Hundreds of runners from the UK and beyond travelled to Makeni, Sierra Leone to take on the ultimate African marathon and raised nearly half a million pounds
Runners from around the world with big hearts travelled to Sierra Leone in 2012 to run in a marathon organised by Street Child , not for the perfect time, but to take in the perfect experience.
The experience upon arrival in Sierra Leone
When flying to one of the poorest countries in the world, you would expect the locals to not be very welcoming, but upon landing, the runners were overwhelmed with warm greetings by all.
Travelling through the streets of Sierra Leone , the runners, volunteers and supporters got to see how difficult life was for so many. The streets are bustling with people doing what they can to put food on the table.
These difficulties are a big part of what brings the locals together. You get to experience the spirit of Sierra Leone when locals come together to sing and dance. It was an incredible experience joining in on all of the fun.
Weather the storm before the marathon
It stormed the day before race day which was nice because it cooled the ground. The storm ripped down marathon signage and the thunder made everyone a little bit jumpy, but in the end, everyone enjoyed their first African storm.
The spirit of Sierra Leone on marathon day
The morning of race day had runners feeling nervous and excited. The runners were warming up and bustling around, you could feel the energy for what’s about to happen.
The Spirit of Sierra Leone set ablaze on race day. The atmosphere was electric and the support from the locals helped the runners on the brutal run. The heat made its way back during the run, but the beauty of the route made it easier to ignore.
The atmosphere was so infectious that we couldn’t help but smile and high five all the kids during the run. There were so many people singing, giving you support and helping you on the route. Smiles and celebrations carried on long after the run and award ceremonies.
It was such a real experience to see the work being done. It was an eye-opener for so many to see the country. To participate in the Street Child charity and the run are all unforgettable experiences.