Hashtory

Hashtory of Our HASH

Rocky City H3 are situated in the picturesque coastal town of Rockingham, which sports the best beaches in the world and protected waters for all manner of water sports. Rockingham is on the West Australian coast 50 kilometers south of Perth.

The seed for RCH3 was planted in February, 1992 when DOGLOVER (Doug Oliver), BULLBAR (Paul Ellis), H4 (Helen Oliver) and WONDER WOMAN (Lindy Ellis) met to discuss their interest in Hash House Harriers. All had run with other clubs before, with DOGLOVER having chalked up over twenty years of Hashing.

RCH3 was given birth to on 10th March, 1992 with twenty one runners being introduced to the secret rituals of H3. Mandurah H3 turned up to offer their support and the run was set from DOGLOVER’S den.

The run was a great success and was followed shortly after with the annual Palace run in Perth, where RCH3 let it be known that we were here to stay.

 

Who Are the Hash House Harriers?

Hashing . . . it’s a mixture of athleticism and sociability, hedonism and hard work, a refreshing escape from the nine-to-five dweebs you’re stuck with five days a week. Hashing is an exhilaratingly fun combination of running, orienteering, and partying, where bands of harriers and harriettes chase hares on eight-to-ten kilometer-long trails through town, country, and desert, all in search of exercise, camaraderie, and good times.

Hashing began in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1938, when a group of British colonial officials and expatriates founded a running club called the Hash House Harriers. They named the group after their meeting place, the Selangor Club, nicknamed the “Hash House.” Hash House Harrier runs were patterned after the traditional British paper chase. A “hare” was given a head start to blaze a trail, marking his devious way with shreds of paper, all the while pursued by a shouting pack of “harriers.” Only the hare knew where he was going . . . the harriers followed his clues to stay on trail. Apart from the excitement of chasing the hare and solving the clues, reaching the end was its own reward . . . for there, thirsty harriers would find a tub of iced-down beer.

Hashing died out during World War II (Japanese occupying forces being notoriously anti-fun) but picked up in the post-war years, spreading through the Far East, Australia, and New Zealand . . . then exploding in popularity in the mid-70s. Today there are thousands of Hash House Harrier clubs in all parts of the world, with newsletters, directories, and even regional and world hashing conventions.

Hashing hasn’t strayed far from its Kuala Lumpur roots. A typical hash today is a loosely-organized group of 20-40 men and women who meet weekly or biweekly to chase the hare. We follow chalk, flour, or paper, and the trails are never boring . . . we run streets and back alleyways, but we also ford streams, climb fences, explore storm drains, and scale cliffs. And although some of today’s health-conscious hashers may shun cold beer in favor of water or diet sodas, trail’s end is still a celebration and a party.

 

GOALS OF THE HASH

. . . from the 1938 charter of the Kuala Lumpur Hash House Harriers

  • To promote physical fitness among our members
  • To get rid of weekend hangovers
  • To acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer
  • To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel