Well this scribe has been sadly lax in the last few weeks, but fear not, the Hash Trash does exist, it’s just a bit delayed and possibly a bit more random than normal due to a poor memory caused by various beer drinking moments in between then and now….
So Run 834… Saturday 25 May dawned bright and sunny but with that type of pesky sky that threatens rain and rain it did, but in a summer showers type of way that didn’t put off these hashers. Our hare Just Stupid called the rowdy bunch of 18 hashers to order out in the open in a lovely spot at the bottom of the canal as it re-emerges in the Parc de la Villette. Once the trail markers and various other run specific stops, which I will come back to later, were explained, bags were taken to Speedy’s car by the trees just in time for the heavens to open and dump their first load of summer rain. Sheltering under the trees like a bunch of old women, the hashers waited for the first break in the rain and headed off in the direction of more blue sky… which luckily was also the direction of the trail.
Typical of our hare Just Stupid who knows his area of Paris very well, our winding trail took us in and out and around the various parks in the far north east of Paris. Our first checkpoint presented the first challenge, out on the dangerous streets in the 19th arrondissement, one of the regulars Nice Bit of Skirt led some of the visitors down a false trail… and forgot to stop. Being a man, he was obviously driven on by the desire to be not only right, but refuse to turn around and ask for directions. So off he went, disappearing down the street while the rest of the pack found the trail and carried on the right direction. The ever vigilant hare determined not to lose part of the pack decided to chase down Nice Bit of Skirt and his misguided followers and somehow the pack managed to meet up again in some part of a park somewhere that most of us had never seen before and didnt’ know existed. It might have been at this point that we crossed the walkers and another of the many check points that typified this route.. but as I say, this was at least 2.5 weeks ago and much alcohol has been consumed since so all is a bit fuzzy. But for history’s sake let’s say that whatever is written here today is the truth and long may it last in the anals (this cannot be the correct expression surely?) of aforementioned history.
The route provided many interesting sights, such as flamingos on a stick which for this hasher was a special bonus
, random structures around Paris (again this was discovered after another check…. notice a theme?)
and one of our special hash stops.. the cyclists stop. Yes, our hare had found a sign that indicated that after Vilette that the next stop was London… who knew!
The beer stop back in the park gave the FRB’s time to recover from the multiple checks and to refuel on the chocolate and beer provided. It was also a nice time to catch up with the walkers who claimed that although they’d been there quite a while, that they’d restrained from drinking all the beer… thankfully!
At one, point, most probably after a check and possibly after another crossing with the walkers which was about the time of the 20th check point, the pack was sent over a bridge.. and gasp… outside Paris to the other side of the peripherique.. what adventure!! And it gets better as our Hare had laid on a special treat for the runners (sorry walkers), yes we took a gentle boat trip down the canal back into Paris. Of course, a Paris run would not be a run if we didn’t lose Speedy at one point and so as Nice Bit of Skirt headed back out into the wilds of the banlieu to find Speedy the rest of the pack chilled out on the dock waiting for the boat…
The down-downs back at the canal were many including…
The Hare Just Stupid for too many boats, checks and music
Virgin Just Daniel sponsored by the Cock Sportif
Retournees Egg Spurt, Just Anton, Sparkle, Slack, What’s his Name, Just Margeaux
Just Margeaux for serious running and promoting marathons
Hash Gear – Just Margeaux, 7, Just Anton, What’s His Name
Low Profile – Sleeping Sex and White Socks
Slack for a hat tip off was made to drink his down down out of his hat
Shaggy managed to nominate himself into the circle for short cutting… I have a feeling this could have been due to his joining at the beer stop and somehow Sparkle was implicated in this whole palaver
Speedy of course for getting lost on trail
FRB What’s his Name
And finally our RA for the weather which was definitely an interesting mix!