31st October 2012 - Flotterstone
Daleks, Battlefields, Test-tubes, Cars in ditches, Paranormal Activity, Sprained Ankles, Witches and Fireworks it must be the Carnethy Halloween Night Run
Luckily the late arrivals added to the 13 runners setting off from Flotterstone, and as we approached the wooden bridge over Glencorse Burn the vision of smoke lights and a large Dalek was a surprise to most.
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Having avoided extermination we ploutered through the muddy fields to the Rullion Green Battlefield Memorial (info here) and then across the fields to the waterfall below Glen Cottage and a stop for some test tubes full of Whisky-Mac.
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Fuelled up we had a failed attempt at extrication of Sam Johnson's van from the ditch (the dangers of Dalek delivery).
With time running short the climb of Castlelaw was aborted for a dash across the firing range to Castlelaw Hill Fort and Earth House (info here) where we found the Earth house already occupied by the Local Paranormal Society! Cody is obviously a channel to the underworld as they exclaimed - "when the dog entered it spiked".
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Then it was on to the woods and past the army trenches (in a place with a far greater paranormal feeling) to the Tyler Memorial with a stop en-route to administer First Aid to Lindsey Donald after turning her ankle slipping off a treacherous tree root.
The memorial was the sight of a Woodhouselee Witches Coven in full spell casting mode, where luckily the cauldron was full of hot Glühwein which was dished out liberally.
While one witch took care of the injured Lindsey, the rest of us returned via a wonderful Fireworks display and Castlelaw Carpark and on to The Flotterstone Inn for some well earned food and beer and a reunion with all the helpers and the injured.
A great night was had by (almost) all. Our route
Thanks to Bob and Sam Johnson, Graham Nash, Cali Ingham, Moira Stewart, Bob Waterhouse and Nick Macdonald for all the entertainment.
Willie Gibson

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