“Hashing” - the ideal combination of exercise and alcohol consumption.
The pastime, practised all over the World, involves eager(?) runners and/or drinkers taking part in an invigorating run with more than the odd beer or wine after and even during the jog (or walk).
Hashing was started in 1938 by British army officers serving in Malaysia who wanted to work off their weekend’s excesses, or at the very least work up a thirst, before returning to their expat club to recommence drinking. The club was known locally as the Hash House and as a result the running and drinking pastime coined its name.
The hash has been described as a 'drinking club with a
running problem'. This is more or less true.
AMATHUS HASH HOUSE HARRIERS
Here is what to expect.
The first and most important thing to know is that a hash is NOT a race. The only goal of a hasher is to get a little exercise in while enjoying some of the local bondue, and to get back to the RV to enjoy some liquid refreshment and some good camaraderie. Everyone gathers at the RV (start and usually the end) specified in the 'Next Run Info", and pays €5 for the run and beverages at the end. Then the GM (Grand Master) rings his bell, goes through a few announcements and calls the hares (leaders of the run/walk) in to inform the group about the trail they are about to enjoy.
The trail is usually pre-set with pink (walkers) or blue (runners) flour. They use a variety of special marks to keep the pack together and get everyone back to the awaiting cold beverages. The lead runners shout 'On On' to guide the rest of the hounds (the group of runners and walkers) to the true trail. The hares attempt to keep the pack on trail for about 1 hour (3.5 to 8K depending on terrain). They do shorter trails in the summer and longer trails in the winter, but in the end, it is the hare who decides how long his trail will be. A listing of the trail marking can be found HERE . You can find hare guidelines HERE.
After everyone has finished the trail, they stand around and drink whatever they see fit.
Beer is usually the preferred drink (Keo or Carlsberg) but wine and non-alcoholic beverages are provided. At some point, the GM gathers everyone around in a circle and the hash ceremonies begin. He goes through the parish notices and the hares get
critted (one of the hounds gets in the circle and critiques the run). Then visitors, virgins and long lost are all called in for introduction and to receive their
down-downs (they get a cup filled with the beverage of their choice, then after a short song is sung by the group, they get to down their beverage and turn the empty cup on top of their head).
What to Bring
Our Drinking Policy
The members of the Amathus H3 and it officers strongly enforce responsible drinking. Hash clubs world wide are known for being crazy and doing almost anything, but drunk driving is stupid, not crazy. This sort of behavior has no place in the hash. If you can't drink responsibly, then we DON'T want your patronage and we WILL ask you not to come back.