Setting a Run

Selecting a Run-Site

Try and select a run-site which has a variety of terrain (hills, streams and drains are always good fun), preferably with some jungle/wooded areas. The children get disheartened and take short-cuts on open ground.

Choose a start/finish at a car park with enough space for about 40 (or more) cars, is not on a narrow street and preferably not in a residential area. You will also need an open, preferably fairly flat, area nearby for the circle-time.

If you are unsure as to where you can set a run look at Previous Runs for past locations to give you an idea.  If setting your first run is daunting do not be afraid to ask a committee member for help.

Planning the course

Ideally set two runs. The first (short) run should be about 30 to 35 minutes of easy walking. The other (long) run should be 40 to 45 minutes of fast walking/jogging. For the short run please remember parents may be carrying small children and so should be able to negotiate the trail fairly easily. Both runs can use the same trail and it is often easier just to add an extra loop for the long run. In both cases please do not place the children in any situation which may compromise their safety. Choose road crossings carefully – if it is a busy road you may have to position a marshal there during the run.

For a fast course (i.e. flat with little jungle) 4.5 – 5.0 km is a reasonable distance for a long course and 3.5 for a short. A medium course (i.e. hilly with some jungle) 3.0 – 4.0 and 2.5 – 3.0 km are about right. For a slow course (i.e. much jungle, creeks, and several long climbs) 3.0 – 3.5 and 2.2 – 2.5 km are about right.

Where possible use chalk as a marker to set the trail. With hashes often using the same site it is best to use a single colour chalk for the whole hash. While flour is technically allowed outside Nparks and buildings, since the 2017 Woodlands MRT incident, setters now avoid using it. So on open ground, wooded areas and jungle toilet paper is the norm. The hares should arrange for a sweeper to gather the paper once all participants are through. There have been complaints by residents, of other hash groups leaving toilet paper behind. With the unrelenting loss of green spaces in Singapore we cannot afford to be banned from sites due to poor behaviour.

Checks are an essential element to reduce the spread of the pack. You should set at least 3 to 5 checks on the long run, preferably 5 to 7, 1 to 3 of which should be on the short run. A check should not be so difficult that the children cannot find the correct trail. Adults may discreetly help to find the trail, however, it is customary to allow the children to “find” it and issue the traditional, and very loud, ON ON!

There are three types of check:

T-check: shown by a large T on the ground and marks a dead-end. Runners have followed a false trail and must “check back”, typically ~50m, to find the correct trail.

Circle-check: shown by a large circle on the ground and instructs the runners to “look around” to pick up the trail again. Used when there is more than one or two possible routes ahead. Trail should resume no more than 100 metres from the circle… though it doesn’t need to be obvious.

Split Check:  Two arrows pointing in different directions.  Only one trail is the real trail, but which one?

Remember, the point of a check is to allow the rear of the pack to catch up with the front. So only the front runners should spend any time at them. For T-checks in particular the hare should arrange for someone to reset the course where the correct trail is found (e.g. remove toilet paper leading to the false trail and hang a new piece of toilet paper showing the correct trail).

Circles and Splits drawn in chalk are difficult to break so leaving bottle of water helps the children break it or a small piece of chalk to draw a new arrow.

It is best to sort the pack into speed order at the beginning, as this helps prevent frustrating traffic jams. This takes about 400m of open ground or paths wide enough for easy overtaking. Then use the checks to minimize any further stretching of the pack.  Avoid having any obstacles that people have to slow for in the first 400m (e.g. narrow paths or creek crossings). If the course has a narrow path near the start try to send the pack on loop through open ground first. Obstacles or constrictions that require one person at a time should be avoided in the first 800m (e.g. very steep slopes, tricky creek crossings, large fallen logs, narrow tunnels, ladders in and out of drains). Put a couple of checks in the few hundred meter after a constriction or bottle neck to regroup the pack.

The HHH has a range of ropes, in lengths ranging from 5 – 25m. These should be used on any steep paths, especially if rain is likely. Where space allows put in multiple ropes as this reduces the traffic jams.

Take care that the marking are clear. For example, the only double arrow ( ↔ ) should be a split. Where short and long courses split use two arrows one clearly marked with an S and one with a L.

Setting the run

Unless you know the area very well, it is best to do an initial reconnaissance a few weeks before hand.  If there are significant areas of forest/jungle, then a week before walk these sections, perhaps subtly marking the course. The final marking can be surprisingly time consuming, typically 3 – 5 hours. In thick jungle you should to hang a piece of toilet paper every 10m and in open forest every 20m. Combined with the inherent slow going, 400m of jungle can easily take over an hour to set. A 4km course with two 400m sections of jungle will take 4+ hours to set.

