Lune Valley Hash House Harriers

Thursday 19th April 2018
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Lune Valley Hash House Harriers Standard Markings

Marks are made in chalk or flour. A balance between sparse use and keeping everyone informed should be maintained. All marks should be clearly visible at key points to avoid anyone getting lost or misinterpreting the trail.

On trail arrow

On Trail Arrow
In chalk on walls or other hard surfaces to denote that you are 'On Trail'. A shout of 'On On' or a blow on the 'Hash Horn' should be given so the 'Knitting Circle' at the back can tell where the trail is.

On trail blob

On Trail Flour Blob
A flour blob every so often to denote that you are currently 'On Trail'. Used extensively on open countryside and grass. A shout of 'On On' or a blow on the 'Hash Horn' should be given so the 'Knitting Circle' at the back can tell where the trail is. Note that flour blobs after a closed check may be called differently - see 'Closed Check' below.

Open check

Open Check
The open check is typically placed in open country. From here, the aim is to find where the trail goes next - it could be in any direction! As soon as you find one blob of flour, you're on trail. Someone should stay at the check whilst possible trails are being explored by others. As soon as 'On On' is heard, that someone should kick out a mark in the check to denote the direction those following should take.

Closed check

Closed Check
The closed check is typically placed at visible junctions. From here, the aim is to find where the trail goes next - it will be in the direction of one of the arrows (there may be more than two!). You need to find three blobs of flour before you're on trail. The blobs may be as much as 50m apart. As the blobs are discovered, a shout of 'On One', 'On Two' and eventually 'On On' should be relayed back to the check to keep everyone informed. False trails may have up to two blobs of flour to mislead and may be terminated with a False Trail mark if the hare believes you are in danger of getting too far off trail! Once the trail has been found ('On On' from someone checking), the redundant arrows should be scrubbed out to denote the direction of the trail for those following.

The key to good checking is vocal communication both ways. Those gathered at the check whilst others are checking will be keen to know of progress. A shout or 'How are you?' or 'Are you?' should elicit the response of 'Checking' from those checking out the trail. It may be worth sending another hound up to relay messages back from the front r*nners who are checking. At a Closed Check, the count of flour blobs should be relayed back as they are discovered - 'On One', On Two', followed by 'False Trail' or 'On On'.

If you hear 'On On', that's the direction to go. If you hear 'False Trail' it isn't! A shout of 'On Back' is only given by an attendant Hare who can see that everyone is going ridiculously 'Off Trail' - no one else should use this call as it will confuse the hell out of everyone if heard too often.

False trail

False Trail
This as far as you go. You need to go back to the last check mark and either check another possible trail or await the response of the other front runners that are checking. This is used if the Hare believes you might stumble across another unrelated part of the trail or be in danger of getting ridiculously 'Off Trail'.

Check back

Check Back
You've gone too far but if you look carefully on the way back to the last check, you will see the trail off to the side somewhere!

Fish hook

Loop Back, also known as Fish-hook
As soon as you hit this mark, immediately go back as far as the last r*nner, loop round him and head back to this mark. If the last r*nner has still not arrived, go back as far as the last r*nner, loop round him and head back to this mark. Everyone should continue to do this until everyone has reached the mark. Once everyone is together, carry on in the original direction you were going.

Gather

Gather or Hash Halt
You should wait here until the last r*nner arrives. This check is used to bring the pack together. Once together, set off on trail again. If there happens to be Beer here then it's the Beer Stop. Enjoy your refreshment and then off you go. This mark could also be contained within an open or closed check, so after your 'Hash Halt', you may have some checking to do!

Kissing gate

Kissing Gate
This mark will ONLY appear on Kissing Gates. You should sort yourselves out so that you pass through the gate in Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl order!

Just for fun

Just for Fun
This cheery face may appear to simply cheer you up. It means nothing other than that!

Fun check

Fun Check
This cheery face may appear to simply cheer you up. If it's in a circle, then you're at a check - get busy!