Mixing things up a bit

Some of you might remember the blog post I put on about running in the Pentlands. While I was unable to blog due to technical issues with the previous website, I've been back in to the hills for some more training and trail running. 

I usually head up to Craiglockhart on a Sunday morning to join the others for the 16 mile run that happens every week, but for a change, I decided to work out the 10 mile route once and for all. 

I posted on Twitter to see if anyone fancied joining me and Nicholas (@nwolverson) said he would join me. 

Sunday morning arrived and the weather wasn't brilliant, to be honest, it was chucking it down but we still decided to go. 

Arriving at the car park, I changed my shoes in to my Inov8 Talons and we both headed up the hill along the route that I've ran previously. 
Then came the first climb, up West Kip, then along to East Kip and then straight after that, the final climb and highest climb up to Scald Law. I had hoped for some amazing views at the top but unfortunately the cloud was so low that I just got a misty photo. 

This was taken at the trig point at the top of Scald Law. Scald Law is the highest point of the Pentlands at 579 metres, you wouldn't have thought it!

From here it was all downhill. Dropping about 800 metres in to the valley which was great. The weather just added to the experience and now that the terrain had levelled out a bit we were getting a bit more pace in our legs, I estimated we were on for a 2 hour run around the 10 mile route. 

It was beautiful, small streams to run through, good trail to run on, all in all, a great run. 

With about a mile to go until we were meant to be back at the car, something went wrong!

Due to the low cloud cover we got totally disoriented and took a wrong turn. The car was south of us but some how we headed directly north, for 3 miles! 

Eventually when our GPS watches were still clocking up the miles, we stopped and tried to think where we had gone wrong but we couldn't work it out. Nicholas' watch luckily had a compass built in so we took the most direct route south. 

Within a couple of miles the clouds clearer just enough for us to spot the Kips that we had climbed earlier. 

We decided to cut across ground, go off road and take the most direct route we could in the their direction. 

Eventually we got back to the paths we had ran earlier that day and got back to the car.

We were both exhausted and glad to be back in the car. I checked my watch and the 10 mile run had turned in to a 16 mile run which took us 2 hours 46 minutes! 
I was surprised how easy it was to get lost out there, I'm glad it wasn't in the middle of winter otherwise it could have been a lot worse! 

Since then I've been investigating either downloadable maps for my phone or a good old fashioned map and compass for future visits!

It was really good to do something different though. It really gives your legs and lungs a good workout and I would recommend it to anyone, just make sure you know where you are going or have a good map with you! 

The map of the route I had, a photocopy of a map from the trail book I have, just wasn't detailed enough to help when we were lost. 

 

Owain Williams

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