RUN KENYA DIARY

Keep up to date with the progress of the Run Kenya Project.
Due to my location I will have limited access to but will endeavour to keep you updated on the run as often as I can.

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Day 44 - Saturday 28th August

Proud to say...

RUN KENYA CHALLENGE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED ON SATURDAY 28TH AUGUST!!

3 days ahead of schedule, Busia to Mombasa, 1,600km covered in 30 running days, average 50km each day, 45 days on the road for Run Kenya team, the culmination of an incredible adventure and challenge never before achieved, i am very proud of myself and the Run Kenya team for working so hard together to complete this journey and achieve its ambitions, I'm so thankful, appreciative and humbled by all the fantastic support received along the way, thank you so much to each and every person who supported in whatever way since the development of the Run Kenya project almost a year ago....i completed the last 500km along the Mombasa road in 9 days and arrived at 11am at Fort Jesus on the shores of the Indian ocean, i walked down the beach, removed my shoes and dipped my feet in the water, it was an unforgettable moment...i sat on the beach and reflected on the whole running journey and thought about the future of Run Kenya...very pleased to say, thanks to some unbelievable support, and the faith and belief of very special people in the Run Kenya vision, the future looks bright for the documentary film and the establishing of an annual Run Kenya race event in the Rift Valley for competitors from Kenya and around the world, will be working on developing the film and race over the next year. Any donations to support the continuing work of Run Kenya can be made at www.justgiving.com/runningacrosskenya, many many thanks again to everyone, it has been an unforgettable journey!! Many thanks to everyone, Chris x

Day 44 Map

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Day 41 - Wednesday 25th August

The Run Kenya challenge is entering its final few days!....Currently in Voi town on the Mombasa road, have approximately 130 km left to reach Mombasa and dip my feet in the ocean!....have covered 370 km in the last 7 days, some of the hardest running I have ever had to do, mentally and physically so draining - one single long, straight, dry, desolate, sandy, hot, windy road that goes on and on for 500 km....will arrive in Mombasa and finish at Fort Jesus at midday on Saturday 28th, 3 days ahead of original schedule - the Run Kenya team will have spent 45 days on the road, I will have covered 1,600 km in 30 running days....with the next update I hope to be able to say I have successfully run across the whole of this incredible, challenging, inspiring, manic, serene, unpredictable, beautiful, bizarre, unforgettable country of Kenya. Thanks to all for such wonderful and generous support throughout the journey, just 3 more running days to go! Any donations to help Run Kenya to continue to achieve its ambitions for vulnerable children across Kenya can be made at www.justgiving.com/runningacrosskenya.
Many thanks to everyone, Chris x

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Day 36 - Friday 20th August

Sorry for long silence. Very busy few days and no internet access. I arrived in Nairobi on Sunday 15th, ran the 50km from Thika to Nairobi in my best time yet for the run - 3hr 50min, tricky navigating the roadworks on highway and city traffic, but it was a wonderful and unique running experience. I love Nairobi - it is a fantastic, vibrant and diverse city. I spent 3 very challenging days and learnt a lot working and filming in Mathare slum with some young guys who live and work on the streets around the area. Began the 500km stretch to Mombasa on Thursday 19th - ran 50km that day and 60km today and I've realised this final road is going to be so tough - dry, dusty, sand and loose rocks underfoot and heat rising everyday as I get closer to the coast, knowing it's the final stretch helps to push me on. Currently in a small town called Sultan Hamud, 60km again tomorrow, hope to reach Mombasa by the 28th, thanks so much to everyone for all the continued support. Any donations to help support the continued work of Run Kenya as the challenge enters its final stages would be much appreciated.
A simple online donation is all it takes, www.justgiving.com/runningacrosskenya.
Many thanks, Chris x.

Day 36 Map

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Day 30 - Saturday 14th August

In Thika town now after 100km from Embu, lots of filming over next few days and meeting with street children programmes in Thika and Nairobi, working with a great Kenyan fixer who i'd like to thank called Kiki, he has already helped us gain so much unique access to the streets of Nairobi and he's shown great commitment to Run Kenya, leave tomorrow to run the 50km from Thika to Nairobi, along Thika highway and through the centre of the city!!! will be a day to keep eyes open and mind sharp!! being received in Nairobi by the Mayor and media at Freedom Corner in Uhuru park, anyone who is in Nairobi tomorrow at 1pm is welcome, hope to get some coverage on evening news, writing an article for Daily Nation newspaper about journey so far, leave for Mombasa on 19th, when i reach Nairobi tomorrow i will have covered a total of about 1,080 km in 20 running days, about 600 km left to go, thanks so much to everyone for continued support and good wishes, means so much. Any donations to help support the continued work of Run Kenya as the challenge enters its final stages would be much appreciated.
A simple online donation is all it takes, www.justgiving.com/runningacrosskenya.
Many thanks, Chris x.

