Trail / Road Run 4:40:00  45.0 km (6:13 / km) +1100m 5:33 / km
shoes: Hoka Blue/Yellow
‘Lochnagar the long way’ with SW
We didn’t fancy a routine virtual effort to replace London so something more motivating was required. Home to the top of NE Scotland’s most iconic top seemed appropriate.
Switched everything to Friday when the weekends weather forecast clearly wasn’t getting better, and when it became clear that essential friends and family, who’d offered to help, could put themselves out even more.
One of the best ever running days.
Close to being mangled on the road from Ballogie to Aboyne but from then on diversionary chatter with family and friends, some expected, some not so, was quite brilliant. T was there at refreshment stops, K ran a stretch, AT did a huge stint on the bike, FC also on a bike popped up out of nowhere. Then IW interrupted his mid ride coffee in Ballater to snatch a chat while he joined us for 400m, then another short bit with DC again on his bike up Glen Muick.
AT turned around at the bothy as we hit the real hill. Then it was JM, PM and CW All the way up doing the sherpa bit.
Time was no interest although a nominal 5 hours was in the mind. SW is way quicker than me but it’s to her credit that was completely incidental. Delighted to both be in good shape at the top.
Great route along DW and the quiet west side of Glen Muick.
A mite nippy on top and great to be joined by T, K, CB, DW, EW and TW. Good chat.
A few thoughts for absent friends.
Lots of money raised too. A really fun day. Thanks all. Well done on the social distancing.
Walk 1:40:00  7.5 km (13:20 / km)
shoes: Mudclaws bluebackred
Lovely chat wandering back down to Glen Muick car park. Somewhat sore knees but better shape than expected.