Making a Hash of it really is a lot of fun!

FLOUR-POWER took to the streets and hills of South Tenerife this week, as Hash House Harriers brought their mix of running, walking, and much quenching of thirsts to the island.

It’s a grand old tradition of friendship, sport and fun, which was started by colonial officers and ex-pats in Malaysia in 1938.

Bob Green played hare for the week, his role being to organise the routes and sprinkle clues, in the form of flour markings, to guide, challenge and regulate the pace of the chase.

Oxford and Bicester Hash House Harriers based 18 enthusiasts in Los Cristianos, for a series of hash runs, and related social events.

“I got into hashing about 16 years ago after giving up serious running,” said Bob. “It’s a big social activity, and we have 30 to 40 taking part every week. All ages are involved, and some even bring their dogs.”

It’s not a race, and some marker signs are checks to slow down runners and walkers, so they don’t get too spread out, while other marks nudge them back on to the right track.

The runs are usually between four to seven miles, with several bar stops. The first outing of the Harriers’ week began from their Tenerife Sur base, through the Apolo Centre, over Chayofita Mountain overlooking the beach, and zig-zagging back, via the Green Clinic, for tapas and sangria at The Devon Arms.

Further adventures included a sea trip, and hashes from La Caleta, and over Guaza Mountain.

Hashing is extremely popular in the UK, and Bob has even experienced it throughout the globe. “I´ve hashed over the Golden Gate bridge in California, and the Great Wall Of China,” he said. “Lots of expats are familiar with it, and, back in Oxford and Bicester, we get many tourists joining in the fun.”

There’s plenty of background information and advice, on and there are also links to clubs in the UK.

If anyone in Tenerife wants to start up hash runs, the website will also steer him or her in the right direction. All you need is a love of the outdoors, good company, and a sense of fun.

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