Day 30 Map

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Day 25 - Monday 9th August

Made the 100km, from Meru town to Embu. It was a bit of a battle the whole way running pretty much on one good leg, severe painful right knee think a result of three straight days of 70km, 80km then 100km but just happy to have complete my longest ever single run. Covered total distance now of just over 900km, 90km to Thika, arrive there by Wednesday, few days in Thika and Nairobi before beginning the long 500 km home stretch to Mombasa, still staying ahead of schedule, thanks so much to everyone for such supportive and encouraging comments before I began the 100km, cheers Chris x.
A simple online donation is all it takes, www.justgiving.com/runningacrosskenya.
Many thanks, Chris x.

Day 25 Map

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Day 22 - Friday 6th August

Now in Meru town after two days running, 65km yesterday from Nyeri to Nanyuki, 79km today from Nanyuki to Meru in about 6hr 50. Felt strong through very tough day of hills, was kept going by some incredible views running in the shadow of Mount Kenya.
A brief story from the road - whilst in Nakuru i visited a landfill site which was maybe three storeys high on top of which lives a small community, i met with some of the community members and talked with them about their way of life - children, men, women, grandmothers, as we were talking a tractor arrived pulling a skip which contained food waste and other rubbish brought up from the town, i watched as the tractor stopped and dumped the contents of the skip onto the landfill, as it did this the community members, from grandmothers to children, went across to the waste and began eating directly from it - whatever they could find - i believe no human being should have to live like this, but this seems to be the only choice currently for the people in that community - many children who go the streets of Nakuru come from this community as they understandably look for an alternative source of food - not many things in my life have left me truly distressed and upset but this experience certainly did - Run Kenya is so far teaching me so much every day and i hope this run can continue to grow as it progresses and really make some difference to the lives of children and young people who are having to face conditions that are, at times, beyond description.
A simple online donation is all it takes, www.justgiving.com/runningacrosskenya.
Many thanks, Chris x.

Day 22 Map

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Day 19 - Tuesday 3rd August

Reached Nyeri town, 160km from Nakuru in 3 days, getting stronger as run goes on, slept in a cold dormitory last night next door to a church choir who stayed up until 1am singing, had to be up at 4am, managed about 1 hour good sleep but somehow felt great today, 50km in 4hr 50, human body can be a strange thing sometimes.

In Nyeri for 1 day then 75 km to Nanyuki on Thursday, currently ahead of schedule! Thanks to everyone for continued support in donations and comments, it means so much to everyone involved in Run Kenya.
A simple online donation is all it takes, www.justgiving.com/runningacrosskenya.
Many thanks, Chris x.

Day 19 Map

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Day 15 - Friday 30th July

140km covered in 2 days, from Kapsagat to Nakuru town, across the Great Rift Valley, above 8,000ft altitude, the best running I've ever done through an incredible landscape, home of some of the world's greatest ever distance runners, it was a privilege and humbling experience to run on the same paths once graced by Olympic greats like Kipkeino and Tergat, at 6 am I ran with many Kenyans in training, some future Olympic champions I'm sure - unforgettable experience.

A brief story from the road - before leaving to run I spent time in Eldoret town, whilst there I stood in a rubbish dump to meet with a young guy who spends his days there using a rock to break open old office printers so he can retrieve the scrap metal and sell it, he makes about $1.75 a day. Help Run Kenya to help children and young people living and working on the streets in unimaginable conditions. A simple online donation is all it takes, www.justgiving.com/runningacrosskenya.
Many thanks, Chris x.

Day 6 Map

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Day 9 - Saturday 24th July

Currently in Eldoret town in the Rift Valley, 9 days gone, almost 400 km done, toe has healed well, feeling strong for the next 3 days running, 50 km each day to reach Nakuru.

A brief story from the road - in Busia I met with a softly spoken man called Houssain, he is a simple local taxi driver, he lives in a small house with his wife and two children, every night he takes into his home 10 street children, he feeds them and they sleep huddled together on his floor alongside his own family, it is cramped and uncomfortable but for these children it means everything - it's warm, secure and indoors, I asked Houssain why he does this and he simply said 'Mercy', this man has very little himself but he does what he can because it's in his heart, and he knows if he doesn't these children will not even have that small hope. To donate and support Run Kenya to help street children www.justgiving.com/runningacrosskenya as Houssain proves, every contribution, every act, big or small, makes a difference.

Day 6 Map

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Day 6 - Wednesday 21st July

First internet access for 6 days. Days 1-6 completed. 300 km completed in heat topping 90 degress, 6,000ft above sea level. Stunning landscapes around Lake Victoria and Kakamega forest. This is proving to be real tough but great adventure so far. My big toe has an absess type thing on it but otherwise doing fine. Have arrived in Kitale town now meeting with children.

Day 6 Map

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Day 1 - Thursday 15th July

Day 1 down - 30 miles from busia to small town called rangala, tough day of hills, very hot, great support along way from villages, 5hr 05, camping tonight, tomorrow towards kisumu on lake victoria.

Eastbourne gazette

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Many thanks!
Chris

Contact: +44 (0) 7973626060
chris@hearourvoicekenya.com

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