So, one of the sub-themes running in this blog (pun intended) is to have a little archive of running routes in the Klang Valley, for the reference of anyone wishing to try a route in a certain area or of a particular distance. I realised I hadn’t posted up a route map of the perennial favourite of KL runners – the quintessential Lake Gardens – Bukit Tunku – Lake Gardens 10K!
The route has a bit of everything – from views of the KL city skyilne, to gradual hills, hills that take the wind out of you, a nice flat stretch right in the middle, and an ending at one of the loveliest parks in town.
We parked just outside the Royal Lake Club, where our route started. Once on Jalan Parlimen, follow the wide, well-lit pavement down towards Bank Negara (the Central Bank). At the Central Bank junction, take the first left turn and run alongside the school field. A first right after a short tunnel takes you gradually uphill on Jalan Dato Onn towards the Bank Negara KTM Komuter station (if you’re need of a loo stop, here’s your chance!)
The road winds a little, getting somewhat steeper, eventually plateauing out at Bank Negara’s glass-panelled Sasana Kijang building. After Sasana Kijang, aim for the narrow, uphill, foliage-lined road you will see ahead of you (Jalan Tun Ismail). You will see weather-worn signages of The Modern Arabic School on your left as you begin the uphill onslaught of Jalan Tun Ismail.
Jalan Tun Ismail winds uphill seemingly endlessly for about 2km, and you will eventually reach a T-junction where you should take a left to Jalan Tunku.
Jalan Tunku crosses over the busy Mahameru Highway below (though it’s not immediately obvious), and you’ll reach the ample junction of the Tijani condominiums where you would take a right to Jalan Langgak Tunku, which begins as a shady and steep downhill.
That initial part of Jalan Langgak Tunku is the steepest section of the route. Thereafter, Jalan Langgak Tunku is flat, past the Selangor Properties flats, until it meets Jalan Duta… at which point you may go “Gosh, I’ve reached Jalan Duta! What the… how far have I run?” The answer is, about 5.5K 🙂
Yes, it’s amazing how distances seem so different when you’re running the route as opposed to driving it, isn’t it?
The rest of the route, if you’re planning on a 10K, is easy – make a U-turn when you see Jalan Duta, and re-trace your steps! If you were to map the run all the way back to the Royal Lake Club, you’d probably get about 11K or more. I’ve stopped my mapping at 10K, which would lie someplace along Jalan Parlimen, giving you a chance of a nice recovery stroll along Jalan Parlimen as you head back to your car.
If you’re looking for a longer run, you could continue on from where the route meets Jalan Duta, to the Hartamas and Mont’Kiara areas. (Yes, you’d have to carefully cross Jalan Duta to the other side.) Have a look at this Mont’Kiara-Hartamas 14K route map for a combined route that potentially goes beyond 21K in total if you then double back to the Lake Gardens!
The Lake Gardens – Bukit Tunku – Lake Gardens route makes for an invigorating run, with a back-to-nature feel. Here are a couple of things to note if you are new to the route:
Navigating the Bukit Tunku area can be a little tricky, given its corners, slopes and narrow, winding roads, so you may wish to run with people who know the route during your first attempt. Alternatively, you may wish to bring along a clearly-marked map (the map below may be of assistance!) You may find useful landmarks in the form of interesting architecture, or names of condominium developments.
- Don’t run with headphones. The roads are narrow, and some parts are winding, with potential blind corners. There will be traffic even early in the mornings – usually in the form of taxis or vans ferrying household staff during shift changes. We’ve also seen the odd bus making its way round the bends!
- For your safety, be visible to traffic. Residential roads tend to be dark in the early morning, what more with the thick foliage in the area.
- As you would on any quiet open road – run in a group (especially ladies). Carry minimal gadgets.
With thanks to running group-mate Suzanne for the use of her photographs taken along the route on Sunday!