Fun the key to turning running into pure joy
HASH House Harriers runners lose their name after a few weeks of running with the club, whether they like it or not.
Nicknames are given to all runners in the name of lighthearted fun and the smallest gaffe can lead to a nickname sticking.
Long-term runner, known now only as A*** Up, discovered this the hard way.
The runner suffered the misfortune of tripping while crossing a train line on a run. His unforgiving running partners seized the opportunity and a new nickname was born.
A*** Up had held many positions within the running group and thrives on the weekly challenge.
"I was Hash Cash in 2000, Hash Horn in 2002, Grand Master (GM) in 2012 and I am the current Hash Horn," he said.
There have been numerous memorable moments but A*** is reluctant to pinpoint any for fear of consequences.
"I can't say... it would get some members in a lot of trouble," he said.
The runner said there were many reasons for being involved.
"Exercising and drinking with like-minded people," he said.
Hash House Harriers run each Monday at 6pm. The Gympie Times publishes details of the run in Saturday's edition in Sport Detail.
Cost is $5 per run which includes dinner.
For those new to the concept, Hash House Harriers in action is a sight to behold.
The person who sets the run for that week is known as the "Hare".
They leave chalk marks setting out a track (toilet paper through bush areas).
The other runners have to find the trail and there are false trails along the way to slow the front runners down and to keep everyone together.
For details call Band Aid on 0488 320 612 or Pain in the Glass on 0409 642 847.
Feel free to visit the Hash Australia website at: hhh.asn.au