Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

May Social 2012 - Hash RunMonday 30 April

The story of the hash run.

I am probably not the best person to write this report as I really have very little idea of where I actually ran – but perhaps that is the fun of hash running – using new unfamiliar routes that suddenly bring you out into familiar areas and link up areas that seemed totally separate before.
You can tell I live on the North side of Edinburgh!

Ian had planned two fun routes that connected Alnwickhill to Buckstone, via a glimpse of the Braids, and back through Mortonhall – an area familiar to many from local event orienteering. Nearly all running was off road - over football field, rough terrain, mud… and very accurate to 6.9km and 4.5km according to all the gadget people! The sprinting youth element searched out all the false trails on the runner’s course and the juniors took on this task for the shorter walker’s course - though I’m sure not much walking went on! Ian’s skill saw us all finishing at the same time – around the hour – back at Jeni and Mark’s house where we all enjoyed a super buffet.

Chat turned to the forthcoming weekend and the British champs in the Lakes and further ahead to the Jubilee weekend Scottish Champs and I was involved in a conversation about the remote controlled light suits for the Speed of Light on Arthur’s Seat in August – what have I signed up for??

It was good to see a large turnout for this Social and fortunate that the rain stayed off and although the damp ground had already soaked up a lot of the flour trail there was no evidence of the pastry dough that Ian had assumed would have formed!

Many thanks to Ian for another great hash run and I wonder where we can challenge him with next year! And many thanks to Jeni and Mark for inviting us to their home for a super evening of socialising and for the lovely food – beautiful sausage rolls!

Alison Cunningham

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