300th hare and hounds run from Fernhurst

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HASLEMERE Hash House Harriers have celebrated their 300th run, meeting at Fernhurst before, unusually, being bussed to the Half Way Bridge pub near Lodsworth to start.

The HHHH was founded in Haslemere by a group of ex-pats who had taken part in a similar hare and hounds-style run in various parts of the world including Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, the Philippines and Australia.

A designated hare lays a trail of sawdust or flour over three to four miles, setting false trails, crossing streams and rivers and even, once, a canal and a lake. Men, women and dogs (hash hounds) are welcome, with the less fit having a chance to catch up and catch their breath when a false trail is being checked out.

This run, set by founder Peter Innes-Ker and Martin O’Dell, went from the Half Way Bridge to Eel Bridge, River, Upperton Common and the Lickfold Inn where the wearying dogs and hashers discovered, to their relief, a bus waiting to take them back to Fernhurst recreation ground. The prospect of climbing over Blackdown to reach home had filled some with dismay.

Back at base refreshment included sausages and beer and homemade cake.