OUR ILLUSTRIOUS PAST
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The History of the Hash House Harriers. Click on the image for a well-presented video covering the who, what and why of Hashing.
Hashing originated in December 1938 in Selangor (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... (more on
Phuket Hash House Harriers was started by Alan Sir Dubai Cooke & his wife Marie on Saturday June 14th 1986. Thanks to our G.M. Emeritus, we all can relive some of those younger days ...
The first photo from a PH3 run was from Run 2 on 21 June 1986. There is also an accompanying article. Sir Dubai is the Eugene Terreblanche lookalike.
Back to Run #1, although we have no photos we have the following information...
The Ph3 will have their first run on Saturday 14th June at 5 p.m. This will start and finish at the location shown below.
We should be very pleased if you would come along and join us. If you have no previous experience of hashing, I will explain briefly what it's all about.
The Run usually takes 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the type of country, the distance would be about 6 km or a little over.
The trail for the run is laid in such a way that the strong front runners cover a greater distance than those who walk and run just a little, (I'm in the latter category). If the run has been well laid the fast and slow runners should come in within a few minutes of each other.; It's fun and costs only as much as you care to spend on a few drinks.
Alan Cooke, 30 May 1986.
The run was held in Nai Harn, just a kilometer or so up on the road to Kata. The run directions for the first few runs are below. For a first run, they are pretty good, better than most of the ones we get today.
Thanks to The Bavarian for the above
Who ran? Here's the run sheet covering the first three runs: Page 1, Page 2. Some familiar names here - they never learn...
The scribe notes started almost immediately. There's a much bigger emphasis on the run rather than the circle than we find in the modern notes.
The oldest we have is from Run 11. Some more interesting examples come from 1987/88 with Run 29 being one of the entertaining ones. This one from Run 96 is also enlightening showing that Gorgeous's ability to fuck up is nothing new.
An early Cash book from 1987 makes interesting reading. A pack of around 30, with members fees 10 baht and visitors 40 baht, beer sales at around the 40 bottle mark, Tee-shirts for as little as 55 baht!
Gorgeous is fond of telling the recent GMs how he managed the circle without ice. Now we know how. With a pack that size (half of which is your own family), it's easy.
Phuket Hosts HashAsia
Photo album by The Bavarian
Photo album by Gorgeous
PDF of Programme (6MB)
Sir Dubai explains: "Hash Asia was organised by Tim Magic Hughes (long gone to that great hash in the sky) 'Magic' in Bangkok logistics, myself in Phuket everything else. I had one committee meeting. Set up about eight sub committees one for every task, made myself Chairman of each and made it all happen. That weekend Phuketians had to walk as we took every bus off the road to transport the 500 plus attending hashers. Gorgeous, spot 'No Cup's' cup on the side table - lost. Then a front running 74 kg, now a sofa bound 102 kg." Check out the registration form.
From earlier in the year, we have some photos from Run 40. Notable for Dubai's first ever homosexual encounter. Photos by Gorgeous
Phuket HHH reaches the milestone that is Run 100. Photos by Gorgeous
Another day in paradise, Popeye's photos from run 219
in Nai Ton, still under the GM-ship of King Klong.
Extensive research has allowed us to determine
that these photos were taken on 23 June 1990.
Our first 5 Grand Masters. Dumb shits as they are (and were), they stood the wrong way round for the photo. Left to right: 5. Flying Dutchman (as he was then), 4. King Klong, 3. Sir Lance the Lot, 2. Gorgeous and 1. Sir Dubai.
21 May 1991 saw the first run of the Tinmen ... still going strong all these years later.
1. Amazing Disgrace
3. Low Profile
4. Bottom Sniffer
5. Fudge Pusher
8. Wet Fart
12. Silent Partner
14. Little Wotnot
15. Louis the Lip
20. Fruit Loop
22. Marathon Man
25. Flying Dutchman
28. Stefan (Hash name?)
38. Les Dawson (Hash name?)
43. Hot Pants
46. Bonny Lad (Wotnot's dog)
47. ET (the photographer)
Phuket HHH hosted Interhash with 2500 runners.
Click above for the photo gallery. There's video too!
Interhash hares. Click for more.
Still want to go? Register
Ah, the joys of youth, when Big Bollox
got stuck in
the sin bin and our wild unrestrained hordes went as far afield as ...
er ... Krabi.
Our G.M. Emeritus doesn't escape further attention either, 'The Asia Man
features Sir Dubai
geriatric old fuckwit
". The original can still be seen today
adorning the walls of The Green Man in Chalong.
Phuket H3 celebrates Run 500
Our first 10 Grand Masters. Like a group
of trained monkeys (well they did have 10 years experience by this
time), they actually managed to stand in the right order.
Left to right: 1. Sir Dubai, 2. Gorgeous, 3. Sir Lance the Lot,
4. King Klong, 5. Flying Dutchman (as he was then),
6. Sir Wanda, 7. Porky, 8. Sir Sybil, 9. White
Pointer and 10. Greasy Wick
It was at this time that Popeye
wrote a great piece
with some classic stories, mainly involving the PH3 equivalent of the
three stooges, Popeye
and White Pointer
on the Aussies: "of course we have that
problem, especially with the antipodeans, members with a drinking
problem as well as a running problem
on White Pointer
: "White Pointer the youngest, but his weight is
... again: "suddenly behind us, we heard a
girl screaming "help help", I, with White Pointer a long way behind me,
ran back, just to find a young girl from Canada covered in red
ants, I did what I had to do, but White Pointer, that bastard, told her
to take all her clothes of, so he could be sure he could
kill all the ants !!!!!
... and again: "White Pointer was laying down
in the creek, drinking heavily, and told us, that this water was
the best he ever had tasted, 10 yards further up in the creek I was
looking at Dubai, pissing in the creek.
As they are now. Older, fatter
There are also details of plans for a 4 day hike which seems to cover
most of the island. Proof that some of our old boys were indeed
younger and fitter in those distant days.
The annual Songkran bedlam. Thanks to
Photos (thanks to
Swamp Thing): Run 998
and scribe notes (thanks again to Swamp Thing): Run 998
(Swamp Thing has been a regular visitor to Phuket over the years,
thousands of his old run pics are here)
Great aerial photo of run 999