The NUS x Henderson Waves Runaround is part of a series of articles for introducing runners to different running routes around Singapore. A belated post, considering it’s been about a month since the photos and videos were recorded. Nevertheless I’ve finally found the ideas and inspiration to put this article together.
I first got to know of this route after I started running with a bunch of other staff at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The first training session was a rather painful one; hill intervals. Subsequently, I became comfortable with the route and came to enjoy the peace and serenity of the park after a hectic day at work.
For the purpose of this article, I will explain the route as starting from NUS. Your starting point may vary.
Course Profile and Video log can be found at the end of the post.
Lower Kent Ridge Road (map)
Alongside my training buddy, we set off our run just outside the nearby Cheers store, which is located at Yusof Ishak House. The start of the run involves a moderate slop that runs parallel to the main road.
Once you have passed the overhead bridge, turn left into a flight of stairs.
Once you have reached the top, one more concrete slope and stairs await before reaching Kent Ridge Road.
Kent Ridge Road (map)
Kent Ridge Road is a quiet road just adjacent the Central Library that will eventually exit to the National University Hospital (NUH). It has moderate level slopes, but most are down-slopes if you are following this route.
South Buona Vista Road (The Junction)
Upon leaving NUS, you will reach this traffic junction. This junction is interesting as it can lead you to an alternate route to enter Kent Ridge Park (maybe another time).
Science Park Drive (map)
The entrance to Kent Ridge Park is situated at the end of Science Park Drive. This road is rather flat and shouldn’t be much of a trouble in the journey to Henderson Waves. There is even a Starbucks located mid-way through the route.
Kent Ridge Park
A flight of stairs opposite a block of apartments signal the entry into Kent Ridge Park.
Once you have survived the never-ending up-slopes, you will be greeted with another junction accompanied by a sign post.
Vigilante Drive (map)
If you wish to drive to Kent Ridge Park, then undoubtedly you will have to reach it via this road. A quiet road which you are able to run on, but watch out for oncoming traffic.
At the very end of the park, there is a long flight of stairs which connects to Hort Park.
This series of slopes is located just under the Canopy Walk.
At the start of Hort Park, you have the option of going up a moderate up-slope or sticking to the flat road. Either way will lead you to the exit of Hort Park.
This road runs parallel to the park as well as some private estates. If you had chosen to run up-slope earlier, then you will have to run through this road to get to Hort Park Exit.
Alexandra Arch / Forest Walk
Once you have reached the entrance of Alexandra Arch, make your way to the top of the Forest Walk.
Just be careful when the floor is wet after the rain.
The run up forest walk is pretty challenging by itself.
I don’t have much pictures of the journey between Forest Walk and Henderson waves, but follow the directional signs and you should be fine.
I hope this article has been useful should you wish to try this rather challenging, but unique route. Till the next time!
To access the course on Garmin Connect, click here. You will be able to save the course to your compatible Garmin watch by choosing “Send to Device”.