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Slag Heap Challenge
27th April 2005


'Forget all that namby-pamby stuff about running over green grassy hills and breathing in the cool clear mountain air. Here's a run over real-life terrain for the hard men and women. The run crosses slag heaps and passes a car scrap yard, a landfill rubbish dump and a sewage works. Unfortunately it also passes a castle, a duckpond, a ford and an ancient waterway but we'll hurry past these things as quickly as we can. The run is 7 miles and takes about one and a half hours. Contrary to what Gordon may say, sandals are not the ideal footwear for this trip as there is some interesting scree running on the way back.'
Nigel

Seventeen people took up the challenge on what turned out to be a beautiful evening in some pongy, some pretty and some surreal landscape. Here's a picture story of the run. We rounded up the evening in the Cramond Brig. A great run. Thanks Nigel!
AN


Winchburgh Golf Club car park, 6.30pm


Regroup at the canal


Canal run

Cool and sunny


After the sewage works the landfill was quite pleasant


Then came the pond complete with nesting swans


Kate found a seat!

While Jill found the captain's log!

We all found our own way up

The view opened up

You could see the Bridges


There's quite a bit of vegetation on some of the bings


Dr Who-landscape

Fancy finding a blue lagoon up here!

The landscape was really quite surreal


It felt like we had climbed up to the plateau in The Lost World



The car dump - Willie in his element

Escaping back to the canal

That was an interesting run

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