arrived through heavy snow showers for the
pre party run. As the time available to run
got shorter and shorter (people WILL stop and
talk to each other!) so did our ambitions -
Blackford Hill changed to Arthur's Seat, which
changed to Craigmillar Castle.
The new venue in Inch Park, and the park itself were
a surprise to a few people, though the park is well
known to Wed night runners. At the castle the snow
was falling again for the group photo. Then we thought
we might extend the run to take in the ruins of Edmonstone
House, another little known place which was once the
centre of a major estate, now almost obliterated and
being incorporated into the new research park.
Major works and fencing at the rear of the ERI at Little
France brought the sort of challenge that attracts
Carnethies, who started to scale bridges and ford streams
until Bill sensibly brought us back to reality - we
had to return!
So we did, but not without stopping to play on the
ropes and slides in Craigmillar park.
We had our own changing rooms with customised
Bill themed his and her's labels thanks to some
quick thinking and picture research by the centre.
About 80 friends of Bill had been invited to his birthday party and we had an excellent array of food, some speeches and the cutting of the amazing cake to celebrate Bill's birthday.
There were "Bill" stories and anedotes from Carenthy members Graham Pyatt, Robin Sloan, Gordon Cameron and Nicki Innes and ex-Carnethy (but formerly a member for many years), Eddie Harvey plus one of Bill's orienteering friends Doug Wood. There was also a video from another orienteering friend, John Colls, now living in Australia. At the end, Bill gave a speech - a brief resume of his 80 years ! Overall, a lovely event.