|After watching 11 runners heading off at 7pm and knowing that they were heading for Mortonhall, I was trying to work out the 7:30 option. By 7:30 we also had 11 so off we set for Inch Park. After entering the woods and heading towards the infirmary we exited and regrouped by Craigmillar Castle Road.|
With a lovely dash through waist high tussock we dived into the bushes to not find the path. After backing out carefully we found a better alternative and had a good urtication session to the top of the woody hill.
The silhouette of Craigmillar Castle was stunning as we ran round it clockwise before heading for the playground. The webbing and bridges made the slide difficult to get to but we all made it and ran back through Liberton Rugby Club to meet the social runners on Blackford Glen Road.
Then after a fairway or two we were back at KB.
A lovely 4.5 miles
Despite the lovely weather by 7 only a few runners had turned up – had people defected to some alternative club? Several minutes later and not to worry – the latercomers arrived. We decided on a relatively easy run because of the races at the weekend so off we went, led by Alan with some help from Gordon. As it was now dark we could run across the golf courses without fear of verbal admonishment. But could we actually find the way now that we’d been plunged into almost total darkness? Not to fear, as we were led ably up Blackford and onto the Braids via the steps. At the summit of the Braids we were treated to some stunning views of the fading sun over the skyline in the distance. From there we descended via the golf course towards Mortonhall where direction finding became a little bit more tricky, hence the slightly claw-like but very artistic route. We came back across the fields to Liberton Tower and finally via the golf course to reach the evil human eating wire trap, negotiated without incident to wait for the 7.30 group who were just behind. Overall pace was quite moderate; it was good to see at least one new face and a fine night for running!