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World Hash Events: November 2021

Hello hashers,

After the successful execution of EUROHASH 2021, other major events have
saved some dates:

INTERSCANDI 2022 - will be held 30 June to 3 July 2022 Venue is at Mustjöe,
in Tallinn, Estonia. Full details to follow.  Save the date . . .

EUROHASH 2023 - will be held 17-20 Aug 2023 at Castle de Berckt in Baarlo,
the Netherlands. General registration is not open yet, but keep an eye on
the website . . .

There is still time to BUY or SELL registrations for the next INTERHASH in
Trinidad.  I currently have about 50 available for the event, and about a
dozen for the RED DRESS RUN.


In case you missed them, there are several new (and revised) articles to
choose from this month . . .

In the Spotlight – Czech Republic (Czechia) -

In the Spotlight – Scotland -

In the Spotlight - A long overdue revision to The first 10 known Hash House
Harriers Clubs -

In the Spotlight – Harriettes (Updated) -


Shakesprick has released his latest edition of ON ON MAGAZINE.  See it, and
all past editions at


Hare and Hounds

     This is a game played at most English schools, but more especially at
Rugby.  Two of the fastest runners in the school are generally selected as
the "hares," and allowed ten minutes' start.  They carry with them a
quantity of small pieces of paper, which they scatter at intervals along
their route, to afford a guide to the "hounds," their school-fellows.  These
are under the control of a "huntsman" and a "whipper-in," on whom in a great
measure depends the success or failure of the pursuit.  The former carries a
white, the latter a red, flag.

     An English writer furnishes the following description of the game:

          "At last the time comes for a start, and the signal has been given
that we are 'off.'  At once the pursuit commences merrily, if the pace is
not yet of the best; for we have to husband our strength, and it would be
unwise policy to overstrain our capacity at the first dash.  We must go on
steadily, acquiring fresh strength as we go, or we shall soon drop away from
the rest, and collapse ignominiously.  Still we go on, following the scent,
and closely adhering to this trail of paper, with the huntsman in front, and
the whipper-in judiciously ending the line of stragglers in the rear.  So
far we have had a straight course, if the fields have been heavy and the
jumps unpleasantly awkward, but at last we have met with a check."

          "It may be that accident has momentarily caused the sight of the
scent to be lost, that it has been obscured, or that with cunning
contrivance the hare has counterfeited a course so as to baffle the hounds,
and gain additional time for breathing.  In any case, the pursuit has been
checked, and the huntsman has not only sounded his horn to signify that the
trail has been broken, but has also planted his flag on the spot where lies
the last trace of the scent, so that no time should be wasted by the
misconception of the precise place, and the necessity for another search to
recover the lost ground.  The delay depends, of course, on the artifiees
[sic] employed by the hare, for there are any number of expedients to be
practiced, and the feints of an expert hare are innumerable—by retracing his
steps, by improving a false scent, and, in fact, by the employment of any
device that can dismay or impede his pursuers.  The hounds, though, have not
been idle in the quest, for speedily the trail has been regained, and the
cry of 'Tally-Ho!' from the huntsman, with another note from the horn,
signifies that once more the hounds are on the track.  So the chase is
maintained, either unobstructed or varied by frequent checks, until either
the hare has been captured, or the hounds themselves have been exhausted,
and have abandoned pursuit."

     The school-boy game of "Hare and Hounds," as it is practiced in the
form of an athletic pastime, is merely a mimic representation of the genuine
sport; though now, so exact is the imitation in point of the terms applied,
that we hear of the human packs as the "Metropolitan Harriers," with other
appellations derived from the vocabulary of the huntsman.  It is not only a
recreation, but a splendid exercise that prevents the blood from stagnating,
and diffuses the caloric through every vein.  We need hardly add that it is
a pastime for cool, bracing weather only.

If you have read this far, you may already know this article was published
in the Harper's Weekly, dated May 23, 1874 . . .


If you are looking to part ways with some of your old hash attire, you may
want to take a look at this Facebook group.

You can also donate your old items to the HHH Museum.


Announcement for all former Seoul Hashers . . .

50th Anniversary of the Seoul H3 . . . and Hashing In Korea.  The Seoul H3
was founded on 11 June 1972, so it is fitting that this event is scheduled
for 11 June 2022.  Details are TBA . . . But . . .

