What Is Hashing?
Hashing consists of following a trail from a pub laid in eco-friendly flour or sawdust. We meet at a different pub every time and set off to run, jog or walk around the wonderful Dorset countryside.
It is non-competitive and caters for all levels of fitness. ‘Regroups’ are set to allow slower hashers to catch up before we all set off again. We are family - and dog - friendly and have members ranging in age over a span of sixty years.
The ‘Hash Diary’ page here gives details of upcoming venues and social events.
To contact the three South Dorset Hashes please use this email address omitting the spaces
What Else Do Hashers Do?
We have many local social events such as cycle treasure hunts, parties and B-B-Qs. We enjoy sociable weekends away, for example, taking over a Youth Hostel. We have also travelled abroad to international Hashing events such as Poland, South Africa (as in the picture at left), Belgium, Australia, Thailand - and the Isle of Wight!
Can I Try It?
Your first Hash is free so there is no reason not give it a try! There is a small charge of £2.50 for each subsequent Hash or you can pay £25 for a half-year. All surplus cash is ploughed back for members’ benefits.
You should bring a change of clothes and shoes in case it is muddy underfoot.
What’s The History Behind It?
The three South Dorset Hashes are a part of a long, proud and worldwide tradition which started in 1938 in Kuala Lumpur. A few British Civil Servants and local businessmen got together every Monday to jog off the excesses of the weekend following a trail of paper scraps.
It was the founder Albert Stephen Ignatius Gispert who named the group ‘Hash House Harriers’ because the club they belonged to served up terrible food; the meals were described as ‘Hashed Up’ and the club mockingly was called “The Hash House”.
There are now over two thousand Hash clubs spread over every country in the world including such unlikely places as the Antarctic. Wikipedia has an excellent article on Hashing and its traditions, please click here.