Way back in the early 1950's when the world was in black and white, I remember seeing on television(back then there was only BBC) a puppet character called Mexican Pete. (Those in the know can probably guess where this is going.) Now our hare for last Tuesday evening's run is renowned for his uncompromising approach to fancy dress competitions. He insists on wearing the same costume, no matter what the theme of said fancy dress!
It all started several years ago when (if memory serves) Gerry did a fancy dress run whose theme was Movie Stars. Well Des turned up dressed as Clint Eastwood from A Fistful of Dollars, but obviously didn't feel that he had got sufficient "wear" out of his costume on that one occasion. Now he cleverly adapts it (by means of a brief explanation) to match the fancy dress theme. For instance if the theme is Vicars and Tarts he will explain that he is a Mexican vicar …… or priest as they are better known!
Now as his chosen attire is showing no signs of wearing out (well blankets don't do they?) one can only guess that he has a long career ahead of him as "Mexican Des" as he has become known on the Hash.
Back to Tuesday's Hash Report.
The car park at The Black Lion was already "stacked out" by the time I arrived hot off the M25. So I decided to park in a lay by about a half a mile up the hill, on the common. This was to prove a bonus because by the time I arrived at the pub I had missed the hare's preamble and was able to join the hash in one seamless movement. Later it would prove to be a double bonus as I had conveniently parked very close to the On Inn thus avoiding a run back up the hill from the pub.
So we set off downhill and soon arrived at the railway line nestling in the valley bottom, then climbed out of the valley and crossed over the busy M25 via a footbridge. Down once again to the railway line under a bridge then up again along a narrow lane where two motorcyclists were disappearing into the wood on scrambling bikes. We followed them down into the wood. Suddenly the trail reversed and we climbed one more time to another footbridge leading back over the M25. Matt and I foolishly checked this while the hash continued straight on.
Downhill yet again to a road which went under the M25, right under the bridge then immediately left onto a footpath with a serious climb up steps onto the fields above.
The trail continued to undulate running closely parallel to the motorway until we arrived at the long/short split.
Much relief from the Shorts as they were now able to proceed at their own pace (walking?) unhindered by the nasty faster moving Longs.
The Longs continued down to Maple Cross roundabout to complete a loop which followed the route of the Old Shire Lane Circular Walk, whilst the Shorts turned right across the fields in the direction of Heronsgate.
The two trails eventually re-joined but by the time the Longs arrived back, the Shorts were already in the pub munching chips!
So a good hash, nicely set. Well done Mexican Des