By James Sia

KUALA LUMPUR: Age proved to be no barrier for a buñch of senior citizens to keep themselves fit and healthy through regular fun-walks or runs.

Hence, 250 Hash House Harrier members of all races and creed from four reputable social and recreation clubs got together for their annual do, around the iconic Lake Gardens through pockets of forests at Kenny Hill and Parliament House.

The hashers were from the hosts Royal Lake Club (RLC), Royal Selangor Club (RSC), Royal Klang Club (RKC) and Melaka Club (MC) who gained good exercise at the 'Aloha - 22nd Inter-Club Quadrangular Hash Run 2022'.

Speaking on their behalf, organising chairman and RLC past hash grandmaster Datuk Vadivale Munyandy said that they had planned the route to offer the hashers an exploration of central Kuala Lumpur's green lung and forest remnants.

The event, as a precursor to the 65th Merdeka Day on Wednesday, allowed participants - a majority who were above 60 years -  to complete a short 4km route or the longer 6km one, from RLC and back.

"The quadrangular was formed with the intention to foster a good relationship among members of the four premier clubs in.the Klang Valley.

"Hashing, which is a non-competitive run with exciting trails, is the focal point to build better camaraderie among club members, said Vadivale.

He added that each club took turns to host the event annually.

"Since the quadrangular was introduced, members from the four clubs have built a better bond among each other and this has blossomed into a better understanding, friendship and respect for each other.

"Beside just running and fellowship, the quadrangular is also a meeting place to mingle and exchange views of many club affairs.

"Although it’s only a day event, the memories will linger especially when visiting club members experienced the different style of hospitality and courtesy displayed by the host club," said Vadivale.

Event trail-master and former RLC Hash 'on-cash' (treasurer) Peter Leong said that the hashers greatly welcomed the quadrangular after the two-year Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "RLC has always treasured its prime urban hashing location not only in the vicinity of KL's iconic Lake Gardens but also within easy reach of major pockets of rarely visited  forests.                                                                       "This Quadrangular Run series goes beyond being just a hash event.

"It is unique in terms of being hosted in rotation by four premier members clubs who collectively represent a model of time-honoured clubbing traditions, emphasizing members' intimate involvement in the running of the clubs and its activities," said Leong.

The after-run fellowship included a dinner with each club putting up shows, with musician Ben Mowe providing entertainment.

Present at the event were RLC president Manjit Singh Dhillon, RSC president Charlie Chelliah, RKC president Hotiyakumar Kandasamy, MC past president Datuk P. Visvanathan and the grandmasters of RLC Tan See Meng aka 'Tan Sri', RKC Lawrence Yeo aka 'Cocksure', RSC Ranmit Singh aka 'Undertaker' and MC  S. Anpalagan aka 'Sudan'.