Part of the 5-star ratedUnderstand Down Under group of tours, Sydney Running Tours is a unique way to discover the wonders of Sydney AND stay fit! As undoubtedly one of the world's most beautiful cities, Sydney can be explored on foot through Sydney Running Tours, and, with their knowledgeable guide, you'll be able to learn a thing or two about Sydney and the enjoyable art of sightrunning.
There are many routes to choose from, and the guide is able to tailor the route to suit the group. Running weekly, some of these tours and routes include:
Sydney Sightrunning: This is the ideal run for those who want to meet other runners, and want to do a bit of sightseeing while they're at it.
Customised to suit you, and is great for those who want to jog and see their sights at their own pace. The local guide is still on hand for any questions and tips along the journey.
Coastal Sydney Sightrunning (Private): Jog Sydney's breathtaking coastline with the guide. Popular with visitors who want to escape the urban jungle.
Corporate Sightrunning: The team that jogs together, stays together" – has anyone ever told you that? They should! Bond with your colleagues in fresh air and get the endorphins pumping, and not from abusing the long-suffering photocopier.
Jog right by Sydney Harbour with other like-minded joggers and your friendly guide
I was lucky enough to take part in one of their Sydney Sightrunning tours. We were met at Town Hall on a bright and sunny Wednesday morning by Andy, who looked fit as a fiddle (which worried me a little) but was friendly enough to recognise that I wouldn't normally be fully functional at 7am on Wednesday morning. We were a small group of five by the time we left Town Hall and headed towards Darling Harbour. Andy explains that we wouldn't really be running, but once we started, we broke into a light jog, and we were off. Truth be told, I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to keep up with the group, but, just as Andy had promised, he made sure we all kept up and were good to go.
As well as the run being a great way to start the day, throughout the course of the run Andy also explained various landmarks and interesting tidbits of Sydney history. I won't give all the secrets away, but as our little jogging crew made our way through Darling Harbour, Observatory Hill, The Rocks and Circular Quay, I was amazed by what I didn't know about the city.
Sydney Running Tours guide Andy will not only show you the sights but help you get your fitness back on track
And what I learned about jogging. Andy is an avid runner, and his enthusiasm for the sport shows. He not only gives you tips on the best ways to run (stance, how to lift and pick up your feet etc.) and why running is so good for you, but also explains that humans, by nature, are born to run. It was good info to hear, especially for someone like me – lax with his or her fitness regime and looking for inspiration to start jogging again. It's also one of the best cardio exercises you can do if you want to burn calories. (Mental note – burrrrrrn calories!).
The jog and route itself were wonderful, and cutting through the Botanical Gardens meant I daydreamed about it, ohhh, 5 times that day while I stared blankly at my computer screen.
I didn't think I had it in me to run almost the whole thing, and yes I jogged most of it (and then just flat out walked the parts I couldn't jog) but I am glad I got into it. My shoes broke during the run (first around Bennelong Point and then again in the Botanical Gardens) but I felt so energised, and funnily enough so proud of myself for getting out at all, that I managed to keep up with the rest of the group and head back to our Town Hall starting point.
If you're not a morning person (I'm certainly not … yet) this will make you want to be one. The CBD is beautiful at 7am, before the crowds and commuters arrive. And, if you want to start or get back into jogging, a session with Sydney Running Tours www.sightrunning.com.au) will ensure your passion for Sydney and running will be sparked again.
For more information about Sydney Running Tours, visit www.sightrunning.com.au or their Facebook Page. Prices start from $28 for the Sydney Sightrunning tour, and you can run from as little as 5kms up to 20 kms, depending on your tour. UDU is proud to be part of Go Running Tours, a network that is leading the way to ensure quality running tours through out the world.