Hash House Harrier runners Murray Wegner and Don Kington get in some training before they fly out to Borneo.
Hash House Harrier runners Murray Wegner and Don Kington get in some training before they fly out to Borneo.

Hash House team heads for Borneo

GYMPIE Hash House Harriers Murray Wegner, Bob Kington and Wayne Meads are gearing up to fly to Kuching Borneo Monday for Interhash 2010.

Interhash is an international running event scheduled every two years.

The trio are backed by local business man Warren Arnell from Wide Bay Cabinet Makers and are looking forward to nine days of fun running.

Spokesperson Murray Wegner said over 6000 Hash House members from all over the world would run at the event.

“There are hundreds from Wide Bay alone,” Wegner said.

Runs vary in distance and destination depending on fitness with a lot runs being through thick rainforest terrain.

Wegner said the highlight of the trip would be the ‘ball breaker’ half marathon.

He said the half marathon in Hash House could end up being a lot longer than a normal half marathon.

In Hash House, runners (hounds) follow a trail laid down by another group of runners (hares).

The only trick is the hares lay down a lot of false trails that lead to dead ends.

When a hound reaches a dead end he has to retrace his steps until he picks up the right trail.

“You can end up running a lot further than the actual race distance,” Wegner said.

“Hash House is about mixing running with fun and social activity.

“We will even being running in a red dress run.

“Everyone has to run in a red dress and the funds go to charity,” he said.

The trio are already getting ready for national Hash House event in Hobart next February.

The event happens on the opposite year to the international event and this year it is on in February.

Any one interested in joining Hash House can get on the Gympie website.

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