28 July 2018
The Sidlaws Skyline, a route name which brings to mind the Glencoe Skyline, a serious challenge! Yet this was also a chance to explore the oft-neglected hills in our back yard. It was a long time in the planning, and the run-up to it was an equally long time without rain. But the day before we saw a forecast for 30mm of rain – a whole weekend of heavy rain right across the UK. The famous DMC optimism won again and we met at Katrina’s for croissant sustenance. Complex logistics sorted, we met at the start with bikes and running shoes ready. In no time at all we were on the first summit, Dunsinane Hill. Yay, 10% of the ten summits complete! There was a bit of mist, but this was going to be easy. The hard bit arrived swiftly with an ascent into thick fog, challenging navigation, pathless terrain and thick heather to negotiate.
The bikers were going to find this difficult. The runners pressed on using map and compass until finally the cloud lifted near Gaskhill. The going was much easier round Ballo and on a path to Laird’s Loch. At that point the wind picked up and the rain started but fortunately it stopped after a few minutes so I didn’t need to put my jacket on. Fantastic views for the high section across Lundie to Newtyle and a pleasant descent into the village. Good timing, a quick burst of heavy rain coincided exactly with toilet stop. A few minutes later we ran up the lovely wee den to Kinpurney where we were joined by Simon O for the run to Auchterhouse hill. Finally we felt as though we were going to succeed. The sunshine and the views were splendid. Great running tracks to Craigowl then another heather hop to Gallow hill, our tenth and final top. Down to the car for tea and medals 🙂
- Report by Andrew B
Andrew B (run), Dominic (run) , Amy (run) , Berenice (run) , Simon L (bike), Chimed (bike) , Simon O (run)
Some of the group reaching the top of Dunsinane Hill
A video of the day was created and be can watched here:
See also the club photo album