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).
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.
Drookit is a word that best describes the runners that met up a KB for the 7pm run. They ventured out into the downpour bravely and set off for the Craiglockharts.
Half an hour later the rain was stopping as the Easy Group headed out (across the golf course for the first time since summer), heading over the shoulder of Blackford we entered the Hermitage wood. A figure in a full length black cape was standing by a 2 small fires. Was it a coven? We didn’t hang about!
It was dark in the woods and the early head torch users caused the front runners to run in the shadows, but it was a nice run along the river past the Tennis courts and over the wall into the secret off road path, carefully avoided by Sandra and Digby. We re-met them and headed up Easter Craiglockhart, passing the 7 o’clockers running down. The summit view was grand and the rain stayed off as we returned through the Hermitage and back across the golf course.
Now we were chasing the showers, with KB shutting at 9 we had 15 minutes to get back and shower.
We made it, and by the time we were dry the rain had started peeing down again.
So we missed some showers and caught others, a perfect night! 5.4 miles in 1 hour 15 minutes.
The 7 o’clockers –
Run from tonight led by Jeff
|The 7.30s –|
Dim Sum-mertime and the running was easy.
Blackford was sunny
and the gorse bushes high
We ran just 4 miles
Through the paths of the Hermie
Then ran across the golf course to the Dim Sum Near By.
The faster lot met us at just past eight thirty.
The Dim Sum was started
and the beer was shared out
The dumplings were tasty
Both the fried and the boiled ones
Next year we’ll repeat this, I don’t have a doubt.
On Monday evening Joanne, Patricia, Ruth, Elaine and Margaret considered re-running the Bonaly Handicap of last week as Patricia wants to get it right next time. However, in the end we decided to miss out Checkpoints 1 and 2 anyway and head straight up White Hill and on to Allermuir. On the way there we saw an abandoned pram (a pram in the hills?!) which gave Ruth and Patricia some fun. Ruth had to head back just before we reached the top of Allermuir, but the rest of us ploughed on and made it to the top of Capelaw, before heading back to Bonaly via the reservoir and the pine wood. It was a lovely run on a fine evening and we had time to enjoy the blooming heather.
After avoiding the “wee bit too fast for me” 7 o’clock runs over the last few weeks and it being the 5th anniversary of the Speed of Light Edinburgh festival event, it was time for a Speed of Michael run taking in some of the paths on Salisbury Crags used 5 years ago. 7 of us set out to Craigmillar and Duddingston before heading through the woods, nettles and brambles to Dunsapie. Ruth left after that leaving Tracey and me to try to hold the easy pace. We had great views from Whinnie after the earlier weather had cleared and a scree descent that was new to a few on the run. Gordon and I reminisced as we went up and down and up Salisbury Crags and explained the significance of the SOL tree and hub 3 to the rest of the group. A faster return as Gordon was keen to get to KB in time for a shower. Total distance 11.29 km or 7.0 miles over 1 hour 37 minutes,
With the slow going fast and the fast not going and the extra slow dragging the majority away it was nice to just go and do the usual – 4 miles-ish in an hour.
So through Inch Park to Craigmillar and attacking it from the rear we found an abandoned car before seeing the Castle.
The run back involved the obligatory play park stop.
4.4 miles in 62 minutes!
Eeek, I see the slow and moderately slow groups have both put up a report already and we’ve got nothing so here goes…
“The “not the fast but also not too slow” group of 4, formed effectively when most of the others simply ran off following Michael, ambitiously decided that we’d make for Allermuir via Blackford, Hermitage, Braid Burn Valley park and the route up to the (now closed) Dreghorm car park past the barracks. A punishing pace on the flat outward sections was made up for on the long slog up Allermuir, made ‘interesting’ by the wet grass on the very steep initial face which almost led to us slipping back down. From the top of Allermuir we headed diagonally down to Hillend and from there we followed the usual route back across the bypass to Morton Hall and then back to KB via Tower Hall Farm. A total distance of 11.4 miles in around 1hr 50 minutes and while I was glad to just make it back to my car, Rachel Newstead then headed off on foot to run home!”
