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After damaging the tendons on my right knee a few months ago I was unable to walk properly without a lot of pain. This curtailed my activities and I was not able to do all the things I had planned.

Now that my knee is much better I can walk without too much pain, although cycling is still a bit of a problem.

One of the first activities I started again was to get in a few rounds of golf. During this time last year one of the fairways often had geese from the local pond pecking away at the grass looking for food. This year was no different.

I managed to capture a picture of the birds.

Birds on 4th Fairway Strathclyde Park Golf Course

The birds seem fairly comfortable with the golfers walking around them and oblivious to the golf balls which come flying towards them from the tee. Unfortunately, they  do leave little calling cards on the fairway which does create a mess.

Immaculate Fairways

The course is always in immaculate condition and the green-keepers are always about cutting the grass on the fairways , watering the greens and making the golf course a pleasant place for golfing. On one occasion one of the green-keepers was out on the green cutting the grass with a pair of scissors! 

Close-up of the fairway
The photograph above shows how short the fairway grass has been cut and how the grass has not been allowed to dry out. 

All we need now is for the rough grass at the sides of the fairway to be cut so that it makes it easier to locate lost golf balls!

Further Information:

Strathclyde Park Golf Club

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A Busy Sunday Morning in Strathclyde Park

It was an early start this morning as I wanted to get in a round of golf on my local 9 hole course and go bird watching after it. It was very cold and there was some frost on the course at 7.00am, but this soon cleared.

During the winter the course is maintained and many tees and greens are not in use. Temporary ones are used instead. This should last until about the beginning of April when the course should be back to normal. 

Ice on golf trolley wheel

While on the course, the sound of music could be heard and it was obvious that there was an event on in nearby Strathclyde Park. When the music can be heard as early in the morning as 8.00am, it usually means that it is a sports event.

South Lanarkshire Leisure Duathlon  

After finishing the 9 holes, I was making my way home by foot, pulling my golf trolley behind me. In the Palace Grounds in Hamilton, I saw some runners and was told that a duathlon was in progress – South Lanarkshire Leisure Duathlon. This consisted of a 5K run, 20K bike and another 5K run. 

While passing, I managed to get some photographs of the action with my phone. 

Running


Cycling
After completing the first 5K run, the competitors had to collect their bikes and start on the road racing part of the event. 

A competitor gets his card scanned

As the competitors left the transition area with their bikes, they had to get their cards scanned. This presumably was to help the organisers in getting the details of the competitors times during the event. The competitor above is being ‘scanned’ by the woman on the left. 

Getting ready for the cycling


On the course

Commonwealth Games  
The cycling part of the event was around the closed roads of Strathclyde Park. This was the course used last year at the Commonwealth games triathlon. This is not easy – there are quite a few small sharp hills in Strathclyde Park.  

Turning point on the course


The camera phone coped reasonably well in taking the photographs but will never replace a ‘proper’ camera with a good lens.  

All-in-all it had been an eventful morning despite it only being 10.30am.

Brompton Bicycle in Lanarkshire

A few years ago I bought a Dahon folding bicycle on Ebay. It is badged as a Raleigh bicycle but is made by Dahon. This has been a super bicycle and has taken me around London, Windsor and along the Grand Union Canal. It has also taken me to the Holy Isle (Lindisfarne), the Isle of Bute, Loch Lomond and many other areas in Scotland.  

The maximum distance I have travelled in one day is 55 miles, from Wanlockhead in South Lanarkshire to my home.   

However, I decided to buy a Brompton S3L 2014 because it folds just a bit smaller than the Dahon. The wheels are only 16 inches, but it still provides a smooth and fast ride. I took it for a spin on the cycle paths around Motherwell and Hamilton, visiting some interesting structures from the former estate of the Dukes of Hamilton.  

Brompton at Strathclyde Loch

The orange colour is quite distinctive. I wanted red but, they only had orange or white in the style with the ‘sports’ handlebars. 

Brompton at Chatelherault Hunting Lodge

Chatelherault was the former estate of the Dukes of Hamilton. The Hunting Lodge above was built in 1734 for the 5th Duke of Hamilton.

View from Chatelherault Lodge

The view above was towards Hamilton palace which was demolished in 1927 after suffering subsidence from mine workings.

On the Dukes Bridge over the River Avon

The Dukes Bridge was commissioned by William 11th Duke of Hamilton. It stands 80ft high over the Avon gorge allowing access to the ancient oaks and Cadzow Castle.

Outside the Mausoleum, Hamilton

The Mausoleum in Hamilton was the resting place of the Dukes of Hamilton and is situated in the grounds of the former Hamilton Palace. It held the record for the longest echo of any man-made structure in the world. Construction was begun in 1842 and completed in 1858.

It was a great way to test my bike and it was a bit of a head-turner as well.

Further Information:

Brompton 

Chatelherault Country Park