Despite grey skies and chilly conditions, people still turned out in force for the 2015 Wester Hailes Fun Run/ Walk. Launching the Community Connections Festival, the Fun Run is a great example of how social history and shared memories can be tapped into to encourage present day activity. Now in its 4th year, the Fun Run was started back up after some of the Fun Run photos from the 1980s and 1990s were published on the From There To Here blog and people remembered what a great event it had been. Local residents and organisations got together, planned a new route and restarted the event, keeping the original aim to make it an occasion everyone could join in with.
This year, serious runners took part alongside toddlers in buggies around a 5k route that utilises the pathways and bridges around Wester Hailes from the Calders to Hailesland before heading up to Clovenstone. Everyone received a medal for completing the route. It is very much a community celebration event with people cheering the participants on round the route and it has generated a lot of good will and positive feedback locally. All the participants also received a copy of the paper Digital Sentinel promoting all the Community Connections Festival activities as part of their Finishers’ Bag contents.