IN THE PUBLIC EYEOver the years BH3 has been featured a in various publications. The most amusing times have been when we have been mistaken for terrorists or thieves. There have also been articles describing hashing and Hash House Harriers in general. Below is a (small) selection that the Web Master has managed to collect since June 1998.
In Bandit Country - On run #1369 we were noticed by the locals, as was the case when we were in the same area on run #1222. The following day there was a theft from a house and the local sheriff and Nordhordaland, a local newspaper, reported that gangs had marked houses worth breaking into by drawing strange markings on the roads in the area (article in Norwegian only).
Postscript: Later, the local sheriff and newspaper were informed who we are. The newspaper requested some pictures from the run and ran a follow-up article explaining everything (in Norwegian only). A similar article was published in another local newspaper, Bergens Avisen, a few days later.
BH3 was featured in three articles in a local newspaper (Bergens Tidende) in connection with the anthrax (white powder) scare in October 2001, when someone phoned the police having found the trail markings on run #299. This resulted in Danmarksplass (part of Bergen) being closed off while the fire brigade hosed down the whole area. This was duly reported in the local newspaper the following day! Our GM contacted the police to explain what had happened and they were not amused! A journalist and photographer from the newspaper documented our run #300 in a follow-up article. The police banned all use of flour and gave us red paint to use instead! They also insisted on sanctioning the runs but after a while they probably got tired of all the extra paperwork involved and told us to go away and stop bothering them. The three articles on the newspaper's Web site have long since disappeared, but are still to be found in an Internet archive (in Norwegian):
Before BH3's presence was well established on the web, requests for information about BH3 were (sometimes) posted under 'Kunngjøringer' (announcements) in local newspapers.
Not even the Norwegian national football team playing in a World Cup match is enough to stop us running on Wednesdays, as was reported in a local newspaper (Bergens Tidende), when a journalist and photographer bumped into us on our way to the drink stop on run #87. This was duly noted in an article the following day.
Before BH3 announced its presence to the hashing communite on the World Wide Web, local newspapers were used to try to recruit new members. The GM announced the presence of BH3 in the classified pages ('rubrikkannonser') of local newspapers. The end-result was lots of monies spent but no new members joined up.
The text used: 'BERGEN HASH-HOUSE HARRIERS RUN FOR FUN social running club with drinking problem. Not for serious runners. Run every Wednesday at 7 p.m.'