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INTER HASH LANGKAWI 2020 BID

INTER HASH LANGKAWI 2020 BID Dates:  – 21st to  23rd Aug 2020 Early Bird Registration Fee: USD75.00 (ONLY for the 1st 500 pax) Langkawi, officially known as Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah is a district and an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30km off the mainland coast of north western Malaysia. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border. The name Langkawi is thought to have existed by the early 15th century, although in the 16th century the island of Langkawi was also marked on maps variously as Langa, Langka, Lansura, and Langapura.

There are many suggestions for the origin of the name of Langkawi. According to one interpretation, Langkawi means island of the reddish-brown eagle, a Brahminy Kite in colloquial Malay. The Malay word for eagle is helang – which is shortened to “lang”, while kawi is the name of a red stone used as a chalk to mark goods. This interpretation was used to create the landmark sculpture of an eagle as the symbol of Langkawi at Dataran Helang (Eagle Square) in Kuah

Langkawi, a cluster of 99 islands separated from mainland Malaysia by the Straits of Malacca, is a district of the state of Kedah in Northern Malaysia and lies approximately 51 km west of Kedah. The total land mass of the islands is 47,848 hectares. The main island spans about 25 km from north to south and slightly more for east and west. The coastal areas consist of flat, alluvial plains punctuated with limestone ridgesTwo-thirds of the island is dominated by forest-covered mountains, hills and natural vegetation. Perfect Hash country

On 1 June 2007, Langkawi Island was given a World Geopark status by UNESCO. Three of its main conservation areas in Langkawi Geopark are Machincang Cambrian Geoforest Park, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest park (Island of the Pregnant Maiden Lake). These three parks are the most popular tourism area within Langkawi Geopark.

Tourists can enter the island via ferry from Kuala Kedah, Kuala Perlis and Penang. Or by domestic flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) via Malaysia AirlinesAirAsiaMalindo AirRayani Air, or Subang Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SZB) via Malindo Air and Fireflyz providing budget connection to the island. International connection is available from Singapore via Tigerair and AirAsia, as well as from Guangzhou via AirAsia.

There are two main island areas: the Southern Islands, with a heavier tourist population and the islands to the north east which are more secluded with little tourist traffic. Langun Island has a fresh-water lake like Pregnant Maiden Lake only without the tourists and has Sand Spit Beach on its south-facing orientation. Dendang Island next to it forms a bay used by Langkawi sailing yacht tour operators

 Some of the most popular beaches are Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah, Burau Bay, Pantai Kok, and Datai Bay. Pantai Cenang beach has long stretches of fine white sand. It has a number of restaurants and bars for evening entertainment, several hosting live music and for watching the sun set. The beach is lined with tall coconut and casuarina trees. Pantai Tengah is separated from Cenang by a small cape. It also faces the setting sun and has hotels and bars, making it less busy in the evening. Burau Bay, fringed by rocky outcrops, is visited by migratory birds. Pantai Kok a quiet beach has a backdrop of limestone hills. Datai Bay has a combination of forests and sea, its white sandy beach is backed by forest.

 Langkawi is a duty-free island and a shopping paradise. It is the perfect venue for Inter Hash 2020.

Penang the Pearl of the Orient and areas surrounding this wonderful island will be superb locations to do a few pre & post rambles. Across the border on the Thai side where lots of “activities” happen will be another great location for pre & post rambles.

A Train Ramble beginning from Singapore to Sg Petani rambling through the entire South to North of the Peninsula making stops at various locations will certainly be organised.

 For more Info: ihlangkawi2020@gmail.com or check for updates in Harrier Magazine, and at www.HarrierMagazine.com/

In The Spotlight – GoToTheHash.net Turns 20

In The Spotlight – GoToTheHash.net Turns 20  

By Ed “Hazukashii” Howell


This is the story of the Regional Hash Webmasters from back in the mid to late 1990s, and our effort to organize.  Hearken back to the day when E-Mail was king, E-Mail Lists were the social networks, and flame wars were abundant (not that they cannot be found on F-Book now).  Created in January 1998 from primordial internet fudge, GoToTheHash.net (a.k.a. WORLD HASH LINKS), is now 20 years old.  Originally, GoToTheHash.net started out as just a listing of a small group of hashers that managed websites containing links and contacts for the H3 clubs within a country or region.  Our merry band of hashmen back then included: AFRICA = Slumpy, ARABIAN GULF = Baldrick2Dogs, AUSTRALIA = D2HD, CANADA = Mr. PeeeeNut, CHINA & HONG KONG = Geriatric, EUROPE 1 or EUROPE 2 = Floater or Prof, INDIA = Spiderman, INDOCHINA = Hanoi H3, JAPAN = Beerhead, SOUTH KOREA = Hazukashii, MALAYSIA = Sim Campbell, NEW ZEALAND = Wendy, PAPUA NEW GUINEA = Dimple, PHILIPPINES = Scar Face, SINGAPORE = Dirty Hacker, SOUTH PACIFIC = Web Head, THAILAND = Rottweiller, UNITED KINGDOM = Prof, and the USA, SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA, and CARIBBEAN = Flying Booger.   