Here is another excerpt from the Hash Historical Vault.  I had the great
pleasure to a paid up member of the Seoul HHH for three years (1997-2000)
and a handful of visits over the years since.  I still view Korea as some
the finest hashing territory on earth, having traversed nearly 400 flour
laden trails on the peninsula.  The following article appeared in The Times,
London sometime in the early 1980's.

Letter from Seoul
by Jacquline Reditt

Lure of the Hash Habit sweeps the east.

One of the more curious rituals in the mystic Orient these days is the Hash
- a weekly phenomenon which sends scores of scantily clad Western
businessmen pounding heavily along steamy jungle paths, puffing up
precipitous, snow-covered mountain tracks, or splashing through muddy rice

Oblivious to the elements, the runners are spurred on by the unmelodic
blasts from the Hash horn, by the witless cries of "On On" from their
companions and by the prospect of a great deal of beer ahead.

The Seoul Hash House Harriers (SHHH) with a membership of 126 and a minimum
two-month waiting list is famous for its social rather than athletic
emphasis.  Every member has a Hash nickname, many of which are unprintable.
One long-standing member, known to his hashmates as Captain Marvel, whose
ample girth happily reflects the SHHH spirit, attributes the success of the
Seoul chapter to its comparative small size and the lack of zealous

Serious runners do not dominate the Seoul chapter although one member did
recently take third place in the New Your City marathon.  His experience
with the hash was invaluable according to Tom Pentony [Kimchee Marine], aged
50, a former US Marine major turned businessman and present leader of the
pack, known as the grand master.

There is excellent running terrain across paddy fields and mountains just 20
minutes from the city centre.  "It's all good fun", he says, "it's a good
focal point for the international community, it's completely relaxing, like
reverting to college life, it's magic."

A few members claim they "do it for exercise."  Some stick to soft drinks.
Some run and go straight home.  But these are a minority, and though
tolerated, such attitudes are not encouraged.  As one Hash addict put it:
"Running and then returning home is not Hashing . . . It's putting in the
time that counts . . . Feeble excuses such as a wife giving birth are not
considered adequate."

The Hash consists of three distinct stages.  First the run, set by two
randomly chosen "hares."  It is basically non-competitive.  Even walking is
allowed, but there are a lot of heated discussion concerning SCBs meaning
"those of questionable parentage who take short cuts."

Stage two is a time of jolly companionship around the bonfire at what is
called the "On On" site.  Food, usually all too reminiscent of the original
hash, and large quantities of beer are consumed.  Dirty stories are told,
dirty songs are sung, and the Grand Master presides over various quaint

Stage three begins when the beer runs out.  Hard-core members than move on
to the local night spot to sample whatever their host country has to offer.

The Seoul H3 was founded on 11 June 1972, see the history in this


From the Way Back Machine, hash happenings this month . . .





Upcoming hash events for the month of November 2021 are listed below.  See
the website for more details:

Nov 5-7 - Postponed to Mar 2022
Aussie Nash Hash
Hosted by the Adelaide H3 in Adelaide, Australia.

Nov 5-7
Not Dead Yet Campout
Hosted by the Biloxi H3 in D'Iberville, MS, USA.

Nov 12-14
Harriette 55th Analversary (Harriettes Only Please)
Hosted by the Susquehanna Pussies On Trail (SPOT) H3 in Baltimore, MD, USA.

Nov 19-21
Octavus Analversary
Hosted by the Skull & Boners H3 in Orange, CT, USA.

Nov 26-27 - Cancelled
Mekong Indochina Hash
Hosted by the Yangon H3 in Yangon, Myanmar.

See the whole two year calendar of events at         

If you know of an upcoming event not posted to the calendar, please send me
the info. 


