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EPISKOPI HASH HOUSE HARRIERS CYPRUS

(One Of The Last Gentlemen Only Hashes in The World)

Welcome to Episkopi Hash House Harriers

The Episkopi Hash is one of the last gentlemen only hashes left in the world. Why gentlemen only? Well, initially when founded in 1967 by three military types from Episkopi base that was the norm for hashes. Now most of our members are of retirement age and are driven out of the house each Tuesday to give our Harriets time to themselves. How many marriages we have saved is incalculable !!

We are these days very much an informal group of mates who meet every Tuesday afternoon for a little exercise and socialising afterwards. We are, of course, always eager to meet new mates who fancy a bit of exercise.  We run, jog or walk in the beautiful Cyprus countryside for around 5 km. Following a pre-laid route, known as a trail, and this is designed for most levels of fitness – shortcutting is allowed and indeed encouraged by the hares who control the run. 
The run or walk takes about 45 mins. In the summer and an hour in the winter but is rarely on flat terrain as we avoid like the plague, any tarmac or built up areas.
Hashing as it is known began in the 1930’s amongst ex-pats in the Far East who decided that they needed to take some exercise and so began the phenomenon which grew into 3000 clubs worldwide.  Essentially it is a paper chase and you might have done one at school or seen it like me in "The Railway Children". However to make it non competitive and ensure that it caters for most levels of  fitness  hares go out the day before the hash and lay 2 trails one for the runners, joggers and plodders and one for the walkers. Then the participants (hounds) follow one of these trails, with guidance (shortcuts) being given as required by the hares.

The whole emphasis of a Hash is to exercise in an informal way without any competitive pressures and then to relax afterwards with mates over a nice cool beer or soft drink. After a suitable time of taking refreshments at the end of the run/walk  we always go to a taverna for a local meal to round off the day. Being such a social club, we throughout the year, have a range of events that include our Better Halves be they on the beach (we know many deserted ones) or  up in the hills. These events are either catered or we bring picnics

 .....the 50th!!! 

 

 

 

Mike Jones - On Pres' Number 52 - Missive 3 (or Opening Words from the "Black Tie Doo")

 

 

 

Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen my name is Mike Jones and it is my privilege as the On. Pres to welcome you all here tonight.

If anyone has ever wondered if there was something very special about The Episkopi Hash they should wonder no more. Almost 150 people have gathered here this weekend to celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

This hash builds friendships that neither absence nor distance can ever sever . I honestly believe that the Episkopi Hash took the best of the ideals from the founders of the hash movement  and has stayed true to them. But more importantly we have developed  an ingrained ethos of friendship and fellowship that runs very deep on this Hash. We are very much Henry the Fifth’s Band Of Brothers and that reaches past the Hash and spreads to include each others families as well.

We have a great weekend planned for you on this our 50th celebration but as most of you will know these events do not just happen . Months and months of preparation and effort go into them.

Therefore I would ask Barney Bruce, Dave Norris, Tom McSherry and Mike Hillyer the Joint Masters to be upstanding. There is one Joint Master missing Hash Words Peter Hogg whose sage advice has been much appreciated in the planning of this event. Peter is marching past the Cenotaph this Sunday So these guys standing in front of you ladies and gentlemen are the fellows that made it all happen  so please give them a big round of applause.

I have a few house keeping items for you while your still sober enough to remember them.

As an ex Airline man may I advise you that the Emergency exits are ( pointing with both hands) Here Here and Here and that your nearest exit might be behind you .

There might be 50 ways to leave your lover but there are only two exits from this building. But the serious bit is

 If you have put your names down for tomorrow’s run or walk could I please ask you to attend as the Hash has catered for you. So  no rolling out bed with a hangover and thinking stuff this for a lark come on dear let’s go to the pub instead.

 This applies equally to the Monday run  where a restaurant is opening especially for us  and is expecting the numbers we have promised.  

Okay I am now going to propose a few toasts.  I would ask hashers to pay attention to the word few. This means more than one so please sip your drink don’t toss it down in one on the first toast  I know this isn’t in the hashers psyche but do try .

So Gentlemen only please be upstanding and the toast is “ Our Beautiful ladies”

Brilliant now if the ladies would stand too. The toast is The Episkopi Hash House Harriers .

Now just one to go . This one is for those hashers not here tonight because they are off island but more importantly for those hashers who have gone to the great hash run in the sky many of whom were prominent in the development of this hash as we know it  today.

Ladies and gentlemen Absent Friends .

Thank you ladies and gentlemen enjoy your evening.

 

On On The Hash