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Saturday, February 18, 2012

4 Hills Run

It has been a long time since I ran this particular route. This is one of my favourite place to run but also one of the toughest being as the route name suggest, comprising of 4 hills namely Mount Faber, Telok Blangah Hill, Kent Ridge and Labrador Reserve. Used to be that a main part of this route was on the pavement along  Telok Blangah Road but with the completion of the Berlayer Creek and Bukit Chermin Boardwalk, this has since been very much reduced.

The view of the Henderson Wave Bridge. Sometime we run up Mt Faber and use this bridge to cross Henderson Road or sometime we just cross the road at the traffic light to reach Telok Blangah Hill.

This is part of the Forest and Earth Walk trail at the Telok Blangah Hill which forms part of the Southern Ridges. Looks like there was a landslide and they are pouring concrete to stablish the ground.



From the Telok Blangah Hill, we ran to Hort Park, a showcase of beautiful gardens.

This is one of the dread part of the route - the winding climbing Canopy Walk.

We also went into the 3km long Kent Ridge Mountain Bike Park. Not much running here. We kinda got a little lost and ended up taking almost 40 minutes to walk about 1 km before we found ourselves back where we started.

One of the highlight of the run - a very scenic view of the sea on top of Kent Ridge

Then it was down to the Labrador Reserve. We walked up the little hill and came down via the staircase to the sea.

Another great view of the beautiful Reflections by the Bay from Labrador Park

The Keppel Marina as seen from the Bukit Chermin Boardwalk

The beautiful and posh Caribbean at Keppel Bay. This was previously Keppel Shipyard.

Finally, we toiled up Mount Faber and was rewarded with a great view of the Telok Blangah and Tiong Bahru Estate.

All in the distance is approximately 15km depending on whether we run the full Kent Ridge or part of it (as we did). Likewise whether we cover the whole up and down of Mt Faber or walk down via the staircase. Whatever it is, definitely one of the best route to run in Singapore with minimum running by the roadside.

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