Arthur Seat – RCD 5k – Sunday 21st August 2016

A warm and sunny Sunday, saw Run Club Dalkeith begin their 5k series for this year. 15 members made the 11am (ish) start – just as the sun was warming up!

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A strong wind swirled the famous volcanic rock in the heart of the city and runners were faced with the steep climb up Queen’s Drive to Dunsapie Loch. The Park was busy with other runners, walkers and cyclists. The odd car on the road meant we had to be super alert. How rude. Cars on our route! But they didn’t deter the determined Dalkeith runners and all 15 battled on!

A water stop mid-way up Queen’s Drive gave relief for some. For others, the thought of stopping on THAT hill was enough to ensure they ploughed through without the liquid help!

At the top of the hill, the plateau of the road helped runners get their breath back and prepare for the downhill section of the route. The 5k route is truly a run of 2 halves. The steep incline of the first third of the route is matched by an equally steep decline through Holyrood Park. As runners left Dunsapie Loch to start their downward run, they were faced with the strong wind coming from the west. The pleasure of the downward section was marred slightly by the strong wind – but no one was to complain – especially as the sun was still shining and, after all, a good downward hill is a joy to any runner!

Passing Dynamic Earth, the route flattened again and runners were left with a flat home straight that seemed to be never ending! However, a tree mid-way along the road was the 5k mark and our finishing post. Finishers gathered and welcomed club mates over the finish line. Even those who chose to cross the line trainer less!!! (A strange point for some, but not, it would seem, for Maureen!!)

A lovely day and a fantastic run was topped off with flapjack, mars bar crunch, fairy cakes and scones (with butter AND jam!) Refuelling after such a route is, of course, a necessity!

Well done to all Club runners – a great turn out on a Sunday morning and a great run by all.

Thanks also to those who came along to encourage, cheer on, hand out water and generally be supportive! Your sounds of encouragement were appreciated by all!

Our next run in the 5k series is Saturday 17th September 2016 and is the Forth Road Bridge run. Here’s hoping for a good turn out and similar weather!!!

Report by Pamela McIntosh…….RCD

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