Built on the small “homepages” provided with an AOL email account back in the 90s, the address was long and hard to remember.  So, in an effort to make it easier to remember, a forwarding service was found and https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fgo.to%2Fthehash&data=02%7C01%7C%7Ce5f7ca3e5eb748bd978e08d54c9f06b2%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636499168245823367&sdata=capQ6zSKLZsiLmsRDyemuUkcpdCAg5ujgDymZT4feb4%3D&reserved=0 became a simple solution to the concern.  In January 2001, GoToTheHash.net got its own domain name and has been there ever since.  The site went through several color and design changes in the beginning, but for the past 15 years has settled into what you see today, and now only the information changes.  It may look tired, but the information is normally up to date. 

Over the ensuing years, various features have been added, including a digital hash T-shirt museum, a hash events calendar, Hash Songs, an extensive Hash History, a mailing list that provides monthly updates, and a Facebook page for announcements.  Now that a significant majority of hashes have migrated to Facebook, the need for this old tired website may no longer exist.  I’ll keep it up and running as long as there is interest, we’ll see what happens over the next year or so.  On-On!

Singapore Hasher fined for Flour Scare

A security scare was created at Woodleigh MRT station by a hasher who left baking flour on the ground on 18 April 2017.

A man who used baking flour to mark a trail for a running route at Woodleigh MRT station and inadvertently created a security scare was fined $1,000 on Wednesday (29 November).

Tay Yong Kwang, 69, had pleaded guilty in the State Courts to committing public nuisance. The fine handed to Tay was the maximum amount for the offence.

The incident, which happened on 18 April this year, saw the MRT station closed temporarily after a station master called the police to report a suspicious substance. The station master had spotted the white powdery substance on the ground and subsequently checked CCTV footage, which showed Tay pouring it.

Tay, who was part of a running group called the “Seletar Hash House Harriers”, was using the flour at multiple locations at the MRT station to mark out a running trail for the rest of the runners from the group.

A total of 107 police officers, 20 Singapore Civil Defence Force and 15 SBS Transit personnel were deployed to deal with the incident, according to court documents. The train station was closed for three hours and 15 minutes, which affected more than 1200 commuters. Tay was eventually arrested on the same day.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Tang Shangjun said that a strong message was needed to deter the public from leaving items unattended, or items viewed as suspicious around public transport networks or other public places where there is significant human traffic, according to a report by The Straits Times.

District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt agreed that the case was one of the worst in terms of resources used and the inconvenience caused to the public, the report said. While DJ Chay accepted that Tay did not intentionally seek to cause a security scare, he said Tay should have known what or what not to do.

Return of the Great Train Rumble

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I vowed never to undertake a Rumble again, yet how can one refuse when Mother asks!

The Return to Mother Rumble, is a Mother Hash 80th Anniversary Pre-Lube, Starting in Bangkok (yes, Thailand) and arriving in Kuala Lumpur in time for the first of the organized events.

You need to schedule you arrival in Bangkok for the morning of Saturday 8th September 2018, or even earlier if you wish to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of this great city. Accommodations/expenses before the start of the Rumble on 8th September are to your account.

Rumble Timetable
Saturday 8th September 2018        Bangkok
Sunday 9th September 2018        Pattaya
Monday 10th September 2018        Hua Hin
Tuesday 11th September 2018        Hat Yai
Wednesday 12th September 2018    Ipoh (Malaysia)
In each if the locations we will run with the local Hash Chapter, enjoying the best of the local hashing territory and hospitality.

To give you an initial flavour of the Rumble, here are the details
Saturday 8th Sept
You will get to your hotel in the Sukhumvit area of Thailand’s Capital in the afternoon. The run will start about 4:30pm, and will be a city run taking in some of the more “scenic” parts of this party town.
Sunday 9th Sept
Depart mid-morning by coach to Pattaya (a beach town about 90 mins drive away) where we will go initially to the hotel. The run will start about 4pm and be in the great hashing territory in the countryside around Pattaya.
Monday 10th Sept
Depart for Hua Hin by ferry mid-morning, and arrive on the other side of the Gulf of Thailand in just over two hours. Mid-afternoon we run with H2H3 in the hills and dales around Hua Hin (Royal Seaside town).
We will board the Rumble sleeper train about 10pm, and depart for Hat Yai
Tuesday 11th Sept
Arriving in Hat Yai in the morning, you will be taken to your hotel after which you will have time to explore the town before the run in the afternoon.
Wednesday 12th September
We will board the train from Hat Yai in the morning, cross the Thai/Malaysia border and head to Ipoh, half way down the Malaysian peninsular, arriving mid afternoon, and into a run amidst the limestone monoliths which dominate the countryside.
Overnight in a local hotel
Thursday 13th Sept
Depart Ipoh mid-morning, arriving in Kuala Lumpur early afternoon, in time for you to head to your own hotels, and prepare for the Green run that afternoon.
Rumble ends.
The various locations will include long, medium and short runs to suit all tastes and abilities. There will be short periods of “free time” at most locations, and I will endeavor to provide you with a list of things you could do/see in the time available in later communications.

