Hash 551 – Castle @ Donnington

Date Hare Scribe
28 Oct 2018 Margaret & John Kevin

This was our first visit to The Castle, aptly named due to its proximity to Donnington Castle. The old adage that it never rains on a hash applied today having rained cats and dogs on our last hash in South Cerney. The weather was of sunny spells although somewhat spoilt by the arctic blast, so it was a case of the walkers wrapping up for the trail ahead.

Our hares for the day John and Margaret were appreciative of the extra hour the day afforded them. Kathy enquired as to how many poles were required to assist her in navigating the slopes, I think she settled upon two, and Val was given the role of David Bailey for the day, more of that later.

Gathering round to hear instructions from our hares John admitted that he got lost laying his own trail, not sure if this the first hare getting lost when laying their trail, but was indebted to Margaret for finding him so that the trail could be completed before the commencement of the hash. John highlighted a couple of viewpoints to look out for on the way; Donnington Castle which we should pass on the way up the hill and highlighting that the best view to be had of the castle was on the way back down the hill on our return to The Castle pub, more of that view or not later; Beau House a modern oak framed home that had been empty for some while that had views looking out over Snelsmore Common – this was where the long and short divide would be marked.

We were a small group today and, unusually there were more runners than walkers with the runners’ numbers boosted by Noodle and Lily. Off the group set, with Jeremy out of the starting blocks first, running as fast as a whippet with Noodle running behind trying to catch up. The other runners following on were running in a lower gear for the hill climb and soon lost sight of Jeremy, with the walkers not far behind. Soon after the start we came across Donnington Castle on our left. For some of the runners and walkers this would be the last opportunity to see the castle as we would lose the trail at the Blackbird pub in Bagnor and return via a different route to which our hares had intended. Kay missed Donnington Castle altogether as her view on the way out was interrupted by engaging conversation and finishwd the Hash via the alternative route. Alas, there is no picture of Donnington Castle for the mag as Val was one of the walkers who lost their way. As for the runners, Jeremy got back to The Castle with plenty of time, Ainslie took the short route, leaving Keith, Julie, Lily and said scribe taking the long trail further into the woods on Snelsmore Common where we lost the trail at the car park. Upon finding the trail where flour had been laid on both the left and right sides of the path leading from the car park we were wondering if this is where John got lost. Unfortunately we remaining runners lost the trail at the Blackbird pub, took an alternative route and managed to catch up with Kathy, Kay and Val just before our return to The Castle where Kay admitted to missing the view of Donnington Castle.

Many thanks to John and Margaret for laying a very pleasant and scenic trail laid.

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6 Responses to Hash 551 – Castle @ Donnington

  1. Mike says:

    Well done Kevin – running the long, laying interesting and unusual trails and now writing the mag. I’m going to put you and Julie as strong candidates for the hashers of the year 2018.

  2. Kathy says:

    I agree re the colourful header photo! Not to be further confused, the mag now says scribe is Keith, but apparently it was Kevin after all…. K

  3. Keith says:

    Just noted the colourful header photo. Whatever could it mean? I don’t know but I think we should keep it.

  4. Keith says:

    Kevin is our scribe this time. Val our photographer. Another enjoyable trail from Margaret and John from a great venue (who provided a really good Sunday roast). Wish it were nearer to Swindon!

  5. Kathy says:

    Actually, it was me the poles assisted…. no ‘Poles’ of the human kind but – at our really fabulous late Sunday lunch at the Castle – Keith, Kay, Val and I were very ably assisted by a charming young French waiter and an equally charming Romanian waitress. Who is the scribe by the way? Am trying but failing to work it out by elimination… is it Kevin? Very good write-up anyway. I want to thank Margaret & John personally for a lovely scenic trail, even if parts of it were unintended, but especially for the venue where the pub ambience, service and food were excellent (even if it took me three attempts to bat my eyelids at the barman to secure us a late, but very welcome, table!). Kathy

  6. webmaster says:

    I was actually last out of the blocks at the start, even later than the walkers.

    It’s just that the other runners all ignored John’s pre-hash talk and set off straight ahead. I instead turned immediate right then right again as instructed and never saw them again.

    Also, do we know the names of the two Poles who kindly assisted Kay Kathy?

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