Published on July 10, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Follow the leader for a pint on the run
The self-styled drinking club with a running problem is 25 years old on August 26 and will celebrated with… a run and a few drinks, of course.
Newcastle Hash House Harriers (NHHH) are to take a route from the Head of Steam on Newcastle Quayside – the area was the location of their first outing in 1994. The idea of their regular runs is basically “hare and hounds” where a couple of “hares” set off from a designated pub and leave clues, either in chalk or flour on the pavement, where the pack of all ages and abilities will run, jog or walk to for the next pint. This can take in several pubs with the emphasis being non competitive and focusing on the social benefits of group activity – plus the runs are organised so that everyone should complete the course in about the same time.
They meet weekly on a Wednesday evening (run commences at 7pm sharp) plus the first Sunday of the month at 11.30am at a different location in and around the North-East. Starting and finishing points could be anywhere from Whitley Bay to Wylam and Stanley in County Durham.
“On the Sunday following our anniversary run – September 1 – we’ll have a celebratory run from The Strawberry in Newcastle,” says Newcastle HHH founder member Keith Hudson. “It’s our regular base and will start at 11.30am. We’ll be inviting hashers from other clubs to join us (Hash House Harriers are worldwide).”
Keith mentions he’ll also be approaching North East breweries this month for contributions to their Great North Run beer stop, their regular refreshment station on the renowned half-marathon which is so popular they often run out of beer.