In Jungle and wooded areas many small markers (e.g. 4 – 6 squares of toilet paper) is preferable to fewer long markers. Also remember the visibility late on a cloudy afternoon is much less than late morning on a sunny day. Children quickly get disheartened wandering around in forest looking for markers and some get anxious.

When going into jungle take reasonable precautions. While accidents are rare they do happen and phone reception can be very poor inside thick jungle, particularly when it is raining. It is good practice to set up the emergency notification on your phone and let the recipient know where you are. In poor light and/or heavy rain it is easy to quickly get disorientated and a $5 compass from Decathlon can save a lot of stress.

Please advise the Hareline/webhash two weeks in advance of the details of both your run-site and meal choice. The webhash will email the hare requesting details.

It is the responsibility of the hares to clear trash from the run-site and ensure it is disposed of properly…. not left for someone else to look after. Large black plastic bags are always available; just ask if more are required.

For hashes in National Parks, you need to apply for a permit.

There can be fines if you fail to have permission (another hash chapter was fined $3,000, and both obtaining permission and the fine are ultimately the responsibility of the hare). The National Parks Board (Npark) are currently not allowing hashes in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve or the Central Catchment Nature Reserve (i.e. MacRitchie, Lower and Upper Peirce Reservoirs). If you are caught in these areas they will impose a fine.


Recommendations on the Do’s and Don’ts when setting a run in Singapore.

  • Only toilet paper is allowed at the Nature Reserves. No chalk marking or flour to be used in the Nparks.
  • Hares are accountable for their runs and if in the event a fine is imposed the hares will have to bear the cost.
  • Strictly NO CHOPPING of plants in the Nature Reserves
  • No creating or cutting a new path in the Nature Reserves
  • Do not deface or write anything on the notice and sign boards
  • Stick to the designated tracks (ie. those clearly marked by the Npark) if you are laying runs in the Nature Reserves.
  • No arrows to be drawn on the roads or anywhere else in the Nature Reserves.
  • Labrador park, Sungei Buloh, Kent Ridge Park and Mount Faber are also managed by the Nparks so be mindful when setting runs there.
  • Do not use any of the kiosk or shades in NParks unless you seek permission and have received a permit from NParks.
  • If a bigger event is being organised, the hares have to apply for a permit to use the facilities at NParks.
  • When setting runs in built up areas, the hares must inform the security dept if they are placing flour in the vicinity of their building (mistaken for anthrax before).
  • The area known as The Pit at Turf City (the ravine in the centre of the old racecourse), including the east to west track at the north of the ravine, is out of bounds as are the playing fields.
  • Avoid areas where horse riding takes place.

 For hashes in National Parks, you need to apply for a permit.

There can be fines if you fail to have permission (another hash chapter was fined $3,000, and both obtaining permission and the fine are ultimately the responsibility of the hare). The National Parks Board (Npark) are currently not allowing hashes in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve or the Central Catchment Nature Reserve (i.e. MacRitchie, Lower and Upper Peirce Reservoirs). If you are caught they will impose a fine.

If you choose to set a hash in a National Park you must send this form Hash application form  N-parks and submit it via email to (or is it ) or call them on 1800-4717300. Start on time, at least a few weeks as sometimes response times are slow. Nparks will not approve a course that goes off the official paths.

Food – Hash Slinger’s Grub List (or Mr. Hoe’s HHH Menu)

Mr. Hoe receives the email notification, so there is no need to contact him directly. But, if you need to contact Mr. Hoe, his email is:

  • Hamburger, fries and salad
  • Spaghetti bolognaise
  • Beef pot pie with mashed potatoes
  • Minced beef, mashed potatoes and mashed peas
  • Beef tacos
  • Sloppy joe, salad
  • Beef lasagna, salad
  • Beef Hot dog, fried and salad
  • Sweet sour pork / chicken / fish with rice
  • BBQ pork with sauce, rice, veggies
  • Roast pork, bread roll and salad
  • Banger mashed
  • Wienerschnitzel with fried
  • BBQ chicken with BBQ sauce, garlic bread, salad
  • Hainanese chicken rice
  • Baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy
  • Chicken pot pie with mashed potatoes
  • Chicken cacciatore, spaghetti , salad
  • Sweet sour chicken and rice
  • Fried chicken pieces and chips
  • Chicken hot dog and fries
  • Chicken a la king and butter rice
  • Teriyaki chicken / pork with rice, veggies
  • Roast chicken mashed potatoes, gravy and veggies
  • Scotch pot pie with mashed potatoes,carrots
  • Fish and chips, salad
  • Minced lamb and tatties
  • Cottage pie
  • Shepherd’s pie
  • Roti prata and chicken curry
  • Cheese macaroni with salad
  • Chicken tetrazzini, salad
  • Fried rice and salad

Mr Hoe will arrange a small quantity of a non-pork or vegetarian dish to cover those who do not consume pork.


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