...so you have finally volunteered to hare (set the trail) and you're looking for a few pointers?
- You want to be liked, don't you?
- Or maybe you feel a sort of paternal satisfaction in knowing that the flock is good because of your hard work.
- Perhaps it's revenge and the desire to make an even shiggier trail than the last hares...
The Hare's Job
- To set the trail, preferably starting, and definitely ending, at our hash location for that week. (Regular hashes are announced on the Wednesday prior. Extraordinary ones will be announced as early as possible)
- To give a short ‘chalk talk’ to the pack prior to the run, especially to clarify things to virgin runners
- To notify of any particular hazards, or attractions, depending on personal tastes (eg. Packs of Flaites, student protests, deranged stray dogs, earthquake damage, shoot-em-ups at karaoke bars, village idiots, and the like)
- To explain any variations on the usual markings.
- To start the runners on their trail and to start the walkers on their trail.
- To put the pack back on the trail if they get totally lost.
- To make sure that everyone returns at the end (count the people as they leave)
- To find a replacement in event you cannot do it for the Saturday you’ve been assigned. And to inform the Hare-Raiser NO LATER THAN the previous weekend, so there is no misunderstanding and “No Shows”. If you screw this up, there will be no run, and there will be dire repercussions (like not being given any beer for a very long time).
If you are a very fast runner, or you fail to set the run on time, you have the option of setting a “live run”. In this case you are given 5 or 10 minutes head start and you set the trail as you try to outrun the pack to the finish. If the pack catches you, you can expect one or several down-downs. Needless to say, you will have little or no time to set false trails and if the pack spots you in the distance they can ignore the trail you just set and head straight for you.
Setting the Trail
The objective is to set a trail that can be followed by the fastest runners, (the Front-Running B**tards, or FRB’s) who will investigate false trails and determine the correct path. In the meantime the slower runners will catch up. In this way the pack stays together and nobody should get totally lost. The walkers start off separately, and follow a 4k trail. The walk is dimensioned so that the runners and walkers come in at about the same time. The other way to look at it, is to set a walker’s trail, and then add extra distance on for the runners – break them away from the main group and give them 3k of pain.
- Blob – this is an ordinary trail marker
- Circle – this is a check. From here there are two or more trails, only one of which will continue. False trails can be up to a couple of hundred metres long, depending on circumstances.
- X – this marks the end of a false trail. There can be one or two blobs on the false trail before the final X.
- H-in-circle – this is a holding check. The pack holds while the slower runners catch up. Usually associated with a viewpoint or something the pack should see.
- Arrow – use this when you want to be clear about the direction to take, such as on busy roads where you don’t want people checking around.
- R with Arrow and/or W with Arrow – indicates if you are splitting the runners away from the walkers
A few false trails (3 or 4) is about right for a run. Fewer (like zero) will be soundly criticized, but too many false trails can get confusing and a bit tiresome.
|Here is a typical set of trail-markings. Santiago generally uses a small subset, but you're free to introduce a marking new to the group on occasion.|
T-Shirts and Theme Runs
If you wish to design and produce a T-Shirt or other hasherdashery for your run, please consult with the Hash Haberdasher first, as he/she will know how many T-Shirts are in stock already, where to get best price/quality. Also you will receive instructions concerning our standing agreements to show logos.
Of course there would be something about this, since hashing is at its heart a military tradition performed in conquered places. The relationship of your locale to imperial interests notwithstanding, hazards do happen on trail & they should be handled with social responsibility and diplomacy. Warn other hashers of any potentially dangerous discoveries on the trail, and do not do anything illegal as a group. This includes jaywalking.