Milton Keynes Hash House Harriers

Our Story

Hashing is a worldwide phenomenon.  It was started in Malaya sometime in 1938 by G or Gispert.
(Albert Stephan Ignatius Gispert, 31/07/1903 - 11/02/1942. Killed in action, during the fall of Singapore.)
The Hash trail is based on the idea of a paper chase.

The Milton Keynes Hash House House (MKH3) was started on Monday 28th May 1990 by a Kiwi refugee from the Wellington Hash, Jonathan (Wiley Coyote) Hobbs.  The first venue was 'The Old Barn' in Central Milton Keynes.  In the best traditions of the Hashing he was the only one to turn up.  This made it easy for him to set the next run on 4th June 1990, also from 'The Old Barn' in Central Milton Keynes!  This time he was more successful and there was a pack of 10.

   Jonathan (Wiley Coyote) Hobbs
   Andy (Spurt) Johnston
   Carl Clements
   Colin McCarthy
   John Richardson
   Kevin (Snotlodge) Goldstone
   Murray (Navigator) Heward
   Nigel (Rasputin) Monks
   Peter (Jockstrap) Hegarty
   Sara (Woodbine) Hook

For being such a whingeing Kiwi bastard, Wiley Coyote was swiftly renamed to Grizzler.  Grizzler set up MKH3 along the lines of the Wellington Hash.  He even bought along the secret plans for the infamous, trail laying, dribble dropper. Which Leroy tried to recreate many years later, purely from hearsay.
Over the years we have developed our unique style of hashing for everyone, regardless of athletic ability.
During the first three months the runs were fortnightly and from Monday 3rd September 1990 we have run every Monday.
Things snowballed when it got into the local paper the Milton Keynes Citizen in August 1990.
Pretty soon it was on to the first anniversary run at 'The Old Barn' in Central Milton Keynes.  This was followed by our first real hash weekend event, the 101 weekend at the old Milton Keynes Rugby Club in Greenleys.  This entailed the use of the infamous Bicester Gunge machine.

Things moved on and in 1998 we had our 500th event at the Quarries Scout camp in Cosgrove.  This was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who could remember any thing about it.
We moved to our now traditional venue, the Buckingham Rugby Club for our 666th run in 2001 with our 'Devil of a weekend' event
We then did the big one for UK Hashers.  After 3 years planning and preparation we were the hosts of the 14th UK Nash Hash in 2007, at Towcester Racecourse.
In 2012 we hosted Milton Kenya, The UK Alternative, Alternative Interhash.
2015 brought our 25th Anniversary and 1500th run.

The Gispert Connection

After leaving school, Gispert worked at the Accountants HS Baker & Co, until he became a Chartered Accountant in 1928.  HS Baker had two offices, one in London and one in Bletchley.  At the time Gispert worked for HS Baker & Co, the Bletchley office was located at, Town Hall Buildings, Bletchley Road, Bletchley.
(Now 263 Queensway, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK2 2BZ, currently occupied by Bletchley Masonic Lodge).

Google Map Location of Old Town Hall

Google Streetview of Old Town Hall

Note
Bletchley Road was renamed Queensway on 1st July 1966 to commemerate a visit by the Queen.


Gispert spent some time working at the Bletchley office.  However, he lodged with his employer Mr Hubert Baker and his Family at 4 St Michaels Street, Bedford, MK40 2LT  and probably took the train from Bedford St Johns to Fenny Stratford to go to work.