Hashing is fun!  See you on trail someday . . . :O)

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In the Spotlight – A long overdue revision to The first 10 known Hash House Harriers Clubs

In the Spotlight - A long overdue revision to The first 10 known Hash House Harriers Clubs
By Ed "Hazukashii" Howell
20 Sep 2021

The process of updating and editing Bill Panton's amazing HHH Genealogy Project, by validating existing information, and adding logos, dates, and various other details that are missing, continues. Occasionally I come upon corrections that are needed, and this month several very significant corrections have been made.  It started with a question from my old friend Drainoil, who questioned the order of the Penang H3 and Ipoh H3.  He claimed that when he started hashing in 1966, it was common knowledge that Ipoh H3 was #6, and Penang was #7.  So an in-depth review ensued, with the following results.  Some appear to just be input errors, fat fingers, or whatever reason, but this month the shakeup directly focuses on the first 10 hash clubs that are known to have existed.  While I am always happy to receive and review new information . . . as of this moment, after corrections made, these are now the 10 oldest hash clubs (and be prepared for some additional revelations):

10.   Penang H3 - Founded on 10 May 1965, by Robin Rawlings.  No change, but moves from #8 to #10.
9.     Ipoh H3 - Founded 31 Jan 1965, by David "Mad Dog" Denning (a.k.a. Kinta H3).  Previous date in the genealogy was 9 Oct 1965, but has been updated.  Moves from #10 to #9.
8.     Jesselton H3 - Founded on 22 Jun 1964, by George Will (name changed to the Kota Kinabalu H3).  No change, moves from #7 to #8.
7.     Sibu H3 - Founded on 1 Jun 1964, founder unknown.  (Original club folded ~1966, but was restarted 8 Oct 1995 by Ambrose Chung).  No change, but moves from #6 to #7.
6.     Miri H3 - Founded sometime in 1963, by Ian Nash.  (Original club folded, but was restarted 27 May 1973).  Since the specific date in 1963 is unknown, the date is set to 31 December.  No change, moves from #5 to #6.  If a more specific date can be identified, this club could move up in the future.
5.     Sandakan H3 - Founded on 18 Oct 1963, by Jonathan Gray.  Upon review, it was discovered the date was wrong, posted as 18 Oct 1965, with correction to 1963, moves from #10 to #5.

The only shakeup in the top 4 was made back in 2013, when the 20 year mystery of the Bordighera H3, was discovered to be a hoax. 

4.     Kuching H3 - Founded on 21 May 1963, by Harry "God Knows" Howell - 
3.     Brunei H3 - Founded on 18 Feb 1963, by Colin Berwick - 
2.     Hash House Harriers Singapore - Founded on 19 Feb 1962, by Ian Cumming (a.k.a. Singapore H3, Father Hash) - 

1.      Hash House Harriers - It is common knowledge within the world of hashing, that the first HHH club (a.k.a. Hash House Harriers Kuala Lumpur . . . Mother Hash) was founded by Albert Stephen Ignatius "G" Gispert, with the assistance of a small group of mates.  Due to the advent of WWII, this original club was suspended on 12 Dec 1941, after run #117, but was reactivated in Aug 1946. No one know for sure exactly when the first hash run was set, but by current lore it is believed to have been ~ Sep-Dec 1938.  BUT . . . there has been on ongoing debate if this is actually true or not.  What we can confirm is that the 100th Hash (see attached) was held on 15 Aug 1941 (and 17 weeks later, run #117 was the last).  Counting backwards 100 weeks from 15 Aug 1941, would potentially make the first run on 22 Sept 1939, if there were no weeks missed.  The big questions are, did the old gang have a memory lapse?  Was there a major fat finger to the year?  It is obvious that the HHH ran weekly from #100-#117, but did the club run bi-weekly, or sporadically prior to the 100th run?  No one knows for sure.  Guess I have a major research project ahead of me . . . more to follow, and let the debate begin.

For many more articles like this on the history of hashing, check out . . .

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In the Spotlight – Harriettes (Updated)

In the Spotlight - Harriettes
By Ed "Hazukashii" Howell
7 Mar 2015 (Updated 21 Sep 2021)

The Hash House Harriers (a.k.a. HHH or H3) were believed to have been founded in late 1938, as a variant of the old English Harrier clubs that date back to the early 19th century, or possibly even before. The history of the HHH has been fairly well documented, with the first 10 clubs being formed between 1938 and 1965 in Malaya (now Malaysia) and the near region to include Singapore and Borneo, as MEN ONLY organizations. What we have not heard is a discussion on the origins of the Harriettes (a.k.a. Harriets or Hens).  There are references of women running with harrier clubs in the 1800s (the pre-HHH era), but early clubs are rumored to have allowed women to run, but not allowing them to set the trail. I have no specific details, but during my research on hashing, I recall a reference to a regular harrier club in Kuala Lumpur being active in the 1920s and early 1930s, as a mixed club for both men and women.  Some of the founding members of the HHH had run with them as well.

