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Borders Journey Run
24th February 2008


The start


The runners


The Three Brethren


Trimontium

The Borders journey run was enjoyed by two groups of runners – six of the intrepid club journey runners and two more who started early and never quite managed to hold back to our relaxed pace. The run began well from Traquair in excellent weather conditions. A long, steady climb up the Southern Upland Way brought us to the first curiosity of the day – the strange crop circles at Resolution Point. I don’t think anyone believed me but there they are in the photo. A little further on we paused at the Cheese Well and made an offering of a shiny new penny to the fairies to ensure our safe passage. It seemed to work as the rest of the day went very well..


We continued for miles along gently undulating moorland with excellent views in all directions over the Borders hills and across to the Eildons. We eventually reached The Three Brethren – three massive cairns that mark three county boundaries for the Common Ridings. It was too windy to stop for lunch so we continued on over a “slightly muddy” moorland path to Broadmeadows Youth Hostel. We espied a picnic table on the front lawn so decided to stop for an elegant lunch. Later, as we rose from our repast, the table overbalanced and almost pitched three of our number to the ground. It just goes to show how dangerous hill running can be.


We continued on down to the road at Yarrowford and had to endure almost 100yds of road running before turning off towards the Minchmoor Road. This is a delightful grassy drove road dating from the 13th century. It rises gently for miles back up to the Southern Upland Way near Minch Moor. After we re-passed the Cheese Well there was a long downhill run all the way back to Traquair. As Shane later said, "brilliantly runnable from beginning to end". The day was rounded off by a stop for refreshment at the Traquair Arms in Innerleithen. As we later emerged, refreshed, we discovered that we had inadvertently missed the one rain shower of the day. More photos on Alan's site here. According to his GPS it was 17 miles, 3600 ft of climb,


Nigel Rose


Crop circles

Lunch

Broadmeadows

The hills await

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