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Addis Hash House Harriers

The Highest Hash in Africa!

 
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Hash Details!

Welcome to AAHHH, the highest Hash in Africa and one of the highest in the world, at 2400m above sea level. Some call Hash ‘The drinking club with a running problem.’ Perhaps this is true! Come and decide for yourself. We meet every Saturday afternoon, rain or shine, at 2pm / 14h00 (simint sa’at bityopia) in the Hilton Hotel car park, to run (or walk) somewhere nice outside Addis Ababa. Transportation is provided for those without.

We are a Family Hash: we welcome locals and expatriates, young and old, female and male, runners and walkers. We follow a paper trail laid in the morning by 'hares'. The size of the weekly Addis Hash outing ranges from about 60-90 runners and walkers, from a pool of regular Hashers numbering over 400. The run (and a shorter trail for walkers) takes about 60-75 minutes. It is followed by a circle to welcome newcomers and returnees, usually returning to Addis Ababa by 6.30pm (asra-hulet takul). The cost is 30 birr, while newcomers pay a first-time fee of 60 birr. We use this money to subsidise drinks and special events. Further info: +251-911-206908.

Run 1390 – Hash Bash Run PDF Email

Run 1390 – Hash Bash Run

Set on the highest spot on the hills over looking Addis, at some XXX metres according to my Google Earth investigation, this run could have had fun following the contours of the ridge out on one side and back on the other. It could have but it didn’t. Instead the pack soon discovered that they were plunging ever downwards through gorgeous countryside leaving the more dazed of the pack with the realisation that it was back up the bloody thing before we could get back to the Circle. Hash Bash T shirts this year were kindly sponsored by Helvetas, one of whose objectives is, rather ironically, to build bridges so that local folk can avoid the rigours of going up hill and down dale. The verdict on the run was, not surprisingly, not hilly enough, but only once they had recovered both their breath and composure. 

The walk set off along the ridge before beginning a gentle descent through woodland and fields to the Hash Halt, set not far from the Circle but with a ruddy great big ravine in between. The walk paused, paused some more and then it dawned that we were not going any further but were to be treated to the delightful sight of the runners struggling back up to the Circle. This was certainly entertaining until the runners set off home and the walkers found themselves repeating the same trail they had just used to get to the Hash Halt. Five out of five for the first half of the walk and minus three points for lack of imagination on the second half. 

The heart of the Circle were all in fine fettle, demob happy with the thought of trips home to Blighty for Xmas, little knowing that they will be arriving to the sight of freezing snow conditions kindly donated by Scandaland and threats of British Airways strikes over the festive season. Still they will have time to reflect on the very impressive Hash Bash at the Greek Club after the run at which our very own Hash Band played three numbers. Given the amount of practice required at your correspondent’s house during the previous two weeks, I have to say that when the volume was turned up on all the equipment they managed to borrow, the sound was nothing like the practice, which made me wonder question the point of all those practice sessions. Still it was a memorable first for the A2H3 and a jolly good night for only Birr 200 a head. Well done to the Hash Bash Team!

Oh and by the way the members of the new Mismanagement Committee for 2010 were appointed unanimously by Slave Trader at the Circle and then completely forgotten for the rest of the festivities, which, since the outgoing MMC did all the organising,  in hindsight seems entirely appropriate.

On!ON!

TD