What’s included:
Hotels in Bangkok, Pattaya, Hat Yai and Ipoh. These will be 4 star establishments, with breakfast included.
Transportation. You just have to get yourself to the Bangkok hotel, and from the Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station (to your selected hotel) – all other transportation requirements associated with the Rumble are included. Excluded are any taxi or side trips you may want to take during your “spare” time.
All meals, except lunches. We shall endeavor to provide a selection for all tastes. Evening meals will be provide at the On On’s and will generally be in the form of buffets.
All run fee’s, and run goodies, including beer after the runs and at the On On.
A goodie bag.
Beers on the train, but not those on the coach and ferry due to legal constraints regarding booze on public transport in Thailand.
What’s Excluded
Your travel costs to the hotel in Bangkok.
Lunches (except where indicated)
Your personal expenses
Your taxi fare from Sentral Station in Kuala Lumpur, to your hotel.
Obtaining any visa’s that you may require for travelling in either Thailand or Malaysia. Most countries are “visa on arrival” (without fee’s) in both countries – but it’s your responsibility to check.

The Rumble is open to all (yes you don’t need balls to Rumble) but due to constraints, we can only accommodate 400 pax, so its going to be first come first serve.
Those who were on the original “Rumble” – I believe, enjoyed the fun, the hardships, the runs, the comradery, the f*ck ups. I can only hope to repeat it for the chosen few.

To get things going, and to ensure we can get “Critical mass” – I attach a form for you to fill in to pre-register for the Rumble. The costs will be not be more than US$550. The actual costs will be dependent on interest, the more coming, the less it will be.
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Get registering.
On On
Mike “Whoremonger” Rickard

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Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset: 20 years of adventure and charity

Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset: 20 years of adventure and charity

 

-          The 20th anniversary edition of the spectacular Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset (MS2S)42km and 100km ultra trail run takes place in the week from July 28th to August 4th, 2018. Race day is on August 1st.

-          Unforgettable experience: The untouched nature of Northern Mongolia and the nomadic culture of the local population make this race exceptional and unique.

-          Registrations are now open!Sign up on www.ms2s.organd join the MS2S in one of the world’s most remote mountain areas. Reduced package prices until end of February!

 

Mongolia (November 17, 2017) – In 1999, a small crowd of adventure seeking runners met at the shores of beautiful Lake Hovsgol in Northern Mongolia for the first ever Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset 100km trail run. The organizers did not only pioneer ultra-trail running in Asia, but also established a charity organization to support the local population and the unique environment. “When we discovered this remote, untouched and stunningly beautiful area, we decided to put our efforts into preserving it. Over the years, we funded a litter control project, bought garbage trucks, hired park rangers, supported the local culture including shamans, and raised awareness with nation-wide TV spots”, explains Nicolas Musy, one of the founders and race director of MS2S. All the proceeds from Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset are used to finance these charity initiatives.

Two decades later, runners from all over the world will come together to take part in the 20th edition of the race, taking place on August 1st, 2018. MS2S is more than just a one-day marathon and ultra-marathon race: It offers a full week of adventure and exploration (July 28th to August 4th). Participants get in touch with the nomadic culture of the population and learn about Mongolian traditions, beliefs, and way of life. In the days before and after the race, they experience the unique nature by kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking or fishing. MS2S opens new perspectives.

 

It was an outstanding event - not to be missed. I have often been asked to name the race that I enjoyed most. My previous hesitations to name my favorite event are now replaced by a certitude: Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset.”

 

Henri Girault - World Record Holder for the Greatest Number of completed 100km races (600+)

 

Register now!

Registrations for this once-in-a-lifetime experience are now open on www.ms2s.org.

Reduced package prices for the race week are available until end of February. The race is limited to 100 runners!

On their quest to complete this spectacular course, runners pass by wild horses and yaks, seas of wildflowers, the craggy mountains and windblown lowlands. The race is not only beautiful but also challenging: The accumulated elevation gain/loss in the marathon distance is more than 2.200 meters, in the 100km ultra run it is more than 3.300 meters. Still, everybody with a strong spirit and good training can complete the race. The cut-off time is 18 hours.