Urban Swaras Starting Line run 610 – Githunguchu primary School, Ndeiya + Stan Chart 2021 ++ Naivasha Relay 2021!

Dear Swaras (take a deep breath, this is a long one)!

Those of you who joined us for the first time on Saturday, lucky you! The Trail Fox went pretty easy on the hills (comparatively) and treated us to a drop dead gorgeous trail and perfect weather (though maybe the weather wasn’t all down to him)! We hope to see you regularly at Swara runs, you can ALWAYS expect quality trails, guaranteed good company, and USUALLY at least a few hills! In other news, one of our very own CRE members, Eddah Gichangi, celebrated her marriage to her running beau, Francis, this weekend, congratulations to the happy couple on behalf of the whole club! Find many photo highlights in the Starting Line:

This coming Saturday we are heading to to Githunguchu primary School in Ndeiya, to run alongside the magnificent Rift Valley escarpment! If you can make it, DO, you do not want to miss this trail! Find full details of the run below, and register by Thursday! Please note that we are returning to the old format of runs, where the flagging off will occur at 7.30am, so please come a few minutes before 7.30am to allow time to register and be ready to run at 7.30am! Masks MUST be worn at all times when not running, and COVID protocols observed (see below). Full details and registration in the Starting Line:

Naivasha Relay 2021 registration

Some exciting big run news: Naivasha Relay registration is now open, so we are inviting all Swaras who want to be a part of one of the Swara teams for this event to register. See the poster below. In short, it’s a 9-person relay comprising of 89km, on Saturday 2nd October, with each runner running an average of two stages of less than 10km each over the whole of Saturday . The fun is that all teams run together, so each leg is flagged off at the same time, and the teams go ahead of the runners by vehicle to cheer them on at each finish line. This is an event with a legendary legacy; the Nairobi Hash House Harriers have been hosting this run since 1982! Please be aware that there is a 2,500ksh registration fee payable to the organisers, and a Swara fee to cover food, logistics and transport. The total fee, excluding accommodation In Naivasha on the Saturday night, will be between 5,000ksh and 6,000ksh (to be confirmed), though we are doing everything possible to keep costs down, including a subsidy from the club. To sign up to be in one of the Swara teams, fill in this form by 15th September:

Nairobi Standard Chartered Marathon2021

In other news, we’re also taking Swara applications to the in-person Nairobi Standard Chartered Nairobi marathon, which this year is limited to only 2,500 runners on Sunday 31st October. A number of spaces have been committed to the running clubs, and your Swara officials and CRE have been busy preparing everything to get as many Swaras participating as possible!

The qualification times for the in-person run are as follows:

Full marathon

Men – 4:00 Women: 4:30

Half Marathon

Men – 2:00 Women – 2:15

Wheelchair Race

Men – 3:00 Women – 3:15


Men – 0:57 Women – 1:04

There will also be a virtual run open to everyone:

If you want to take part in the in-person run, you will need to submit a qualifying run within the times detailed above. Fill in this form ( by the 1st October, to be in with a chance of running the 31st October marathon. NEW ROUTE ALERT —> with the ongoing roadworks on the 7th circle of hell aka Mombasa Road, the run will take part along Southern Bypass, starting from Carnivore, Langata, with some gentle downhill for the first 10km, and then around 20km of gradual climb before finishing on some more gentle downhill. The 21km will follow a similar pattern of down-up-down. Start training now and submit your run to qualify for the in-person! More information on the virtual run registration to come. Registration link:

Be sure to read through the Starting Line so you don’t miss the chance to take part in any of these runs!