Laikipia was busy in many ways last weekend. The Lewa Marathon was on, The KCB Safari Rally was in Nanyuki and a new born run, The MMC Africa Mt. Kenya Challenge, was inaugurated in Nanyuki.
The Urban Swaras were represented by Wachira, Macharia and on and off member; Mwaura aka Honi Ambassador. Twenty four seasoned runners, mostly drawn from Karura Runners, participated.
The run kicked off at 7.00a.m sharp on Saturday, 9km from the turnoff to the Sirimon Gate, and upto the Old Moses 18km away. One of the toughest but beautiful trails characterised by the rosewoods of Sirimon, East Africa redwoods, tree groundsels, scarlet flowers, the everlastings, Alpine buttercups, bamboo belt and the moorland grass, this run exceeded all expectations. To underscore how tough the trail is, Honi Ambassador who has recorded 1.10 in Stanchart Half Marathon was the first to report at Old Moses in 2.32. Yours truly was 3rd at 2.37.
To the organizers of the annual Lewa alternative, it is thumbs up. For only Ksh.7,500 p.p. which covered for 2 nights accommodation, dinners, a party at the top at Old Moses and an all night after-run party, this is quite a relief to those who miss Lewa next year, and those bold enough to challenge Mt. Kenya!
See the link below for some of the moments.