Howdy Hashers! Looking forward to the main event? The hares are looking forward to entertaining you with a variety of fun trails suited to all tastes. Of course there will be a hare briefing on the day, but to get your appetite going, here is an idea of what to expect.
First up – all the runs on Saturday will be marked with strips of white paper, stapled to trees, bushes, leaves etc. The strips of paper also indicate which run you are on – for example the regular run has an “R” on each strip. Please stay on trail!!! If you stray off trail, or attempt to shortcut, you may be in store for an unpleasant night stuck out in the jungle!
Second, the hares will attempt to keep you interested, and slow down those pesky FRBs with a variety of checks – beginning with the humble Circle Check.
The marked trail will stop at the circle, and you’ll have to hunt to find the next paper. The trail will continue around 100m from the check in any direction – so get out there and look for it! When you find it, call your fellow hashers “ONON!”. Next to the circle will be stapled a collection of spare strips that you can use to connect the trail so those following behind don’t have to do it again.
Next up, the Devilish False Trail.
You’ll be running / walking along enjoying the scenery, following paper until you hit an “FT” stuck on a tree. Damn those hares – you’ve followed the trail in the wrong direction. You’ll have to turn around and go back to find the true trail. Back on trail up to around 100m (or so) you may spot another option, and find paper continuing in a different direction. At the FT there will be paper strips that once again you make it clear for those following along behind. – Feel free to tear the false paper off on the way back to make it clear for those behind you.
Possibly you may find a V-check.
Here trail is marked in 2 directions – one is true, one is false! Take your pick, if you are wrong you will end up at a bar (nope you won’t be able to get a drink – this bar is just a paper line across the trail). You’ll have to go back and pick up the true trail – once again using the paper to make it clear for those following behind.
Remember, there are 4 runs to choose from on the Saturday – make sure you pick the one that is best suited to you. On the Ball Breaker there are 2 opportunities to bail out, and on the Long run there is 1 opportunity to bail out. For your own safety, don’t attempt the longer runs if you can’t make it at least until a bail out point!