Lakeside Hash House Harriers has will this year (2014) celebrate it’s 30th year of hashing in Melbourne.
Originally started in Albert Park we run (and drink) from parks, pubs, houses, etc anywhere within a 30 km radius of Albert Park – except when it is further away.
We run on a Wednesday evening officially starting at 6:30pm but unofficially at 6:45pm – check out the Run Sheet and come along!
If you are new to hashing we generally refer to it as cooperative running rather than competitive running – in fact doing the latter will get you an extra drink in the circle after the run.
Our runs are usually 7-10kms and we always have a walkers trail for those who are injured or not capable/interested in running.
Someone once thought that Lakeside should have an official song. It was thought that it could echo with the sounds that were once heard around the Lakeside Oval (now defunct). Here is what they thought it would be like.
The Lakeside song: Click here to play
Beer, Beer, cherish the sight,
Lakeside will run by day and by night,
On to the check and to the check back
We’ll just keep running down the track
Though the storms be great or small
We’ll get back to the On-After all
Drinking, talking, running, walking
Lakeside Hash Harriers!
What to expect at a run
Lakeside runs every Wednesday, regardless of the weather, at 6:30pm (ish). At this time, the GM calls the rabble to order and asks the hare to give the pack a brief description of the run before sending them on their way.
The run follows a trail which has been marked by the hare using chalk arrows or flour. Most hares have trouble with this concept and the trail is hard to find. Everybody should call “On-on” as loudly as they can whenever they see trail markings. This makes things easier for those running behind.
At various points on the run, you will find checks which are marked with a circle. A check is a break in the trail, the run can continue in any direction from a check. The first hashers to arrive at a check search for the trail giving the slower runners a chance to catch up and have a bit of a breather.
False trails or on-backs are marked in various ways depending on the hare. They are usually a cross or an arrow pointing back along the trail. If you get to one of these, you’ve come too far and need to turn around and find trail again. If all goes well, after about an hour everybody arrives back at the start, more or less together.
After the run is out of the way, the serious stuff starts. The Grog Master brings out the beers and the hare serves a gourmet meal. Then the GM calls the circle. A hash circle needs to be experienced, it cannot be described. In the circle, visitors are welcomed, good deeds are rewarded (very rare) and discretions are punished all with a down-down. The circle is the highlight of the evening and is what hashing is all about.
When the circle is over, the stayers finish off the beers and everybody finds their way home.
Don’t wear new shoes unless you are prepared to drink out of them.
How to Join Lakeside H3
To join LSH3, you must be either male or female. Some other hashes are single sex clubs but Lakeside is desperate and will take anybody.
If you fit the above criteria, just show up at a few runs. The hash isn’t for everybody so you’ll want to try us out before you commit yourself. If, after 2-3 runs, you think we are a good bunch of people and you want to keep running, you can consider yourself to have joined.
Running hash is cheap! Your first run is FREE. You don’t have to join, but if you do its cheaper. Subs are $50 per year. The hash year runs from one AGM to the next with AGMs held on or near the Wednesday after the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
Payment of subs entitles you to a discount on weekly run fees and subsidies on big events such as the Christmas run and any special runs.
Normal runs from a park or somebody’s house will cost $5 for members who have paid their $50 subs (non-members, a bit more). This is an all inclusive amount and covers run and food. The supply of beer is reasonable but not unlimited.
Pub runs will cost $2 unless you have paid subs in which case it is free!
($2 covers down downs; hashers pay for their own meal and drinks.)
Awards are presented to everybody after completing a number of runs. Each hasher is expected to keep track of how many runs they have done by signing the run book. Anybody who doesn’t bother signing in won’t get anything. The awards we have so far are:
- 10 runs T-Shirt.
- 50 runs Certificate and photo montage.
- 100 runs Engraved pewter mug or goblet.
- 200 runs Embroidered polo shirt
- 300 runs Embroidered polo shirt
- 400 runs Embroidered shorts.
- 500 runs Embroidered Fleecy Top.
- 600 runs Embroidered short sleeved polo shirt.
- 700 runs Engraved Glass.
- 800 Embroidered short sleeved polo shirt.
- 900 Certificate and re-engraving of 100 run Pewter goblet/mug.
- 1000 Certificate with photo montage, Port Barrel, and Free membership for the following year.