||After Gordon setting off for the Pentlands to the dismay of a couple of his followers, I waited to see who would be up for the easy run.
By 7:30 we had 4 , We set off at an unusually fast pace for the easy run up Observatory road, and I tried unsuccessfully to show Karin a new Blackford Path on the way to the duckpond and up through Midmar Meadow. With a quick burn crossing by the bridge as Bill’s stepping stones were missing, we climbed the muddy path and along the south side of the hermitage.
Through the petrol station, missing out on the ice cream buying and into Braidburn Park. Then returning on the north side to summit Blackford before heading for home. 5.3 miles in 72 minutes.
Driving home I spied a smaller number of 7pm runners heading up past the (now defunct) Braidburn Inn.
Last night Charlie, Euan and I decided to hit the Pentlands. It was a fine evening, after all. No point in us reccying the 7 Hills route with the rest of them, seeing as none of us were doing the race and I think I’ve ran the course at least 5 times in as many weeks. Also, as a faster (some would just say just “longer”) run, I believe it’s expected to hit Allermuir or Caerketton at some point in the evening. So, nothing else for it than the standard “Nash Dash” route of Blackford, Swanston, Allermuir, Caerketton, Mortonhall. A true classic, only improved with a stop at the Stables bar for a swift half of Stewart’s 80 shilling. I’ll try to bring some imagination next time, perhaps doing that route in the opposite direction (ooooh!).
11.4miles, 2,400ft ascent, 1hr 48mins running (11mins drinking).
Results are here.
||With the sun out, it was a lovely night for a run.
The Easy 7:30 group headed for Tower Farm with a few pushes and stops. We ran a bit of the bridle path (a bit we missed last week) and headed across the junior golf course into the Hermitage. We ran through the Bluebell wood, which is only a week or so away from being spectacular. Then along the north side of the Burn on the high track and down to the wooden bridge.
We climbed the Arete past the roped climbers before summiting Blackford and Home.
5.2 miles in 70 minutes.
||An excellent evening for a longer run! Bright, cool, with a bit of wind to ensure you kept moving. Ed, Euan and I made a break for the hills, deciding on the classic “Fasty” wed run of Blackford-Allermuir-Caerketton-Mortonhall. It’s a route run so often it should really have a name….what about “The Nash Dash”, seeing as it’s his favourite route, like, ever? I was contemplating maybe doing next week’s handicap route, but then I remembered that I know nothing about it other than it starts around Swanston, so stuck with what I knew – which isn’t very much. Anyway, a grand evening, smooth running, though a surprising lack of pub stops (0 stops, disappointing) – something to improve on another time! Back to KB for a pint of Edinburgh Gold.
11.1miles, 2,400ft ascent, 1hr 48ish.
||6 left KB for a flatter but faster run last night. A swift climb up past the observatory was followed by the usual route through the Hermitage to the tennis courts at which point Liam realised his shoes were on the verge of falling apart and left for home. Over the Craiglockharts we went, before following the Braid Burn past Dreghorn barracks and under the bypass to the foot of White Hill which we summitted in the snow. Nigel showed us a clean pair of heels on the way back through Braid Burn Park before we struggled up the steps to summit Blackford once more. Just under 13 miles with about 1300 ft climbing.
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||The Easy Run
With Chris Busby speeding off for the Pentlands and Britton Heading off for the Craiglockharts, I was happy to have a nice easy run round the Braids Bridle Path. The snow held off and we had a pacier run than usual wiith 4.6 miles in 64 minutes. We couldn’t decide where to go at the top of Braids. On the way down we led 3 other runners down Liberton Farm track and tried a bit of recruiting. Then we lost Patricia and Sandra (chatting too much) as we dived across the golf course to the finish.
Here’s the route for last night’s social run:
There were 11 of us for the social run last night. We headed west out to the Craiglockharts by way of Blackford, stopping at the peak of Wester Craiglockhart to admire the wall of falling snow between us and the Pentlands. After that, it was on to the Braids, followed by a circumnavigation of Blackford to go by the pond, and back to KB just as the clock struck 90 minutes.
This Wednesday I was in London with work and missing my usual Wednesday night “social run”. Instead I opted for a night running tour with Love London Running Tours.
We met at Barbican and ran around London City taking in some of the building’s and the history. We then made our way to The Tower of London, St. Katherine’s Docks and over London Bridge. We ran back along the Thames to Big Ben where we crossed back over finishing up at St. Paul’s cathedral.
Nikki my guide was fantastic and I would highly recommend anyone visiting London to book a tour with Love London Running Tours. It was a great way to see the city and learn about the history.
Normality and Willie’s chat will resume next week.
The 7.30 group
||The 7.30 group dodged the showers and explored the lumps and bumps of Blackford hill and the length and breadth of the Hermitage of Braid. Returning across the golf course a kneeling figure with a gun. We ran faster after that.
KB disappointed us by closing at 9.
|The Half Round
At 7pm 18 runners, and one with a putter and a golf ball, headed for the Braids (good idea Jamie).
Gordon thought he was on holiday, he had a “Weak Calf”, so never got to the first tee.
The others carried on regardless and padded and putted their way round the course.
The 7:30 contingent of 10 went to the 10th tee and ran the second 9. The two par 5s at the start were a test but we soon settled into our game. We had Drive! We were chipper, and there were lots of bogies some were below par , but we got round ahead of the others and headed back to the 19th.
4.6 miles and great fun.
On Monday six Carnethy Ladies (including Kirsty’s dog, Lily) ran from Senga’s wonderful top floor flat in Newington into the old town. We followed cycle paths through Dumbiedykes down towards the Parliament, then across to Jacob’s Ladder and up to Calton Hill with amazing views over the city. We dropped down to Princes Street and then up Market Street to Castle Hill. We followed the Patrick Geddes Steps down from the Castle to the Grassmarket and then more steps (up!) by the Flodden Wall to Lauriston Place and Quartermile. Lots of contrasts in the very old and the modern architecture on our route. We met up with Bill when we arrived back. Many thanks to Senga for a great run and delicious soup and cake!
||7pm fast run…
11 miles, 1hr 56min, 2,739ft ascent
Just myself and Matt out for a fast run this evening. We did the standard Allermuir/Caerketton via Hermitage and Swanston returning by Mortonhall. Lovely night to be out, clearing skies, but no moonlight as it was a new moon. Back at KB they had Stewarts Radical Road on tap. Lovely, but pricey at £4.90 a pint. Maybe it was the 6.4% strength that merited the inflated price.
||For some reason it was a low turnout last night.
8 for the social run (across Mortonhall and Braids), and 4 on the Easy Social, which took a new route to Craigmillar Castle via golf courses, rugby pitches, rubbish dumps, cricket pitches and supermarket car parks.
A little chilly but still a lovely night for a run covering 4.9 miles in 65 minutes.
And the 7 o’clockers…
||7 out in the 7.30 group for a run in a lovely crisp clear evening with a full moon rising. My ‘carefully researched’ route nearly became derailed as the Braid’s golf club had been mysteriously moved in the night, but this gave us an opportunity to admire the architecture and peer into living rooms in various culs de sac. Heading back to KB Patricia, with the same Petzl Tikka RXP head torch as me, articulated something that’s been bothering me – “do you get a weird 3D thing going on when you look at the grass?” – which I do. Hard to describe, it feels like one eye is muffled and the grass looks, well, weird. Glad it’s not just me.
The 7pm group apparently has three Lindsays. Our one didn’t turn up! 5.14 miles in 71 mins.