Penpont Safari Run
01 Sep 18
In 1878 Joseph Thomson left the village of Penpont, Dumfriesshire to spend his life exploring the wilds of Africa. He was the first European to travel through the lands of the famous Maasai tribe in modern day Kenya, a connection which is still being marked today by the Joseph Thomson Maasai Trust (Facebook: Thomson Maasai Trails).
On 1st September 2018 the Trust , the Penpont Heritage Centre and the village of Penpont will be celebrating their famous ancestor by transforming the surrounding hills into the plains of Africa for the day and inviting everyone to come and take on two exciting challenges.
PENPONT SAFARI RUN
A challenging 10km hill run to the heights of Kilimanjaro (450m ascent) then plunging down into the Rift Valley and across the Tsavo River to finish back in the village. The course is off road, steep and likely to be muddy but a fantastic challenge for all levels of athlete.
PENPONT SAFARI CHALLENGE
For those who prefer to walk and to keep to more moderate gradients, this is a 4km route which still traverses the dangers of the Rift Valley and the mighty Tsavo, so expect wet feet. For children there is the extra element of spotting and collecting the native African animals hidden in the dense foliage as they go round the course.
For all competitors there will be a memento of the day, a goody bag and refreshments at the finish. The whole village will be turning out to celebrate the unique links between Dumfriesshire and Maasailand. Money raised will be used by the Trust to help Scottish teenagers travel to Kenya to spend time living and working with the Maasai community.
Entry to both events is available on the day. Registration is open from 9am on Saturday 1st September at the Gladstone Hall in Penpont
Races start at 11am