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    A Marathon Drive

    As fuel prices increase I have time to reflect on my recent journey to Scotland. Driving north from Reading was a pleasant drive in the early hours of the morning avoiding all of the possible traffic on the 430-mile trip.

    Over the 12-day trip we covered 1100 miles and saw the cost of diesel go from 121.9 to 131.9 per litre. The trip was for 2 reasons, an early family holiday (with the in-laws) and for me to run the Edinburgh Marathon.

    The first half of the holiday was spent sight seeing, visiting castles, distilleries, locks and other places of interest, plus keeping an under 2 happy and content. Driving around the most scenic routes we could find away from the main traffic going to places only my wife can find on a map (the joys of not using sat nav).

    One of the best things about the trip was the chalet we had booked on the side of a private lock near Crieff in Perthshire. ( Our chalet over looked the lock and we had the pleasure of watching the bats flit between the trees each evening. We were also lucky enough to come across a deer on one of our evening walks around the lock.

    Our daughter had great fun with lots of open grass areas for her to play, as well as chasing the ducks, rabbits and any other animals that happened to be caught in her view.

    After we left the lock and moved to Edinburgh we stayed in a hotel for 2 nights to allow me to register for the marathon and then run the following day. As always I discovered around the 18-mile point that I had not done enough training and suffered for it. I did manage to finish as I have done in the past and vowed if I run again I will train harder and be better prepared.

    To summarise it may have been a long drive there and back at over 7 hours each way. However even with the increased cost of fuel this turned out to be a great holiday and good value for money. We got to see some of the great heritage of the Scotland, plus I got to run the Marathon.

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