When 84-year-old Stevie Wood died a few weeks ago in the United Kingdom, her family decided the outdoor enthusiast would be best celebrated with a few pints and a run through the English countryside.
Wood’s son-in-law is a member of the Dorset chapter of the Hash House Harriers, a worldwide group that calls itself a “drinking club with a running problem.” Organized groups everywhere typically meet up for a weekly “hash,” which consists of a single runner called a “hare” given a head start to run off into the woods and mark his or her trail with flour. The rest of the group then gives chase, usually while guzzling their favorite grog.
Well the Dorset group decided one of their weekly Sunday runs would be the “Stevie Wood Memorial Hash,” and in accordance mixed some of her ashes in the flour used to leave the trail. The hash took place on land once owned by the British Royal Air Force, fitting since Wood served in the Air Force during World War II. All of her family apparently agreed that she would have appreciated the sentiment.