edinburgh marathon

I am 65 years old – an Old Age Pensioner and soon to receive a state pension of £115 a week for ever and don’t have to do anything to get it. Isn’t this wonderful! Like getting pocket money and just not knowing what to do with it.

But I am in Edinburgh for this event and with all family except Nathan. We fly by EasyJet and get priority seating because we are weigh the grandchildren. It all goes smoothly and the 1 hour flight, meet and greet parking, etc actually makes the journey, door to door, shorter than by train.

Our accommodation is a two floor council flat and initially looks grim. But it has all we need ( though not a filter coffee maker) and clearly is aimed at parties of festival goers and stag/hen night frolickers rather than middle class families. What it excels in is location, location, location! We are under the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, in spitting distance of the Scottish parliament and within view of Holyrood Palace. All the the main attractions and Princes Street, the Castle, Grass Market, etc are short walks from where we stay.

flat 13, 1 ViewCraig

this is a grander address

but our block of flats can be seen bottom right…

Details of what we did are in my MacJournal diary; here are the high light and some photos – more are in my Flickr collection.

We did climb Arthur’s Seat and Thom, Tara, and I made it to Salisbury Crag which overhangs our flat.

very steep with some sheer drops to the side

thom and tara at the top

and me! At 65, too!!!

Other things we did…..

spending time in Princes Street gardens, picnicking and lolling

exploring the streets

visiting the Grass Market

looking around the Castle

But, of course, the main reason we were here was not for my birthday, magic as it was, but to support Thom and Louisa on their marathon races. Thom had intended to run the full marathon but his persistent asthma for the last few weeks made him downsize to the half marathon. Hi time was 1 hour and 31 minutes which disappointed him but must surely be a phenomenal time for someone who has just recently gotten into running. Louisa’s tim was 1 hour and 41 minutes which pleased and was a personal best!

Louisa and Thom setting off on their marathon runs

Couldn’t resist buying a kilt; there is now a MacLeaman clan (part of the Wallace collection). And couldn’t resist watching the one o’clock gun being fired!

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