FIT­NESS AND FRIEND­SHIP

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Health & Fitness -

The Sin­ga­pore Sun­day Hash Har­ri­ers is a run­ning group whose ac­tiv­i­ties in­volve cross­coun­try run­ning and so­cial­is­ing. Meet­ing on al­ter­nate Sun­days at 5.30pm, the group takes on dif­fer­ent ter­rains each week, fol­low­ing the trails laid out by the “hares”. You don’t have to be a sea­soned run­ner to par­tic­i­pate. The group, which has around 45 mem­bers from age 18 and up, is made up of peo­ple with dif­fer­ent run­ning abil­i­ties and is open to walk­ers. After the ap­prox­i­mately one­hour run (or walk), the group gath­ers to min­gle over food and drinks.

Bri­tish ex­pat David Hug (51) has been run­ning with the Hash House Har­ri­ers for 20 years; he started in 1998 in Switzer­land and then joined the Sin­ga­pore group in 2003. (“It’s some­thing you can do for life!” he says.) What makes it dif­fer­ent than other groups, David ex­plains, is the ex­ten­sive so­cial as­pect, and the large and well-es­tab­lished global hash com­mu­nity.

“Run­ning with the hash is far more fun than run­ning on your own. It is re­ally a big fam­ily and it forms an im­por­tant part of my so­cial life. I am a fast run­ner and highly com­pet­i­tive (com­monly known in hash terms as an ‘FRB – Front Run­ning B*stard’). There is a wide range of abil­ity on the hash, and ev­ery­one finds their own run­ning or walk­ing part­ners.”

This month’s Sun­day hash runs will take place on 14 Oc­to­ber and 28 Oc­to­ber, with a spe­cial Red Dress Run on Satur­day, 27 Oc­to­ber. For a full list of upcoming events, visit sun­day­hash.org.sg.

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