200 R*ns and 2 surprises – by Kingfisher
IH3 gathered for pre-lube caffeine at Bar Lopez in Rambla Aljibe in good numbers, given most had to be prised from their mountain retreats. Kingfisher found Petal emerging from his camper van which he had driven down the night before to ensure they were there for this momentous hash. Whipped into order and led to the Hash Circle, the hares were introduced and Kingfisher then used chalk markings to show the trail markings. Those r*nners still compos mentis at the end followed him out onto trail, whilst Queenfisher led the walkers.
The trail led away from the village to the rambla, where a check offered at least 5 possible routes. Dishy Goolies and Puff chased down back-checks. Keyfob guessed correctly but then went the wrong way looking for that elusive third mark. Soon we were all heading through the next village, hotly chased by the walkers! After a few checks we were out the other side of the village and descending into the rambla where we carried on. The trail eventually led up away from the rambla but it was a check-back that allowed the back-markers, such as A&E and Petal, to catch up.
On the rambla again, we reached a check with 3 obvious possibilities. None were right though as the trail looped around the back-check in front. Just to prove you can fool hashers easily, the same trick was used at the next check! We eventually headed up a tarmacked road and a regroup found us outside the hares’ house. There the first surprise emerged as, despite no beer stop being mentioned, Kingfisher planned a raid on his fridge, only to find he had forgotten his door-keys and the emergency set dug up didn’t work!
Amidst muttered threats the pack reluctantly set off once more, as the walkers (obviously on speed) arrived! From here the trail took the r*nners up from the rambla into the foothills and, via a series of checks and check-backs, led to a ridge between the valleys. There Dishy Goolies, CUNH ‘Robert’ and Puff (really) got to run back from a Marley Hook, followed by a second Marley Hook right on the ridge-top, and the hare chuckled…
Two further checks delayed the FRBs further before we all headed off alongside a small rambla that led eventually into La Noria village. There we used the tarmac to run onto the On-In and reach the hash car park. With 30 seconds to go Kingfisher was nominated as RA! A lot of down-downs were taken, including Ma Bates for prostituting herself on the hash to get charity money; A&E for having to do all the leg-work at checks, despite his advanced years; Paramedic for being in position for the Hash Circle 20 minutes before asked; visitors & virgins; Bomber & CUNH ‘Phil’ for claiming to be cripples (and so avoid hashing); and a good few birthdays were celebrated too! An additional task was to name CUNH ‘Robert’ (who was wearing Prickly T*ts IH3 shirt) as ‘Second Hand Rose’. Great job by Hash Beer and his waggish assistant!!
The On-After was at Bar Lopez where the second surprise saw the hashers sitting down to a free buffet that involved 6 tapa plus a smorgasbord of desserts. Much noise accompanied those dishes as everyone enjoyed the 200th celebrations. A great hash enjoyed by all it seems!