The 50 seater bus ferrying the Mount Kenya blazers and their Swara guests left the Nanyuki Simba Lodge at 8.00am towards the starting point of the 21 Km super half.
At 8.40am, the timers signaled the start from an altitude of 2079 M above sea level. The finishing point Old Moses is 3381 M above sea level creating an elevation gain of 1.302 M
From the starting point Mt. Kenya was clearly visible in all it’s grandeur, and one could guess where the elevation of 1,302 M would be. Below is the elevated route to Old Moses as captured by Swara alias Masika.
Date: 18th of March 2017
Venue: Castle Mountain lodge, Mt. Kenya
Nairobi to Kutus 120 kms, Kutus to Rukenya 4 kms. At Rukenya, you’ll get onto a comely traffic shy road for a steady upward 16kms drive from an altitude of around 1300 metres to the Castle Station gate and a further 4 kms of forest dirt road to the Castle Mountain Lodge sitting at 2057 m asl.
Graceland girls’ school opened doors to its pioneer class in 2007 and had its first candidate class in 2010, it is a one stream close knit school in which out of 30 students per class, an average of 5 are fully sponsored. A total of 50 students have so far been beneficiaries of the annual run proceeds… The school is neatly tucked away by a river in Chaka, Nyeri County, at the foot of the ever watchful Mt. Kenya.
Graceland is also the upcountry digs of one Wachira Nderitu’s family, a Swara himself, and founder of the school.
As always, it was a hair brained, not thoroughly thought through idea. I was going to run the Mt Kenya ultra marathon. My objective was simple; I wanted to kill two birds with one stone, join club 42 and if I survive it, join the exclusive ultra marathon club and pull in bragging rights like Loise, Mitch and Raoul and thump my chest with pride and say I am an Ultra marathoner, and just annoy my friends every time I say it. Guess what! I did it! And I am such an annoying muppet!
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.