alexandra- Cousin to the Queen (also accept Lady Ogilvy)
  4. a) How many deer in Richmond Park? 630 deer
    b)What indigenous British deer species is NOT found in Richmond Park? Roe deer (they are red and fallow deer)
  5. How many river crossings were there on your trail tonight?
    3 (bridge at the start, by the wooden hut & approaching the beech plantation with other humanoids coming in opposite direction)
  6. In the video, I asked what building is it in the distance?
    Parish Church of St Lukes on the corner of Burton and Gibbon Roads. Will accept a block of flats on Richmond Road in Kingston
  7. What is the oldest largest and most noticeable inhabitant of Richmond Park?
    Trees….there are around 1300 ancient trees, some are more than 750m years old
  8. According to British folklore, this creature which inhabitants Richmond Park, summoned thunder and lightning storms, which scared the wits out of medieval peasants who also believed that they flew around with hot coals in their jaws setting fire to buildings. What are they?
    Most people would stink of stags…..they don’t realise there is another type of stag….a Stag Beetle. They have a 7 year life cycle
  9. If you had done 20 push ups at each bench seat you saw in the video, how many push ups would you have done?
    100 push ups (on trail to Isabella, beeches, in Isabella, back again, view from escarpment)
  10. When was Isabellla Plantation created?
    40 acres, Originally planted within a Victorian woodland by Lord Sidmouth (park deputy ranger) in 1830s for a game reserve and opened to the public as a woodland garden in 1953.The name is unclear a) wife or daughter of a member of staff b) derived not from a Queen, but more prosaically from the word Isabel meaning dingy grey/yellow colour. This would have related to the colour of the sandy clay topsoil in this area.

Photo clues/answers for quiz:

Some of the ignoramuses taking part in this quiz are depicted here:

Virtual Run 4, Chiswick, 23rd April 2020

Run hared this week by Knickers.

The circle was attended by the usual suspects, and the hare was awarded the customary down-down for what was generally acknowledged to be a very classy cultural trail around Chiswick. We were again pleased to see some familiar faces and returnees from across the pond, and hear about the deranged antics of their Commander in Chief.
Notable by their absence were Rent Boy and Ms Dunnypenny. Rumour has it that they were attending some sort of rave house party in Westminster Close. We shall expect to hear more on this at next weeks circle.

On On

Virtual Run 2, Richmond, 9th April 2020

This weeks virtual hash was hared by KMA and took us, virtually, around Richmond Park and back through the streets of Richmond to the Mitre, which was unfortunately closed.

The hare/RA cajoled the assembled virtual hashers through a mini historical quiz, featuring several of the Richmond landmarks on his trail. That was enough to get the participants sufficiently lubricated to start talking the usual load of bo****cks that constitutes hash social drinking. Good to see several returnees from the US of A and elsewhere. Truly, the West London virtual hash is turning into a global event!
Covid-19 share buying tip #3: any company involved in the production and distribution of wine boxes.

Run 1802, The Country House, Earlsfield, 12th March 2020

This week’s run was hared by Casual Simon, and kicked off from Earlsfield, one of the less commonly frequented stops on the Waterloo loop line. His trail took us along the Wandle towards Wandsworth, before looping around and heading back via Wandsworth Common to the Country House pub in Earlsfield. Not a bad trail with, for the most part, very clear arrows and just the right number of checks. However a number of us were caught out by the occasional complete disappearance of any visible trail for some considerable distance (hence the strange loops on the map below.) The hare was kind enough to provide a drink stop featuring one or two bottles of Sambuca and similar spirits from the back of his drinks cabinet, which seemed to be well received.

Back in the Country House, we were pleased to find that they had at least a couple of drinkable ales on tap. Certainly enough to lubricate the circle, overseen by RA Whacker on this occasion. Deputy RA’s in training, Casting Slouch and Roadrunner, received down-downs for not taking their training seriously enough. Must try harder next time! Your scribe contributed a few bags of hash chips to go with the post-circle drinking, as he was feeling rather peckish after the 9km run. They seemed to disappear fairly rapidly.