Bahrain Black Hash House Harriers is Bahrain’s #1 drinking club with a running problem!
History of the Bahrain Black Hash:
How did the Black Hash start? This question crops up frequently.
Once upon a time, many years ago, there was in the Bahrain Hash House Harriers, a hasher named Norman Moore. Norman was a “fundamentalist” who thought that the BH3 was getting too poofterish and away from ‘real hashing’. Once after his customary dozen fossies, he threw the RA’s lampstand on the bonfire and muttered something about ‘the Black Hash’ and retribution on the wayward BH3.
And thus a strictly mythical Black Hash was born. Norman’s subsequent mutterings attracted the attention of Ted Lutley and the theme was developed. At On-On’s round the bonfire or barbeques, sinister cries would come from the darkness “Beware the Black Hash” . . . “The Black Hash will get you” etc. Some people actually believed there was a Black Hash and asked how they could join.
The next phase started in July 1984 when Ted teamed up with Ex-GM Bob Tait to lay a trail in Salihiya (near Siam Garage). Both had a liking for unusual trails particularly with water hazards and other obstacles.
When the time came to publish directions etc. in the hasheet, Ted suggested “why don’t we call ourselves ‘The Black Hash’?” “good idea” said Bob and from there the idea really took off. Together they wrote a special Black Hash sheet and Ted designed a T-shirt and created the familiar Skeleton feet logo.
The first Black Hash (BH3 – 613 on July 23rd, 1984) was a runaway success and the limited supply of T-shirts became prized possessions.
Ted and Bob teamed up again at six monthly intervals and staged four more memorable epics:
BH3-634 December 3, 1984 “The Juffair Affair”
BH3-665 July 22, 1985 “Return to Black Heath” (Siam Garage)
BH3-684 November, 1985 “Blackpool” (Adhari)
BH3-701 March 10, 1986 “Blackforest” (Toobli)
Others who helped with the Later Black Hashes were John Clarkson, Andy Hedges, Bongo Bill, Arshed and Gordon Clarke.
Some hashers may even argue that Black Hash started on July 9th, 1984 on BH3 run # 611.
As mentioned in the article the first several hashes were not considered BBH runs and so the official 1st BBH hash was set on May 5th, 1986.
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Hash House Harriers History:
(Courtesy of Wikipedia)
Hashing originated in December 1938 in Selayang Quarry, Selangor, then in the Federated Malay States (now Malaysia), when a group of British colonial officers and expatriates began meeting on Monday evenings to run, in a fashion patterned after the traditional British paper chase or “hare and hounds”, to rid themselves of the excesses of the previous weekend. The original members included Albert Stephen (A.S.) Ignatius “G” Gispert, Cecil Lee, Frederick “Horse” Thomson, Ronald “Torch” Bennett and John Woodrow. A. S. Gispert suggested the name “Hash House Harriers” after the Selangor Club Annex, where several of the original hashers happened to live and dined, known as the “Hash House”.
After the end of World War II, in an attempt to organize the city of Kuala Lumpur, they were informed by the Registrar of Societies that as a “group,” they would require a constitution. Apart from the excitement of chasing the hare and finding the trail, harriers reaching the end of the trail would partake of beer, ginger beer and cigarettes.
The objectives of the Hash House Harriers as recorded on the club registration card dated 1950:
- To promote physical fitness among our members
- To get rid of weekend hangovers
- To acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer
- To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel
Hashing died out during World War II shortly after the Invasion of Malaysia, but was restarted in 1946 after the war by several of the original group, minus A. S. Gispert, who was killed on 11 February 1942 in the Japanese invasion of Singapore, an event commemorated by many chapters by an annual Gispert Memorial Run.
In 1962, Ian Cumming founded the second chapter in Singapore. The idea eventually spread through the Far East and the South Pacific, Europe, North America, expanding rapidly during the mid-1970s.
At present, there are almost two thousand chapters in all parts of the world, with members distributing newsletters, directories, and magazines and organizing regional and world hashing events. As of 2003, there are even two organized chapters operating in Antarctica.