Looking for somewhere to train for the Sun Run? Here’s 5 of our favourite spots to run on the Northern Beaches:
Shelly Beach to Curl Curl
Why not get in some practice along some of the very seaside stretch of your Sun Run race! With the exception of a few stairs, the 5km stretch from Shelly Beach to Curl Curl is a gentle option to ease your way into the race route, whilst providing some spectacular views along the beachfront path. A popular track that is now used by joggers, runners and cyclists alike, we recommend getting in early to ensure you can set yourself a steady pace and stick to it without disturbance!
Narrabeen Lagoon trail
One of the most popular tracks on the Northern Beaches, it is a draw card for many as the trail passes through lush bushland and will make you feel a world away from Sydney. We would class this Lagoon as an easy to moderate trail, however the 8.4km distance makes it a challenge for some! However, if you can avoid stopping at one of the many enticing cafes along the way – you should be very proud!
Palm Beach Lighthouse
If you live further North, the Palm Beach lighthouse is probably no stranger to you. What better to get you ready for those Sun Run hills than a run up to the lighthouse? You can start wherever you’d like, taking in the beautiful views of Palm Beach (We suggest starting and finishing from The Boathouse Cafe, so you can enjoy a cold drink or a coffee straight after your run). Take the ramp up to the lighthouse or run the more direct (but steeper) stairs! Your reward is at the top in the form of a beautiful view. You can thank us later when you’re smashing those hills on race day.
Manly Beach to North Head
This running track is one to get the glutes activating. Heading up the North Head hill is certainly a challenge but a rewarding one at that when you reach the top to some sensational views. You can turn this run into a strong 10km distance, with a dip at the end making it that little bit easier to finish. This 35km stretch of coastal trail provides the perfect running location for runners of any experience level. Stretching from Palm Beach to Manly, this track provides some of the best running views in Sydney, spanning between many of the headlands which gives you the opportunity to increase your distance at every training run!
Northern Beaches Coastal Walk/Run
This 35km stretch of coastal trail provides the perfect running location for runners of any experience level, in any location along the beaches. Stretching from Palm Beach to Manly, this track provides some of the best running views in Sydney, spanning between many of the headlands, gives you the opportunity to increase your distance at every training run!