A local running club has a drinking and banter problem, and historically, this is exactly what should be happening as the Tamworth Hash House Harriers sound the alarm for more members.
Every Tuesday night the group meet outside of a pub, club or restaurant, and then go on a leisurely run, walk, jog or skip on a loop of between 3.5km and 6km back to the establishment, where the fun continues, according to Tamworth president Leanie Renton.
"We are a bit tame compared to other hashers around the world," she said.
"It is active and supportive, no one is left alone and there are no winners or elite type athletes in the group, but we are 'oh-so-friendly competitive' in a number of other ways."
The story of the Hash House Harriers goes back to "Malaysia in 1948 when some British officers decided they were drinking, smoking and eating too much, and agreed to meet every Monday to "rid themselves of the excesses of the weekend with a run around a paddock".
While WWII put a dampener on the movement, in 1946 it was reinvigorated and in 1950 four objectives were expressly put to paper as the Hash House motives.
They were to promote physical fitness, get rid of weekend hangovers, to "acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer", and to persuade members they weren't as old as they feel.
The Hash House movement is now global, and every group, including Tamworth stick to those principals as tightly, or as loosely, as they can.
"Every week we choose a different venue so nobody gets bored, and we try and work out the dynamic of the group so we can have walkers and runners crossing paths and meeting back up at the same time," Ms Renton said.
"After the run we have dinner and drinks, and new members - once they have been given a nickname - officially become members by getting the shirt.
"It is all about face to face time with nice supportive people, health, exercise, laughter, banter and a few drinks."
Hash House members are welcome to join any event in any city once their nickname has been ordained, and there is "no joining fee or commitment necessary".
Anyone interested in joining the Tamworth Hash House Harriers should look at the website, or turn up at the City Bowling Club at 6.15pm next Tuesday, for a 6.30pm start.