Venue: Denai Alam
Scribe: Gary Waring
St George's Day Run
Well, what a week it has been in the run up to the St Georges Day run. Most importantly it was our Queens 90th birthday, God bless her and glad to say that she is still as sprightly as Hugh Murray himself, who is setting the run today. Barack Obama was in England for The Queen's birthday, emphasising the 'special relationship' between England and America. This appeared to be mirrored in the run with Hugh choosing Jimmy Legget as his co-hare. With over three hundred years of Hashing experience between them, this is sure to be a run without any stuff ups. Noticed Barack was also putting his oar in, about England's membership of the European Union.
What St George would have thought of all this, lord knows; but to hazard a guess, believe he would have been quite open to the idea of the European union, ruled and governed from England of course. I know he would have been very proud on the Queens 90th birthday, being the Patron Saint and protector of the Royal Family. As to the 'special relationship' between England and America, he would have been very confused, coming from a time when the world was flat.
Anyway, back to the run with the 'special relationship' between Hugh and Jimmy, in the Plantation at Denai Alam. Usual announcements at the beginning of the run and was advised of the drinks stop to look forward to, somewhere towards the end of the run. Off everyone eagerly went following like sheep, climbing over a barbed wire fence, before 'Mother sheep' (Hugh) guided them to the opening at the left hand side. I started at the back and pretty much remained there. Nice enough oil palm plantation with some pretty parts; some sloped parts and was advised by the 'former GM' (who is currently convalescing), of a hill. Think I may have missed the hill, or just dismissed it as another sloped part. Or, more likely my mind was focused on the eagerly awaited drinks stop, hoping for that 'livener' to perk me up and make me sprint towards the finish. But then, all of a sudden, we were back at the run site. Bugger, must have missed it, I thought; until I was greeted with a gin and tonic.
Normal shenanigans at the circle, with a song for the English and the normal dig at the French for refusing to speak our great language. Unfortunately, had to leave early and missed the 'On On', with fiery meat balls, from the food truck.
Thanks to Hugh and Jimmy for the lovely run around 7.5 Km and total ascent of 625 Feet (if that means anything). Hugh with the 'special relationship' is now off to America. Teaching the Americans how to build railways; although, I thought they would have had this 'off pat' by now. Still gratifying that they need an Englishman, to point them in the right direction.
Finally, good luck to Hugh, Win Chew and Megan.