The first recorded women's version of HHH is the Brunei Hens which were founded on 21 Nov 1966, by Robert Tiepel (no mention whether he ran with them or not). The Ipoh Harriettes are next, and were founded on 29 Aug 1968, by Loke Kai Heng. In a recent discussion with the current GM of the Ipoh Harriets, Boon Lee Lim "Jenny001", she explained to me that the Ipoh Harriets claim the title of the first mixed HHH club.  Now, over 50 years later, there are numerous variations of mixed and Harriette only HHH clubs all over the world. Examples (from my own experience) include the Mission Harriettes in California, USA where men were required to remain behind two women at all times on trail. Another example is the Tokyo Ladies HHH, where only women were allowed to hold committee positions. The Harriettes of Oahu (HO Hash) and the No Strings Attached H3 in Florida, do not normally allow men, but when they do, they must wear pink. Also, the Kuala Lumpur Harriettes and Bangkok Harriettes, where a woman is always the GM, but they are just a mixed hash club beyond that. 

The first 10 recorded Women's Hash clubs are:
Brunei Hens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       21 Nov 1966
Ipoh Harriettes . . . . . . . . . . . .         29 Aug 1968
Kota Kinabalu Harriettes . . . . .      10 May 1970
Ladies of Hong Kong H3 . . . . .        15 Jun 1971
Sandakan Harriettes . . . . . . . .     31 Dec 1971
Kuching Harriettes . . . . . . . . .    20 Jun 1972
Penang Harriettes . . . . . . . . . .   21 Nov 1972
Singapore Harriettes . . . . . . . .    17 Oct 1973
Kuala Lumpur Harriettes . . . . .       18 Jun 1974
Port Moresby Harriettes . . . . .       30 Sep 1974

*This update adds the previously missed Sandakan Harriettes.  I also found the Rabaul Harriettes below, but both that club, and Medan Harriettes unfortunately fall out of the Top 10 list.

Rabaul Harriettes . . . . . . . . . .  31 Mar 1975
Medan Harriettes . . . . . . . . . . 13 Nov 1975

There were potentially some mixed clubs that formed during the 60s and 70s, but the records are unclear as to when they transitioned from Men Only to Mixed. There are also isolated incidents of some women being allowed to run with Men Only clubs during this period, to include one Judy Prosser (an Aussie consulate member) that was a regular on the Jakarta Men's Hash in the early 70s.  Another instance was, according to the club website, the very first run of the Colombo H3 in Sri Lanka had 40 runners on that first trail, including two women (Handwarmer and Iron Lady).  At one point in 1984, Handwarmer injured her knee and could not run for a bit. The wife of another hasher was allowed to join the Monday hash, and enjoyed it so much she started bringing more women along. Well, this went on for a couple weeks and before you know it, the old boy's network started to revolt and declared that the Colombo H3 would become a Male Only club. In a show of uncommon grace, they did allow the original ladies to continue on as honorary gentlemen. The change in membership to male only caused a stir in the hashing community, and the forming of the Colombo Harriettes on 20 Jun 1984. According to the hash genealogy, this club was founded by Mike "Climb Every Mountain" Hill, as a mixed hash club. Originally it ran on Wednesday, but has since shifted to Saturday to allow for travel to more areas around the island.