Willie took us round a classic combination of hills. Some have fish and chips, others have gin and tonic, Wednesday night runs have Blackford and Braids. We headed up to the track at the top of the road at Blackford Hill, down to the duck pond. We then headed straight for the summit of Blackford and paused for some photos.
We then nipped over to one of the crags for a bit of a scramble then down, down, down to the bridge over the Braid Burn. The unmade path took us up to the Lang Linn path and we then made for the summit of the Braids, helping to keep down vegetation for those taking part in the Seven Hills.
The trig point was gained and the group turned for home down the track, past the side of Liberton Tower, which was glowing in the low sun. The fasties caught up with us for a photo of the massed ranks of Carnethies and then it was back to King’s Buildings by the road.
After a rather long drive on Saturday and Sunday back for holiday, I was back at work feeling fat, lethargic and unfit when I had a call from Moira asking if I fancied leading the ladies round Roslin in the evening.
What could be nicer than a jog round Roslin with the Carnethy Ladies?
So Moi and I set off from my house at 6:40 and met up with the others on Main Street. A small bunch, Sandra, Patricia, Ruth and Bill. I discussed our route with Bill and he headed off to meet us later on (or not!).
We visited the Battle of Roslin Memorial (24th February 1303) –
The Scotsman Article
The Battle of Roslin History
– and then Dryden Ice House, we ran along the line of the Kill Burn (the burn is mostly underground) Visiting Bilston Viaduct (originally by Thomas Bouch of Tay Bridge Infame).
A quck run down into the glen and up again saw us at Hewan Bank.
“An farmers tae this very day,
When they’re at the ploo-in,
Still find shinbanes in the clay,
At the place they call ‘The Hewin”
We didnt find any Shin Banes, we didn’t even find Bill as we ran down the bank and round The loop in the river Esk that forms “The Maiden Castle”. After a stone skimming stop we followed the Esk (taking the high Road) to Roslin Castle, Roslin Chapel and then back to Main street to find Bill waiting. After regaling us with his exploits and why he never found us he fed us Rasberries and Goosberries from his garden.
A lovely run (and the rain stayed off).
With the sun shining and feeling like summer I thought it was time to head for an easy run. How better to split a run but to have a pub visit half way. So a nice run up through tower farm led us to the Stable Bar. Richard bought the drinks as we moved the seats into the sunshine. After a swift half we ran back via the playpark and the back of the driving range. A quick photo stop showing the best of Edinburgh and it was back to KB 4.6 miles in 67 minutes, good going including a swift half!
As I watched the 7 o’clockers head off for a “sort of” 7 hills recce I thought how nice it was to be looking forward to a nice jog at 7:30 to let my inJURAed legs and knees recover.
With 2 new recruits we set off on a Hermitage oscillation run, a third recruit caught us on observatory road and 9 of us headed for the filled in quarry. We crossed the Hermitage a couple of times in order to get more climb. The target was the garage on Comiston Road where we had our equivalent of the 7 hills – the 7 Lollies. Digby didn’t lose 2 stones by eating lollies though.
We ran back criss crossing the Hermitage again with a visit to Blackford summit before returning to KB. 5 miles in 1:18 on a lovely night. Just what I was needing.
The 7.30-ers decided to do a bluebell run. With the first aid kit being returned to Big Al, I warned David to be careful, as last time the kit was here it was required to patch him up after a wire trip.
We set off up Observatory Hill, it was hard work (strava segment) and then wound our way through the broom to the duck pond before climbing to the hermitage. A lovely woody run and then the tennis courts. Both sides of Braid Burn Park and then across Comiston Road and along to the Bluebell Wood. I reckon we were a week early for the full magnificence!
After a quick run across the junior golf course we ascended the Blackford Quarry Arete, I suggested straight home but was overruled by a load of summiteers , so it was Blackford Summit and then home.
3 of the 7 of us completed the run with a quick beer at Leslie’s.
5.5 miles in 62 minutes moving time, pacey for the easy run!
By the way, the first aid kit jinx hit me as I tripped on a root and sprawled across the Hermitage. I decided to keep all my wounds on show, but I now have a lovely crack in my garmin watch face!
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.