History of the New Town Hash House Harriers Edinburgh
The idea of a second Hash in Edinburgh was first mooted during a typically drunken evening in Kays Bar in the Autumn of 1983 where two recently returned expatriates, Charlie Hall and Angus McComiskey were regular visitors. with Angus returning to sunnier climes and Charlie heavily involved in the Edinburgh Hash House Harriers, the idea was shelved. Meanwhile during the winter of 1983 - 84 a keen group of EH3 runners were partaking in a regular training run, initially at 6pm on Thursdays and latterly 6pm on Wednesdays. It was after one of these runs that Tony Case (Fruit 'n' Nut), a committee member Of EH3 again raised the possibility of evolving the run into a Hash, along the lines of a Far Eastern style informal affair. So the first trail, was laid from Charlie Hall's house on 11th April, the hares setting off in front, marking the trail as they went. The hares were Tony Case and Blair Forbes and were followed by a pack of 11 hounds. Unfortunately the hounds lost the trail about threequarters of the way round and beat the hares home. Nevertheless it was deemed a success and the pattern was set. This new "Hash" was still very embryonic, runs being set from houses, with a few bottles of beer being supplied at the end. Further rejuvenation was generally obtained later in Kays bar. The catalyst that led to the "official" forming of TNTH3 was the closing of membership of the Edinburgh Hash, leaving a number of would-be Hashers with no Hash. A decision was therefore taken after the EH3 AGM to appoint a committee. Naturally, those keenest chose themselves. the inaugural committee being: Charlie Hall (Bad News) as Grand Master, Graham Maxwell (Postman Pat) as On Sec, Dave Lane (Bronco) as Religious Advisor, and Dave Taylor as Hash Cash. The coming out celebration of TNTH3 was July 4th 1984, where the first run to be set from a pub was laid by the GM and Blair Forbes from Preservation Hall A special T-shirt was struck and a weekly award of the week was introduced. The Hash has since gone from strength to strength with a good nucleus of regulars and packs averaging around 30, even throughout the dark winter nights. Several special runs have been organised, including a Halloween run with turnip lanterns and the 100th run from Edinburgh Castle. Trials are set from within the City Limits, every Wednesday at 6.30 pm. Turn up and run, pay into the kitty, and sign the book. Its as easy as that.