What it’s all about
The Hash House Harriers (H3) qualify as the world’s largest running club with more than 2000 H3 clubs in some 1300 cities and 184 countries. Total membership is in excess of 100,000. There are several hash house harrier clubs in Sydney, this club is one of them.
The Sydney Hash House Harriers is a club with a non competitive social run starting at 6:30 p.m. every Monday, mostly in the suburbs and bushland of northern Sydney. Check out the Upcoming Runs page for details of the next run.
Sydney Hash House Harriers caters for those who may no longer be active in individual or team sports but still enjoy a competitive fun run, a brisk walk or just a stroll and chat with their mates.
Three runs or trails are usually set, a runners trail of approx 8k, a long walkers trail of approx 6k and a short walkers trail of approx 3.5k. Usually the shorter trails are parts of the longer runners trail. During summer our runs are in the glorious bushland in and surrounding Sydney.
Good value meals are provided after each run with meals at the bushland run location in summer and at local restaurants in winter. (We have a trailer with tables and chairs for the bush locations)
The Club has been ‘running’ continuously for more than 55 Years. There are approximately 100 members, with about 45 participating each Monday night
Visitors are most welcome. If you are from out of town and wish to run as a guest contact the committee below for more information. For transport information phone (131500) or check transport website.
SH3 members enjoy many additional activities, including: golf, kayaking, walking, cycling, and participation in worldwide Inter-Hash events. There is an active social side apart from the weekly runs with a wide range of social events to share with partners that include social lunches, dinners, theatre groups, and weekends away.
- President – Molly Meldrum
- Trail Master – Little Shit
- Hash Cash – Your Choice
- On Sec – EShit firstname.lastname@example.org
- Joint Master – Gilligan
- Joint Master – Duckweave
- Joint Master – Scupper
- Joint Master – The Druid
- Joint Master – Excocet
- Joint Master – Scud
A Potted History of Hashing
Being a Hash House Harrier is a state of mind, a friendship of kindred spirits joined together for a bit of Hare & Hounds sport (which has its origins in 1867); men and women re-living their childhood or happier days, releasing the tensions of everyday life and generally finding time for welcome camaraderie among others who will not judge you or measure you by anything more than your sense of humour.
H3 was founded in Malaya (now Malaysia) in 1938 to:
- Promote physical fitness
- Banish weekend lethargy
- Work up a good thirst and satisfy it with beer
- Enable older members to feel young again.
Original members were mainly British, Australian and Kiwi business, civil service and military ex-pats stationed in Kuala Lumpur. Many stayed at the Selangor Club where the dining room was referred to as the Hash House due to its boring, basic food. Today’s Selangor Club is home to The Mother Hash, and a must-enjoy watering hole for all Hashers visiting or living in Kuala Lumpur. An everything-you-want-to-know history of Hashing is the subject of Hare of the Dog, by Stu The Colonel Lloyd. Hashing was put on hold during WWII and Japanese occupation of the Malayan peninsula. The Hash was re-formed in 1946, with new clubs established in Italy (1947), Singapore (1962), Kuching (1963-by our own Harry God Knows Howell), and blossomed throughout Asia, Europe and North America.
Sydney Hash House Harriers (SH3) was founded in 1967 by Mike Miall (The Little General) and Phil Riddell (The Ruptured Duck), ex-pat Harriers from Singapore and Malaysia. The first Sydney run on Monday 18th September, 1967 attracted 6 runners, followed by runs every Monday since, at 6.30 pm, regardless of weather and other events. With about 100 members, Sydney Hash is now approaching 3000 runs. Many Sydney Hash men have a 30+ year involvement and some of the original 1967 runners are still active.