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Here is what Alex’s family had to say about the challenge…
“So Alex is always up for a challenge and on Saturday aired the idea of the seven hills of Edinburgh. By that evening the plan was hatched for a 7am start, rucksack packed, his kit laid out and him raring to go…
Sunday he’s up, super excited to go and we head off – thinking how far we might get, how will be do… 6 hrs 23 mins later we roll back on to the home drive with seven hills having been done – Calton and Castle hill easy going but quiet at crack of dawn, out to Corstophine, along the path behind the zoo hearing all the animal sounds at their breakfast time including the tigers, then a big down hill section and on along and up the muddy back path and steps up Craiglockhart. Still full of beans, and some encouragement and hand up the steep sections we get up to Braid hills – still icy there and both Alex and dad coming off bikes still soldiering on, Blackford hill a usual haunt of ours straight forwards and bouncing cycling down the grassy section, and a long slog on, up around the back and walk up Arthur’s seat….
Alex even wore his Heriot’s fleece and Hammers T-shirt, as well as two layers of thermals and waterproofs! Here’s to lots of challenges and all the forms of inspiration we can get during lockdown.”
A fantastic effort from Alex – 7 hills, 3000 feet ascent, 24 miles. What a great way to spend the weekend!