The History of the Hash House Harriers. Click on the image for a well-presented video covering the who, what and why of Hashing.
Hashing originated in December 1938 in Selangor (Malaysia), when a group of British colonial officers and expatriates began meeting on Monday evenings to run, in a fashion patterned after the traditional British paper chase or "hare and hounds", to rid themselves of the excesses of the previous weekend... (more on Wikipedia)
Phuket Hash House Harriers was started by Alan Sir Dubai Cooke & his wife Marie on Saturday June 14th 1986. Thanks to our G.M. Emeritus, we all can relive some of those younger days ...
The first photo from a PH3 run was from Run 2 on 21 June 1986. There is also an accompanying article. Sir Dubai is the Eugene Terreblanche lookalike.
Back to Run #1, although we have no photos we have the following information...
The Ph3 will have their first run on Saturday 14th June at 5 p.m. This will start and finish at the location shown below.
We should be very pleased if you would come along and join us. If you have no previous experience of hashing, I will explain briefly what it's all about.
The Run usually takes 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the type of country, the distance would be about 6 km or a little over.
The trail for the run is laid in such a way that the strong front runners cover a greater distance than those who walk and run just a little, (I'm in the latter category). If the run has been well laid the fast and slow runners should come in within a few minutes of each other.; It's fun and costs only as much as you care to spend on a few drinks.
Alan Cooke, 30 May 1986.
The run was held in Nai Harn, just a kilometer or so up on the road to Kata. The run directions for the first few runs are below. For a first run, they are pretty good, better than most of the ones we get today.
Thanks to The Bavarian for the above
The scribe notes started almost immediately. There's a much
bigger emphasis on the run rather than the circle than we find
in the modern notes.
The oldest we have is from Run 11. Some more interesting examples come from 1987/88 with Run 29 being one of the entertaining ones. This one from Run 96 is also enlightening showing that Gorgeous 's ability to fuck up is nothing new.
An early Cash book from 1987 makes interesting reading. A pack of around 30, with members fees 10 baht and visitors 40 baht, beer sales at around the 40 bottle mark, Tee-shirts for as little as 55 baht!
Gorgeous is fond of telling the recent GMs how he managed the circle without ice. Now we know how. With a pack that size (half of which is your own family), it's easy.
Sir Dubai explains: "Hash Asia was organised by Tim Magic Hughes (long gone to that great hash in the sky) 'Magic' in Bangkok logistics, myself in Phuket everything else. I had one committee meeting. Set up about eight sub committees one for every task, made myself Chairman of each and made it all happen. That weekend Phuketians had to walk as we took every bus off the road to transport the 500 plus attending hashers. Gorgeous, spot 'No Cup's' cup on the side table - lost. Then a front running 74 kg, now a sofa bound 102 kg." Check out the registration form.
From earlier in the year, we have some photos from Run 40. Notable for Dubai's first ever homosexual encounter. Photos by Gorgeous
Phuket HHH reaches the milestone that is Run 100. Photos by Gorgeous
Our first 5 Grand Masters. Dumb shits as they are (and were), they stood the wrong way round for the photo. Left to right: 5. Flying Dutchman (as he was then), 4. King Klong, 3. Sir Lance the Lot, 2. Gorgeous and 1. Sir Dubai.
Phuket HHH hosted Interhash with 2500 runners.
Ah, the joys of youth, when Big Bollox got stuck in the sin bin and our wild unrestrained hordes went as far afield as ... er ... Krabi.
Our G.M. Emeritus doesn't escape further attention
Asia Man' features Sir Dubai "the
geriatric old fuckwit". The original can still be seen
today adorning the walls of The Green Man in Chalong.
Our first 10 Grand Masters. Like a group of trained
monkeys (well they did have 10 years experience by this time),
they actually managed to stand in the right order.
Left to right: 1. Sir Dubai, 2. Gorgeous, 3. Sir Lance the Lot, 4. King Klong, 5. Flying Dutchman (as he was then),
6. Sir Wanda, 7. Porky, 8. Sir Sybil, 9. White Pointer and 10. Greasy Wick
Popeye on the Aussies: "of course we have that problem, especially with the antipodeans, members with a drinking problem as well as a running problem"
... again: "suddenly behind us, we heard a girl screaming "help help", I, with White Pointer a long way behind me, ran back, just to find a young girl from Canada covered in red ants, I did what I had to do, but White Pointer, that bastard, told her to take all her clothes of, so he could be sure he could kill all the ants !!!!!"
... and again: "White Pointer was laying down in the creek, drinking heavily, and told us, that this water was the best he ever had tasted, 10 yards further up in the creek I was looking at Dubai, pissing in the creek."
There are also details of plans for a 4 day hike which seems to
cover most of the island. Proof that some of our old boys
were indeed younger and fitter in those distant days.
Read it all here.
Photos (thanks to Swamp Thing): Run 998,
for 1000, 999,
and scribe notes (thanks again to Swamp Thing): Run 998, 999/1000, 1003.
(Swamp Thing has been a regular visitor to Phuket over the years, thousands of his old run pics are here)
A deputation of reprobates is sent to in Kuching, Sarawak.
Phuket Hash celebrates it's 25th Anniversary
Our first off island run in many years - in Chumphon.
Grand Masters of the Phuket Hash House Harriers
Grand Masters of the Phuket Hash House Harriers
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