The twin cities offer a plenitude of running spots. For those who live on the other side of Hussain Sagar and are looking for a place to run, here’s an option.
What does a runner seek when he/she is laced up, warmed up and has a device or two strapped on to the body?
Free supply of oxygen? Trees lined up on both sides? With lots of birds chirping about? An inviting road? Friendly faces greeting you?
If your answer is “yes’ to all of the above, and you have been yearning for an experience that’s best described as ‘awesome’, look no further than the Secunderabad Cantonment.
Having made the Cantonment my home for over 20 years, I am quite used to seeing people running around Cavalry Barracks, Ammuguda, Trimulgherry and Gunrock.
Running here isn’t a new phenomenon and you aren’t thought of as an alien panting away in a rhythmic fashion. There’s always company and it’s not unwanted. There are army cadets and jawans running in their uniforms consisting of weapon, helmet, backpack and those ungainly DM shoes. The NSG cadets are seen tearing away like they have a train to catch. There’s plenty of inspiration for your perspiration.
The hillock at Koh-E- Imam has been a favorite with the athletes from the services and footballers. You get to literally rub shoulders with some of the boxers doing their rounds on the steps. Athletes of international and national repute have used Koh – E – Imam, Cavalry Barracks and the golf course route to train for cross- countries and marathons. Our own Mr. Prabhakar swears by the cantonment claiming it’s the best place in the country to train for long distance running.
Koh-e- Imam Dargah
Running gets more interesting here amidst noticeable landmarks. Imagine running along the Churchill retreat (Winston’s home during his visit to Secunderabad), Rashtrapati Nilayam, or the Trinity Church. The well manicured greens of the Golf course are quite catchy. There are several water points along the road so if you have forgotten your fuel belt, there’s always a welcoming earthen pot pitched somewhere along the route.
To sum it up, the cantonment’s sights and sounds, along with your endorphins is the perfect mix for a heady morning. Do come and trample our roads!
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