Mzungo Maniacs Run The Dee!
About a year, one of our good running friends, Rod, suggested, wouldn't it be a good idea to run the length of the River Dee. From some initial discussions during our runs together, it then started to become a bit of a passion to get this organised and become the number 1 challenge for the year.
With a bit of a major birthday this year, the plan was hatched to do the run to mark the occasion along with raising some money for the GathimbaEdwardsFoundation, a charity founded by our friend and fantastic runner, Myles Edwards, and which does some great things for under privileged children in Kenya. Please take a minute to have a look at the website and read about what the charity does. We've set up a fundraising page as there's so many children which GEF are currently unable to help due to lack of resources. Please visit our Total Giving page MzungoManiacsRunScotland and we would be extremely grateful if you are able to help out in anyway with a donation.
On the 1st July, myself, Sarah Simpson and Rod Wallace (well, it was his idea) will run the entire length of the River Dee, starting from it's source on the top of the UK's 3rd highest mountain, Braeriach, back to it's mouth in Aberdeen at Footdee. Total distance is 145km, and we'll attempt to do it within 24 hours.
The River Dee
Starting high in the Cairngorm mountains from a snow reservoir at the summit of Braeriach (1296m), the UK's 3rd highest mountain. This is the highest source of any river in the British Isles. Emerging in the Wells of Dee at the summit, the Dee then starts it's journey across the plateau of Braeriach, heading over the cliff edge, creating the Falls of Dee, as it plunges downwards towards the Lairig Ghru. From there, it is joined by a a tributary from the Pools of Dee, and then southwards, through the Lairg Ghru, between Ben Macdui and Cairn Toul.
Braeriach and the Falls of Dee
As it makes it's way down through the Lairig Ghru, over the Chest of Dee falls, it then converges with the Geldie Burn and the White Bridge, turning eastwards towards Linn of Dee. The Linn of Dee is a 300m natural rock gorge, a spot much favoured by Queen Victory. The bridge crossing the Dee here was built in 1857.
The Linn Of Dee
Between Linn of Dee and Braemar, the Lui Water (formed by the Luibeg and Derry burns) and the Quioch Water join the growing River Dee. The River Clunie enters the Dee at Braemar as it then flows through the Balmoral Estate, past the castle. At Ballater, the river is joined by another couple of tributaries, the River Gairn and River Muick. The Falls of Feugh then join the Dee at Banchory.
The river has it's tidal limit at just above the Bridge of Dee, a bridge which was built in 1720.
We'll finish the run at Footdee, where the river finally meets the North Sea.
- Andrew Gordon