The title of oldest active Harriette is bestowed upon Rajendar 'Glamour' Kaur, born 9 May 1933, has been an avid hasher for well over 50 years.  Her first hash was on the Brunei Men's H3 in 1966, during a short period when women were allowed to participate.  Once the number of ladies had grown, they were encouraged to start their own club (and leave the men to their own fun), and the Hen House Harriers, the first ladies hash ever, were founded on 21 Nov 1966. Glamour participated on their first trail and was the first hen to achieve 100 runs, and the second to achieve 200.  Unfortunately, at one point in the 70s she moved to another town to operate a branch of the family business.  Sadly missing out on the weekly fun, Glamour asked for the Hens to move their hash day to Tuesday when her shop was closed.  They agreed, and Glamour was able to rejoin the ladies hash, and it has remained on Tuesday ever since. Glamour states "There are so many things I enjoy about the Hash such as Halloween runs, 7and7 runs, Head dress runs, Pajama runs and so on."  She has also traveled to hash events in Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Bali, Tawau, and Labuan, and has "at least 60-70 hash t-shirts in her collection.  Fifty years is a long time to be a member of one hash club.  She said, "Many of the ladies that participated were expats, so contact has been lost with most of them."  Although, she does keep in touch with two dear friends in the UK, who hashed with the Hen's in the 1990s, and both have returned from time to time to visit her.  Contributing to the hash, she has held positions as Grand Mistress, Egg Collector, and various other Committee positions.  She still attends the Ladies Hash nearly every Tuesday, and has participated in over 1450 trails.  Now at 88 years of age (and due to an old knee injury), she cannot run any longer, but is still a regular attendee to walk around and see her friends on the hash. 

For many more articles like this on the history of hashing, check out . . .

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In the Spotlight – Scotland

In the Spotlight – Scotland
By Ed "Hazukashii" Howell
13 Sep 2021

The abridged version of Scottish history, according to Scotland.Org, estimates that the highlands were first settled around 10,000 BC.  Some of the oldest tools ever discovered were in Scotland, around 3000 BC.  In 124 AD, the Romans arrived and scribble the first recorded history of the region, while building Hadrian's Wall and battling the Caledonians.  The Romans also built the 60 Kms of Antonine Wall, but are never really able to defeat the Caledonians, and subsequently withdraw from Britain completely.  Around 800 AD, the Vikings started migrating to the region to trade with the Picts, who were in the process of establishing the Kingdom of Alba.  Macbeth (the real one, not the fictional one written by Shakespeare) rules Alba for 17 years. 

In 1297, William Wallace leads a hearty band of Scots, defeating the English army in the Battle of Stirling Bridge, thus establishing Scotland's independence. In 1306, Robert the Bruce becomes King of Scotland.  Then in 1320, The Declaration of Arbroath is sent to the Pope, proclaiming Scotland's sovereignty, a document potentially used as a framework for the Declaration of Independence that the colonist in the New Country drafted over 450 years later.  Several hundred years pass by until around 1750, when Scottish philosophers usher in the Age of Enlightenment that would shape the rest of the world.  A couple hundred more years pass, there are a couple world wars, and fishing was a major component of the economy.  Then in the late 1960s, they discover oil, and petroleum products becomes the center of the economy for the next 50 years.  It was during the oil boom, that hashing makes its way to the shores of Scotland, and this is where Scottish history gets really interesting.

The HHH genealogy shows the first hash club established in Scotland was when a few Dutchmen formed the Aberdeen Haggis H3 on 8 Aug 1977 (another equally official document reports this date as sometime in 1980).  Nonetheless, this is the first hash club in Scotland, but it met its bitter doom after only 4 runs.   

It would not be until 8 Feb 1981, when a much more resilient, and still active Edinburgh H3 was founded by Lt. Col. Willie Coupar who came in from the Surrey H3, and was assisted by Alan Thompson, Susan Thompson, Sara Vye, and Ken McGukin.  The first trail had a modest pack of 2 hashers, but by the second run, the pack had swelled to an amazing 7.  Over the years, the Edinburgh H3 has in fact significantly grown, and has successfully hosted the 2nd Commonwealth Hash in 1986, and the UK Nash Hashes in 1989 and 2009.  The Edinburgh H3 still runs weekly, on Sunday mornings.

The Aberdeen H3 was founded on 23 Jan 1983, by former Cairo H3 hasher Mark 'Tortoise' Thompson, assisted by Phil 'Tonto' Townsend, Ronnie Robb, Dave Robb, Russel 'The Mith' Smith, and Colin 'Ol Red Eyes' Maclean.  The 1st hash Trash lists Tortoise and 'Ol Red Eyes as the hares, for a pack of 27 hashers.  According to their website [] "Aberdeen was labelled the shiggy capital of hashing in the UK for some time, with many AH3 Hashers being nicknamed MSA (mudslinging arseholes) by older, much wizened hashers.  An Aberdeen hasher (Shit F'brains) organized the first ever inter Scottish Hash on 13 March 1994. Over the years the name has been twisted and changed, through Inter Jock, or Inter Joke due to a print mix up and is now fondly known as Jock Hash."  The Aberdeen H3 can be found running every week, on Sunday mornings.

