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.
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
Festive Ladies Night chez Delia(Patricia!)
7 ladies turned up for a frosty run from Gardeners Crescent (Patricia’s pad). We headed along by frozen Union canal tow path, small hill run up Lemington Terrace, cross over through Meadows to eventually appear in a ‘spooky’ Olde Innocent Railway.Return journey to Gardnners Crescent by original route. Only 5 returned for a warm up with delicious home-cooked French Onion Soup, and nostalgic Ribena and Tunnocks Teacakes. Ambient Festive atmosphere created with twinkling fairy lights on Tree and Christmas music in background. Thanks Patricia.
||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.