Who are the Hash House Harriers?
Not to be confused with serious Harriers, who actually enjoy
Hash House Harriers may be described, depending on your
outlook on life, as
Runners with a drinking problem
Drinkers with a running problem.
Whatever your outlook, basically Hash House Harriers, or
Hashers, are people who get a bit of exercise by running or
walking a route set out by the Hare, and, when arriving at the
end of the trail, the Hashers would then enjoy the company of the
other Hashers and Harriettes (the Female of the species) while
partaking of food and/or drink (Nosh).
Hash House Harriers had their beginnings in
, Malaysia, in approx 1938, and spread from there so that now
there is hardly anywhere on the Earth (well, maybe Antartica, ... not
yet) that has not been touched by the Hash House Harriers movement
Useful Internet Links
You can check out The Global Hash
House Harriers Homepage to get the "big picture" on Hashing or
The Australian Hash House Harriers
Homepage to get the Aussie connection.
Where is Albury - Wodonga?
Albury, New South Wales, and Wodonga, Victoria, straddle
the Murray River, which, in this part of Australia (the
South East, between Sydney and Melbourne), represents the State
Border. The regional population is approx 100,000, and, with
Australia's snow fields (both Mt Kosciuszko and Falls Creek regions)
and water wonderlands (both Lake Hume and the Murray River) with-in
easy reach, Albury-Wodonga is ideally situated for all sorts of
past times. Oh, and yes, the Rutherglen Wine Region, one of
Australia's Top Red and Fortified Wine regions (and I'm told the
Whites are OK as well) is only about 30 minutes away by road. Further
Tourist information can be obtained from
Who are the Albury - Wodonga Hash House Harriers?
Currently numbering about ten to a dozen dedicated Hashers with
another fifteen or twenty or so less dedicated Hashers, the local
chapter of the HHH runs at 6:30 p.m. each Monday evening (exceptions
are made, i.e. on Christmas Day, 2000, a Monday, we ran at 10 a.m.),
and the runs/walks are of about 45 to 60 minutes duration depending on
which sicko, I mean Harrier, is Hare that night.
On On's, the Start/Finish locations, can be anywhere with-in
reason, and these are usually selected by the Hare for that night
about five weeks in advance and if the GM (the Grand
Master/Mattress) decides the Hare is in need of practise at Trail
setting, the GM can award penalty Runs. The GM may also impose
penalties, which usually consists of a Down Down, i.e.
"skulling" an alcoholic concoction. If the GM is game, he/she may then
call for "Down Down's" from the floor. This is the packs chance to get
even with other Hashers who may have been caught (the only crime ...
getting caught) behaving in a fashion as to bring the Hash into
disrepute. This could include, but is not limited to:-
With the Ceremonies over, the pack melt away, hopefully before the
drinks have run out (or that would mean a Down Down for the
BrewMaster at the next On On), only to gather in another seven
days, at some other place, as choosen by the next Hare.
- racing other Hashers;
- short cutting;
- calling Hashers by non-hash names; etc.
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