Club training reports…
Weary legged from sprints at lunchtime I led the group a direct route to Braids summit. After a brief rest to take in the views we continued towards the Stable Bar. A visit to the Seven Acre Park added to the excitement of the run and after a quick play we braved the electric fences to run back through the mudfest that is Tower Farm Stables.
Deciding that one mud fest a night is enough, we avoided the ploughed fields and crossed Carigmillar Park Golf Club to home. 5.3 miles (a bit over the promised 4 sorry).
7pm came and went and as Gordon wasn’t there we all stood around looking confused. Fiona tried to round us all up and she, Ryan and I quickly devised a route. Or at least decided we would start by heading up Blackford Hill and not take any shortcuts. We almost turned into a dead end on the way out of KB but managed to make it (along the road) to Blackford Hill. Then we dropped down into the Braids where we unfortunately lost one due to injury and two due to headtorch issues. We made it across to the top of Braid Hill easily and then discussed what to do next.
No one was sure so Ryan took control and led us down to the Stable Bar at Mortonhall. Unfortunately no one knew where to go from here so we backtracked slightly and headed back up the path towards Braid Road. We missed the turnoff back towards the Braids and emerged on the roads in Buckstone. Another runner came past so we followed him and hoped he wasn’t heading to his house. Fiona tried to take a shortcut through someone’s garden but eventually we found our way back to the Braids, crossed over the road and dropped down to the Lodge Coffee House, then back up the steps to Blackford golf course via another couple of wrong turns. Lee and Lucas led us back over the golf course to KB, only ten minutes late, after 8 and a bit miles.
There was also a really big moon.
Kudos to Ryan, Fiona and everyone else who helped lead the run and everyone for their patience and good humour about all the dead ends and wrong turns!
The 7.30 group (also without Gordon!):
An email at work warned me that there would be a Gordonless 7pm run. Irene had offered me a lift in for 7:30, so I was going to share transport and help save the planet. I am usually there to check everyone was happy, so I was picturing a group of headless 7pm-ers in a bit of a tiz. How right I was.
But by 7:30, 15 of us had gathered and I decided to run in the trees to stay out of the cold. Wrapped up like Nanook of the North I ventured out and led the way to Easter Craiglockhart. The North Hermitage path was muddy and slippy but fairly warm as I took off one of my layers. As we reached Comiston Road we were missing three – it turned out that Lindsay had got a fly in the eye which Irene had to extricate. So not only was it a Blue Moon run, it was a Bluebottle Run.
Jumping the wall onto the “secret path” we ran past the first snowdrops of the year. It took about 5 minutes for all of us to get through the metal bar gate squeeze and then we headed up to Craiglockhart summit. The Super Blood Red Blue Moon was showing itself through the clouds as we stopped for a photo.
The return route took us along the Hermitage main path, turning left too soon into Blackford Quarry left me leading the group over the ridge and down a rather slippy, wet, Broken Glass covered, rocky slope to rejoin the planned route. Up through the reclaimed quarry and across Craigmillar Park and back to KB.
5.6 miles in 1 hour 25 (1 hour 8 minutes if you take off photo stops and fly extraction time).
Good Fun as ever
This week’s ladies run saw us heading into the Pentlands. The snow had mostly melted but had left everywhere very wet, muddy and slippery underfoot. We set out from Margaret’s, unfortunately without Margaret herself as she is bravely fighting a cold in order to race at the Devil’s Burdens. This is great commitment.
Catherine led the run in her place. We set out through the woods at Dreghorn, up White Hill and across to Bonaly. We started out with 11 but lost Kirsty early on as she too was feeling under the weather and wanted to be ready for Saturday. More great commitment to our Devil’s Burdens teams! At Bonaly we lost two more due to headtorch malfunctions (or, proof that battery power is better than usb). The remaining 8 of us continued through the woods down to Torduff Reservoir and along the road to the dam. From there we headed back to Bonaly and over the shoulder of White Hill, under the bypass and home through the woods. A few of us managed to completely overshoot the turnoff, this might have been my fault but I was distracted by the fun trail and good conversation. Thanks to Catherine for coming to rescue us!
Reunited again back at Margaret’s we were joined by Bill who had been out on his own adventure. We warmed up with Margaret’s delicious soup, homemade bread, and a selection of cheese, followed by some amazing apple and raspberry crumble. If there had been any doubt, all the mud was worth it!
It was great to see some new faces on the run. Welcome to Carnethy Becky and friends! I’m super impressed with your enthusiasm for the muddy trails even without trail shoes! See you all at the next one!
Lee looked worried, Matt was even more concerned, Mary pannicked and then Gordon walked in.
It seems like it must be an Ex-Presidential thing that Leadership is still expected.
Gordon was aiming for Arthur’s Seat with his loyal followers.
Half an hour later I had 16 eager followers as we headed across Criaigmillar Park for the Hermitage.
A quick dash up the Lang Lynn left one queazy runner , but after a few minutes recovery we were off again.
Cutting across Braids we headed down to Braidburn Park and back over Blackford.
Gordon was the sole remaining (and only showering) 7pm runner and handed over Catherine Forrest’s Greenmantle Dash prize before we headed home.
No Beers this week , But Jim and Graham were in the Trossachs making up for us.
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.
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).