Tonight I decided to have a “Sweet Little Mystery” run, I was “Wishing I Was Lucky” and that a lot of people would “Make It Tonight” . I was hoping we wouldn’t have to be “Holding Back the River” and soon it was time to “Put the Light On”. Well it was Wet Wet Wet.
I was a little late having got halfway to KB with no fell shoes. But a phone call to Richard and the larger than usual group was there waiting when I arrived at 7:32.
A little rain doesn’t put off Carnethies!
A quick run across Craigmillar Park and along the fence and we were on golf course number 2, up the edge of the junior course to go onto the Misty Braids. We randomly weaved through the mist and jumped the wall on to Mortonhall Golf Course and ascended to the Masts. A quick dash to the trig for a photo shoot and then we had another random misty weave through Braids.
We managed to find our way to Lang Linn and ran back across the hermitage and summited Blackford before returning to KB.
A great wet run of 5 miles in 1 hour 20, Nicely finished off with a quick half pint in Leslie’s Bar.
We did Whinny Hill, the summit and Crow Hill before returning by Innocent Railway, Prestonfield and Inch Park and were back in 90 minutes having done 7 and a half miles. No fasties this week.
Check out the run on Strava – https://www.strava.com/activities/1267105906
After waving off the 2 7pm groups the long lost Drew Lennie turned up and we discussed plans for the run. We decided on Craigmillar Castle as Alfie (his four legged friend) would enjoy the freedom.
7 of us headed out across Inch Park and out to the wilds of Craigmillar. No-one fancied playing on the swings this time so we went off to explore Hawkhill Wood. After a quick circumnavigation through the undergrowth we ran round the Castle passing the film set for Outlander, then after a quick hill rep we returned to KB across the rugby pitch. We finished with another quick Hill rep and wall climb into Craigmillar Park. A nice 4.6 miles in 67 minutes.
Wed 7pm social
A healthy group of 10 including some newbies joined me for the “dry” pub run which covered 10 of the current or former pubs visited on the Xmas pub run. 14.4k in 1.27hrs so it was lot pacier than it will be at Xmas. The fasties were depleted in numbers after last week
Next week is the fancy dress Halloween run in Penicuik estate – details on night runs page.
Nine runners made up the fasties group this week for another run out to the Pentlands. A quick blast over Blackford hill, through the hermitage and Braidburn Valley park brought us to Oxgangs. Sticking to the side of the stream all nine of us made it to Redford Barracks with Jim Hardie then taking the lead through Covenanters Wood, under the bypass and to the fringes of the Pentlands. Everyone seemed happy to head higher so we made our way to the top of Allermuir via the handicap route that skirts Green Craig. At the windy nook the group split into two with five runners choosing to return to KB via Swanston. The remaining four popped over Caerketton and ran back via Morton Hall.
Next week the plan is to explore round the back of Caerketton. It’d be great to have a high turnout again as it was a real pleasure to run as part of a larger group yesterday. If you don’t fancy joining the faster group I hear that the 7pm social group is pretty awesome too.
Stats: 18 km, 573m, 2hrs 5 mins (or 20.3 km, 697m, 2hrs 7 mins).
The Wednesday Night 7.30 pm Social-Social Run had a good 5.7 mile run around the Braids…including a successful summit of the trig point.
Richard, Mark, Abby, Lyndsay, Sandra, Ken, Hayley, Patricia and Sandra
I hope John and the fasties aren’t taking over – he only left 3 to join me on the hospital run – Astley Ainslie/Royal Ed/Craighouse/XAids Hospice/City Hospital with a couple of Craiglockharts and Blackford thrown in. 8.5 miles I was told in about 95 mins – we didn’t do much socialising!
Do join us next week
Stats: 19.6k, 600m in 2 hrs 10 mins
Sprints were a bit of a misnomer for the ‘Golf Course Sprints’ 7.30 group starting at hole 10, or ‘the gherkin’, but we somehow held off the 7pm group doing the whole round until the last hole in an increasing ‘damp’ outing. With headtorches on the rain appeared oddly like snow, a cruel harbinger of things to come, but lying green on the ground. We got back to KB before the deafening and incomprehensible ‘we are about to throw you out the showers’ announcements on the PA. Which was nice.