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Safety around Turtle Beach

Posted: Tue May 15, 2007 9:47 am
by Nisha Williams
I often go for a run in the morning and last thing at night, unfortunately my boyfriend doesn't :( Can anyone tell me whether they think it would be safe for me to do this around the Turtle Beach area (alone). I wouldn't go running after dark.

Many thanks,


Posted: Tue May 15, 2007 12:27 pm
by Clyde Alleyne
Nisha, the Turtle Beach area is not a built-up area with a lot of houses or pedestrians around, so I would suggest that if you plan to road run and especially if you have a car, consider driving to the Grafton/Mount Irvine area which is just a few minutes drive away and running there. There's more vehicular and pedestrian traffic in that area, plus its also quite picturesque as you run past the golf course etc. Just be warned that once the sun rises it can get very hot very quickly so be sure to hydrate. If you plan to run on the beach, if the tide is in, you will find it difficult to run on the soft sandy part. Better to try to time the run when the tide is out so you will have the firmer area closer to the water to run on.

Posted: Tue May 15, 2007 1:17 pm
by Nisha Williams
Thanks Clyde, have now reserved a car at Sheppy's so will check our Grafton Bay area. Am getting really excited now, only 6 and a bit weeks to go :lol:

Posted: Thu May 17, 2007 1:11 pm
by Ronald
Nisha, don't forget that locals aren't custom with peoples who are exercising on the roads, never mind of one are running, doing long walks or using a bicycle. The roads are somtimes narrow also in the area of Grafton.

I use to take long walks and often have to step off the road, because the driver doesn't expect to meet someone on the road. "A visitor who's walking, here, in the heat?"

If you like running on a beach, try Black Rock Beach, very wide and very long, you have plenty of space there

Posted: Thu May 17, 2007 2:03 pm
by David Watkins
Nisha, on the other side of the Island there are a few athletic clubs and they always road run with a safety car.
Dont't forget night starts when the sun says bye bye .....and then it is dark!

Posted: Thu May 17, 2007 2:55 pm
by Clyde Alleyne
Nisha, a final comment on the best time to run on the road - for mornings I would suggest between 5:45AM and 7:00AM as the sun would be up but it would still be fairly cool. For afternoons, for the opposite reason, you should allow the heat of the day to subside, but before it gets dark. In the Turtle Beach/Grafton/Mt Irvine/Black Rock areas there is no pavement for you to run on, so you would be running on the road, and you would need to make sure that you run when its light enough for drivers to see you, but not TOO sunny as it would be too hot to run comfortably. This means between 5:00PM and 6:15PM. Remember that it can get as hot as 34 degrees during a clear sunny day.

Posted: Thu May 17, 2007 3:11 pm
by Nisha Williams
Thanks again everyone for all your advice :D

Posted: Thu May 17, 2007 4:07 pm
by Hugh S

You're a Guru before you even arrive! It will probably be a huge letdown after all this talk. :P

Hugh :lol:

Posted: Thu May 17, 2007 4:29 pm
by Nisha Williams
I hope not Hugh. Am hoping that I like it better than Trinidad (I am a quarter Trinidadian). I am just excited as really looking forward to 2 weeks away from work and alone with my boyfriend :wink:

Posted: Thu May 17, 2007 5:52 pm
by Hugh S

I'm certain that you will LOVE it. You have really done your homework so you can relax once you get settled in. That's what its about for most of us. Looking forward to your reports after you get mellowed out. Only problem: two weeks is just a tease.

Maybe we'll see you out there . . . you can find me at Ole Grange beach most early mornings.


Posted: Thu May 17, 2007 9:26 pm
by Marc Jones
I like a brisk 7-10k a few times a week but trust me, when I hit 'Bago (as my 2 year old calls it!) I'll be running in and out the sea and nowhere else ;-)

Posted: Thu May 17, 2007 11:48 pm
by Brian Taylor
I have a friend who was supposed to be training for a marathon he wanted to run soon after tobago.... he ran once .... and never again! :wink:

let us know how you did :lol: