WADE'S WORLD: Run your holiday

First published in Wade's world South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

THERE’S something I always bring when I go on holiday. I try to pack light, but beside the barest essentials, I always take my running shoes.

I started running six years ago and now run everyday – it's how I get to and from work and is a part of my daily routine.

It also stays that way when I go away.

At weekends, I like to run off the beaten track and it’s the same on holiday – I run to explore. There’s no better way to get a quick introduction to a place and to understand how somewhere works.

A run is a quick foray – a recce of new territory. It doesn't take much time, but it gives you an intense hit of the place you are in – and you can do it before breakfast, leaving you buzzing for the day of exploring that lies ahead of you.

A quick spin through an unfamiliar city on your first morning of your stay is a magical way to explore a place.

I usually try and plan a route taking in landmarks close to where I stay.

So in Budapest recently my run took through the broad Rakoci avenue, through the heart of the city, along the banks of the Danube and bridges over this mighty river, finishing with a lap of Margaret island in the middle of the river. So popular is running here, they’ve laid a running track around the island’s perimeter.

It can be equally entertaining to run in a country where running for fun is rare.

When visiting in Aleppo in Syria a few years ago, I exchanged ‘salams’ with bemused locals as I went for my morning dart.

Often, though, I would see no-one about and could explore the sights of this country before people awoke, like the ruins of the desert city of Palmyra, where I witnessed a lightning storm as I ran between the pillars edging a street built 2,000 years ago.

Running gives me a reason to go out and see things like this at strange hours and it brings memories that are that much more special.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree