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The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a protected, 55,000 acre wildlife sanctuary, home to a variety of large African wildlife like elephants, rhinoceros, lions, eland, zebra, giraffe, just to mention a few. The conservancy will host the 16th edition of the Safaricom Lewa Marathon on Saturday, June 27, 2015. This event will play host to 1,200 runners from over 20 different countries.
The Marathon is an annual fund raising event held at Lewa Downs, about 140 miles (230 km) north of Nairobi, Kenya and sponsored by Kenya’s leading telecommunications company; Safaricom. The event which was conceived in 1999 by Tusk Trust, a London-based charitable organization is the only marathon run in a game park and on dirt roads. It offers some of Kenya's most beautiful scenery with Mount Kenya lying 20 miles to the south and Samburu National Park and Mt. Lololokwe to the north.
Runners will find it fantastic running through an African game park amidst wild animals on the open plain for there are no physical barriers separating the runners from the wildlife. The event will be watched over by a large and experienced team of game rangers, to enhance safety with a helicopter and spotter plane to ensure the safety of runners and to avoid confrontations with the four-legged residents throughout the race. Medical support will be provided by AMREF and the Red Cross with Water stations and first aid points situated every 2.5km.
The goal of the Marathon is to raise funds toward preserving wildlife in its natural habitat and also towards community projects for Kenyan living near the habitats.
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After the collapse of Kenyan cricket. the country was left with two sports to be proud of: athletics (particularly cross country) and sevens rugby.
On the weekend of 28th March 2015 Kenya had sent teams to China to represent the country in the two sports. The sevens crew was in Hong Kong while the cross country team was in Guiyang,
The Chinese outing though was rather miserable for the Kenyans. With both teams performing below expectation, Perhaps it was Chinese gods revenging on Kenyans for the way they had treated some Chinese nationals in Nairobi.
In the week of 26th March, 2015, a Chinese restaurant in upmarket area of Nairobi was roundly condemned in social and mainstream Kenyan media for not admitting blacks after 5.00 p.m. Subsequently the county government of Nairobi suddenly realized that non of its officers had ever seen such a conspicuous eatery and did not know that there was such an outfit operating illegally. The national Kenyan government was not left behind. It was time for someone to know that the director of the restaurant was in fact in the country illegally. Some youths took queue and in what reeked xenophobia attached the restaurant destroying property.
The Kenyan sevens team managed only 3 points from the Hong Kong outing. They lost all the group games: 14-21 to the US; 7-14 to England; 12 - 19 to Wales. The team then lost 10 - 21 to Canada in Bowl quarters. The Kenyans though did save some face by beating Portugal 21 - 0 and Japan 27 - 7 in the shield semis and finals respectively.
The cross country team was somewhat more successful but performance was still considerably short of what was expected. Geoffrey Kipsang KAMWOROR won the men senior race in 34:52 ahead of compatriot Bedan Karoki MUCHIRI (35:00). Ethiopian Muktar EDRIS took bronze in 35:06. The Kenyans missed out on the team gold despite tying with Ethiopia on 20 points on account of their fourth counter finishing behind the Ethiopian's fourth.
Agnes won gold in the women's senior race but the her effort was not good enough to get a team gold for Kenya. Ethiopia once again won the gold.The Kenyan athlete finished in 26:01.5 seconds ahead of of Ethiopia (26:06). In winning the team gold, Ethiopia endeda five year Kenyan winning streak.
The late Olympic gold medalist Samuel Kamau Wanjiru was murdered. Dr Moses Njue, who led a team of four doctors in conducting the post-mortem, ruled out the possibility of Wanjiru having died of the fall from the balcony of his house. He told an inquest that Wanjiru was hit by a blunt object.
He said that Wanjiru had an injury at the back of his that was so severe that it had broken his skull into two. “This could not have been caused by a rebound fall”; the pathologist explained.
Led by the Nairobi Chief Magistrate Hannah Ndung’u the inquest aims to establish the cause of his death, owing to the controversial circumstances surrounding it. It felt that he was either was killed, committed suicide, or died accidentally on jumping from the balcony.
The pathologist was categorical that the injuries must have been inflicted after Wanjiru jumped or fell from the balcony and they were independently inflicted leaving no doubt that Wanjiru was killed.
Initial police reports had suggested that he might have committed suicide by this theory was out rightly rejected by his mother Hanna Wanjiru. Hannah had at that time accused Triza Njeri, Kamau wife, of killing him a claim which the wife denied.
But with this findings by the team of doctors things get murky.
If what the pathologist says is true then between Jane Nduta, the girl allegedly with Kamau on the night he died, Triza Njeri , and the watchman could be someone who knows more than they told the police.