But we are the slow group, we start half an hour later, we start at hole 10. It was on.
Hayley was happy as she had been disappointed to not have golf coursed the week before, She left her head torch behind and we headed up Observatory Road. Digby was a special guest with his svelte self leading the way chased by Moira. I was gasping behind.
After Regrouping we headed for the 10th and did our usual tee to green, avoiding one golfer in the gloaming on the 11th green. With the undulations of the 16th leading to the valley of the 17th it was getting dark. The night vision golfer chipping on to the 18th green was a surprise!
We headed back across the Junior Golf Course and Graigmillar Park for a 5 miler in 70 minutes, Not Bad!
This is the longest of the easy runs we do but although we do a summit it is all runnable. I was outsprinted to the top by Moira and the rest soon followed.
The route back took us on the south side of the Hermitage and round the south of Blackford to find that the social 7o’clockers had already been and gone, Slackers.
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
||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.
||It was a lovely still, if chilly night. Time for a longer easy run.
After a swift run across the darkness of the golf course we descended through the old filled in quarry to the foot of Blackford quarry. With a run straight up the Hermitage we headed on through the tennis courts and after the usual walll jump, headed tor Easter Craiglockhart. The view to the bridges was spectacular and after a photo stop we returned along the north side of The Hermitage and summited Blackford before returning to KB, 5.5 miles in just under 1 hour 20 minutes.
The Wednesday Night Social Run tried to step up to the plate of a certain set of Hoka’s….and introduced two new first-timers, Lynne and Sarah into the many joys of the Carnethy world. It has to be said that our raconteur of the various sights along the run, might have fallen somewhat short of the usual high standards…but our pointing out that the Braid Hill’s Trig Point had had a fresh lick of paint was agreed by all to have been an uncovering of immense historic and cultural significance….in fact worthy of the new membership fee alone!
Richard, Sandra, Ken, Sarah and Lynne
||The Teams met up at Kings Buidings. There were 17ish in the first wave including Britton Smith on his last Carnethy run, and they headed for the first tee with a nice route over Blackford. They started the round well with a few pars and no lost balls.
Half an our later the second wave set off for the golf course by the direct route across Craigmillar Park. The 7:30 start was at tee No 10 and as we started off we could see the earlier lot only one hole behind.
We kept our heads as we sprinted Tee to Green, just managing to stave them off until the 18th tee, where we congregated and wished Britton well before finishing the round in a flurry of about 30 runners.
Jogging back the keensters summited Blackford and the others headed back direct to KB.
At the 19th Hole (Leslie’s Bar), we drowned our sorrows and said our goodbyes to Britton.
Haste Ye Back
||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!