HASH HISTORY -
Hashing originated in December 1938 in Kuala Lumpur, then in the Federated Malay States (now 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.
The original members included , Albert Stephen (A.S.) Ignatius "G" Gispert, Cecil Lee, Frederick "Horse" Thomson, Ronald "Torch" Bennett and John Woodrow. A. S. Gispert is recognised as the Father of Hashing.
After meeting for some months, they were informed by the Registrar of Societies that as a "group," they would require a Constitution and an official name. A. S. Gispert suggested the name "Hash House Harriers" after the Selangor Club Annex, where the men were billeted, known as the "Hash House" for its notoriously monotonous food. Apart from the excitement of chasing the hare and finding the trail, harriers reaching the end of the trail would be rewarded with beer, ginger beer and cigarettes.
The Constitution of the Hash House Harriers is recorded on a club registration card dated 1950:
To promote physical fitness among our members
To get rid of weekend hangovers
To acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer
To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel
Hashing died out during World War II after the invasion of Malaya, but was re-started after the war by most of the original group, minus A. S. Gispert, who was killed on 11 February 1942 in the Japanese invasion of Singapore, an event commemorated by many kennels by an annual Gispert Memorial Run held on this day.
Apart from a "one-off" chapter formed on the Italian Riviera by Gus McKey, growth of Hashing remained small until 1962, when Ian Cumming founded a kennel in Singapore. The idea then spread through the Far East, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and North America, booming in popularity during the mid-1970s.
At present, there are almost two thousand kennels in all parts of the world, with members distributing newsletters, directories, and magazines and organizing regional and world Hashing events. As of 2003, there are even two organized kennels operating in Antarctica.
G2H3 HASH HISTORY -
Gothenburg Gruesome Hash House Harriers was founded in Gothenburg, Sweden, by Anders "Narrow Gauge" Skoldberg and Robin "Mad Canadian" Belec in 2005. A. Skoldberg came in contact with the concept of hashing during his stay in Singapore at the end of the 1990s. There he mainly participated in bike hashes. R. Belec, a Canadian, learnt to hash in the Omani dessert when working there as an engineer.
At present, there are 3 kennels in Gothenburg, Gothenburg HHH, Corella Sapiens HHH and Gothenburg Gruesome HHH. GH3 mainly runs on Saturdays, Corella Sapiens H3 runs twice a year (spring/autumn) and G2H3 runs irregularely, mostly Monday-Thursday, all year around. The G2H3 average pack size is around 15-20 hashers and the trails are always for runners since focus tends to be more on the running than on the on-in activities.
G2H3 trails are rated "easy", "medium", "hard" and "extreme". The difference between hard and extreme is that you might get wet on the hard trail but you will get wet on the extreme one! A normal hash distance is about 5-7 km and takes about 45-60 mins. On the hard or the extreme trails, the distance stretches up to 10 km. A couple ot times a year, G2H3 has bike hashes where the trail distance can mount up to 35 km. Runs sometimes also take place in the town of Alingsas. There have also been G2H3 hash runs in Uddevalla, Smogen and Falkenberg.
If you like challenging and adventurous running, welcome to join us!
Patron Saint of G2H3
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