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PO Box 6614, Kampong Tunku, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia | Email: onsec[at]ph3.org

This site is an updated version of the original site created by Dan Percival in 2003. Dan has done a sterling job of managing this site and for that we thank him very, very much. For posterity, we have preserved the final version of his site, which can be viewed here:  Dan's Website  Terimah Kasih, Dan!

Unlike hash chapters in many other parts of the world, Malaysian Law requires that we are formally registered as a 'Society' with the Malaysian Registrar of Societies, the 'ROS'. Without such registration, our runs could be classified as 'illegal gatherings' which would render us all susceptible to arrest and detention! We therefore cannot take our existence for granted and must abide by the rules and regulations set by the ROS. The minutieae are dealt with on a day to day basis by your committee who must observe the requirements set out in our constitution, which you can view here: PH3 Constitution

Petaling Hash House Harriers is a mixed (ladies, gents, locals & expats) group of people who run for fun and socialize. We have more than 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 running in natural surroundings every Saturday afternoon somewhere within a reasonable distance from Kuala Lumpur. Usually runs are in the Klang Valley and rural Selangor, but occasionally we do venture further afield for 'outstation' runs. There are refreshments (beer & softies) available after the run and dinner is held afterwards 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 2-3 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) and directions to the run site are posted on the website one to two weeks ahead.

The current guest/visitor fee is RM40 and is 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', also known as 'Mother Hash'. The 'Hash House' was so named because of the frequent serving of 'Hash' (a stew usually comprising corned beef and potatoes) to the many expatriate bachelors residing in the Selangor Club Chambers.

The initial runs were from the Selangor Club and through the vast rubber estates on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.  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 and spread slowly through Singapore; Australia; New Zealand; and then exploded in popularity during the late 70s and early 80s. Today there are many Hash House Harrier clubs in all parts of the world, with newsletters, directories, and regional and world hashing gatherings (every 2 years sees the 'InterHash' which is a meeting of more than 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 well over 3,000 chapters in approximately 160 countries, many 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. 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
We prefer that you pay by bank transfer, which can be done either on-line or at you local bank ATM paying in machine. Our account details are shown on the 'Committee' page. If you do insist on paying by Cheque ("Check" for Americans), please make your cheque 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. Dogs, or other pets, for that matter, are NOT allowed at the circle.