Seven of us (Hilary, Moira, Sandra, Maggie, Joanne, Kate and newcomer Elaine) headed out from Hillend bottom car park for a wild and windy run to the top of Allermuir. We took the low track towards Boghall, ran through a new area of woodland owned by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and through the fields up to the col between Caerketton and Allermuir. We headed back via the ski slopes.
It was a lovely night for a run, the 7 O’clockers had headed off at some pace and in good numbers and 8 of us were ready for an easy run to the Craiglockharts.
It was lovely running over the golf course, but Richard’s torch wouldn’t go on so he was keeping close by. At the Observatory we headed north and went onto the contouring path which winds its way through the Gorse and Broom. Heather and I were at the front and I could hear the gaggle of chatter behind me. I stopped for a regroup as we reached the main path. There was no Richard. Where was the poor torchless Chandler. The dutyful wife, accompanied by Lindsey, went back and we waited, and waited, and waited. I phoned Sandra who was at the Observatory by now and she was beginning to worry. We decided to regroup and go back to KB. As Heather, Hayley and I set off a torch came into sight. We had found the lost soul, with a now sorted torch.
Thoughts of Craiglockarts by now gone we visited all the summits of Blackford and the Golf Course Corner. We had to make 4 miles for Hayley’s fit bit counter. A lovely run 4.2 miles with a 20 minute rest after the first mile. Next time we are going to set off roped together!
||With the weather Gods predicting Snow
The run we chose was staying low
So as at 7:30 the night is dark
We ran off through Craigmillar Park
we ducked below the old barbed wire
And climbed the seat to get us higher
and ran along the road wall edge
The in to the playing fields thick hedge
Getting out was such a synch
We headed on across the Insh
And Dalkeith Road we crossed “Nae Hassle”
On through the woods and to The Castle
The turrets flashed in head torch light
and saw a cats eyes through the night
By the paths the group did run
To the Playground and some fun
our inner child we couldn’t hide
As we all slid down the slide
then quickly on to Cameron Toll
To KB House, our final Goal
We had all got out to play
And “Thundersnow” had stayed away
Festive Ladies Night chez Delia(Patricia!)
7 ladies turned up for a frosty run from Gardeners Crescent (Patricia’s pad). We headed along by frozen Union canal tow path, small hill run up Lemington Terrace, cross over through Meadows to eventually appear in a ‘spooky’ Olde Innocent Railway.Return journey to Gardnners Crescent by original route. Only 5 returned for a warm up with delicious home-cooked French Onion Soup, and nostalgic Ribena and Tunnocks Teacakes. Ambient Festive atmosphere created with twinkling fairy lights on Tree and Christmas music in background. Thanks Patricia.
||I was a nice clear night as 6 of us headed for Arthur’s Seat.
A bit more roady than normal, and longer that I had promised Lindsay, but what the hell. We crossed Prestonfield to the innocent railway and took the 7 hills gully route to the summit via the “bad step” which was dry and innocuous.
The views from the summit were lovely and as we retraced our steps we went for the traverse above the aforementioned step. But Irene crumpled under the pressure as her ankle gave way with a slight crack. After the worry of an emergency evacuation from the hill for a a minute or two, Irene showed her “Carnethy Grit” and got herself down and back to KB at a careful , if painful, jog.
4.9 miles in an hour and a half (64 minutes moving time!).
Irene is now sporting a moon boot, Get well soon.
||It was time to make use of the dark nights.
The Starter was a dash across KB and onto Craigmillar Park, with Birthday Girl, Sandra sporting her new head torch. A duck under the barbed wire, just missing the dog poo bag, and we were on Blackford Glen Road.
A wee run up Liberton Brae and dive through a hedge saw us running up to Liberton Tower.
The Main was Braids Golf course, we turned off our head torches to enjoy the bright night. we ran a fair way with out the torches. In fact we ran across 4 fairways.
The next obstacle was the wall. With a bit of a push and shove we all made it to Dessert: Mortonhall Golf Course and we had a lovely run to the Masts and with a dash through the wall again, the surprised group were at the trig point on Braids.
Obviously we had not had enough of the main so we had a run along the gorse edge and crossed the 1st tee and ran along the bridle path to the Cheese and Biscuits of the braids Junior golf course then a fence bramble cling saw us back on The espresso of Craigmillar Park and into KB for a 4.4 mile run in 68 minutes.
From Tiphereth we ran up and over the old Torphin Hill Golf course which is happily returning to nature with lots of interesting paths produced by walkers and runners. We carried on over to Torduff Reservoir and then onto Bonaly, passing a field of alpacas. Next came the plod up White Hill and then down to the new Dreghorn Woods and under the bypass to the Polofield and the Covenanters’ Wood and finally, through the gate to Margaret’s garden. Many thanks to everyone who came along!
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