The Wessex Hash House Harriers (usually referred to as “The Wessex” or “WH3”) was established in 1979 and runs throughout Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and into Somerset.
The Wessex is a family Hash and run every Sunday starting promptly at 11:00am.
All runs are from pubs/clubs, providing some much-needed refreshment at the end of the run for those who survive! “Hares” lay trails and the “Pack” seeks and follows the route. Each week is a different route and a different hare and is a wonderful way to experience the area.
Every week we provide two runs; the 'Mini' being between 3-4 miles of easy-going trails, and the 'Main' being a more demanding 6-7 miles over challenging terrain.
We suit a wide range of abilities from marathoners and joggers to walkers and after every run we get together over drinks to review the run and award suitable light-hearted punishments for misdemeanors made. This usually takes the form of the traditional Hash 'Down-Down' a ceremony where the offender is subjected to choral harassment before their peers followed by enforced drinking of a suitable beverage.
It's all good, clean fun (well, not always clean!) with no politics or officialdom, so why not get out and join us this weekend? Equipment needs are modest and indeed the wearing of new kit or running shoes is often the cause of a ‘Down-Down’.
Visitors (hashers and non-hashers) are charged £1.00.
Whilst hashing famously has “no rules” laying a good trail can be helped with these friendly hints
Rules Not hashing rules as such but we hash in a wider society and they have rules.
Hashing is not racing it is a community sport where respect and help is given freely to other hashers. Those who are front running must call to encourage those following along the correct route, shouting "on-on" is the accepted practice but pointing out a route an abomination.
The RV need not be from a pub, clubs and other venues can be considered as long as they are able to cope with the numbers and have simple facilities such as toilets and beer
Arrow - Used to direct Hashers without needing to check for example at road crossings or to inform back markers
Check - Where several trail choices are available a check will encourage the pack to split up and try them all
On-On - Used to mark the trail
Bar - Hashers should not cross a bar and therefore it is used to "bar off" or terminate a false trail. Usually preceded by one or two (no more than two) blobs of dust. Occasionally you may need for the trail to go only in one direction for example where the on-in might conflict with the on-out near the start/finish and might need to use a One-way Bar
Fish Hook - On long droves or stretches this little used mark will cause the front runners, how many is determined by the number, to turn back and run round the rearmost hasher on the trail
Others - Letters spelled out with dust on the trail can include “L” for long, "S" for short to make sure the mini and the main follow the correct trail and occasionally "SC" to indicate a short cut for back markers to help them keep up with the pack. Should the hare wish to make use of any other trail markings they must introduce them at the on-out to avoid too much confusion. Small printed and painted signs are sometimes used both on the trail and to guide hashers to a venue and hares must be sure and retrieve them
Other hashes might use different marks so hares should make sure visitors from other hashes are happy with the Wessex markers