What is it all about?
Hashing is a form of non-competitive "running" (walkers very welcome too) with great emphasis placed on the social aspects - particularly the refreshment session at the post-hash or “On Inn”.
The Hash is a trail based “Hare and Hounds” run, walk or crawl. It will generally start and finish at a pub chosen by the hare (the one who sets the trail) and the hounds, or pack, set off at the appointed time along a clearly defined trail. The trails are marked in flour or sawdust though if in a city chalk markings may be used (result of current national security concerns). The front runners will call "ON, ON" indicating they are on trail for the benefit of the slower runners, walkers and latecomers catching up.
A trail will consist of false trails, checkpoints, waiting points, etc. which occupy front-runners sometimes known as FRBs (Front Running Bastards), who start searching for the new trail. This can be in any direction, along paths, streets, up rivers and streams, through tunnels or up the side of a hill.
The time taken by the front-runners to find the new trail allows the runners at the back to catch up thus, increasing the chances of everyone reaching the end at roughly the same time with the FRBs possibly having gone twice as far!
Hash trails with Manchester H3 are usually designed to last around 2 hours or so as we make you earn your beer. Runs almost invariably start and finish at a pub and there may be a beer/drink stop en-route. There will be a “circle” at the end to reward or reprimand certain activities on the hash.............all in jest with the rewards/reprimands involving beer or soft drinks for any drivers. Post-circle revelries are up to the individual but it has been known for some muddy, sweaty hashers to be turned out of the pub at closing time.
Hashes are open to all ages and fitness levels. It's a fun activity and not to be taken at all seriously. The only rule is there are no rules!!
Join us for a "run" and a few drinks. All are very welcome.... including well behaved dogs (the four-legged kind).