What do those funny marks mean?…
No, those funny white blobs dotted on the path are NOT poison laden dog bait, or criminals leaving coded markings to denote if you’ve got a TV worth nicking as often reported in the UK or foreign press. They’re markings for a Hash trail.
Each Hash has its own version of the markings used to show the Trail. Some are common to most Hashes, others are unique to each Hash. We use flour for the majority of our runs as it’s easily seen (especially at night) and bio-degradable. If it’s really wet, Saw Dust can be used, it doesn’t wash away but it’s harder to see.
Generally (though not always) SH4 lays the trail on the right of the path you’re on. This means that if you’re ever on a short section of road, you’re facing oncoming traffic. The Hare should tell the Circle Up of any changes to the marking system.
On The Hash
Gates – Ideally you should open and close gates rather than climb them, BUT, if you have to climb a gate, please do it at the hinge end as climbing one at the latch end puts huge forces on the gate and will damage it. Gates are very expensive to mend and Farmers quite rightly get pissed off if we break them.
Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick, Slow.
The Hare(s) spend time making a route with the idea that the Hashers follow it and arrive at the end at roughly the same time irrespective of their running speed. This is done by means of sending faster runners on longer routes and or false trails and use of re-groups and fish hooks. Some Hashers may cover half the distance of others, some run all of the checks to find the trail, some wait for the trail to be found. There is no wrong way.
There’s no “Winning A Hash”, no times are kept, no one records if you do the Short or the Long or if you cut the corner in a field. That said, some of our Hashers wear a GPS to plot out where they’ve been afterwards, we’ve even got an SH4 Strava Group so you can see how fellow Hashers did.
Long / Short Split
Normally found at a split in the Trail in conjunction with an arrow indicating the correct route for Long, Medium, Short or Walkers. Normally referred by the Hare saying “There’s 3 Long/Short Splits, the Short’s 3 miles, the medium’s 4.5 miles and the Long’s 6 miles”. Feel free to totally ignore these ‘distances’, as with a very few exceptions, Hare’s normally pluck them out of the air on a whim.