Edinburgh has a brand new parkrun to offer its enthusiastic Saturday morning runners! Oriam parkrun!
It’s based out in the south-west of the city at the Heriot Watt University campus, Riccarton, and quite easy to get to on the bus from the city (numbers 25,34, 35, 63, take about 35 minutes) or by car with plenty of parking (Car Parks H&I). As we live on the west side of the city, Nige has been running to the start along the canal path, about 5 miles or so. A good warm-up, great if you’re training for something a little longer and want to make up the miles. Run back and you have yourself a parkrun sandwich!
Remember because we’re in Scotland it’s a 9.30am start!
The course is run on the beautiful woodland trails around the university campus, starting and finishing at the Oriam sports centre (great for toilet and cafe facilities) and is an out and back with some lovely undulations. I’d recommend wearing trail shoes if you have them, most of the course is on leafy paths through the trees and it has got a bit muddy. I’ve been wearing my Salomon Sense Pro 2’s and they’ve been perfect, just enough grip for underfoot, still nice and light.
Oriam parkrun will now be in its 5th week and we’ve been going along every week from its opening on the 2 November. I’m pretty proud to say that even with a growing baby to carry around the course (should she have her own bar code?!) my times have been pretty consistent. Consistently steady but all I aim to do is get around and as my one run a week it’s nice to have the parkrun community to feel I can safely and happily do that for as long as I still feel comfortable.
If you’ve done Cramond, Portobello and maybe Vogrie Park (the other local Edinburgh parkruns) head a little out of the city to try Oriam next time. It’s a lovely course, great people and the cafe on campus is perfect for a cuppa and breakfast after. How else would you spend your Saturday morning?! Let me know if you go along and maybe see you there!