Hello there!

I’m recently back from a wonderful 10 night stay in Mallorca where I was able to relax, recover and recharge from the Fling and the year’s hard grafting so far. My intention for my post today was to share some of the wonderful stuff we got up to whilst we were over there, but it would appear that the holiday gremlins have stolen my camera cable in my absence. Annoying when that happens, so that will need to wait until they decide to return it – or I find it. Whichever comes first…

Anyway, this weekend I had the pleasure of meeting up with two bloggers and frequent commenters around these parts, Jemma and Iona, and two of my friends from the club, Kate and Ali, to do some running in the Cairngorms. We were all set to do a race called ‘Race The Steam Train’ on Sunday morning, so we decided to come up a day early and fit in some trail running.

The weather was well and truly on our side and Ali could not have picked a better route for us – a circuit incorporating an ascent of Meall a’Bhuchaille, which is a Corbett East of Aviemore next to Glenmore Forest. We went right over the hill, past Ryvoan Bothy and down to the Green Lochan which was breathtaking. The mix of snow and intense sunshine made it feel like we were in the Alps!

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Looking down to the Green Lochan.

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A quick breather after a heart-stopping descent!

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Cooling down in the icy water!

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A beautiful inscription on a memorial bench:
“And again in the dusk of evening I shall find once more alone the dark water of the green loch, and the pass beyond Ryvoan…”

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All in all it was a day to be truly grateful to be alive and live where we do, and to be able to do what we do.

Happy running,

~ Rwr