Sometimes you get ideas into your head that seem like a really really good idea. Driving on the M80, just outside of Glasgow is an Angel statue. Formally known as The Angel of Cumbernauld, or Arria. After some googling, it turns out it is by the same sculptor, Andy Scott, who did the Kelpies. Andy also designed the Angel, Rise in Glasgow Harbour. Carole and I regularly meet at the angel, for our morning runs. So it made complete sense to run Angel-Angel, obviously.
Carole had done the hardwork of finding the route on Google, from ours to Glasgow Green. Which started easily enough and as always way too fast, an under 8 minute mile.. At this point we thought it was a 15 mile route.
From the Green, up Abercomby St, along Duke Street, Cumbernauld Rd and eventually the A80. Hogganfield Loch provided a perfect stop to watch all the swans.
The rest of the run was supposed to be quite straight forward. Literally, a straight line all the way to Cumbernauld. Or, so we thought. Things we found out, Google Maps seems to think you can run on the side of A roads… At this point we were like oh, umm, hmm not sure what to do here. We then saw a lady out for a walk, and realised that the pavement was just on the other side. So all was not completely lost.
Disclaimer, Carole and I were both starting to get slightly grumpy/grouchy/tired. We both offered to turn back earlier, but the closer we got, despite the miles seemingly not decreasing, we were both stubborn enough to continue.
Then we reached closer to Cumbernauld, got lost in an industrial estate. Screamed at the complete lack of pavements, this did result in us running towards oncoming traffic, or on the grass verges. We were definitely questioning whether running Angel-Angel was a good idea. Again, Google Maps threw a funny. It seems to think you can just run straight over a roundabout, as opposed to what we did, take first exit, cross road to get onto the underpass.
The final mile or so involved using Google Maps to navigate us through some houses, and eventually we saw the Angel. If you ever need cheering up, just watch this gif.
We look slightly less fresh at this angel! It was pretty amazing to finally see it up close, having driven past it countless times.
Arria is much larger than the Rise Angel in Glasgow Harbour!
If you fancy doing this route, here is the Strava activity. Next sculpture run, The Kelpies?