The Cairneyhill H3 was founded on 20 Nov 1983 by Donald MacKay, and was assisted by Steve Maclaren.  According to their first hash trash, the story goes like this. 

          "How Did It Come to Cairneyhill – There is a rumour that Hash Running was brought to Cairneyhill by three shepherds following a star, who when told it would be impossible to find three wise men and a virgin in Cairneyhill, moved on to pastures new.  The reality of the matter is much less interesting - a lunatic from the oil state of Grampian (Stephen MacLaren) came a visiting his poor relation in the wild west of Fife.  In conversation this lunatic extolled the virtues of hash running to his brother-in-law Donald MacKay (who wishes to remain anonymous).  He, being equally soft in the head thought that the deprived, nay even depraved masses in Cairneyhill and area may wish to join in the masochistic ritual.  Thus was born the Cairneyhill Hash.  And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were SORE.  And the angel said unto them "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tiding of great joy, which shall be unto all hashers." 

          "The first Hash Run was really an experiment, the guinea pigs and the smoking beagles enjoyed it too and the people enjoyed it and sayeth – Give us more – for we shall go out amongst the sinners and heathens and tell them of this wonderous happening that they too may join us in celebration.  Forsooth it must be so, for if the Hash is to flourish those early disciples must go forth and multiply, spreading before them the true message so that more may join us in the great crusade."   

By 1984, the Edinburgh H3 had grown to over 100 hashers, and began restricting new members, so The New Town H3 was established by Charlie 'Bad News' Hall assisted by Tony 'Nut Case' Cas as a break away on 4 Jul 1984.  Actually, this date was run number 13 for the TNTH3, as the first 12 hash trails were considered "unofficial" due to the nature of its founding as a break away club.  The first hash trash printed for trail number 14 began with . . .

          "Welcome to the New Town Hash House Harriers (TNTH3). This illustrious Hash has been established to provide a run/excuse for a bevvy for:

a.      Those not able to join the Edinburgh Hash (shouldn't it be called the Lothians, Fife, Borders and Central Region Hash – Ed?);
b.      Those not willing or able to "waste" an entire Sunday running and/or getting pissed.;
c.      Those fit w'anchors who actually enjoy running and;
d.      To provide an ego trip for the traditionally democratically elected committee."

The New Town H3 runs every Wednesday evening, in Edinburgh.

The next hash club formed was the Elgin H3 on 13 Aug 1984, by Eve Braidwood after running with the Edinburgh H3, and was assisted by Phil 'Slimey Limey' Dacre.  According to their website [], the "EH3, is the most Northerly Hash in the UK, regularly meeting weekly. It's motto, 'Hashus Elginatum non marbilensii' is entirely in keeping with the generally accepted belief that if you have half a mind (less marbles) to go hashing, then that's all it takes!  We only take images and only leave foot prints."  The Elgin H3 has been mainly supported by the RAF stations at Lossiemouth and Kinloss, as well as the Macallan Distillery. Their 100th hash was celebrated on the 21st - 22nd of Jun 1986, and was attended by 135 hashers.  The Elgin H3 runs on Monday evenings in the summer, Sunday mornings in the winter, and also hosts occasional bike trails.

The Hamilton H3, running trails in a suburb of Glasgow, was founded on 11 Nov 1984 by Ken Buchanan, who had been hashing in Kuala Lumpur with Mother Hash beginning in 1973.  Returning to Scotland, he longed to hash again, and after going back to Malaysia for the Mother Hash 2000th run celebration, he started to scheme a plan to start another hash in Scotland.  The local paper announced his plans, and in the article, Ken stated that the 2000th celebration was "a great mingling with Hash House Harriers from all over the world.  That is the beauty of hash.  Members can visit clubs when they are on holiday, join the run and take part in social events."  The Edinburgh H3 was contacted, and promised to show up in force to support the new hash club.  The Hamilton H3 runs weekly on Monday evenings.

