Valentine’s Day (before) Fun Run!

Some of the team at Caley Water were found this lunch time, taking part in a 5km run around the Edinburgh meadows.

The Edinburgh 5k Run through the Meadows is a picturesque event that draws participants from all walks of life, eager to experience one of the city’s most beautiful green spaces. This monthly event, typically held in the spring or early summer, offers runners a flat and fast course, making it ideal for both seasoned runners looking for a personal best and newcomers aiming to complete their first 5k. The Meadows, with its expansive grasslands and mature trees, provides a serene backdrop, enhancing the experience with its natural beauty. Participants not only enjoy the physical challenge but also contribute to a sense of community and often raise funds for various charities. The event fosters a supportive atmosphere, with spectators cheering on runners along the pathways, adding to the vibrant and inclusive spirit of the day.

The weather was fairly kind for a February in Scotland. No rain, and some sunshine. Some of the new graduates took part along with a few of the more weathered members of the team. And, most importantly, Elsie, the Office Dog.

History of the Meadows

The Meadows in Edinburgh is a historic common land that has evolved from common grazing land to a public park managed by the council but technically owned by the community. It once featured a loch, known as the “burgh loch” or “South Loch,” spanning 63 acres, crucial for Edinburgh’s drinking water until the city’s first piped supply in 1621. The area underwent significant changes from the mid-17th century, including partial draining and transformation into a park with paths, hedges, and lime trees, largely thanks to Sir Thomas Hope in the early 18th century. It became known as “The Meadows or Hope Park” and served as the practice ground for the Royal Company of Archers.

By the mid-19th century, public access was expanded, and the Meadows hosted the 1886 International Exhibition of Industry, Science, and Art. Notable features included the Jawbone Arch, a remnant of the exhibition now proposed for a bronze replica due to damage. In the 1870s, it became a pivotal site for the development of football in Edinburgh, with teams like Heart of Midlothian F.C. and Hibernian F.C. playing early matches there. During World War II, over 500 allotments were created for the Victory garden programme, which persisted into the 1960s. Plans for a trunk road “flyover” in the late 1960s were ultimately defeated, preserving the Meadows’ integrity as a cherished public space.