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Autumn is a magical time of the year to get in
an early morning or late afternoon workout.
ounding the pavement is a cheap and quick way to
get fit. There is no need to sign up to the gym, it s a
renowned fat burner, all you need is a good pair of
sneakers and, if you re a woman, a really good sports bra
(unless those man boobs are right out of control). There
are many ways to improve your running like interval training (switching
up the pace between hard and easy), putting in the kilometres (long, slow
runs) and -- to really tone those leg muscles -- heading to the hills.
But if you re busy guffawing at the thought of finding anything
bigger than an anthill in Perth, listen up because we ve found some of
Perth s biggest and best.
1. Bold Park Let me introduce you to my little friend,
Reabold Hill. This 800m incline sits on the outskirts of Bold
Park with the entrance off Oceanic Drive. With a serious kick
at the bottom and in the middle, you ll be huffing and puffing
all the way to the top. And it s worth the effort, when you get
there you ll be treated to a glorious view of the ocean via City
Beach and one of the best vistas of the Perth city skyline. All
right, enough sightseeing already, this isn t a vacation. Make it
count and get in a few repeats, it s only 800m after all.
2. Kings Park Considering Perth is privy to the world s
largest inner-city park (take that New York!), Kings Park has
more than size to show off. It also has plenty of hills. It seems
to be a religion of sorts to run up and down Jacob s Ladder
just off Kings Park. But only metres from Jacob s Ladder
you ll find one of Perth s steepest inclines in Mount Street.
You ll be begging to walk or crawl up this beast but grit your
teeth and run up it, because all the people in the boot camps
that trudge up and down there will see you if you cheat.
There s also the green mile, start down at Zamia Cafe and
head up towards the DNA tower for a 1.5km ascent. Get the
quadriceps burn by finishing at the top of the tower where
you can drink in the incredible views.
3. Johnson Parade, Mosman Park
If you d like a run alongside the most glamorous homes in
Perth, head down to Mosman Bay in Mosman Park. With a
lovely flat run to start, you reach the mountain that leads up
to Memorial Park. This steep ascent will have many of you
walking, or begging to go the other way. Suck it up and keep
going, some of the best houses are at the top of the hill with a
dazzling view of the city, the Swan River and Applecross.
4. Ewen Street, Scarborough/Doubleview
This nasty piece of works is so long it s split over two suburbs.
Start your climb from the corner of Calais Road, Scarbor-
ough before making your way east up the consistent ascent,
which peaks after 1.6km of running (at the water tower). If
you re game, head down over the other side towards Innaloo
before turning around and tackling the other side of the hill.
It s only 1km, but a lot sharper.
5. Majestic Hill (Fraser Road), Applecross
This hill is a cyclist s Mecca, attracting many of the lycra-clad
folk for the fast and furious climb on one side and ridicu-
lously steep, but short, climb on the other. Watch the cyclist s
battle it out for hill climbing accolades as you make the climb
yourself, which peaks at Majestic Close. This is a great climb
to do after the popular running route between Mount Henry
Bridge and Canning Bridge (about a 7km loop).
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More favourite climbs
1. Marriott Road, Helena Valley for a short sharp climb or head nearby for a long, unfor-
giving ascent on Darlington Road, Darlington.
2. Sackville Terrace/Nautilus Crescent, Scarborough.
3. The trails behind Swanbourne Surf Life Saving Club (access from Odern Crescent).
There are three different routes to climbing the hill, try them all.
4. Reserve Street, alongside the Point Walter Golf Course
5. Pearse Street to Beach Street off Marine Parade in Cottesloe.
HOT TIP: Want to know how far your latest running route was? Check it out on
mapmyrun.com for a close to exact distance in kilometres or miles.
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