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Running In The Rain!

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photo by Kathy Quinn

It might not have been the driest of days, but that didn’t stop people turning out to take part in the Wester Hailes Fun Run last Saturday.  Showing plenty of Olympic spirit, runners braved torrential rain to complete a 5k circuit of Wester Hailes that included the famous Greenway hill.  The idea to organise a run in 2012 came after an article here on the blog reminded people of what a great event the Fun Run used to be.  Several of the runners remembered taking part in the old Fun Run, including Kim Forbes who won it 22 years ago.  Keeping the fun in the run, a group of participants walked the whole route in fancy dress. Despite being drenched, everyone was full of enthusiasm, saying how much they had enjoyed taking part.  Some supporters braved the weather but there was also a lot of encouragement and cheering from windows along the way. 

 At the top of the Greenway, Clovenstone Community Centre ran a water station to help people on their way and to keep the runners on track.  Other partners involved in planning and supporting the run with volunteers were CHAI, Wester Hailes Health Agency, Prospect, Wester Hailes Community Council, Community Learning and Development, and Lothian and Borders Police.  The council did a great job in clearing the route, cutting back branches etc to make the run safer.  Gordon McDonald MSP was on hand to start the runners off and stayed to cheer everyone on, and Donald Wilson the new Lord Provost came to lend support.  Congratulations to all who completed the route and hopefully there will be a Fun Run next year, only this time in drier conditions!

Runners with Gordon McDonald MSP


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