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.
From Tiphereth we ran up and over the old Torphin Hill Golf course which is happily returning to nature with lots of interesting paths produced by walkers and runners. We carried on over to Torduff Reservoir and then onto Bonaly, passing a field of alpacas. Next came the plod up White Hill and then down to the new Dreghorn Woods and under the bypass to the Polofield and the Covenanters’ Wood and finally, through the gate to Margaret’s garden. Many thanks to everyone who came along!
|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!
|With time having run out at work I forgot to send out the email, but a good number set of for The Craiglockharts with Alan Swanson leading. There were four for the easy run which took in Blackford, Braids, a visit to the Cave, and The Hermitage before summiting Blackford and home.|
A lovely warm sunny evening
|After Gordon setting off for the Pentlands to the dismay of a couple of his followers, I waited to see who would be up for the easy run.|
By 7:30 we had 4 , We set off at an unusually fast pace for the easy run up Observatory road, and I tried unsuccessfully to show Karin a new Blackford Path on the way to the duckpond and up through Midmar Meadow. With a quick burn crossing by the bridge as Bill’s stepping stones were missing, we climbed the muddy path and along the south side of the hermitage.
Through the petrol station, missing out on the ice cream buying and into Braidburn Park. Then returning on the north side to summit Blackford before heading for home. 5.3 miles in 72 minutes.
Driving home I spied a smaller number of 7pm runners heading up past the (now defunct) Braidburn Inn.
Last night Charlie, Euan and I decided to hit the Pentlands. It was a fine evening, after all. No point in us reccying the 7 Hills route with the rest of them, seeing as none of us were doing the race and I think I’ve ran the course at least 5 times in as many weeks. Also, as a faster (some would just say just “longer”) run, I believe it’s expected to hit Allermuir or Caerketton at some point in the evening. So, nothing else for it than the standard “Nash Dash” route of Blackford, Swanston, Allermuir, Caerketton, Mortonhall. A true classic, only improved with a stop at the Stables bar for a swift half of Stewart’s 80 shilling. I’ll try to bring some imagination next time, perhaps doing that route in the opposite direction (ooooh!).
11.4miles, 2,400ft ascent, 1hr 48mins running (11mins drinking).
Results are here.
|With the sun out, it was a lovely night for a run.|
The Easy 7:30 group headed for Tower Farm with a few pushes and stops. We ran a bit of the bridle path (a bit we missed last week) and headed across the junior golf course into the Hermitage. We ran through the Bluebell wood, which is only a week or so away from being spectacular. Then along the north side of the Burn on the high track and down to the wooden bridge.
We climbed the Arete past the roped climbers before summiting Blackford and Home.
5.2 miles in 70 minutes.
|An excellent evening for a longer run! Bright, cool, with a bit of wind to ensure you kept moving. Ed, Euan and I made a break for the hills, deciding on the classic “Fasty” wed run of Blackford-Allermuir-Caerketton-Mortonhall. It’s a route run so often it should really have a name….what about “The Nash Dash”, seeing as it’s his favourite route, like, ever? I was contemplating maybe doing next week’s handicap route, but then I remembered that I know nothing about it other than it starts around Swanston, so stuck with what I knew – which isn’t very much. Anyway, a grand evening, smooth running, though a surprising lack of pub stops (0 stops, disappointing) – something to improve on another time! Back to KB for a pint of Edinburgh Gold.|
11.1miles, 2,400ft ascent, 1hr 48ish.
|6 left KB for a flatter but faster run last night. A swift climb up past the observatory was followed by the usual route through the Hermitage to the tennis courts at which point Liam realised his shoes were on the verge of falling apart and left for home. Over the Craiglockharts we went, before following the Braid Burn past Dreghorn barracks and under the bypass to the foot of White Hill which we summitted in the snow. Nigel showed us a clean pair of heels on the way back through Braid Burn Park before we struggled up the steps to summit Blackford once more. Just under 13 miles with about 1300 ft climbing.|
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|The Easy Run|
With Chris Busby speeding off for the Pentlands and Britton Heading off for the Craiglockharts, I was happy to have a nice easy run round the Braids Bridle Path. The snow held off and we had a pacier run than usual wiith 4.6 miles in 64 minutes. We couldn’t decide where to go at the top of Braids. On the way down we led 3 other runners down Liberton Farm track and tried a bit of recruiting. Then we lost Patricia and Sandra (chatting too much) as we dived across the golf course to the finish.
Here’s the route for last night’s social run:
There were 11 of us for the social run last night. We headed west out to the Craiglockharts by way of Blackford, stopping at the peak of Wester Craiglockhart to admire the wall of falling snow between us and the Pentlands. After that, it was on to the Braids, followed by a circumnavigation of Blackford to go by the pond, and back to KB just as the clock struck 90 minutes.