Date : 21st June 2014
Location : Same Dam place
The run for me was 12.95 km going in a clockwise direction. The first section was relatively flat, followed by a steep hill which slowed down our pace. Pictures from No name Karn
Many thanks to Whoremonger, Ballbanger and all the others who made this a great hash.
Solstice is behind us once again until just before Santa arrives but we have nothing planned for that one since it will happen on Sunday. The Solstice event began in Bangkok on Thursday evening when hashers from China, Malaysia, The Philippines, UK, OZ, Cambodia, Viet Nam, and from several Thai kennels gathered on soi 7-1 Sukhumvit for a fun run/ pub crawl ending up at Tilac Bar in the Cowboy where beer was sold all night at half price to the hashers. On Friday registration of the hashers took place at the City Beach Hotel in the early evening followed by a reception at Willy's Station near the Bintabaht. Willy's put on some pub grub and plenty of ice cold free Leo and Chang to the SHOT hash and the local hash attendees. What a great band at Willy's Station! Pleasant surprise for most of us. Saturday morning meant refreshing hash trails for Saturday evening. Bang Cook layed the ballbuster, Whoremonger the medium and short and the Sunday recovery run trail was marked anew just for wanting to be sure it could still be followed after a bit of rain. Big Ian, our beermeister had 30 cases of canned Leo, some bottled Leo and Chang for down downs, lots of Sprite and Coke and plenty of water.................but not enuff as I did not order enuff. Delivery of the ice was delayed because of a glitch at the ice plant and when the ice arrived at around 4 the visitors were already off and running having consumed all of the water. Dumping the ice, Hash Cash then went off to collect cash and issue the T-s to CAH3 who grumbled about lack of water and the head start the visitors got on the trail. Got more water quickly and off went the rest of the pack in hot pursuit of the SHOT runners. The SHOT short trail hashers were back soon after leaving and at 5:40 or thereabouts Screwdriver came charging back into the car park at about the same time as the fastest Medium (9+ K) trail SHOT runners and from that point onward it was a mix for the next half hour as CAH3 runners and walkers returned to the carpark with the SHOT hash medium runners and walkers. Very near the car park there was a tanker truck dispensing clear fresh water into new plastic containers so the runners could rinse off and cool off from the trail. This also provided some pretty interesting entertainment for some of us. Those who took advantage of the cool water, loved it! CAH3 was almost completely back in and into the Leo before the hardly Long trail runners began to come in. Onefer and Bushwhacker were the only hashers with the spirit to tackle the ballbuster and returned a bit later than most others and bit lighter than when they began. Despite the glitch in the takeoff time which was predicated on arrival time at the On After, there was plenty of time to enjoy a very entertaining circle in which 26 cases of canned Leo plus numberous bottles of Leo & Chang were drank. Those of us who were down downed were bombed with Kamikaze's instead of beer which was certainly a pleasant change. Some of the ladies even jumped at the chance to get some of that Black Cock down there throat but that is another story. Sometime after dark and well after 7 the SHOT hashers reloaded the school bus trucks that brought them and headed out for Zeb E Lee for the On After. CAH3 went many places. Who knows where? (I was told yesterday that Thai Kitchen near Webster was/is closed for holidays.) Sunday morning at 11 the recovery run began from the City Beach as about 120-130 SHOT & local hashers hit the trail toward the train station, past the golf course, throught a maze of alleyways to Hin Lek Fai road, then up the hill where Dragontail awaited them with ice water, cold Leo and iced down watermelon. From the water check the pack then went up toward the temple, then right into the Chinese cemetery, up to the reclining Buddha, then into the hills behind the temple complex, then up a long concrete stairway, across the top of a hill, then down into the temple complex and out the gate to Hin Lek Fai road. From that point, the trail went uphill a short way, then down to a path running adjacent to the boundary of the Royal Golf Course, along a well beaten dirt track with several checks and false trails until emerging onto soi 88 near Scotch Tape's old townhouse. There they were met by Dragon Tail with ice water, cold Leo, no more melon, and a couple shuttle pickups for the quick trip to Terrace 90 where they received an unlimited supply of cold beer and a fine buffet of great food that never ran short. Good job Terrace 90! At Terrace 90 the hashers were once again offered the opportunity to cool off as we have moved the plastic bins used the night before and Dave kept the bins topped off with a continual flow of cool, clear water. We then had another fun and crazy hash circle before I passed out and lost the rest of the day. I recovered about 6:PM in my Lazy Boy recliner, a cool rainshower beating the palms and elephant ears out my window. I then went out to a local to watch the Grand Prix with a couple cold Leos to end another great hash day. This Solstice Hash was lots of fun and met many nice hashers. It was so good to have them choose Hua Hin of all the other places they could have gone.
