I headed off in my campervan for a night at the weekend, thinking I'd missed my chance for a 10k run - too much time spent mowing, weeding and doing yoga last week! Lo and behold, my camping partner suggested we tried a run together rather than a walk! So we took it very steady - she has only done a couple of 2-milers recently, but loads of yoga. We ran from Buckie to Portgordon on the Moray coast, places we'd never visited before, stopping occasionally to admire the views, cute fisherman-style cottages and harbour. We didn't see any dolphins this trip - the dolphins were hanging out at Chanonry Point further west, according to the photos posted by friends on Facebook!
The route back from Portgordon was along the old railway line, a little higher than the outward route and 100m inland from the sea, still giving great views of the sea. Then it headed further inland along the edge of the deserted golf course - where were all the golfers on a warm Sunday afternoon?
And finally back through the streets of Buckie. We added a bit on at the end to make it to 10k, finishing with a short uphill stretch from Buckie harbour to the town centre, which seemed to amaze an elderly local mannie who commented genially and with apparent admiration on our arival at the pedestrian crossing. Perhaps nobody else goes running in Buckie?
Happily there were no ill effects from tripling my buddy's running mileage in one leap - the benefits of her relative youth and inherent fitness Now I'm looking forward to more sightseeing buddy runs in future!