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The “Not the Christmas Hash”
21 October 2018 @ 10:3012:00 BST
[UPDATED October 17th, 2018 at 05:46 pm]
A repeat of last years’ failed attempt to find the route in Ashdown forest!
As I have mentioned in the clubnight announcements for the last couple of weeks, this Sunday I’ll be giving you all another chance to run round the route of last year’s Christmas Hash on Ashdown Forest. For those of you new to the club, a hash is a cross country run marked with flour on the ground, often with fiendish false trails. For those of you who aren’t new to the club, I’d recommend following the flour on the ground this time. And I’ll probably leave out the false trails to give you a fighting chance
The hash will start from Broadstone car park this Sunday morning at 10.30am. The car park is just before the Ashdown Forest Centre (RH18 5JP) on the road from Coleman’s Hatch to Wych Cross. The best route from TW is to firstly make your way to Hartfield via Groombridge. When you have passed through Upper Hartfield, turn left onto the road to Coleman’s Hatch and Wych Cross which will take you up towards the Ashdown Forest Centre. The car park is only a few yards before the Centre on the right hand side of the road.
I will lay a selection of flour trails:
- A short 3 mile route – the route is quite hilly with superb views and river crossings, and ideal for walkers or those looking for a less demanding run.
- A medium length route of about 4.5 miles – this may seem short, but the terrain is fairly challenging with many off piste sections, so you’ll feel like you’ve gone further.
- A longer route of about 5.5 miles – as above with an extra mile up to the top of the Forest.
The routes will be over open heathland and through forest, with one section of lane on the medium and long routes. Trail shoes or knobblies are recommended, but the Forest is relatively dry at the moment so you could get away with road shoes. Dogs are welcome, but we have a busy road to cross, so keep them close by and have your lead ready. For dog owners, it’s also worth bearing in mind that there a normally a lot of deer on the routes.
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday at 10.30am.