Athlete Ryan Gregson talks travel

Published April 30th, 2012

Welcome to the SF Spotlight series, where each Monday, we will be talking travel tales and tips with some of our favourite bright young things.


Our first SF Spotlight shines light on 21 year old Ryan Gregson. While most kids his age are navigating the balance between uni work and partying, Ryan Gregon is breaking records and jet setting around the world. As a middle distance runner Ryan currently holds the Australian and Oceania record for the Men’s 1500 meters, with a personal best of 3 minutes and 31 seconds. He's so fast he's practically Superman. We caught up with Ryan while he was in the US and quizzed him on his extraordinary travels.


Ryan Gregson in London

Ryan Gregson in London

How many countries has your racing taken you?

31. It took some hard thinking to work that out but I don't think I missed anything.


If you could narrow it down - what would be your top three favourite destinations?
Monte Carlo in  Monaco, Istanbul in Turkey and Edinburgh, Scotland.


Most memorable travel experience?
I travelled to Turkey with my Dad for a race in 2006 and afterwards we travelled from Istanbul down the coast to Gallipoli and Troy. It was pretty special to visit two historic war sites which are geographically so close to each other, but separated by a few thousand years.


Biggest travelling mistake?
Opening my passport 2 days prior to travelling to Stockholm last year only to find my face missing from my passport photo. My passport was in a bag and a drink bottle had leaked and wiped out my face, so it was a mad rush the next day into the embassy to get a new passport printed in time for the flight. I made it.


Do you have any tips for staying fit when on the road? 

When you're at a hotel, ask reception for where a good place to run is. It sure beats trying to find your own way around a new city.


We hear you're currently in the States at the moment - can you share some of your USA discoveries with us? 

I'm up at Mt. Laguna which is 20 minutes from the outskirts of San Diego, California. I'm with a group doing altitude training and we've had some severe weather. We've actually had to travel down the mountain to do some sessions because of some brutal snow. It's nice when the weather's good though with some nice views into the Mexican desert, and other than having to look out for the odd mountain lion, a great place to get the hard yards done.

Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.