CoHare: Bushranger (The secret Splash Dumper)
Ask anyone in Real Estate its all about the location. In fact, I asked this of Haggis as we were staggering up some small rises on the run and he informed me, "It doesn't matter, how big the house is (or the house next door) its all about, location, location, location". So there we were in the car park before the run, watching Colonel and Deeply's dogs pissing on Jerrycans bag, looking at the house next to the parking area trying to figure out if it was a house or a small hotel. It was generally agreed that in this location it was in fact a doss house for some poor unfortunate Chinese nationals just trying to get a bit of money out of China before their economy went completely to shit (but thats another story – does anyone know if Emu has left the country recently on the quiet).
There we were at the start of the run getting instructed on how to run this challenging course, complete with chalk and flour (the fact that flour was only seen at the start line was a revelation none of us had expected). In due course we were told to head off up the hill. Did I mention how nice the location for the On On was?
The run up the hill was well set and had more than a few of us puffing significantly within the first 50m. Check at the top brought us back together, then a false trail. Well, well, Jerrycan may have got it together for this run?
The pack was soon spread out over a few hundred meters within 5 minutes of the start. Alas, this was the last moment when I thought it might be an OK run.T hen the pack really started to fragment as the faster runners went off in search of a trail. Any trail would have done. At one point about 10 minutes into the run we came across the walkers who indicated that the written instructions that came with the map, had in fact nothing to do with the trail. By this stage there was at least 5 running packs of not many members each out searching for trail. Runners going left, runners going right, runners going bonkers. What a shambles. Did I mention what a great location it was.
There were lanes everywhere, there was great hill /look out we have run up to on several recent iterations of running in Mosman Park, there were loops to be used and some nice public open space with pathways for hashing use. The golf course was hardly used, there was one quite nice false trail down a particularly ugly piece of road, that I suggested to French Tickler he should check out, there was a two minute explanation in French complete with gestures as to what he thought of my suggestion. Haggis thought it prudent not to check it out either, I think he speaks French too. Aghhh, but the scenery from the top of the park overlooking Mosman Bay. Indeed what a location.
At last back at the trailer there was some very pleasant biscuits and cheese provided by the Hares, (thanks, a nice touch, but not enough to give them a decent score though) and the company of Hashmen is always pleasant so long as the dogs don't piss on you. In due course the circle transpired, Seagull entertained the masses for a mercifully short time. Nanny was even less entertaining, but would have been congratulated by next years On Sec, Birdman for the brevity of his rant. Food was well presented, Phantom was second in the food que saving a place for Mark1 I believe, and the company acceptable, and the post run intercourse was as always entertaining. The run score was 5.97. due to confusion and weird /lack of marking
Food was a delicious beef stew At least that got a good score
But what a great location.