Mrs Hunt (mother of Tatty Hunt, who was a keen Hunt runner only a few years back) last hosted us about 18 months ago, and it was such a stunning run that we were very excited about being invited back.
For the uninitiated, a ‘Hash’ is an (I promise) entirely non-narcotic run following a trail laid down in sawdust or flour, in which the ‘hounds’ are blissfully unaware of the route and charge off into the countryside on the ‘scent’. It’s always been one of the most enjoyable fixtures on the Hunt calendar, and this one proved no exception.
Colonel David and his two ‘foxes’ – Sam Western (PH) and our Junior Whip Niklas Amthor (R) – laid a challenging trail ahead of us that took us up and over Wenlock Edge several times, but also took in some fabulous views of rural Shropshire in the process (as well as three farmyards and an awful lot of mud). There were about 20 ‘hounds’, representing all five age groups, and we only just managed to cover the 12km route before the November night swallowed us up. Many of us had probably managed close to 15km by gamely heading down false trails and then forlornly doubling back.
Very muddy and tired, we descended on Mrs Hunt’s house (after a quick change into clean clothes) for a truly spectacular slap-up tea of sausages, cakes and biscuits, alongside plenty of warming mugs of tea. It was a lovely afternoon, and we’re extremely grateful to Mrs Hunt for her generous hospitality.
Teacher in Charge of the Hunt