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Urban Swaras 25th January @The Forest, Kimende, Kereita Forest

It’s fortunate that your MC doesn’t need her legs to type, or this Starting Line would never have seen the light of day…after the hills, hills and more hills on Saturday’s Matasia Loop run from Ngong County Office, my legs are ruing the day they ever came into existence! But boy was it worth it. The scenery was breathtaking, as breathtaking as the hills, and there was a huge crowd of Swaras to tackle them, with some very welcome new runners from Team Jasho in the mix!

Our apologies if anyone didn’t get the level of support they expected, as our Trail Fox and Swara Support vehicle were busy re-marking certain sections that had been washed away by overnight rains. Though we always advise carrying some small change or water/supplies with you if you’re doing a long distance, we also strive to get at least water to every runner on the trail on our Saturday runs. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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Next week’s run

Did you know that there is the forest and then there’s The Forest? Well, this Saturday, we’re running from The Forest, the adventure playground for grown-ups set in the dreamy Kereita Forest. This run was first introduced to the Swara calendar last year, and it caused a bit of a stir: the hills are legendary, the grass is as green as a porcelain doll’s eyes, and the effort is rewarded with the greatest sense of satisfaction and one of the best buffet and breakfast selections this side of Limuru!

Date: Saturday 25th January, 7.30am (please note the later starting time to allow travel time, and please allow extra travel time due to ongoing roadworks on Naivasha/Nakuru Highway)

Venue: The Forest, Kimende, Kereita Forest

Distance: 10,15, 20, 30 and 35km.

Run type: almost 100% trail, this is one of the most beautiful Swara runs on the calendar, so bring your trail shoes and your camera

Breakfast: Breakfast, brunch or lunch can be taken at your leisure at the on-site restaurant.

Google Maps link to the venue: https://goo.gl/maps/Hq6tNp4drWMysXtr8

Directions to the venue: BE CAREFUL! Google Maps will try and direct you a different route, so be sure to follow these instructions: follow Naivasha Road towards Nakuru past the Limuru exit and past Uplands, then take a left at the Kimende Total Petrol Station (the turn is just to the left hand side of the petrol station, and then follow signs to The Forest’.

Facilities: plenty of parking, toilets on site, restaurant, many activities to enjoy after the run including zip-lining, archery, mountain biking. Why not make a day of it! All activities at your own cost, check out the website for more details.

Registration: Registration is required, please fill out your details here: https://forms.gle/zxVhxZ3P4gDk2SgE8

Please pay for entrance using M-Pesa.

Go to M-Pesa, Lipa Na Mpesa, Buy Goods and send Kshs 200 per person to Till Number 912957 Recipient: Kereita Wilderness Ventures.

Important: Save the transaction message for proof of payment.Please pay this in advance to ease the entry logistics process.

Guests: As always, guest fees of 500ksh apply. Please share the following link with anyone interested in joining the club for the first time: http://urbanswaras.co.ke/new-members/

There were so many photos to choose from for this week’s Starting Line, we didn’t know where to start! Check them out in this week’s Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/l14X1yGweg4Ljm9c?ref=Link

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Urban Swaras 18th January @Ngong County Offices

For one day, last Saturday, Karen became awash with fluorescent yellow, as Swaras hit the road again after a holiday break. We also had some new runners in the mix, eager to see what all the fuss is about! In total we had almost 100 people running from Club Legend, with a good number of takers for the longest distances, the 25km and 30km. Who knew Karen had this much off-road trail: we went through overgrown fields, forests, and only glimpsed the bypass a couple of times.

Breakfast was in plenty as people caught up after the holidays, and plenty of stretching happened, round our new Treasurer, Ranu, as he made sure everyone had all the information they needed on 2020 membership, etc. Rumour has it some people stayed well past breakfast time, clearly they had a lot to catch up on! Well done to everybody who ran!

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Next week’s run

We know Ngong has become one of the most popular local running destinations of late, so let’s all head there together and discover an alternative trail from the County Offices. Distances are building up as many of us are training for marathons, or just building up our endurance, so you’ll have from 5km to 35km to play with. This time there WILL be a 5km route, so bring along a friend that wants to try their hand at running!

