Eddie Merckx would be proud!
Almost 1,000 participants took part in the annual Doi
Tung Bike and Jogging Race, held at the foot of the Doi Tung mountain on
Sunday, October 16. Commemorating the 105th anniversary of the birth of HM
The King’s mother, the race started at 9 a.m. at the bottom of Doi Tung,
and ended at the Doi Tung Royal Villa, 25,000 meters later
proud Belgians, Ronny Langmans and Josef Vranckx, proudly holding their
national flag, medals and trophy. (Photo courtesy of Count Gerald van der
Bikers and runners hailed from all over Thailand, as well
as overseas. Some of the more serious and enthusiastic participants even
booked their trip to Thailand so that it would coincide with this particular
event. Among the foreigners were two Belgian bikers, Ronny Langmans, from
Antwerp, Belgium, who finished third in the “over 30 yrs” group. Ronny
covered the 25 km of the long route going up Doi Tung in 1 hour and 16
minutes. The second Belgian, Josef Vranckx, covered the 18 km short route in
1 hour and 10 minutes.
Ronny and Josef met each other and found their common
interest via the internet forum of thaivisa.com, and were heavily supported
by a great number of friends.
In order to replenish body fluids lost during the race,
many of the participants gathered for refreshments after the race at
“Hamburger No 1” in Bandu (Chiang Rai).
The organizers have promised to make the next event even more successful.
Groucho Marxx once said: “Any club that will have me as a
member I wouldn’t wanna be a member of it”! It’s more or less true of
all real hashers. They wouldn’t want to be a member of any real kind of
club, that’s why they’re hashers. But this last Tuesday (4th of October,
World Animal Day!) 24 hashers turned up from all over Thailand to enjoy a
great party and run: The 200th run of the Chiang Mai Underground Male Hash
through the jungle.
The male only hash in Chiang Mai, the CUMH3 hash enjoyed
an extraordinary growth in the last 2 years. Each run now averages around 15
runners, making it the biggest male hash house harriers club in Chiang Mai
with now over 50 paid up members. It is also the most traditional when it
comes to male hashing no FE (male) allowed ever on the CUMH3! It is not so
traditional when it comes to the rules. Rule No.1 on this hash is: “There
are no real rules and you can make them up as you go along”.
Furthermore, this crazy running/drinking club doesn’t
want a committee that tells them what to do (or encounters into all sorts of
power play situations you see with any kind of club all over the world). In
order to have someone to hold it all together there are 2 positions of
“Caretaker” and they are taken in by the founders: Peter van Loo and
Scott Rulka. But besides being the people you can talk to they have nothing
pack came upon huge rubber trees and elephants in the vast jungle.
On the 4th of October it was a memorable day for the
CUMH3. They gathered at the “Fish n Chips Shop” on Ratchaweth Road where
two red buses and a few trucks picked them up to be taken on a mystery tour.
They all gathered far out of town in a gorgeous area with remote jungle just
next to it. All was well arranged: there was water there and staff of the
Rydges Amora Hotel was preparing for a “Buffet in the field”.
After a short briefing the pack was sent off - up and over
the mountains they disappeared... The run took about 1 1/2 hours and the
sights were breath-taking. They came upon huge rubber trees and elephants in
the vast jungle. The end of the run was in an idyllic hill tribe village.
down, down, down, down, down, down, down...”
Back to the starting point, the Rydges staff was grilling
suckling pig and had a feast of salmon and whatnot, ready for the hungry
pack. 24 hungry guys took care of this delicious feast. Of course they got a
bit thirsty and beer was provided ... as much as you could drink! After some
fun activities, every one freshed up a bit and it was evening and the whole
pack went into town where entertainment was awaiting them. The run included a
special anniversary beer-holder and a T-shirt, so it was a sight for sore
eyes to see 24 guys in the same T shirt hitting the town ... A great run,
great food and big fun! A 200th run not to be forgotten.
The CUMH3 meets every Tuesday at the Fish n Chips shop at
about 4 p.m. (there’s a pick up service to the run sites); anyone can join
(if they are male) and visitors are welcome. A great chance to discover
running terrain and get to know the area around Chiang Mai, like no other.
Plus meet up with some expats that have been living here for years.
Hash House harriers are a “Drinking Club with a running problem”, est.
1938 in Malaysia, also referred to as the “Motherhash”, they run usually
in jungle terrain and straight through waterfalls and the rough. After which
they will enjoy a few beers with their hash friends. Now the Hash House
Harriers are all over the world.