Urban Swaras Starting Line run 590 @ Cafe Detour (former Spring Valley Oven)

You know how sometimes there’s just one of those super eventful running weeks in the Kenyan recreational running community? This has been one of those weeks! Where to start?

First we had some superhumans conquering Mount Kilimanjaro (yes, the actual mountain, not the beer) in 24 hours, amongst them our very own Cheruiyot, Victor Kamau and Hermann Kambugu. A huge round of applause to them! They, along with a few hundred others, then descended on Moshi for the Kilimanjaro Marathon. Whilst normally this would see bus loads of Kenyan runners flood the Tanzanian mountain town, this year was a much quieter affair for public health and safety reasons. Nonetheless, a number of Swaras called Lutheran guesthouse home for a night or two, as they sweated it out on the hilly trails of the marathon and half marathon. Well done to Sheila Ommeh, who did her FIRST marathon there exactly one year ago, and smashed her goal this year to hit a personal best and do herself and us all immensely proudMany other runners achieved equally outstanding results, and rumour has it they also had a pretty good time celebrating 🙂

Saturday’s run was at Forest Breeze Gardens, another foresty run with some lovely leafy, tree-strewn routes that pleased the crowds and gave Swaras what they craved.

Photos from all of these can be found in the Starting Line:

All in all, one pretty great week! Well done to all who did something that they’re proud of.

This week we’re taking a detour to Cafe Detour, formerly known as Spring Valley Oven which is in – you guessed it – Spring Valley! Expect a mostly tarmac-based run (to practise your speed? enjoy some flatness?) with some little trail interludes.

Full details on this week’s run, and the link to register, in the Starting Line (which has everything you need for a happy running life so don’t miss it!)

A reminder to all of you that have stories to tell and experiences to share (in other words, all of you): the elusive Urban Swara newsletter editor is accepting submissions for the next edition of the newsletter, so get your articles, or even just article ideas in asap. Deadline for submissions is 15th March: