Turf Blog 17-10-22

Turf zone – SSC

I would be the first person to admin that I’m very much not a social or competitive person, though I did play badminton at school. And come to think of it, was once a member of Selkirk Camera Club and even entered a competition, winning 1st and 3rd in the Beginners section and also Best Print in the Exhibition. So, maybe I was a little bit competitive once upon a time.

To date I’ve always avoided any turf events, even when various kindly turfers suggested I take part. But today, I have bitten the bullet and entered my name for the latest local turf event titled, TurfEmbra09, which takes place on Saturday 29th October in the Greenbank area of Edinburgh, taking in the Craiglockhart, Comiston, Greenbank and Oxgangs areas of the city. It runs from 3,00 pm to 4.30 pm and is a closed event. That means you have to enter your turf name for the event. The event is for foot or bicycle turfing, though I think using a kick scooter would probably be allowed.

The event is organised by Kingslayer, that’s yon chap from Game of Thrones who killed the “Mad King” Aerys Targaryen. Thankfully he will not be carrying his sword during TurfEmbra09. The final meeting point after the event is at zone SeeFlyWalk, found at the north end of Braidburn Valley Park. Fire breathing dragons should be left at home during the event.

Further information can be found at the following links.

So, that leaves me with some planning to do and lots of questions to think about. Just how do you participate in a closed turf event? Should I walk, run, cycle or kick scoot? Which bike should I take, my Surly Pugsley fat bike just for the novelty of it, my sensible Surly Ogre or my Surly Krampug, a go-anywhere, do-anything 29’er gravel bike? I must admin I’m kind of leaning towards using my Swifty Air kick scooter, even though it will likely not make me all that competitive. Might just take the GoPro with me and make a wee video. We shall have to wait and see.

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