Could Jim have found a muddier start to our run?
Some types of mud…
I think that had there been a herd of Hippopotami in Carlops Glen it would not have been worse.
We quagmired our way along the Fairliehope Burn and walked the plank across the river before climbing The Mount.
The social group had naturally split into 2 so we stayed with that. As the faster socials headed off the slower social ran on to the source of Deer Hope and followed/staggered our way down the glen until we thought we were near the North Esk Reservoir and then headed East to try to find Carlops.
Carlops was there and so were the fast and the faster social groups, we enjoyed a good meal and a nice pint (until the real ale ran out).
Good Fun as ever!
Jim’s group –
We weren’t lost. We were merely taking the opportunity to use Nicola’s rather fine map printed on cloth!
The ‘slow’ group –
A slow paddle up and down the tributaries of the North Esk in the dark, made for slow but steady progress, covering more ground than the faster runners who ran ahead. I thought we ran some of it, but 1 hour 20 minutes to cover 3 miles including time to recover Philippa’s shoes suggests otherwise. One of muddiest night runs of all time.