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Running Around the Burbs!

Well not exactly the Burbs but being in Kilsyth we're right on the edge of both the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges and this means so many options when it comes to trail running.

Here's a few of my favourite places to run in the Burbs (In no particular order)

  • Mount Lofty Wonga Park

Mount Lofty Wonga Park (Enter off Reserve Rd or Lower Homestead Rd) is a 5.5km circuit with 3x ripping hills that will get your heart rate and nearly tip you over edge.

What I love about Mount Lofty is you can run at a balanced tempo for the majority of run but start and finish with a few big hills that will test both your fitness but also your muscular endurance.

Along the way you get to experience both the bushland of the Warrandyte State Park but also the views of the Yarra Valley as you look over the Heritage Country Club.

Watch out for Kangaroos! there are heaps and whilst they usually move, the big ones will test you out.

Trail Running Experience Level - Beginner

  • The Mount Evelyn Pipeline

Not for the inexperienced trail runners, the Mount Evelyn Pipeline, access off Warrawee Rd, Mount Evelyn is used by walkers, runners and mountain bike riding. Whilst there are lots of different trials, my favourite trial starts at the end of Wombalano Rd and stretches through the Dandenong Ranges, National Park, swinging back approximately 12km back.

The trail ranges from flat surfaces through the national park section to rough and rocky along the aqueduct trail.

Trail Running Experience Level - Experienced

  • Glasgow Rd Firetrail

Whilst you'd be a weapon to run the actual fire-trial off Glasgow Rd, Montrose (Some do), one of my other favourites is the trails all around the popular TV tower walk. Kicking off with a killer hill, running up Glasgow you detour off the usual fire-trail and follow the trails all the way down to the Basin theatre and back.

The undulating trails are really good for Winter training and building the strength in your legs and lungs. Coming back up the Edgar trail from the Doongala Pony club is an experience in itself and has broken many training partners and myself along the way.

I love doing this run in Winter as you get to the overhead coverage even if it's raining but also get to jump in the mud along the way! Bring a jumper as it gets cold....

The Dandenong Trail Runners take off from here every weekend and know the trials better than anyone. If you're keen to join, they have a private Facebook group you can join.

Trail Running Experience - Intermediate to Experienced, depending on the pace you're planning!

  • Warburton Trail

The Warburton Trial (starts in Lilydale and stretches all the way to Warburton) is more of a beginner trail but is a great way to stretch out your running. Only new? Try a few kms up and back, training for a marathon? Extend your training runs from Lilydale to Wandin and further.

Nice and flat under foot, the Warburton Trail is full flat sections, as well as some long but gradual hills.

A great place to stop along the way is the Carriage Cafe, Seville or plan ahead and get picked up from Warburton if you're up for the long...long run!

Trail Running Experience - Beginner to Intermediate to Experienced - Pick your distance!

As mentioned earlier, there as so many secret trails so if you have any you'd like to share, I'd love you to comment below so we can share them with the Suburban Wholefoods Community!



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