The most pleasant surprise was sighting Mt Kilimanjaro rising to the South but with no zoom lens it remained only for my eyes to feast on. From 3,900m, the famous Rurimueria and Mt. Kipipiri look like small bumps.
Peering out over this vast moorland my mind drifts to the 2016 incident where we lost 4 hikers and a guide for 48hours. Aberdares is one of the remaining jungles of East Africa. One wrong turn by the guide and it took a concerted effort of over two hundred ground crew and three helicopters to trace and evacuate them from the moorland. An incident we were very lucky ended well. In the night or fog everything looks the same and even guides get lost.
The summit of Mount Kinangop is a rocky outcrop only accessible via a rocky scramble. With no basic rock climbing skills and fear of height then you would have to settle for the base of the rock. As I pushed out to the summit a 360 degree view opens up. The twelve apostles massif to the east is the most outstanding of these. Elephant hill to the South looks like an alien creature waiting to arise. The landscape is a scene from the movies. We spent some time on the summit despite the high wind before starting our descent.
On the way down we found the wreckage of a light aircraft that crashed into the Aberdares in 2013, a constant reminder that mountains are sometimes dangerous places. The descent was uneventful apart from the duck walking hikers. Two of the porters also had that look of a scene from walking dead, a reminder that Aberdares is not so kind to anyone. We got down to base at 1500hrs after an uneventful quick descent. My view would be that the climb was pleasant especially because of the weather. This story would a have been very different in the rain season.
Thank you for gracing our inaugural trail run event. Please find below the links for photos.
Mo Photography Photos Click Here
Wanjiku Gacheru Photography Click Here
Ian Kinuthia Photography Click Here
Dedan Mirichio Photos Click Here
Herbert Migiro Click Here
Looking forward to seeing you all again for the next Tigoni event on 15th December 2019.
TIGONI TEA TRAIL PARTICIPANTS INFORMATION
The information listed on this page is the official participant guide for the Tigoni Trail Run. Participants at a minimum should familiarize themselves with all of this information prior to the event. Participants should share this information with any friends / family / spectators that they plan on having join them at the race.
DATE, TIME AND LOCATION
Brackenhurst Conference Centre
Boma Road (Limuru to Banana Hill Road near Limuru Country Club)
Google Maps Directions HERE
Start Time: 7:00 AM for 33KM MTB, 7.10am for 25Km Ninja Run, 7.20am for 15Km Wababe Run, 7.30am for 6km Family Run.
PARTICIPANT’S BIB NUMBERS
Your race number must be worn on the front of your body and be clearly visible at all times. Those who register within 2 weeks of the race will have their names custom printed on their race numbers. The Race Bib’s will be issued on Friday 7th , Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th of December at the following location.
Bib Centre: 1st Floor, The Foundry, Viking House Westlands Bus Stage next to Fogo Gaucho/Park inn by Radisson Blue Westlands
Timings: 0900hrs to 1700hrs
You may also organize for a pickup via courier or Taxify Boda to the above address and contact our team on 0777 118 114.
Google Maps Directions HERE
There is a shuttle available from Nairobi CBD to the venue and back via Limuru Road. The shuttle charges is KES 800 above your regular ticket fees for the event. The deadline for booking the shuttle is Thursday the 13th of December at noon.
Pickup Point for Shuttle: City Hall Way, Opposite International life house after Kencom Bus Stop.
Google Maps Directions HERE
Bus arrives: 0530hrs
Bus Leaves: 0545hrs
Late participants will be left with no refunds processed.
There will be a short pre-race briefing about 15 minutes prior to the start of the race.
WHAT YOU GET FROM ORGANIZERS
A participant race bib will be issued to all registered participants. Well-marked course with plenty of aid and marshals. Photos and videos will be taken during the run. All participants will receive a finisher’s medal and refreshments at the finish line.
There is plenty of parking at the Venue. Self-drives and carpools are encouraged and will have safe and secure parking.
You have multiple ways to access the venue from Nairobi and its environs. The following are some of the possibilities.
From Nairobi CBD you can use Limuru Road all the way to Rwaka then continue on Boma road to a Gulf Petrol station after which is the Brackenhurst gate. Alternatively after Rwaka drive up to Ndenderu and onwards to St Paul’s University and take a right to Tigoni Police station after Limuru Country Club before taking a right and finding the Brackenhurst gate after 100m just before Gulf Petrol station. This second route option has potholes between Ndenderu and St. Paul’s University.
From Nairobi CBD take Waiyaki way all the way to Kamandura/MaiMahiu Junction and take a right on the roundabout to head towards St. Paul’s University where you take a left and follow to Tigoni Police station after Limuru Country club. Take a right here and find the Brackenhurst gate 100m down just before the Gulf Petro station. There are ongoing road works and diversions on Waiyaki way and you should plan longer driving times than indicated on maps.
PERSONAL EFFECTS STORAGE
The start line is next to the parking. You may leave all your personal effects in your car and or the shuttle bus for safe keeping. Please pass any valuable to the shuttle driver for safe keeping.
REFUNDS – TRANSFERS – SWITCHES
Entry fees are not refundable under any circumstance, race registrations are not transferable to other participants.
ACCOMMODATION AT THE VENUE
Brackenhurst is an established conference center with available accommodation for those considering to spend the night before the run. Please contact our team before 12th December for bookings on this. The rooms are subject to availability at the time of booking.
VENUE INFORMATION: MEALS AND GENERAL
The Venue is offering Breakfast (Tea and Coffee, Toast, Omelette, Waffles) which can be booked in advance for KES 950 per person. There will also be a Buffet Lunch on offer at KES 1,400 per person. There is also a café where you can order meals on ala carte after the run. Brackenhurst do not serve alcohol, neither do they allow alcohol or smoking within the premises.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING
Tigoni is usually cold and misty in the morning letting off to sunshine by 0800hrs.The Course is also not off the beaten path in some places and proper shoes with good grip and cushioning are encouraged. Be prepared, watch the forecast and plan accordingly.
Our aid stations are manned by marshals where you get access to water and or fruits on the trail. The marshals can also be alerted in case of any medical support or if you Do Not Finish.
NEXT YEAR’S EVENT DATE
PENDING APPROVAL Sunday 8th December 2019.