Selecting a Run-Site
Choose a location which has a car park, with easy access, enough space for about 60 (or more) cars and is not on a narrow street and preferably not in a residential area. You will also need an open, and fairly flat area nearby for the children’s games and tug-of-war.
Try and select a run-site which has some varied ground (hills and streams are always good fun), preferably with some jungle/wooded areas. The children get disheartened and take short-cuts on open ground.
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.
Setting a Run
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.
Please use flour and chalk as a marker to set the trail. On very wet days toilet or shredded paper is acceptable, but, please keep this to a minimum and have the sweepers gather the paper after all participants are through. We are environmentally friendly!
You should set 1 to 3 checks on the short run and at least 3 to 5 on the long run (short run checks can be included). Remember, the point of a check is to allow the rear of the pack to catch up with the front. 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” 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?
A check should not be so difficult that the children cannot break it. 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!
Games (Optional and if time allows)
Arrange two sets of games to take place after the circle. One set for 6 year-olds and under and one set for older children. We suggest two games per age group. A bag of sweets/candies is generally adequate as give away prizes for the end of the games. The hares may distribute treats to each child after the games.
It is your responsibility to collect the HHH signs and rope from the preceding hares. Please do not rely on anyone else to do this for you.
Please advise the Hareline/webhash two weeks in advance of the details of both your run-site and meal choice so it gets into the newsletter. 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.
Recommendation on the Do’s and Don’ts when setting a run in Singapore.
- Committees to be more responsible in the checking and approving of run sites chosen by the hares.
- Clubs to put up reminders on their website on the do’s and don’ts for hares and to ensure rookie hares are aware of them.
- 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.
- Use flour only on the ground and not on tree trunks (strictly outside the Nature Reserve only).
- Labrador park, Sungei Buloh, Kent Ridge Park and Mount Faber is 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. (Try to avoid MacRitchie, Bukit Timah, and Mandai Track 7 (inc. Woodcutters is definitely out)
- 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 has chapter was fined $3,000, and both obtaining permission and the fine are ultimately the responsibility of the hare.) Generally it is best to avoid National Parks altogether.
If you choose to set a hash in a National Park you must send this form Hash application form N-parks, and send it via email to NPARKS_Public_Affairs@nparks.gov.sg . Start on time, at least a few weeks as sometimes response times are slow.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Roast Chicken & Mashed Potatoes
Grilled Basil Chicken & Chips
BBQ Chicken & Chips
Chicken Casserole & Mashed Potatoes
Chicken Pie & Peas
Fried Chicken & Chips
Chicken Rice & Salad
Szechuan Chicken & Rice
Sweet Sour Chicken & Rice
Oven Fried Chicken & Mashed Potatoes
Chicken Nuggets & Chips
Roast Beef & Mashed Potatoes
Beef Casserole & Mashed Potatoes
Beef Pie & Peas
Beef a la mode & Fettuccine
Swedish Meat Ball & Mashed Potatoes (Pork and Beef)
Minced Beef & Mashed Potatoes
BBQ Beef Roll & Salad
Chili Con Carne & Rice (Beef)
Beef Tacos Salad
Roast Pork & Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Sour Pork & Rice
BBQ Pork Ribs & Garlic Bread
Roast Lamb Leg & Mashed Potatoes
Lamb Casserole & Mashed Potatoes
Lancashire Hot Pot
Roast Turkey & Mashed Potatoes
Hamburger & Chips (Beef)
Hot Dog & Chips (Beef)
Corny Dog & Mashed Potatoes
Fried Fish & Chips
Chicken Burger & Chips
Fish Burger & Chips
Sloppy Joe (Beef)
Sausage & Mashed Potatoes (Pork)
Mr Hoe will arrange a small quantity of a non-pork or vegetarian dish to cover those who do not consume pork.