Date: Saturday 18th January, 7am

Venue: Ngong County Offices , Ngong Town

Distance: 5, 10,15, 20, 30 and 35km.

Breakfast: Breakfast can be taken at your leisure at the cafeteria on site or in Ngong Town at one of the local restaurants.

Google Maps link to the venue: https://goo.gl/maps/39GQLk3HFzsdbGAF7

Directions to the venue: Get onto Ngong road and follow it all the way up to Ngong Town.

Once at the T Junction in Ngong Town take a right turn and carry on straight (ignore the immediate first right turn road that goes to Kibiko) proceed with the road that will bend towards the left and get you to the venue which will be on the left, opposite the Ngong Police Station

Facilities: plenty of parking, and toilets on-site. Parking fees of 100ksh payable to the office on duty.

Registration: registration is not required for this run, just turn up and run!

Guests: As always, guest fees of 500ksh apply. Please share the following link with anyone interested in joining the club for the first time: http://urbanswaras.co.ke/new-members/

This week’s Starting Line is jam-packed FULL of information, so be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom, and some of you might even see your faces! Link to Starting Line: https://sway.office.com/j1M3EZGVHgnbZBP5?ref=Link

#NgoingNgoingNgong

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Urban Swaras 11th January 2020 @ Club Legend, Karen

We did indeed go into 2020 with a bang, and a bit of a wiggle as well, as the video below shows! Let’s keep that momentum going, into this week’s run. Even those who got lost because they were going too fast and either beat the marks or were going too fast for them to be visible, keep at it!

This year is going to be LEGENDARY, I can just feel it. So get on down to Club Legend, Karen, for a run with a twist this Saturday 11th January…for the first time in living memory, the Swaras are offering a 5km trail! So bring along those friends who quiver at the thought of a 10km but have been meaning to get their running shoes on on a weekend morning. And there will also be a long of 30km to shake off the cobwebs after the holidays and get prepping for the Kilimanjaro marathon 2020! See this week’s Starting Line for full information on this week’s run.

Date: Saturday 11th January, 7am

Venue: Club Legend, Ngong Road, Karen

Distance: 5, 10,15, 20 and 30km.

Breakfast: Breakfast is 400ksh, payable to the treasurer in advance or on the day.

Google Maps link to the venue: https://goo.gl/maps/v8cN3caGR4DP68g88

Directions to the venue: Take Ngong Road all the way down to the entrance to Karen, and about 300m before the Karen roundabout you will see Club Legend on your right. You may have to go down to the roundabout and do a u-turn to access it.

Facilities: plenty of parking, and toilets on-site.

Registration: registration is required in advance, by Thursday 5pm, to allow for planning, so that everyone has breakfast after their run! You may pay for breakfast in advance, (M pesa to 0740912116) please indicate so in the registration form: https://forms.gle/66dHYCdpK7C51L1C6

Guests: As always, guest fees of 500ksh apply. Please share the following link with anyone interested in joining the club for the first time: http://urbanswaras.co.ke/new-members/

Check out this week’s Starting Line for a staggering line-up of news, and a video treat for your enjoyment! : https://sway.office.com/qDaFa40UWqYt9ei8?ref=Link

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Urban Swaras 4th January 2020 @ Arboretum, off State House Road

That’s a wrap folks! Another running year has come to an end and we can now start setting goals for 2020…2020km in 2020? A 20km PB for 2020? Learning how to run backwards? Running your first 15km? All dreams are valid, and we just hope you’re excited for all the adventures to come: Mount Kenya Ultra, Graceland Upcountry Run, charity runs, relays, out of town runs…you name it, we’ve got it. So 2020 will definitely be your best running year yet, and we can’t wait to get started! 

So to start us off with have run number 1 of 2020: Arboretum! As is tradition, we will run from Arboretum and start the year off with a bang. This is always a run with a BIG turnout so be sure to turn up early, and why not pay your annual subs upfront so that you can enjoy 52 runs without worrying about membership or payments??  More info below. Keep scrolling, and keep running!