Ironically, Glasgow would also get the next hash club, when Roger 'Big Mac' McIlroy arrived from the Hague H3 in the Netherlands.  Assisted by Mark Simpson, they teamed up to start the Glasgow H3 on 26 Aug 1985.  According to their website [], The Glasgow Hash started with the setting up of Britoil in Glasgow and the associated arrival of Oilfield Trash from around the world. Along with the trash came a number of associated rituals, probably the most famous of which is of drinking too much and then trying to get off with the local talent.  So the first run was planned and a case of beer bought just in case anyone got thirsty . . . as momentum built the "Inaugural Run" actually Run 5 was set up, complete with Founder Member T Shirts, Hash Sheets, Down Downs, by which time Maw and Paw Broon, Carolyn Grant were well on the scene and the Glasgow Hash had come out of the Britoil closet and was well on the way to becoming the Glasgow Institution it is now.
The Glasgow H3 successfully hosted the UK Nash Hash in 1999, and can be found hashing weekly, on Monday evenings.

While reviewing the program for the 2nd Commonwealth Hash, that took place in Aug 1986, and hosted by the Edinburgh H3, I discovered a listing for the Dundee H3 that ran monthly just north of Edinburgh.  It listed contacts of Graham Hill at 48 Sutherland Crescent, and James Culloch, but no other details on dates have been found.  It was likely founded sometime in the early to mid-1980s, but was not listed in the genealogy (until now, that is).  The Dundee H3 is no longer active.

The Trossachs H3 was founded on 10 Jul 1988 by Ainslie 'Zimmer' Kyd, who came to Scotland from the Creek H3 in United Arab Emirates, but no other details are known.  The Trossachs H3 is no longer active.

Rounding out the 80s, the Edinburgh Friday H3 was founded on 30 Nov 1989 by Blair Forbes, to add to his weekly hashing with the Edinburgh H3.  This hash club is no longer active.

The 1990s saw the addition of the Aberdeen Seriously Social (ASS) H3 on 11 Dec 1992; the Mull of Kintyre H3 in 1993; the Mid Argyll Swamp Skiers H3 in Feb 1994; along with the Dunfermline & Fife Tuesday (DAFT) H3 on 8 Nov 1994.  The Strathgyle H3 was founded on 21 Jun 1995, and the Mearns H4 on 10 Apr 1996.

The new century ushered in the Forth and Clyde Around Falkirk (FaC-AF) H3 on 5 Oct 2000; the Shetland H3 on 26 Aug 2002; the Single Malts Around Scotland H3 (SMASH3) on 20 Apr 2003; the Brewery Runs Around Scotland (BRAs) and Pants H3 on 26 Jun 2004; the Borders Area H3 on 1 Apr 2006; and the Braemar H3 on 23 Jun 2006.

More recently, the Beerspoke H3 was founded on 30 Nov 2017 for the bikers, and in the age of COVID, the Follow Oodles Of Flour At Any Hour H3 (FOOFAAH4) was founded on 30 May 2020 to give solo hashers the opportunity to get out for some trail activity in a socially distanced format.

Additional details, including links to the websites of active hash clubs, can be found in the HHH Genealogy []

I had wanted to visit Scotland for a long time, and I actually first planned to attend EUROHASH that was hosted in Scotland in 2019.  After that visit ended in a BT, I had plans to visit Scotland in April 2020 on my way to INTERHASH in Trinidad, and we all know what happened to travel plans in the spring of 2020.  So finally, in Aug 2021, I made a third attempt.  Coordinating off and on for several months, with my friend The Penguin, he regularly updated me on Covid and quarantine requirements for entry. After at least three delays, the UK flashed the big green light (no quarantine required), and I purchased airline tickets for my arrival.  But wading through the process had me slightly bewildered as my flight date approached.  Having to fill out a Passenger Locator Form (PLF), which was only allowed be done within 48 hours of arrival, the requirements were still ambiguous.  Those included a negative PCR for arrival, but also another PCR 2 days after arrival.  Unsure if that meant I had to self-isolate for 2 days upon arrival, I had already booked a hotel that clearly stated they could not allow patrons to self-isolate.  The following 24 plus hours had me reading and rereading all the Scotland travel websites attempting to figure it all out, and fearing the worst (another string of lost travel plans and fighting with vendors for refunds).  I finally focused on one sentence on the government hotel quarantine website, that simply stated "You won't need to self-isolate unless your test result is positive."  I had my negative PCR in hand, I had ordered my 2nd day PCR test from the government to be delivered to my hotel, so I rolled the dice and headed to the airport.  Having been checked for all the appropriate documentation (vaccine card, negative covid test, PLF, and smashingly great singing voice) by the airline, once I actually arrived, it was "grab your stuff and get out of here."  I made it from the plane, through immigration, and to the rental car desk in less than 15 minutes, and was soon on my way into town.  Too easy. 

