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The ERN Six-Pack Recce

2012
Feb
Ready for the off
Ready for the off

How do you combine a run with ERN’s second favourite post-run pastime? (Cake consumption being the favourite of course!) Adequate hydration is critical for any runner, particularly on longer runs. Perhaps regular hydration breaks at a selection of Edinburgh’s public houses might fulfil that requirement. Why not stage a club event and put it to the test?

The logistics involved in 20-30, thirsty, and possibly sweaty, runners, shattering the relative peace of a series of such establishments, demanding refreshment, could prove a logistical nightmare for all involved! A small scale test of the route would be required. So it was that four brave souls, Rachel, Murdo, Phil and Mike, were waved off from Meadowbank by Aicha on a damp Saturday afternoon in February to test the ‘water’ for a future club event. Look out for more news in the near future.

Murdo said : From an organisers point of view, it went really well, distances were accurate, no real hill efforts required once you’ve got the run up to the Commie out of the way. On paper, the leg between the Roseleaf and C&B was one I thought may have been a drag but was very steady and not too bad at all, next leg to the Regent was also fine.

If we were to do it with a bigger crowd, it may be best if we warn the pubs and possibly have an order in place. The estimate of time – 2 hours running, 2 hours drinking wasn’t far off the mark at 4:15 in total. Nice food in the Regent as well.

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Our first port of call
Our first port of call

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Our second stop, but no cake was consumed unfortunately!
Our second stop, but no cake was consumed unfortunately!

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Stop three, and a fruity wee half for Rachel
Stop three, and a fruity wee half for Rachel

Rachel with her Tasting Glass in the Roseleaf

Stop four, where an eclectic assortment of larger glasses were also available
Stop four, where an eclectic assortment of larger glasses were also available
Stop five, and the busiest of the day, well, vocal chords required lubrication in preparation for a rugby match.
Stop five, and the busiest of the day, well, vocal chords required lubrication in preparation for a rugby match.

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Our journey complete, but more drink had to be consumed as an accompaniment to the excellent food
Our journey complete, but more drink had to be consumed as an accompaniment to the excellent food

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