Definition of Hares and Hounds

hare and hounds
Webster's NewWorld Dictionary

hare and hounds a game in which some players, called "hounds,” chase others, called "hares,” who have left a trail of paper scraps along their route

Cross-Country Racing
Track and Field Sports

Colliers Encyclopedia

Cross-country racing grew out of the ancient English schoolboy game of “hares and hounds,” in which one boy, playing the hare and given a head start, runs across the countryside with his schoolmates in pursuit across fields, hedges, streams, bogs, and hills. One of the first cross-country races on record was the “Crick Run” at Rugby School, first held in 1837. Cross-country as an adult sport began in the fall of 1867 with a group of London oarsmen who wanted to keep fit during the winter.

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