Hash Orders Rules and Expectations

Hashes are run 7:30 every Wednesday evening within the boundaries of The South Hams.  Please arrive ready to depart at 7:30.  Hashing is not competitive; it is not a running club nor is it a Fashion parade.  Arriving as though you are about to go on a training run with some Olympians sponsored by a major Athletics apparel producer will be frowned upon and you will certainly be subjected to ridicule.

  • As part of the Hash you will be expected to lay at least 1 Hash a year. Please see Hash diary to find available dates to organise a time that would suit both.
  • A comical reflection on the evening is produced immediately post Hash by the RA of the week. Any incidences or notable reactions should be reported to them in “secret” There is no such thing as a lie in hash, it is your anonymous interpretation of an event that might be elaborated for descriptive purposes.
  • Each hash is Chronicled in “The Words”, these are done in alphabetical order, please don’t shy away from this, there is no wrong interpretation. If the responsibility falls upon you, please submit your ramblings by the Sunday evening in a Word document to: thewords@sh4.org.uk.
  • Hash Subs: £40.00 per year payable in April, if not paid by April 31st you will be asked to pay £2 Weekly.
  • If you join mid-way through the year, your first payment will be Pro-rata of the remaining year.
  • Now you are named, you are encouraged to buy some Hash attire from the Hash Haberdashery for post runs with your name proudly emblazoned.  These details can be found on the website.
  • Post hash, please respect the pub and don’t enter in muddy clothes and shoes, change into Post hash clothes in the car park and no muddy shoes!!
  • The hash holds an AGM known as the AGPU, please do not shy away from volunteering for a role if one becomes available.
  • During the hash, photos are taken and posted on our private facebook group.  These can only be viewed by other members of the facebook group.  If there is a significant reason why you would not want this to happen then please speak to a member of the committee.


How to Partake

  • First idea, buddy up, you are responsible for your own personal safety and welfare and partake with this understanding. Running with someone of a similar ability is for your own safety and enjoyment.
  • If you are prone to getting lost or you find yourself regularly running alone, carry a phone.
  • Head torches for Darker evenings are essential. Ask around as to what is a good one to buy as they evolve yearly and are as much a safety device as for guidance.
  • Call “on-on” as often as possible to alert those behind you of where to go, and those in front know you are safe and well
  • The symbols can be found on the group website, please familiarise yourself with them
  • The Hash is a friendly, fun, and most importantly a social evening. Please be respectful of others, we are there to support members in a friendly and encouraging fashion.  Should you have concerns over any other members of the group, please address them with the GM as quickly and courteously as possible.


Laying a Hash

Whatever the weather, you will be expected to lay the hash, the hash does not stop for even the fiercest of tempests.  Trying to lay a hash in inclement weather is not easy, but it is done and can be more fun – certainly makes for a good story.

  • A hash should be laid as an adventurous run that lasts about 1 hour at 3 different ability levels. Suggestions are:
  • A long run between 5-6 Miles
  • A short run between 2.5-3.5 Miles 4) A walk <2.5 Miles. In the Summertime, these can be extended as dryer conditions allow for faster running/ walking.
  • A hash course should interlace each other as much as possible to keep the collective Hash spirit alive and together.

As a Hare you will be expected to liaise with the Pub for the following:

  • Confirm the availability of food and how and when the Pub would like this to be ordered.
  • Availability of 6 x 1/2 Pints of beer for the down downs free of charge, or at a discounted rate. Their incentive to supply is 50 odd personnel coming in for drinks and food.
  • Is there any area of the Pub or protocol the Landlord would like us to respect. We would love to be welcomed back!
  • If you would like to put on a Beer (Drinks) Stop, this should be towards the end of the course at a time all Hashers come together. This is not compulsory but is in the spirit of hashing.
  • Make sure you are familiar with the symbols and gestures that can be found on our website. 11) Hash symbols should be laid in Plain flour or sawdust, even chalk on the road on Dry days.
  • The symbols should be laid in a challenging fashion, but safe and relatively easy to follow for everyone.
  • If you are laying over open fields or moor land, double the amount of flour. A trail may seem simple in day light, at night your field of vision is about 2 meters.
  • For the hash you lay, you will be expected to Sweep the route, or arrange with another hasher who is familiar with the route to sweep it. Whilst individuals are responsible for this own safety, you are the only person who knows the route and we don’t want to leave anyone out there alone.


What the Hash does for you:

  • The hash holds three Weekends away each year, summer camping, Pre-Christmas and a Post-Christmas gala. Each weekend is subsidised by the hash and represent excellent value for money.
  • If you do put on a beer stop, a donation from the hash of £20 can be claimed, if you would prefer this to go behind the bar for one of the weekends, please let the Hash Cash know.

Most importantly have fun!  It is not a competition; it is about enjoying the outdoors and the company of likeminded individuals who are willing to be the butt of the odd joke or two.