I have been meaning to go “Hashing” with the Hanoi Hash House Harriers for some time but only finally got round to it on Saturday. You can read all about Hashing here but I was drawn in by the promise of a “club for drinkers with a running problem” which was one of the stated aims of those who founded the concept in Kuala Lumpur in 1938.
I was drawn in by the promise of a “club for drinkers with a running problem”
This particular group offers running and walking sections. Thanks to the current heat and humidity (> 35°C and > 70% humidity), I opted for the latter. Normally, the run covers around 10k (depending on how many false paths you take) and the walk around 6k with a beer-stop halfway. On this occasion, it ended up being around 8k walking due to our hare setting a rather too long course…for which he was reprimanded with a few down-downs in the circle at end.
It was a great way to spend an afternoon in the countryside outside of Hanoi: good company, a wide variety of ages and nationalities represented and some juvenile fun of the kind normally typical of Hockey / Rugby clubhouses at the end.
A very worthwhile afternoon especially considering the views:
Beer stop half-way where the runners and walkers meet:
Striding out: decent pace even for the walkers:
Gotta keep the fluids up…
As a new arrival, entering the middle of the circle to have a song sung at you and to down your beer was compulsory…