Hash Myths, Legends
(and a few Facts)
Hashing is based on the old English game of Hare & Hounds.... read on....
The HASH HOUSE HARRIERS is a social club of runners that have been described
as "a drinking club with a running problem."
Ex-pat British businessmen,
accountants, lawyers, civil servants, etc., started the HASH in 1938 in
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is a club based on the old English game of hares
and hounds where one or two members would be given several minutes head
start and would drop shredded paper as the "scent". The hounds would then
follow, after the prescribed time, and attempt to catch the hares. The
hares would lay the trail in a straight or obvious line, but then would stop
laying trail and run off in another direction and begin laying the trail
after 100 metres or so. When the hounds discovered that they were no longer
on trail, they would fan out in all directions in search of the "scent" and
would call to the others when the trail was once again discovered.
founder of the HASH, A. S. "G" Gispert, in 1937 discovered the Springgit
Harriers, one of the paper chase clubs, in Malacca. He introduced Ronald
"Torch" Bennett to the concept and the stage was set. When "G" returned to
Kuala Lumpur in 1938, he became a member of the Federated Malay States
Volunteer Reserves, which trained on Mondays. "G" and many of the other
ex-pat Brits were housed in barracks in the Royal Selangor Club where he and
"Torch" would often discuss starting a harrier club in KL (Kuala Lumpur).
Finally around the December of 1938, "G" convinced about a dozen others to
follow his inaugural paper trail. Gispert then suggested the name of HASH
HOUSE HARRIERS in mock allusion to the mess at the Selangor Club, where many
of them dined. The runs were held Monday evenings after reserve training and
were followed by refreshment of Tiger beer. A. S. "G" Gispert was killed in
battle defending Singapore from the Japanese at 0400 hours 11 February 1942.
The HASH has grown from those humble beginnings to include thousands of
chapters and tens of thousands of hashers worldwide.
Much of the information presented above comes from the book "On On! Run #2
Hash House Harriers 1938-1992" by Harrier International and the late Tim
"Magic" Hughes, Phhh.D.
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