Hashers hits major milestone
RUNNING: Hashers, as they are affectionately known, have been lacing up their runners in the region for a decade.
Celebrating their milestone on Saturday, the Airlie Beach Hash House Harriers invited hashers from all across the state to take part in a run through the hills or a walk along the foreshore.
Airlie Beach hasher John Costin has been running with the local club for "six or seven" years, saying it was about more than just fitness.
"It's a fun, social club," he said.
"It calls itself a drinking club with a running problem."
Each Monday the club hosts a run, followed by what is known as a "circle".
"And there are various misdemeanours brought out," Costin said.
"Anyone who's found guilty has to do a down-down, which is an evil drink."
In keeping with this light-hearted attitude, each member is bestowed a nickname.
Costin said a local sailor went by 'Cata-moron', while a lady who sells flowers is known as 'Petal Pusher'.
Having began in Malaysia before the Second World War, the Hash House Harriers is now found all over the world.
Costin said this made it a great way to make friends while on the road as well.
"I even ran with some (hashers) in Deli when I was there on holiday," he said.
It's also an ideal way to explore your own backyard.
"I've learnt a lot more about the suburbs of Airlie Beach hashing," Costin said.