About Us

Petaling Hash House Harriers is a mixed (ladies, gents, locals & expats) group of people who run for fun and socialize. We have about 200 adult members (55%M & 45%F) with at least 100 running every week as well as 10 to 25 guests every week. We enjoy going out and running in natural surroundings every Saturday afternoon somewhere within a radius of 60km from Kuala Lumpur. Usually runs are in the Klang Valley, outskirts of Selangor. There are refreshments (beer & softies) available after the run and dinner is held afterward in a local restaurant close to the run site.

 

Each week the run is held at a different place, offers different terrain and as a result hashers see far more places than they would otherwise in the region. Each run lasts about one to two hours depending on the hares (the individuals who set the run) but there are "checks", "false trails" and "back checks" which allow slower runners and walkers to catch up with the rest of the pack. If you join as a member, you will be asked to set a run (about once every 3-4 years). This is your responsibility, but you can enlist the help of other experienced "hares" to assist you.

 

We welcome anyone who wants to come along to run as a guest: Malaysians, expatriates, visitors or other hash chapter's members. Our 8 km to 12 km trails are usually in rubber and palm oil estates, secondary and primary jungle and include some hills or slopes, rivers, uneven terrain and so forth. A good pair of trail running shoes and adequate clothing are necessary.

 

The run starts promptly at 4:30pm every Saturday (rain or shine) from the run site and directions to the run site are posted on the website one to two weeks ahead.

 

Current guest/visitor fee is RM40 inclusive of beers and softies after the run. (RM10 for youngsters below 18). Typically we have a turn out of 100-120 persons for each run.

 

Between the two World wars in the year 1938, a British Officer named A.S. GISPERT stationed at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia founded the “Hash House Harriers (KLHHH, now nick named named Mother Hash)!”

The initial runs were from the Selangor Club (known for its hash cuisine and hence the name Hash House.) and through the vast rubber estates on the outskirts of K.L. town.  The Hash House hosted many of the post-run gatherings, some of which were rather noisy. 

Hashing stopped during World War II (Japanese occupying forces being notoriously opposed to civilian fun), but came back to life in the post-war years, spreading slowly through Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand, then exploding in popularity in the late 70s and early 80s. Today there are hundreds of Hash House Harrier clubs in all parts of the world, with newsletters, directories, and regional and world hashing gatherings ( every 2 years sees the big InterHash which is a meeting for over 4000 runners).

In 1946, “Torch” Bennet re-established the Kuala Lumpur Hash House Harriers (KLH3) and started counting the number of runs and hence emerged a host of Hash paraphernalia announcing the run number and sponsor of the day –T-shirts, head band, singlets, shorts, towels, etc. Hashing has spread worldwide such that there are now over 1500 chapters in approximately 160 countries, with their own websites, newsletters, directories, and regional and world hashing conventions.

The Hash Run. 

The runs are based on the “hare and hounds” or paper-chase, popular in England in the mid-1800’s.  a designated team of “hares’ set the run by marking a trail with cut or shredded paper and chalk powder.  The pack follows the trail at a respectful distance and when seeing a marker shouts of “On On immediately echo through the air. Hares are expected to mislead the pack by tricking them into following false trails, slow down the front runners by having checks and back check as to encourage those with a slower pace to emerge at the front of the pack.

Hashing is a very social activity  (recreational, cross-country running for fun and drinking for joy)  The primary goal to have good exercise together, socialize and to have a few beers or softies after the run along with plenty of laughs.

The runs are followed by a circle (post-run celebrations) with various announcements and for those who are ‘honoured’ or punished with  a mug of beer (or soft drink) which  they have to drink or is worn  (poured on their heads) while a song is sung for them by the other hashers.

The meet is brought to an end by announcing the location of a close by restaurant where members will meet for dinner and more fun. At the On On, everyone is expected to pay his-her own food and drinks (at a very reasonable rate, usually about RM 20 to RM 25). The mob disperses after dinner unless a triple On is announced - more fun at a local pub.

Quarterly Subscriptions and fees
We are a club, not a pub and not a charity organization. All quarterly subscriptions are due on the first month of each quarter, but you may pay a full year in advance. A surcharge of RM10 will be imposed if payment is not made before quarter ends and an additional RM10 if paid two months later. No exceptions. Committee reserves the option to boot out members in arrears more than 2 quarters. From 01/January/2017 quarterly subs are RM 200 for men and RM 100 for ladies (softies only). Guests fees are RM 40 for all adult guests (any gender, beer drinking or not) and RM 10 for youngsters below 18. Joining fee is RM 50 per applicant, but we ask that you run 4 times with us as a guest before your application be filed. Youngsters below 18 cannot be full members and are welcome as "associates" with the subs of RM 50 per quarter

 

Paying Subscriptions by Cheque ("Check" for Americans)
Please when paying your subscriptions by cheque make the cheques payable to "Petaling Hash House Harriers". Please note that the bank rejects cheques made payable to "PHHH" or "PH3".

 

Beer Truck Area
Beer truck is OUT OF BOUNDS to KIDS. Parents, please ensure kids are nowhere near the beer truck. Beer truck area is for dispensing drinks to the hashers. It is NOT a shower/washing up area.

 

Beer & Softies
All guests present at the runsite, running or not/drinking beer/softies or not, must pay the required guest fee (RM40 for adults & RM10 for kids below 18). No drinks will be served before 5:45pm or first runner in (whichever comes first). No unopened cans/bottles of softies/beers should be taken away from the beer truck.

 

During the Circle
It would be greatly appreciated if kids AND CHATTY ADULTS can remain quiet during the circle.

 

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