With contingents from the South Lantau and Sai Kung hashes joining us, this was far and away the best-attended Northern New Territories Saturday Run to date. Hare Dingaling with SP Twanx met us at the designated bus stop, Lung Chai on Tai O Road, whereupon Dingaling proceeded to give instructions that were evidently not absorbed by many in the pack. Simple walkers’ trail of 4km, then a rambo/wimp split in which the wimp is 9km and slightly longer than the rambo on account of it avoiding the technical section, which is a bit exposed and not suitable for anyone with vertigo issues, Golden Balls.
So off west we set along the catchwater, which had checks drawn at every way up into the Keung Shan massif to the south, all of which were decoys and fooled nobody except Serbian Bomber. The hardtop was interminable, but we kept faith, knowing our Dingaling to be a quality hare.
Oranguwank: After the 3km cementfest shunt along the catchwater to the one and only checkback on trail. the pack did the long tab up the footpath to the first split marked runners/walkers. This confused a lot of wimps as they took the walkers. Darn shame, as there was an apparently very good wimp trail to come.
In any case the actual rambo split took us into the shiggy and then a very long, very technical rocky downhill following the stream. Not for the faint hearted and the rope provided by the hare was actually a necessity.
We popped out at a glorious infinity pool where we stopped to admire the view and sunset. What a day.
An easy downhill path then had us popping out onto the North Lantau pathway and another few km of cement had us easing into the playground in western Tai O in around 1 hr 7 mins for the FRBs Oranguwank and Pole Dancer. Just in time for tea and medals.
Golden Balls: After the rambo/wimp split the wimp trail stayed in the glorious Keung Shan uplands on lovely trails through low scrub, undulating until eventually a dividing crest took us over the massif to the south side and staggering ocean views. More lovely trails led us to the steep descent on a stone staircase to the North Lantau pathway where the two trails rejoined, and on in to Tai O past numerous chalkings indicating the imminence of beer, where the hare and SP had taken great pleasure in defacing the other’s scrawls. Who did what to who is still a mystery.
Finally back to the children’s playground on the approach to Tai O, where there was beer aplenty – and our bags, transferred by the hares from the start by some sort of automobile. Eunuch had his drone out hovering over the playground; erstwhile best mate Mango Groove chucked his water bottle at it, and in a beautifully described arc landed right on top of the machine, knocking it straight out of the sky. Eunuch went strangely quiet…but not for long.
Our venerable GM Serbian Bomber was on hand (come again?) to run the circle, which he did so with aplomb, assisted by Eunuch. An Aussie from South Lantau and Gunpowder Plod from Sai Kung contributed to the rather excellent entertainment.
Highlights included the visiting full moon hash from England doing what they do best,
and the legendary Pole Dancer scurrying up a slender tree, which somehow didn’t fall over.
Plod produced his half-yard of ale for the hare, who made a pig of himself, only for Anal Invitation to show him how it’s done.
Red Rump was on the scene with Red Strumpet, but in the role of non-runners as Red Rump had once again come off his bike and this time fractured his femur. It was their last hash appearance before returning to UK, and unforgiveably their departure song was overlooked. But they insist they’ll be back.
Then it was on to the on on at the restaurant one minutes’ walk away…all good. – Oranguwank & Golden Balls
Hares: Dingaling, Twanx
Runners: Eunuch, Back To The Future, Serbian Bomber, Golden Balls, Golden Jelly, Stunt Double, Hoover, Fartypants, Walky Talky, Penile Dementia, BJ, Mango Groove, Gunpowder Plod, Electrolux, Oranguwank, Yummy Mummy, Velcro Lips
Non-runners: Red Rump, Red Strumpet, Antiseptic, Overdue
Guests: Pam, Wai Chee Kok, Po, Southside Pushover, Pipi, Swing Low, Anal Invitation, Anal Acceptance, V. Morgan, Smartarse, Weeny Schnitzel, Kebab, Sarah, Eunice, Slog, Pole Dancer, Snelgar, Two Wee Flashes, Doctor Lapsap, Gary Glitter, Little Sai Wanker, Free Rider, Kannot Finnish, Tim Thane, Motormouth and no doubt several others
Click on a picture to enlarge it. Pictures by Walky Talky.