Date: Saturday 4th January December, 7am

Venue: Arboretum, meet at the car park off State House Road.

Distance: 10,15, 20 and 25km. Mostly tarmac, with some trail.

Breakfast: Optional, to be taken at your leisure at any of the affordable kiosks around the car park, or at Charlie’s at Kasuku Centre! Parking fees of 50ksh per vehicle apply, payable by m-pesa.

Google Maps link to the venue: https://goo.gl/maps/RqwqH1R8KXPdHVTw6

Check out this week’s Starting Line for more info, a heads-up on next year’s membership and our member’s survey!

#HappyNewRunningYear

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Urban Swaras 28th December 2019 @ Karura Forest, Limuru Road

The Christmas run happened last week (don’t worry folks, you didn’t miss Christmas, just the Swara Christmas run)! The turnout was huge despite so many being away on holiday, or being too busy knocking back eggnog and nyama choma. Thanks to all who came and got into the festive spirit for the second to last run of the year.

Next week’s run will give the opportunity to combine Karura Forest trails like you never have before. Do the 10km and 5km? Do the 15km and the 10km backwards?? Up to you! Meeting place is at the car park on the Limuru Road entrance, (before you reach the payment gate). Look out for the yellow Swara t shirts, you can’t miss them. Bring cash/m-pesa as forest entry fees apply to all, with different rates for citizens (100ksh), residents (200ksh) and non-residents (600ksh) plus fees for cars if you take your vehicle in. Be aware that no single-use plastic bottles are allowed in the forest (hurrah!) so bring along a refillable bottle, and there will be an opportunity to fill it before you run. If you have a hydration pack, we advise you bring it, ready to hydrate yourself along the way. Link to this week’s Starting Line (the last of the year!) with full details of this week’s run: https://sway.office.com/s1MlzDnG4zoYPI5u?ref=Link

Date: Saturday 28th December, 7am

Venue: Karura Forest, Limuru Road entrance car park

Distance: unlimited! 5,10, and 15km trails within the forest, feel free to mix them up and combine them (you can also incorporate the Sigiria side).

Breakfast: Optional, to be taken at your leisure at the Java House down the road with your fellow Swaras.

Google Maps link to the venue: https://goo.gl/maps/R8Ey87jZ5mVY4on4A

Check out this week’s Starting Line here, and Happy Holidays to all of you!

#LastRunButNotLeast

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21st December 2019 @Arboretum, State House Road

Venue: Arboretum, meet at the car park off State House Road.

Distance: 10,15, and 20km. Mostly tarmac, with some trail.

Breakfast: Optional, to be taken at your leisure at any of the affordable kiosk around the car park. Parking fees of 50ksh per vehicle apply, payable by m-pesa.

Google Maps link to the venue: https://goo.gl/maps/RqwqH1R8KXPdHVTw6

Directions to the venue: The car park is at the end of Arboretum Drive. You need to get to State House Road, then if heading from town you turn right onto Arboretum Drive, and if heading towards town (from State House), turn left onto Arboretum Drive). Drive past the new Radison, then hit the dead-end, where you’ll find the car park with the kiosk to pay for parking.

Facilities: plenty of parking, and toilets on-site.

Registration: no registrationn necessary! Come one, come all, and bring a friend!

Guests: As always, guest fees of 500ksh apply. Please share the following link with anyone interested in joining the club for the first time: http://urbanswaras.co.ke/new-members/

Be sure to check out the second edition of the all-new Starting Line (Swara weekly news) here.

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14th December 2019 @ Ambo Gardens, Lavington

Date: Saturday 14th December

Timings: The run will be flagged off at 0700. Please allow time to register before the run begins.

Venue: Ambo Gardens, on Serenity Road.

Distances: 10, 15, 20 & 25km.

Breakfast: 400ksh flat rate for members and guests, payable on arrival (or in advance via m pesa to 0740 912 116). Please bring correct change.

