4 November 2006
490 BC a small band of Athenians and their allies defeated the Persians on
the plains of Marathon. Legend has it that Phillipides ran all the way
back to Athens (having already run between Athens and Sparta before the battle,
the ancient Greeks apparently only having one long distance runner) to announce
the victory and collapsed dead. Every
year the city of Athens
hosts a Marathon over the original course
to commemorate this deed. AH3 gathered
together last Saturday, the day before the marathon, for a run by your faithful
scribe who, to put in mildly, doesn’t do Marathons.
gathered at Budwanker’s usual jumping off point, and, with the temperature
and sun dropping, quickly set out. The
hashers first had to brave a group of renegade dirt-bikers who looked a lot
like ancient Persians. Then came Budwanker's tribute to the heroes
of Marathon, who buried their dead a mound
that remains to this day. The AH3 version
was a trail that went straight up a hill.
Up the hashers went, only the find a falsie.
Here the best laid plans of mice and hashers went astray. The hare received a phone call from Kum Kwik,
Scrubber, and Ada,
who despite being in the same parking area as all the cars, claimed they couldn’t
see any cars. At the same time the
falsies had been found but the hare, being on the phone, couldn’t “advise”
the hashers to go all the way down the hill.
The hashers scattered to look for the trail, finally heading down,
as UTB went in search of Maria, who apparently liked the hill so much she
tried to see the whole thing. Off the
hashers, and the above mentioned Kum Kwik et al on the walkers trail, headed
out. The trail wandered through some new areas then
headed towards the Attiki Odos and hill that the hare was quite fond of going
up. However, see above on best laid
plans, UTB found the trail going back off a check and, instead of a cleverly
laid falsie, the runners headed back towards the on in. S4S, playing the role of Mountain Goat for this
run, ran off through the bush trailing another hasher to blaze his own trail.
However everyone met up at the on in and arrived back at the start
just as the sun was setting.
being too cold to have a proper circle, all headed off the Chez Budwanker
for the circle and traditional pasta party. The circle commenced with the usual saluting
of the hare, offenses on trail included S4S’s invention of his own trail. Kum Kwik, Scrubber, and Ada received a communal down-down for Blindness,
UtB received the coveted FRB award (then Fair Cop gave your faithful scribe
a down in one for stating the obvious). Oxymoron
got the coveted Oxymoron memorial down-down for missing the run.
As the circle wound down it was noticed that yet to be named Christopher
had avoided a down down, this was quickly remedied, but, with one last beer
remaining Fair Cop debated before awarding it (yet again) to your faithful
scribe for not having to drive home. Finally, the circle ended and it was time for
the traditional Pasta dinner and party.
week it’s a Fiery Twat run in, big surprise here, Markopoulo.