Hares & Hounds Club
This Club shall be called the THAMES
HARE AND HOUNDS CLUB, and its object shall
be the promotion of Paperchasing in and near London.
Its Head Quarters shall be the
"King's Head" at Roehampton.
Its uniform shall be a white
jersey with a black saltier or St. Andrew's cross, or
a dark blue jersey with a white saltier.
The subscription shall be five
shillings yearly, falling due on the 1st September in
every year, and the entrance fee five shillings.
Candidates shall be ballotted
for, one black ball in five excluding, and shall be
proposed and seconded by Members at a Meet before
they are ballotted for. Every Candidate must be
produced for inspection, and introduced by his
proposers to the Members present at some Club Run or
Club Tea before he can be ballotted for, unless he is
personally known to two-thirds of the Members present
at his election.
No one who is not over eighteen
years of age, or who is not a gentleman by position
and education, shall be eligible for election.
No one shall be elected a
Member who has not actually taken part in a foot
Farmers and others, who by
allowing their land to be run over or otherwise
furthering the interests of the Club, may be elected
Honorary Associates and invited to attend the Club
Feeds, but are not to have any vote.
No Member shall compete at any
Tradesmen's Meeting under pain of expulsion at the
next or any subsequent Club Meeting. Members are
particularly requested not to run at any sports as to
the management of which there is the least doubt; and
it is suggested that, in case of doubt, they should
communicate with the Secretary of this Club.
A Run shall, unless otherwise
settled by the Members present at any Run, take place
every alternate Saturday, from October to March
inclusive, and there shall be two Summer Runs in June
The Officers of the Club shall
be a Secretary, a Treasurer, and a Carver (Members),
and a Medical Officer and a Commisary-General
The Club shall be managed by
the Members generally, assembled at the usual Meets;
but if any Member has a motion to make affecting the
rules or the constitution of the Club, he shall give
ten clear days' written notice to the Secretary, who
shall send a copy thereof to every member seven days
at least before the next Meet, and at such Meet the
proposed motion or change shall be discussed and
The Rules for the two Challenge
Cups shall be as follows:--
(1.)The Short Distance Cup
shall be run for in May and October, over the
four miles and five furlongs course from
Roehampton to Beverley Bridge, and then along the
brook, over the "Rounds," to the left
of Wimbledon Mill, and the right of the Iron
Houses, to the Well House.
(2.)The Long Distance Cup
shall be run for in January and July, over the
eight miles and one furlong course, from
Roehampton to the right of the Iron Houses, and
the right of the Mill to the "Rounds,"
through Fishponds Copse, up Combe Wood, down
Malden Lane to the Chapel, and then to the left,
up Cottenham Park, to Christ Church, and back
over Wimbledon Common, to the right of the Mill,
to the "King's Head."
(3.)Entries for each Race
will close four weeks before the day fixed, and
every one entering shall pay two shillings and
(4.)The winner of each Race
shall receive a Bronze Medal, and shall hold the
Cup until one week before the next Competition,
when he shall return it to the Secretary.
In short Runs, the Hares shall
have ten minutes law, in long Runs fifteen or twenty
Hounds must follow scent until
they sight the Hares, when they may run to sight
irrespective of scent.
The Hound first home in after
the Hares, or the first to catch a Hare before he
reaches home, to be considered first in the Run of
If a Run is advertized as a
Slow Run, a pace-maker shall be elected by those
taking part in such Run; and if any Member refuses to
keep behind such pace-maker after having been twice
requested to do so, he shall be fined two shillings
In Slow Runs, however, racing
will be allowed as soon as the Hounds are within two
miles of home.