|9 Dec 2018||Maurice||Paul|
Di & I arrived at the Red Lion at 10.55am, just in time to see Maurice trudge up the road, having just finished laying the trail. This made me think he had either started laying the trail late, or maybe the walkers or RUNNERS were in for a bit of a long one!
Not that this was a worry for me. Having had knee replacement surgery just 13 days previously, I was just going to read the newspaper and wait for the pub to open. However, after a brief chat with Maurice, he informed me the trail had no stiles, was relatively flat, and he could make a minor adjustment for Mike & myself, so I decided to give it a go.
It was a good turnout with about 20 hashers raring to go. There was a healthy split between runners & walkers, and it was good to see some newbies returning for a second time.
After Maurice gave his briefing, we all set off down the road with Mike, Keith & myself all hobbling, holding up the rear. We also had James, Di & Evie for company. Evie was tasked with taking the pictures for the day.
The trail had a good mix of village pathways, country footpaths & bridleways, with some excellent scenery and plenty of wildlife to see. Along with the usual farmyard animals, there was also a paddock full of alpacas.
After following the flour symbols & taking the Mike&Paul shortcut, (apart from Di, Evie & James, all the walkers appeared to take the shortcut, missing out the muddy incline) we arrived safely back at the pub at 12.20pm.
To our surprise no runners had made it back so far, but us walkers carried on enjoying our apres-hash and chitchat. Some 15 minutes later, and still no sign of a runner, Keith contacted Maurice, who was already out searching for lost souls. 5 minutes later, just 2 runners had returned, so Keith jumped in his car to go and hunt for the others. Thankfully, a short while later, all returned safely.