About Us

About Us & Hashing

Bull Moon Hash House Harriers

 

Bull Moon H3 will be the first Full Moon Hash in Birmingham, and will meet on a monthly basis on or around the date of the Full Moon.

 

In 1950, the city of Kuala Lumpur began requiring clubs of all kinds to register with the city. While a common theme of hashing is "there are no rules," the club registration was the original "Rules." Written with wry jest of a good Brit, the objectives of the Hash House Harriers were listed as:

 

(a) to promote physical fitness amongst its members

(b) to get rid of weekend hangovers

(c) to acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it with beer

(d) to persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel

 

Bull Moon H3 will adopt these principles with an aim to provide fitness in a fun and social setting with respect to all who come along to join us.

 

What is Hashing?

 

It is said that “if you have half a mind to join the Hash, that’s all it takes”.

 

Hashing is a form of non-competitive cross-country running with the main objective of working up a decent thirst. Great emphasis is placed on the social aspects - particularly the refreshment session at the après-hash. It's a fun activity and must not be taken at all seriously.

 

If you have hashed before you will know the format, but for the innocent here's a quick rundown on what might happen.

 

The Hash generally meets at a pub chosen by the hares (those that have set the trail) and the hounds, or pack, and set off at the appointed hour along a clearly defined trail (blobs of chalk or sawdust) with the front runners calling "ON, ON" for the benefit of the slower runners and latecomers catching up.

 

Every 500 metres or so the trail will end, signified by a check mark which may be in the form of a line or a circle. The frontrunners on reaching the check start searching for the new trail. This can be in any direction, along paths, streets, up rivers and streams or up the side of a convenient hill.

 

The time taken by the frontrunners to find the new trail allows the runners at the back to catch up thus increasing the chances of everyone reaching the pub at the end at roughly the same time. The frontrunners will usually find that the cunning hares have laid some false trails in addition to the real trail - which are designed to ensure that the really fit types, sometimes known as FRBs (Front Running Bastards) will become exhausted more quickly keep together with the slower hashers.

 

Another device used by Hares to achieve the same objective is the loop whereby the trail might go round 3 sides of a field allowing the back markers to run across the fourth.

 

Hash runs are usually 4 - 7 miles long and are designed to last 1 - 1½ hours. Revelries in the pub after the run are up to the individual but it has been known for some muddy sweaty hashers to be turned out of the pub at closing time...

 

How it all started…

 

To begin at the beginning, as they say in all the best yarns, one should go back to 1938 in Kuala Lumpur in what is now Malaysia when a group of expatriates associated with the rubber plantations started a modified paper chase in order to work up a decent thirst before retiring to the Selangor Club. There the restaurant was known locally as the "Hash House" so naturally the name was adopted by the harriers and in contrast to other groups undertaking similar activities the name stuck. The particular genius of the founding father, A S Gispert, nicknamed "G", was to make the traditional hare & hounds running more fun by making it non-competitive.

 

So we will move on quickly to the Second World War and its aftermath which became known as the Malayan Emergency when British and Australian troops joined in the fun and when posted elsewhere began new chapters and the Hash House Harriers spread throughout the world rather like the AIDS virus spread from a central origin in Africa. You knew that, too? Well, perhaps not the fact that Hashing is an affliction akin to AIDS but how's this for exponential growth:

 

Date - Event

1938 - Kuala Lumpur H3 (Mother Hash) founded

1947 - Royal Bordighera H3 founded - first known offshoot, ceased early 1960s

1962 - Singapore H3 founded

1962 - Brunei H3 founded

1967 - Dhekelia H3 - second hash in Europe, after RBH3 above.

1967 - Sydney H3 - first Hash in Australia

1971 - Fort Eustis H3 - first Hash in the North America

1969 - Longmoor H3 founded - the first Hash in UK (Hampshire area)

1971 - Commando Forces H3 founded - previously thought to be the first Hash in UK

1971 - Westcombe Park H3 founded - oldest monthly running Hash in UK

1973 - KL H3 1500th run - 35 other Hashes "known" to exist

1974 - Bicester H3 founded - oldest weekly running Hash in UK

1975 - Surrey H3 founded

1976 - London H3 founded

1977 - 90 Hashes known in 35 countries

1984 - Harrier International founded

1986 - 555 Hashes known in 85 countries

1988 - 700 Hashes known in 125 countries

2000 - 1570 Active Hashes known in 184 countries with 200,000 hashers

2005 - FUKFMH3 celebrates fifteen years 'by the light' at Belgian Nash Hash.

2011 - We reach the ripe old age of 21, but still no sense.

2014 - Doing what we do best: supporting the Brussels Beer Odyssey weekend with a r*n at Kobbegem, along with 3000 other people. Ok, we didn't get Interhash, but it will be an awesome event.

2015 - FUK host the ninth Full Moon Nash Hash

2016 - Bull Moon H3 Inaugural Run - 20th February!

 

Both servicemen and diplomats have been largely responsible for the contagion spreading of the hash. Previously it was believed that the first known hash in the UK was the Commando Forces H3 based at Plymouth, founded in 1971 by Col Ray Thornton, but evidence has shown the first was the Longmoor Hash, which Capt Richard McAllister started in May 1969.

 

These flourished in the early seventies but like many military hashes petered out when postings decimated the membership. Longmoor was the "mother hash" for the Fort Eustis Hash in USA whilst Ray Thornton also went on to found Bicester, Donnington and Looe & Liskeard, all of which still hash today.

 

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The Hash House Harriers, including Bull Moon Hash House Harriers (BMH3) will not accept any liability or responsibility for any loss, damage, injury, trauma, death or mental distress however caused or sustained by any participant in any events associated with them. In order to participate in any Hash event, participants expressly waive their rights to pursue Bull Moon Hash House Harriers (BMH3) and those who have organized the events, those associated with the events, officers, management, sponsors, close relatives, friends, blokes they've met in pub or anyone else. Participating is deemed to agree with this liability waiver and to indemnify the Hash House Harriers against claims, costs and damages!