Greetings Great Runners!
Are we on again? We are on again!
Welcome back from lockdown, friends. What a year this is turning out to be, right? RIGHT?
Also, welcome to The Great Run XVII, an event that has been long overdue because of circumstances that are both obvious and unavoidable.
Welcome to the Great Run XVII Phoenix Edition: Serenity & Serendipity. Perhaps we should explain the long name.
Why Phoenix Edition? First of all mankind is slowly arising from the ashes after the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 disease almost brought a complete stop to civilization as we know it. We are only just recovering while adapting to the new normal. We are back as a species, and like the phoenix, we will rise again. Secondly, keen followers of the Great Run will recall we had an... er... shall we say "adjustment" to the management of the Great Run, an adjustment that we have arisen from, again, just like the legendary firebird.
Serenity & Serendipity: serenity means peace and quiet. While the typical Great Run convoy does not quite spell "quiet", the route we will follow most certainly does; there are sights to behold we can bet very few of us have seen before; beautiful scenery that the Creator took His Time with. Serenity is also a much needed respite from the frustration that comes with change of management. Serendipity is befalling upon good fortune out of sheer happenstance, both from the events that arose earlier this year and something that happened during the recce in which our hostess for the evening turned out to be involved in the exact same line of philanthropy as The Great Run: she is involved in the assistance of desperately destitute children and has a whole list of children's homes we can visit.
So, speaking of quiet routes and children's homes, let's get down to business. The following are the event details as planned. It is a two-day event which will cover about 600km of mixed driving:
DATES:December 5th - 6th
Day 1 will take us from Nairobi to Ngong after which we will venture into the road that runs parallel to the Standard Gauge Railway through Kimuka and Kibiko, leading us to Suswa on the Mai Mahiu - Narok highway. This is the first off-road section of our journey.
From Suswa we will head to Narok where we will turn right in Narok Town to head towards Olenguruone but we will not venture too far down that road. Somewhere at a place called Olokurto we will turn left to venture into the Mau Forest which is the toughest, most rugged off-road section the Great Run has ever done, which will struggle with to exit at Enengeetia and Analat where we will hit tarmac again to drive to Njoro and eventually into Nakuru town.
The children's home we will visit is in Nakuru, which is also where we will spend the night. Given that this is the year of the ccoronavirus, we will do things a little differently from before due to rules surrounding large gatherings and social distancing. The protocols will be communicated in due course.
Day 2: meet up at Shell Petrol Station at the Bahati - Subukia - Nyahururu junction. We will proceed up the A104 up to Naivasha where we will turn left at the Total Petrol Station and indulge in one of the steepest hill-climbs the Great Run has ever had. Yes, we will be retracing the route from the Great Run 6 that led us into the Aberdares - which will be the third off-road section of this event; power through the park to come out in Nyeri town and from there it's back to Nairobi.
There are a lot of details we will need to get right for this route so this time round we have a detailed map that will be given to Great Runners between now and December.
The entry fee has not changed, it is still KES 6000. Unlike before, this time the cash is paid via Buy Goods option from the M-Pesa menu to
NAME: MOTORING PRESS AGENCY
TILL NUMBER: 5151021
Please note: this is a TILL NUMBER (Buy Goods) and NOT a Pay Bill number. After payment, Great Runners will be added to a WhatsApp group where we will handle any questions you may have as well as provide further updates involving details that may not be posted on Facebook.
Right, let's get started then. Get your rigs ready, dust off your travelling shoes, flex your leg muscles and prepare for a drive that you will not soon forget. After several months that felt like many years of isolations, lockdowns, quarantines, curfews and other words rarely used before 2020, it's time to step out and feel the outside world again... but responsibly because we are not out of the woods yet as far as COVID-19 is concerned.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Great Run presents Serenity & Serendipity by way of the phoenix.
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