Was it or was it not
a half marathon?
The Hash Correspondent noted that only 28
people came to "enjoy" another Fast
Forward romp. The walkers seemed to enjoy a rather long stroll,
while the runners covered most of the north-western quadrant of the Kathmandu
Scanty paper took the pack north as usual, and through the western suburbs
of Hati Gauda, and on to the usual hill-top check overlooking the Bishnumati
River. We headed upstream, but turned west rather than attack the Tokha
army camp. A scramble over a low ridge and drop to the next valley, put
the pack onto an open sewer which served as a cool if somewhat smelly
track upstream to the Sapana Tirtha temple, the site of the annual new
year's festival, where devotees wash in the dammed stream, in order to
protect themselves from eye ailments - fat chance!
A shower gave the pack a chance to rest at the temple, while the mutts
went inside to perform proper rites. Paper headed north-west, but the
Fox was checking south-east and was
tempted to stay in that direction. Out of total respect towards the hare,
Fox took a short-cut west on a road
heading west towards Sanglatar. Keeled Over
and Grumblewald were, for once, smarter,
and headed to Tokha and paper heading home.
Meanwhile the pack looped anti-clockwise to Sanglatar and headed east
again, dropping to follow another stream instead of the road. Rotter
and Run Crafty stayed on the road and
were soon in Tokha Meanwhile the badly reduced and far from happy pack
climbed through leech-infested brambles to another holding check, and
ended up back into another valley before climbing another track to Tokha
After a quick Tokha Tour the pack headed out the town's south gate and
again east and downhill to find another stream to splash in. Another climb
lead to Dhapasi and then the trail again dropped before the final climb
to Bansbari and home.
Experts questioned Fast Forward's claim
that the run was 21 km long, but those
who completed the run on paper, agreed that it felt a lot longer. The
Hash Mismanagement DEMANDS that Fast Forward
repeat the course with a measuring wheel and report the exact distance
at the next circle.
Whatever, it was a great three-in-one course through beautiful country.
Perhaps we can take the next couple of weeks off to recover.
The circle lacked its usual pep, but we did welcome five virgins Rosaline,
Heather, Søren, Lene, Marjolaine from Denmark, and Canada,
and returnee Bengt. The hare-hosts awarded
certificates to the six fools who completed the course. Fast
Forward graciously accepted the Hashit.
Thanks to Left Behind, Durga
and the Rotter's Roost Kitchen for