This was it then - the long run for 5x50 final day

The plan was to run through Dalmeny Estate. Thinking about it last night and checking bus times I decided to get the bus out and run back. Had some nice wholemeal bread for breakfast, got into the running gear and off I went for the bus. Felt surprisingly nervous and excited about my little adventure.

Off the bus at Dalmeny Station at 9:20 (had a quick look for Malcy but no sign) then along the path by the railway to Hawes Pier. The 100+ wet wooden steps down from railway level to the shore were a bit of a challenge, making sure I didn't slip right at the start. I could hear sounds from a PA system and thought it was the boat trips getting ready to leave but when I got to the Hawes Inn there was a little crowd of people watching a group abseiling off the rail bridge for charity. (There are people madder than me!).

Into the run then. It was quite a misty morning so not good to see across the Forth but it gave a strange enclosed feeling and seemed to make the bird song more clear as you didn't get the traffic noise so much. Lots of spring flowers in evidence too; cowslips, primroses, bluebells, comfrey, pink campion, saxifrage.

It's a route I know reasonably well from walking so I had mentally mapped out some staging points - Hound Point tanker terminal, the white gates, Barnbougle Castle, the golf course etc. Just took it steady and kept going as best I could and didn't worry if I had to walk up the hills. Didn't see any other runners but met a few walkers and cyclists. There also seemed to be a Guide or Scout Camp in progress. They must have been absolutely miserable in the rain yesterday.

Doing the route this way round was definitely a good idea as the landmarks became more familiar as I went along. I could see the "teeth" marking the causeway to Cramond Island and the houses on the other side of the river. After a vicious little hilly bit which I walked, I recognised I was back on the tracked I'd sussed out the other day and that it would be mainly downhill from here. Slight irritation was I could feel my sock rubbing on my big toe but after stopping to loosening my shoe even that felt better. Seeing the gate at the entrance to the estate spurred me on past some walkers with a cheery hello.

I'd half thought of stopping at this point and phoning for a lift home but the 5x50 total beckoned and I was still feeling OK at least for running the flat bits. Got home in 1 hour and 10 minutes for about 11k which I'm pleased enough with because today was about getting round not time. Unfortunately Endomondo failed me or I did something to it at some point so I don't have details to pore over but that may not be a bad thing.

Took some photos on my phone and will try and post them later today.


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15 Replies

  • Nice blog and sounds like a beautiful run :-)

  • What a lovely blog - I could really imagine that run - and a wonderful way to end 5x50.

    Only ten minutes until the next team total update... I can't wait. :D

  • Sounds like a great run! :-)

  • What a lovely run, and thank you for your blog. The wildflowers are amazing at the moment aren't they? Good job today and well done on your whole challenge, Theresa x

  • Thanks Wilma and well done on a great finish :-)

  • A very impressive finish to your 5 x 50 challenge, good time too, well done :)

  • Well done Wilma. Our paths probably crossed this morning. I was 20 mins later than expected in starting so got the 10:30. I had my C25K shirt on in case you saw me.

    Just about to write up my blog ...

  • Was on the look out for other runners but didn't see any. Hope you had a good run too.

  • Not sure if this will work but here is the link to the photos on my Facebook page

  • Yes, that worked. :)

  • Well done! Sounded like a great route and your time was fantastic.

  • Well done - what a great achievement. :)

  • Great end to the challenge! :) Well done!

  • A great end to the challenge Wilma! What an amazing day this has been for all the Team! Another glass of champers raised to toast you - cheers! :)


  • Thanks folks for all your nice comments. Feel quite humble compared to the totals some of you have added but as they say every little helps!

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