After a tip off from Marko (@runner786), I took my first steps along the Borders Abbey Way today. In short, its a 62 circular route encompassing the borders towns of Melrose, Kelso, Jedburgh, Hawick and Selkirk (www.bordersabbeysway.com). Today I ran from Melrose to Kelso, a distance of just under 18 miles. There was a mixture of surfaces from tarmac to woodland track to muddy farm tracks. The photos have uploaded in a slightly odd order as usual, so bear with me!
Its Sunday evening now and I have run another section of the Borders Abbeys Way. I'll try to upload the photos in the correct order this time. I arrived at Kelso at around 7.30 am. My prep was far from ideal as usual. Think long run yesterday, beers and rubbish sleep. I wasnt sure how to dress as the temperature was higher than Saturday, but the wind was much stronger. Anyway, I got ready and set off. I have to be honest in saying I didnt feel ready for this trip to Jedburgh and back, or confident. But.....here goes.
My first view of the Teviot a mile or so in. Not quite light as you can see
My first stop for some wine gums and a lovely drink
I must still be going the right way!
Loved this old railway sign. Once on the old railway I got quite nostalgic. I thought of the steam train clattering along where I was now running, but before i was born.
From here to Jedburgh was non photogenic. River banks, up a steep track for a mile and then undulating road until I reached the Abbey.
I saw quite a bit of wildlife today. Nessy even put in an appearance:-)
The last 5 miles were a real slog. Yesterday and last night had taken it toll. I was running on sheer pig headedness and the odd wine gum. I entertained the idea of adding another mile to make 26.2 (for about 3 seconds) and ended up where I started, here, Kelso abbey. Tired and sore, I lay in the back of my van for a while, not happy but satisfied.
In summary, the run from Kelso to Jedburgh is a much more pleasant route. You probably see more of the countryside on the Melrose to Kelso route. Its a gem, its on my doorstep.