Thanks SHOT hash! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PS: Some of you will remember Joe Baker who began hashing with us 5 or 6 years ago before leaving for a good job with JP Morgan in Bangkok. Joe greeted me on Friday night at Willy's Station but I did not know who he was even though I had run a full moon Bangkok hash of which he was GM last June. I did not recognize Joe because he had lost so much weight. The good news is the Joe is not sick. However, he might be a bit crazy as he is in training for an ultra-marathon.(55.5 km) I think that maybe Joe is taking this hashing nonsense a bit seriously.
We arrived at the site at about 4:15 only to discover that the SHOT crowd had already left on the run. My normal preparation is to grab a bottle of water, drink the entire contents and then head off after with the rest of the group. This time, I didn't drink any water before hand and didn't carry any with me which proved to be a big mistake. It was quite hot in the afternoon as I set off in pursuit of the long runners and the first 3 kms were flat and I made pretty good time. All the checks were broken and I didn't waste too much time getting to the first hill. It was quite steep and slowed me down a lot, by that stage I was starting to regret my decision not to carry any water.
After going very close to the summit and then winding over the back of the hill, the trail eventually led back down again were I caught up with the first of the Long Runners who was just walking at that stage. I kept going on and met up with 2 ladies from Singapore and followed them over the next hill and down the other side. By that stage we had run about 7 kms and I was feeling very tired. That's normally when our average run finishes and I wasn't looking forward to the next 6 km's
Shortly after Onefer caught up to us, he had done the medium run and was looking in pretty good shape and he quickly left me behind. I eventually made it to about the 9 km mark and had to make an SOS call to Karn for some water. She walked back with some water and I was pretty grateful when I met her at about the 10km mark. By that stage I think I was pretty dehydrated, and I'm not as fit as I thought I was. I couldn't hold the water down and threw up a couple of times. Karn made a few calls and Space Cowboy arrived with his cavalry to pick me up, for which I'm very grateful for.
Some of you may have noticed that I wasn't in very good shape as I made it back to the circle and was still feeling a little sick. I'm sorry if I wasn't the life of the party and couldn't down a few beers, I'm not sure if that would have helped or not. I hope I have learned a few lessons like CARY WATER and don't run 13 km's when you are not up to it.
A to A. Distance 13km. A runners run, with varying terrain, mostly in forest. A couple of hills to climb - they will slow you down but you won’t need crampons. The trail is virtually all on tracks and trails, a bit of jungle bashing, but with little shaggy or water to contend with. Thorny in patches, but the hares will try to ease your pain. Run will be on shredded paper with red/pink identifier.
A to A. Distance 9km. Only one hill to contend with. Plenty of good running mostly in shady forest, on undulating trails, through bamboo and eucalyptus, and your shoes should stay dry.
Run will be on shredded paper with blue identifier.
A to A. Distance 6km. One hill to get your hearts pumping. The rest is a stroll in the park, or rather the forest, on track and trails. Bit of concrete, the rest terra firma.
Run will be on shredded paper with yellow identifier.
All these runs involve running in areas where there are loose stones, so care is needed.
GPS Scan of the walkers trail from Hugmananygoat
The run will start from the City Beach Resort. Distance is approximately 7km, and will take you through some interesting outskirts of the town, with things to view on the way. Some local inhabitants may swing past, with others definitely taking it lying down.
There may well be a point of refreshment (or two) before you are required to scale heights to reach your transport to the On On, in a very pleasant eatery (and drinker).
Transport will be provided to take you back to the City Beach Resort, and you onward journey home
For more details vist the SHOT website HERE