Google Maps link to the venue: https://goo.gl/maps/eTeWFoasSGB7WLee7

Directions to the venue: If coming from Waiyaki Way, takes James Gichuru down to Convent Lane, just before Gitanga Road. Turn right onto Convent Lane, then first left onto Serenity Road, and Ambo Gardens will be on your right. if coming from Ngong Road, take Kingara Road, cross the junction with Gitanga Road, then take a left onto Convent Road, then left onto Serenity Road and Ambo Gardens will be on your right.

Facilities: the venue has parking, but it is limited, so carpool where possible, and be prepared to manoeuvre into a tight spot! We advise getting there early to avoid delays. There are no showers at the venue. The venue has both indoor and outdoor spaces and you’re welcome to stay and chill after the run at your leisure.

Registration: register using this Google form here: https://forms.gle/M9Jhv53LZR8XNwuP6? by Thursday 2pm so that we can ensure there is breakfast for everyone 🙂

Guests: As always, guest fees of 500ksh, and breakfast fees apply. Please share the following link with anyone interested in joining the club for the first time: http:// urbanswaras.co.ke/new-members/

Be sure check out the all-new Starting Line (Swara weekly news) here

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Saturday 7th December 2019 run & AGM @ Karen Oasis Pub & Restaurant

This week our run will be immediately followed by the club’s Annual General Meeting. This year we will be voting in the new committee and voting on changes to the constitution.

We also apologise for confusion over last week’s run location. There was a last minute change, and we regret that it wasn’t well communicated to all attendees.

Location

Google Maps pin here.

Distances

10, 15, 20 & 25km.

Route description

50% trail, 50% tarmac.

Breakfast & facilities

Breakfast and facilities will be catered for by theclub, on account of the AGM taking place.

Timings

The run will be flagged off at 0700. Please allow time to register before the run begins. The AGM will take place at 1100, following the run.

Confirmations

Confirmations are not required.

Notices

Always remember, we DO NOT LITTER because we want to keep the environments we run in clean for ourselves, local residents and the wildlife.

See our Calendar for details of this week’s Thursday Track Session.

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Saturday 30th November 2019 run @ KALRO, Kaptagat Road, Loresho

This Saturday’s run will be the Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO), along Kaptagat Road, Loresho.

Location

Google Maps pin here.

Distances

10, 15, 20 & 25km.

Breakfast & facilities

Breakfast and facilities will be 400/- per person. Note that this is mandatory as it covers parking, security and use of the venue (but you also get breakfast).

Timings

The run will be flagged off at 0700. Please allow time to register before the run begins.

Confirmations

Confirmations are required by Thursday at 1400. Confirmations will be by way of advanced payment of the Breakfast & Facilities fee (400/-) paid by M-Pesa to Loise Mbarire (0740 912116) (members and non-members).

Notices

Always remember, we DO NOT LITTER because we want to keep the environments we run in clean for ourselves, local residents and the wildlife.

There is no Thursday Track Session this week.

For club members, the AGM is coming up on the 7th December 2019. Make sure you attend to review the year and vote in the new committee.

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Saturday 23rd November 2019 run @ Bowling Green Restaurant, City Park

This Saturday’s run will be at Bowling Green Restaurant, City Park.

Location

City Park is off Limuru Road, opposite Aga Khan Hospital. Follow the road through the park looking out for the venue on the right hand side.

Google Maps pin here.

Distances

10, 15, 20 & 25km.

Breakfast & facilities

Breakfast and facilities will be 400/- per person. Note that this is mandatory as it covers parking, security and use of the venue (but you also get breakfast).

Timings

The run will be flagged off at 0700. Please allow time to register before the run begins.

Confirmations

Confirmations are not required.

Notices

Always remember, we DO NOT LITTER because we want to keep the environments we run in clean for ourselves, local residents and the wildlife.

See our Calendar for details of this week’s Thursday Track Session.

For club members, the AGM is coming up on the 7th December 2019. Make sure you attend to review the year and vote in the new committee.