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A public road near here passes through a farm. It has been shut since a week after the disease hit and shows the power of the farming industry. The emphasis is that the risk of the disease reaching a public road is greater than the right of traffic to use the road. Admittedly there are alternative routes, but the principle has been laid down.
I can sympathise with farmers, since I use the land that is their livelihood for my leisure. As a lot of my hill trips are part of races, I appreciate that organisers work closely with landowners, relying on their goodwill.
I tried to arrange access for a race across abandoned shale bings near Broxburn, but the owners - Hopetoun Estates - have a blanket ban on all activities on their land - even though a training run had me dodging motorcyclists.
The overriding feeling is that any for-profit event will find a way around the "ban", whereas any for-pleasure activity will bow to the prevailing pressure of conscience. So: on - League football, horse racing, the BUPA Great Caledonian 10K; off - walking, riding for pleasure, hill racing, the Midlothian 10-mile road race. The GC 10K is run by Nova International as a business venture, whereas the 10-mile race is organised by the local Lasswade club to boost club funds as an annual event.
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