I am a loyal lover of Tribe – a London-based running community fuelled by an ever growing range of natural and nutritious energy and recovery snacks.
When the group reached out for Run Ambassadors to help them spread the Tribe family love and raise money for the charity Unseen, who fight for a world free from human trafficking and slavery, I jumped at the chance to lead one in my home city of Edinburgh. The planning began…
With guidelines from Tribe and Nige’s help, I decided on a 10km route around the trails of Arthur’s Seat, showing off the city’s best sights from one of its highest points. We would start from somewhere central, so that everyone could get there easily, and then set off to explore the off-road terrain. I invited everyone I knew within the Edinburgh vicinity through a Facebook event page, set up a Just Giving page to fundraise for Unseen and then hoped that people would sign up then turn up on the day!
On Saturday at 10am, 16 runners joined me to take on the Freedom Run and with help from Nige, my sister Tess and friend Matt, we enjoyed a beautiful route around Arthur’s Seat together in the Winter sunshine.
Some were experienced hill and trail runners and some had never climbed Arthur’s Seat despite living in the city, so it was amazing to bring together all abilities and explore as a group.
The route included some tough climbs and the group were challenged to difficult ascents and descents along the way, but we managed to stay together, regrouping every so often for photo opportunities and admiring the views. The Scottish weather really did outdo itself, we were treated to some glorious sunshine and although it was chilly, especially in the strong winds at the summit, many were stripping off base layers as we continued.
After the final descent we headed out of Holyrood Park and into the city, leaving Arthur and it’s cheeky hills behind us. I felt so lucky to have brought together such a friendly bunch of runners happy to let me lead them for a run early on a Saturday morning, everyone was chatting and getting to know each other en route and I hope this is the first time of many that we can get together and run. Thank you to everyone who joined us, especially to Joanna, run leader of one of Edinburgh’s Jog Scotland groups, I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. If you would still like to donate to the charity Unseen you can do so here,