When I have a free weekend it is great to fill a bit of it with a good long run with my pals. Here is how it happens.
1. Think of a nice unusual route. I usually go to Anquet Maps on my laptop and draw out something sensible and create a map
2. Load an event to the Carnethy Facebook Group (if you are not a member of the facebook group contact Carnethy Webteam). Add the route map and some info on distance and likely pace.
3. Send an email out to the Carnethy email list with all the above details and the distance and rough pace we will going at.
4. Answer all the facebook and email replies checking that it wont be too fast, too slow, too cold, too windy, too wet, too muddy, too early, too long, too tussocky, too steep or too anything and everything else. The answer is always “just come along and enjoy it”.
5. Check the weather app on my phone and pack the bumbag or rucksack accordingly.
6. Turn up at the start and see who else arrives.
It was icy as I started the car and waited for the heated windscreen to do it’s job, but driving carefully to Moorfoot the views over the hanging mist towards the hills were fantastic.
I was first there but soon joined by Nicki Innes, Joel Sylvester, Kirsty Louden, Digby Maass and “she who must not be named”.
We headed off up the road and climbed Dundreich watching the views of the hanging mist flowing over the hills. Underfoot wasn’t too bad and after a few regroups we headed from Dundreich trig point towards the plethora of windmills that have sprouted up over Bowbeat (browbeat) Hill and Emly Bank. The motorway now leading between the whooshing monsters improved our pace and soon we were climbing the nose between Long Grain and Long leave on a far better track than I remember. Blackhope Scar Trig was at its wilderness best as we headed northwest towards The Kipps. On the way Nicki left her shoe and I lost a leg in the bog.
Joel headed off into the valley leaving four of us to jog on to Mauldslie Hill and then turning left just before Torphichen Hill we followed the footpath back to the car. We managed to circumnavigate the shoot on the side of Huntly Cot Hills, possibly helped by a warning phone call from our Scout, Joel.
A perfect day for a run. 14.8 miles in 4 hours 16 minutes.