Perth Hash House Harriers Official Run Write-Up
Run # 2426
SEAGULL & “Q” in Kenwick…with a “Christmas in July” Theme
Yours truly was seriously looking forward to running in this one, set by SEAGUL..and son of SEAGUL, “Q”. My back was feeling good and strong so I felt I should give running a crack again this week after several weeks cooling my heels with the “reserves” (walkers). Sadly, it was not to be….got to the run late about 6:30pm, after being cruelly delayed at work, so missed out on it all together. SEAGULL’s run setting skills are indeed legendary, so I was very disappointment at missing out on what was potentially going to be the run of the year.
6:00pm saw the pack of about 50 lunatics dressed in various Christmas themed attire, head off into the blackness of another bitterly cold Kenwick night. From what I’m told, there wasn’t much “road-work” for the pack but lots of really slow sections through obstacle infested parkland, drains, swamps and other manky, environmentally hazardous terrain. Stealthy Hashmen were seen breaching several Cyclone wire fences around various establishments and dangerous ground in an effort to short-cut the run and get back to the gas heater and beers at the bucket. Others not so stealthy, engaged the full run which took the pack through a local school campus, only to become trapped within the grounds after the gates locked. Some got trapped in a swamp and then had to back out through it again because of a cruelly placed FT. How did walker MUMBLES get caught in that lot with the runners (says he was talking so much he lost walking pack!!!)
Half way through my second pale ale, I thought there must have been a serious problem out there when BIRDMAN trotted back to the bucket, first in after about 40 minutes. One or two more of the usual tail-enders arrived not long after, confirming suspicions of a far greater problem evolving out on the track. Some school grounds these days are quite secure due to the potential for “rock-spiders” (great Hash name) to take advantage of the local kids and this school certainly was…secure that is. So much so that none of the pack that entered the school grounds could find a way out. Attempts to scale the fences were deemed too dangerous due to the potential for full body impalement on the pointed steel bars. This was even more cruel because Home was almost in sight! Eventually they extricated themselves (but I never heard how it was done) and about 20 or so runners finally arrived back at the bucket just before 7:40pm. Maybe the local fire brigade or the RAC rescue helicopter was called in?
This definitely put a dampener on what was otherwise a really good and well set run. No one really complained and most seemed to have enjoyed the outing despite the setback. I for one found it bloody hilarious! SEAGUL and “Q” had some heartwarming tawny ports ready on the table for homecomers. But the run itself was well set with plenty of FTs to keep the mob focused together, despite the hiccup at the end. Could have been run of year except for length… Tough on PHANTOM and the pensioners.
On Sec ACTION got the circle under way soon after, introducing a couple of guests/returnees, CODS, MASTITIS, HARLOT and RAMROD . I didn’t hear what the run score was at the end because Father bloody CHRISTMAS arrived and interrupted the RA when it was about to be given. A few brave Hashmen unconcerned with the likely adverse outcome, lined up to sit on Santa’s lap.
The hares dished up probably the best Hash meal since RUSTY’s 60th bash up in Bushmead a couple of years ago, when he served up the baked sheep shanks. Christmas in July was well celebrated with stacks of hot roast turkey, potatoes, gravy and 2 veg. We had entrees of spring rolls and dessert Christmas puddings to complete a truly superb Christmas repast!! I’d give the SEAGULL dinner 11/10 and recommend it as a definite Gordon Blue contender. Bloody good effort boys!
Parking and lighting good too. Great night all round.