It was definitely feeling like the start of winter earlier this week: canals freezing over, grassland covered in a dusting of white frost, the sun glaring bright but weak in the clear blue sky and a dry crisp air that catches the moisture from your breath, holding it preserved in front of you. I would have loved to grab some suitable winter gear and head straight to north Wales to enjoy the mountains captured in this winter wonderland, but by this weekend there appears to be indefinite respite from that winter front as temperatures warm up to a healthy 7c, leaving me with dreary rain to look forward to. So instead, I will be packing shorts and sunglasses and heading to Australia!

Frozen grass, Peak District, taken January 2012

Frozen grass, brr!

On the way to Australia, I’ll be stopping off in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is home to the Mother Hash which is the original Hash House that founded the international phenomenon known as hashing back in 1938. For years I have wanted to run with the Mother Hash, just once, but my short stop in Kuala Lumpur does not coincide with any of their runs, so I will have to give it a miss this time. I’m going to try and book a last-minute spot on a white water rafting excursion, failing which I’ll explore some of the rainforest reserves.

I’ll only be in Western Australia for a few days, but I’m hoping to scope out some good running routes in and around Perth and identify potential for some adventures there. The area looks great for triathlons- Swan River in Perth, long stretches of beaches, big new roads, clean air and you are almost guaranteed good weather. I’ll also head south of Perth towards Busselton, home of the longest jetty in the southern hemisphere, and further inland to towns like Manjimup which aren’t yet as prominent on the tourist map.

Cottesloe Beach, Perth

I have great ambition to get out exploring in KL and around Western Australia, but it is Christmas time after all, so although I know I’ll pack in some outdoor activities, let’s just assume that I’ll return well rested and a with a little bit of extra festive weight! Happy holidays everyone!

Keep running!


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