The Queen's Baton Relay has continued its 294-day journey towards Birmingham 2022 as it travelled through Kenya ©NOCK

As the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay continues, Kenyan athletes have carried the Queen’s Baton and planted new trees.

During the Relay, taekwondo fighter Faith Ogallo sent a strong environmental message.

"We as champions have to champion for the environment," Ogallo told Kenyan television.

"All the champions are green champions.

"Being green means responsibility, being responsible. 

"Once we are responsible we will be able to fight for climate change and by that, we will serve the future generation."

John Ngugi, 1988 Olympic 5000 metres gold medallist, led a group hill run joined by 2018 Commonwealth Games 500m champion Hellen Obiri. 

Other runners included tennis player Angela Okutoyi and sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala, who had set a new African 100m record last month. 

His presence was a reminder that Kenya’s first Commonwealth Games gold was won by sprinter Seraphino Antao almost 60 years ago at the 1962 Games in Perth.

The training centre is set in an environmental conservation area and discourages the use of plastic bottles within its premises.

As part of the visit, Baton Bearers planted new trees in the forest.

"Trees play a vital role in ensuring we have particularly more oxygen and brings about rainfall which helps us get food," the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) said on social media.

A group of youngsters from Huruma Town sang as they enjoyed a musical bus ride with the Baton. 

Earlier in Nairobi, NOCK President Paul Tergat, a five-time World Cross Country champion, had joined Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed at Nairobi’s Uhuru Park to launch a city run to the Arboretum.

"We welcome the Baton to Kenya, the source and home of athletics giants," Amina Mohammed said.

"The Baton Relay carries with it an ideal and topical theme of Sustainability, Youth and Inclusion. 

"It complements our national aspirations, renewed hope and resilience. 

"It directs our collective energies on rebuilding countries and reigniting economies across the Commonwealth that have been greatly affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

"I know that everyone who saw the Baton during its journey recognised it as a symbol of the unity and diversity of our Commonwealth of Nations."

Kip Keino, who won double gold at the 1966 Kingston Games at the start of an illustrious international career, also took part.

Paralympic sprinter Samson Ojuka, Kenyan sevens star Collins Injera, weightlifter Winnie Lagat and student actress and singer Natasha Nyawira also carried the Baton during its journey.  

Tergat later handed the baton to Kenya’s first lady Margaret Kenyatta, who wore the distinctive Baton Bearer’s uniform and a face mask for the occasion.

"As Kenyans, we are honoured to welcome the Queens’s Baton Relay as part of a long-held tradition," Kenyatta said.

"This is an exciting moment for Kenya.

"Over the past two days, the Relay teams with cheer and celebration have hosted the Baton at special sites in Nairobi, through festivals depicting sports and culture.

"The Baton Bearers are all children and youth embracing all persons including those who are differently-abled.

"We eagerly look forward to the Commonwealth Games in 2022. 

"These Games will represent another opportunity for our country to showcase our sportsmen and women. 

"The different events will provide great inspiration for them to achieve their dreams."

The Baton was then passed to former rugby sevens star Humphrey Kayange, who will supervise the transition of the Baton to Uganda for the next leg of the journey.

In total, the Baton will travel for 294 days, spending between two and four days in each nation or territory, covering approximately 90,000 miles.