Bike Hash History

Old History

Hashing first started in 1938, when a group of British officers and expats in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, decided to meet for Monday evening runs. The run was in part modelled on the traditional British Paper Chase or "Hare and Hounds", and was intended to rid themselves of the excesses of the previous weekend.

The name House Hash Houriers derives from the Selangor Club Annex, which was known as the "Hash House" for its notoriously monotonous food.

The ideals of the hash are well summed up by the Hash House Harriers Constitution found on a 1950's club registration card:

  • To promote physical fitness among our members
  • To get rid of weekend hangovers
  • To acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer
  • To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel

Recent History

The London Bike Hash was started by a bunch of reprobate Hash runners who thought it'd be fun to do the same on bikes.

They were not the only ones with such crazy ideas, and Bike Hashes exist around the UK and worldwide.

The first London Bike Hash was held in June 1996 in Lurgashall with Wee Bev haring.

The UK Bike Hashes meet up for a joint ride on the National Bike Hash (aka Nash Bash) weekend. The last one took place in the Forest of Dean in June 2014.

[If anyone want to flesh out this article let me know]