Parking: Along the roadside or at the park entrance. Can be problematic during weekends and holidays
Features: Park surroundings, shady, undulating terrain
Surface: Tarred roads, grassy spaces
Distance: 1K for the smaller loop, 2K for the larger loop
Best time to run: Cool mornings or evenings
Options: You’ve the choice to run the smaller loop inside the Botanicals park (1K) or the larger and hillier one (2K) before heading out towards Youth Park. Or challenge your lung power by tackling the “Jeep Track”, a tarred road leading all the way to the Penang Hill, a trip that can take anywhere between 40 minutes to more than an hour depending on your conditioning. Be warned, some stretches are very steep. For more info visit the Penang Botanic Gardens website
Parking: Ample along the roadside. Can be problematic during weekends and holidays
Features: Waterfront, shady in certain stretches,
Surface: Tarred roads
Distance: 1.7K end to end
Best time to run: Dawn. Watch the sunrise after your run!
Landmarks: No.1 Persiaran Gurney (luxury condos), Gurney Hotel, Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Silverton luxury condo, Gurney Plaza
Options: Run from No.1 Persiaran Gurney to the end of Gurney Drive. Cross the roundabout towards Gottlieb Road (uphill climb), cross the Penang Chinese Girl High School cross junction, go straight. At the small roundabout in front of the Waterfall Hotel, go right and run all the way to the Botanical Gardens. Up to this point, you’ve run about 4.6K. You’ve the choice to run the smaller loop inside the Botanicals park (1K) or the larger and hillier one (2K) before heading back the same way to Gurney Drive. Don’t stop to feed the monkeys!
For the fit, do 10 of the smaller laps before heading back to Gurney Drive and you would’ve logged nearly 20K.