In my research of Scotland, I had contacted the TNT H3 via the FB page, and 'The Brewer' provided me with terminal guidance to make my way to the hash . . . which would start less than 90 minutes after my plane landed.  So, the rapid departure from the airport was most beneficial, and gave me enough time to check into my hotel and change into my running kit on the way to the hash.  I arrived with only a couple moments to spare, and we were off on a mad 6-mile dash through Leith.  The pack of about 25 hashers were very welcoming and we enjoyed a short circle, along with a couple beers on the street seating. 

The next day, my 2nd day covid test arrived in the mail, and I intently followed all the mandated steps to complete the test, package the specimen, and get it to the Royal Post Office for shipment to the testing facility.  The test came back the next day, negative as expected, and off I went on a sightseeing tour of Edinburgh.  My drive around the city included a visit to Forth, and spectacular views of the Forth Rail Bridge and its two companions, the Forth Road Bridge, and the Queensferry Crossing bridge.  I then attempted to find parking along the Royal Mile, but only managed a pleasant driving tour of the area.  I then prepared for an early morning departure to make the 2-hour drive from Edinburgh to the greater Aberdeen area for the Mearns H3 on Saturday morning.  Trail was set in a remote location about 30 minutes area south of the city, where I met up with some old friends . . . The Penguin, Olymprick, Bruce Almighty, and Haggissimo.  After a quick catch-up, we were off and running on an 8-mile shiggy trail up and down the hills near Drumtochty Castle.  After a 2-mile circle jerk, the trail headed up the hill on the opposite side of the road, and zig zagged along many shiggy trails until reaching the peak.  At this point, we turned along a narrow path, jumped a fence, and were treated to a most amazing view of the entire valley (one of my favorite reasons to travel, and hash).  We then proceeded straight down through the middle of a huge open pasture for a good 500 yards, before reaching the finish.  Another short circle followed, where all down downs were beer can shotguns, and all 12 of us were fully acquainted.  The Penguin showed me around Aberdeen for the rest of the day, and we polished off a bottle of fine whisky before getting some rest in preparation for the Aberdeen H3 AGPU the next day.

It was overcast and sprinkling on Sunday morning, as we boarded the bus to the run site, but an excellent pack of over 50 hashers gathered in the dirt parking lot for chalk talk.  After all the marks were explained, including the difference between a thin flour arrow and a fat flour arrow, we were off on another amazing 6-mile trail over a couple hilltops on our way to the end of this A to B trail. At the end, it was cold and misty, pretty much like it always is in Aberdeen as I was informed, and I was not prepared for it.  After a nice meal indoors, we headed outside for circle where I shivering my way through the rest of the day's events.  After the new mismanagement had been identified, we finally boarded the bus back into town, just in the nick of time.  Returning to Aberdeen, a few of us met up at a local pub for dinner and drinks, and more merriment, and then we called it a day about 11 PM. 

The next day, I packed my bags once again, for the 3-hour drive from Aberdeen to Glasgow, with some sightseeing along the way.  Arriving just in time to check in to the hotel, I then found my way to the start of the Glasgow H3.  Glasgow is Scotland's largest city, and we had a pack of about 10, but we had an excellent 4-mile trail through a local park, followed by a circle and dinner at the hare's house.  I met Pirelli there, and we exchanged a few good hashing stories.  I spent the next day driving back to Edinburgh, and raced around town getting my departure covid test so I could fly out early Wednesday morning.  What an amazing week of hashing and sightseeing in Scotland, and always great to catch up with old hash friends and meet new ones. If you have not been, give it due consideration for a future destination in your hash travel plans . . . you will not be disappointed.   

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