Algarve Hashers rename club at Mamamaratona

More than 6,000 runners and walkers took part in the tenth annual Mamamaratona race for life held in Portimão on October 10.

A spokesman for Mamamaratona said: “We managed to gather over 6,000 participants despite the severe weather warnings issued for the day and the race continues to be the largest gathering of solidarity in the south of the country.”

Meanwhile, international members of the only Algarve Kennel of the Hash House Harriers also took part in the race, which marked the renaming of the club.

Mick Waters, the Grand Master of the club, said: “The Hash House Harriers are known as a drinking club with a running problem and have been scampering around the Algarve for over 20 years. The club had been known as the Almancil Hash House Harriers but we have changed this to The Algarve Hash House Harriers to reflect the regional appeal of the club.”

Hashers meet once a week to take part in a blind cross country run or walk which is marked with various false routes to keep the faster runners and slower walkers close together.

“Each year the Hashers take part in Mamamaratona and we decided this would be a good time to change the name,” said Mick Waters.

The Hashers welcome all nationalities and age groups for the sessions which include the run or walk, singing and food.

Member Rayner Otter said: “There aren’t many organisations where you can run, drink, eat and have fun for five Euros!”

For further information about the Algarve Hash House Harriers, please call 289 413 854 or 919 518 161.