Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club

May Social 2017 - Hash RunMonday 1 May

A good crowd enjoyed the annual hash run, which took place in South Edinburgh this year.

There was an excellent turnout for the hash run this year, proving the popularity of one of the regular events on the ESOC social calender. Andrew and Rona Lindsay took on the challenge of setting the trail, with some excellent guidance notes provided by Ian Jackson, who has planned the ESOC hash runs for many years. They provided two interesting routes from the home of the Rowe family in Alnwickhill.

19 hares set off on the longer course following white chalk arrows and piles of flour with Andrew, plus Adam Rowe for the first few checkpoints. Meanwhile, 7 tortoises did the power walkers' course with Rona, following the pink trail. Unlike most orienteering events, hashes require team work. At various points the trail runs out (plus some other complications) and the pack has to split up to investigate which of the different ways from that point is the correct one. This allows for differing abilities to be accommodated, so those wanting to run further/faster can do so whilst others can take a breather.

Limited choice in and out from the Rowes' house meant a longish stretch along Stanedykehead Lane. This should have been compensated by the view – to Arthur's Seat and across to Fife over the Forth. But this was thwarted by a haar. Andrew and Rona had made good use of the many pedestrian alleys around the residential estates of Alnwickhill, Moretonhall and Howdenhall, so we kept seeing each others' markers. But along one alley, on the narrowest part of each course, between a hedge and high wall, the two groups passed each other going in opposite directions. Andrew and Rona had hoped that this would happen. It was a contrast to go out into the woods and grounds of the Mortonhall estate as well. Ewart Scott has kindly provided his plot of the longer route (see below) which ventured over a main road into the Gracemount estate. The power walkers appreciated the smiley face Andrew had drawn on a tree stump (there was no suitable feature on the longer course) and the carved wooden hedgehog in 7 Acre Park.

Andrew and Rona's timing was superb. Ian always aimed for the two courses to finish together, which they did on this occasion. And to take about an hour. A number of people logged a few seconds over the hour on their watches! Prizes on the runners' course were awarded to hash newbie Katy Cunningham and to Ben Brown for route checking enthusiasm. On the power walkers' course, Jackie Caldwell won for spotting the back control and Maureen Brown to increase her sugar intake.

Everyone had worked up an appetite to do justice to the spread prepared by Jeni and Mark - with some help from Catherine. And they were joined by a few non-runners.

It is obviously birthday season. The day before the social, Catherine was 4, so all the birthday decorations were still out. But they set the scene for Brian Yates - 70 years older on the day of the social. Birthday cake was enjoyed by all. Congratulations to Brian and Catherine.

Thanks to the planners and hosts for another excellent social.

A copy of the route is attached here.

Fran Humphrey

Addition from Margaret - We only lost one 'hound' during the evening!! Good job Les knows this area of Edinburgh and found his way home safely. Apologies for the lack of photos - if anyone has one send it to me please.

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