1. CAAC 5 ROAD RACE | JUNE
The route is on the open winding starting from the end of Turnhouse Road and circling Turnhouse Golf Course and Cammo. There is a fast downhill start before doubling almost towards the town and round Cammo, a good uphill is quickly followed by a sharp downturn in the road to the 3mile mark. Just before the 4 mile mark there is another incline before the course drops to a fast finish just off Turnhouse Road. The route can be viewed here, CAAC 5 route & elevation. The mapping is not a completely accurate in distance, but shows the route, start, finish and mile markers. The race takes place on a Wednesday night at the start of June, and generally thus far the sun shines brightly! There are prizes for the first 3 Men, Women, first age categories and first teams.
2. BADDINSGILL ROUND HILL RACE | AUGUST
An 11 mile route in the much less trodden and remoter western end of the Pentlands, with ~700m of ascent. The views, both north and east to the people studded main Pentland ridges, and to the south and west across Midlothian to the Borders and the Southern Uplands are excellent.
The start is at the end of the public road at Baddinsgill Farm, which is approximately 2.5 miles up Medwyn Road from West Linton which is itself about 16 miles from Edinburgh along the A702.
Full details and link to enter at here.
3. MUIRIESTON TRAIL RACE | SEPTEMBER
Starting with a short section of tarmac footpath on Murieston Valley to Nevis Drive, the route soon joins the red shale track of the Murieston Trail then follows a well marked route across various surfaces including the forest trail around Campbridge Pond and the boardwalk by the Murieston Water. After climbing and descending the steps in the wood, the route re-joins the red shale path towards Livingston South Station before a short uphill section on tarmac at Robin’s Way, then back through the woods before picking up part of the outward route in reverse and looping back to the Cricket Club and a welcome arrival at the finish line.
The club has two annual Handicap races. Both are aimed to have all club athletes finishing together for a real last minute rush to the line.
1. CAAC SPRING HANDICAP
The CAAC Spring Handicap is a resurrected titan of classic classics. Last won by Ian Macrae when ran in the late 1980’s, it returns to the CAAC calendar. Of the same ilk as the Autumn Handicap, its a easy going event and the handicapping should be of high quality to allow classics finishes this classic deserves.
The route is ~10k and runs from Currie to Balerno, this is the exact same route that the previous races were run on all those years ago. The route can be viewed here, (note its 2 laps!) CAAC Spring Handicap route & elevation.
The Handicap takes place generally on the second Saturday of April, which is at the start of the Track & Field and Road Running season.
2. CAAC AUTUMN HANDICAP
The CAAC Autumn Handicap is a great end of season event for all CAACrs, its held in a lighthearted atmosphere and the handicapping is generally fairly well done allowing a storming finish between all athletes.
The route starts and finishes outside the main entrance to Saughton enclosure and loops round the back of the park to Gorgie Road and back.. The route can be viewed here, CAAC Autumn Handicap route & elevation.
The Handicap takes place on the Thursday night of club Championship week, which is at the end of the Track & Field season in September. Not to be outdone by the athletic endeavour the Handicap is followed closely by a secondment to the Corstorphine Inn for a social, this year there were even Scotch Pies laid on!
3. CAAC CHRISTMAS DOWN AND UP
Takes place the last Saturday before Christmas in the wild homelands of Corstorphine Hill. Its a short sharp semi handicapped run for all club members young and old. Meeting at the car park at the top of Kaimes Road at 9am, we will then aim to start at 9:15am from Corstorphine Tower.
The route in total is approx. 1mile, the first leg of which is all down hill – the ‘Down’; and the second half you retrace your steps back to the tower and is all uphill – the ‘Up’. There is a short break in between the two. There is a prescribed route but we’re open to misadventure so you wont be penalised for trying something new 🙂
We suggest some warm clothing, maybe some trail shoes and a hat – but trainers shorts and vests will do the trick too!
The finish will be enjoyed with a short prize giving then retiral to 2e Caroline Terrace where there will be Bacon Rolls and a cup of Tea on offer.