Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

May Social 2016 - Hash RunWednesday 4 May

For the first time in 4 years, the weather held for the hash run. 23 ESOC members enjoyed a superb evening of hashing followed by a supper and debrief at the Clark house in Stockbridge.

Ewart Scott tells the story of the 2016 Hash Run:

Edinburgh’s northern side was the area covered by this year’s hash run from Stockbridge. Two courses were on offer, the runner’s course (white) taken up by twelve ESOCers plus Ian, with four on the power walker’s route (blue). This year, most of the chalk and flour marks were still intact except for a short path where a mechanical digger undid the good work. During the briefing, I’m not sure everyone was totally convinced by the answer to the question, “how do you get blue flour?” The two routes had a common start for a few hundred metres and the end section from the east end of Glenogle Road was also common.

The runner’s course was very inventive indeed, with many junctions needing extensive checking in lots of directions, creating several twists and turns in the process. Sharp eyes on the pavement and ground were needed to spot the trail. Some devilish 3D hashing took place, having to double back under a bridge just crossed and on two occasions we failed to locate a back check. Rona and Andrew deserve a special mention for the huge amount of checking they did. I’m not sure too many people deliberately visit sewer vents, but it’s all part of the hashing mystery!

Numbers had swollen by another 5 on return and we were treated to a great spread by Jim and Janet. Following intense scrutiny, we all know what a “rise and fall” light is now. It’s great that ESOC can have a social where the age spread attending covers over 70 years with such a diverse cross section of the Club.

Very many thanks to Jim and Janet for hosting and to Ian for his detailed planning and hand written preparation work. We’re already wondering where and when the next one will be.


NOTE 13/05/16: GPS trace added to the images section below.

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