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Cool Runnings

21 Jan 2016

There's a busy day on the cards this Sunday at Haddo

Out in the park we're hosting the Haddo leg of the Winter X-Country Series, organised by Gathimba Edwards Foundation. There are 1, 2, 3 and 6 miles races for various age groups including a juniors Try-a-trail.

You can find all the times (and online entry) at http://www.entrycentral.com/festival/558

There's a new route for the races this year- we've had to make a few diversions because of the flood damage. But all races will start and end by the Pheasantry so if you're competing on the day just head straight down there to get started.  

The routes will all be waymarked so if you're walking round Haddo while the races are going on then please look for runners, obey any race marshals and please keep dogs on a lead or under very close control. 

Popcorn Time

If running's not your thing then our Popcorn Time Film this week is Labyrinth starring David Bowie. The show starts at 11am on Sunday morning, and tickets available from the NTS website.

With two events on and some nice weather forecast we're likely to be quite busy and there may be a wait for parking spaces. As always please don't park on the verges or the grass, especially important as they're likely to be very very wet and muddy indeed and there's a fairly good chance you'll have to wait for a tractor driver to come in on Monday morning and pull you out!

After The Ice

It's actually been rather a beautiful week at Haddo. We've had several hard frosts and beautiful sunny morning so the park has been incredibly sparkly, if slightly slippery in some spots. We're also starting to see the reappearance of some hair ice on the dead wood behind the squirrel hide. If you've been reading our blog for a while you'll probably have seen pictures of this before, if not it's a wonderful phenomenon caused by water in certain bits of wood freezing and being drawn out in long, thin strands. It's incredibly beautiful and well worth looking out for on very cold mornings.