Tips for Hares!
Over the years WH3 has developed a certain style of hashing which is sociable, inclusive and enjoyable...
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ...BUT there is always room for improvement!
Here follows a few top tips for setting a good hash:
∑ Preparation! Preparation! Preparation! You donít set many hashes a year so be prepared to put some effort in, do your best and everybody will appreciate it.
∑ Do your homework, have a look at the area and likely pubs (preferably that sell real ale!) Have a look at the Hash Links for beer-related websites
∑ Be studious, speak to the landlord, go out and walk the route several times.
∑ Look for a trail that is interesting with varied terrain, woods, tarmac rivers and hills!
∑ Footpaths are generally better than bridleways.
∑ Use every legal device to trick the front runners Ė they are the ones who think they are cleverer than you!
∑ Do not rely on regroups to keep the hash together, use the intricacy of the trail.
∑ Do not set the hash the day before because it will be too long and the flour gets eaten.
∑ Hares should keep together when setting, donít split up and set two separate hashes.
∑ Too short is better than too long.
∑ There are no hard and fast rules and everything depends on the terrain, but as a guideline, flour blobs should be about 20-30m apart, checks should be around 800m apart and the 'ON' should be about 100-150m from the check
∑ Setting a hash is enjoyable, you get to explore in detail places that you would never be bothered to go and see and, at the end of the day, there will always be some hounds who thought it was a good hash.
∑ Before you take the plunge, have a word with the Hare Raiser (Naked Chef) to ask for any help to make sure the date you have in mind is free.† If youíve never set a trail before, ask a local experienced hare if you can co-hare on one of their runs and explain why/what/when etc.