After a totally fab run on Saturday, Mary suggested we do the Airport Run as recovery on Sunday. Up the River Almond from Cramond and round a square at the boundary of the airport, then back down the Almond. It can be quite overgrown on the riverside path so I wasn't very keen. But when we got there the paths were clear of shrubs and weeds and it was an excellent 7miler in perfect conditions. The icing on the cake of the weekend.
After running up the Almond turn right to cross the small bridge towards the Cramond Brig Hotel but then sharp left through the lower carparky area and stay this side of the river as it ducks under the motorway. From there we run up the right side before crossing the Grotto Bridge and continuing up the left hand side until you come to the railway bridge on the airport boundary.
Often this path can be muddy and overgrown and you find yourself stepping cautiously through insect infected weeds and brambles - "biters and scratchers" as Mary calls them. However the dirt trail is dry and hard-packed and the foliage is well trimmed back. And the sunshine made it perfect running.
Mary says I should stop doing this as it is undignified. I think she should be proud that I can levitate and take a photo at the same time when some of my contemporaries are using mobility scooters to haul their fat arses to the pub to buy fags. Now that IS undignified.
Turning left onto the "main" road for half a mile before dropping back to the riverside paths. This section features in the CAAC 5mile race.