Who Wants To Run The Sierra Leone Marathon With Me?

by Olivia Cox February 3

Who’s with me as I brave one of my biggest adventures yet?

On 28th May I’m taking on one of my biggest challenges yet: running the Sierra Leone Marathon in West Africa for Street Child. And I’m looking for five fellow adventurers to join me.

It may seem a little crazy – Sierra Leone is a bit off the beaten track to say the least and temperatures are set to hit 35 degrees with 90 percent humidity.  But the incredible cause, the beauty of this largely-overlooked country, and the pictures of the idyllic white-sand beaches to relax on afterwards convinced me that it was worth braving running in tropical heat.

The Sierra Leone Marathon is organised by Street Child, a charity that helps some of the world’s poorest children to have a chance to go to school. This year will be its sixth marathon and (hopefully) its biggest and best yet. The race spans various distances from a 5km to a full marathon and winds through local villages where the smiling local kids cheer on all the runners. Fellow runners have told me the experience changed their life. I can’t wait.

Take a look at the 2016 video to see what it’s all about:

 

One of the biggest draws of the marathon for me is the opportunity to travel around, experience a vibrant culture and visit some of Street Child’s projects. The team behind the marathon take all runners to visit Street Child schools and projects so that we can see first-hand the impact of our fundraising and how it’s changing the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

I am looking to take a team of five runners with me to experience this incredible country over five days. Please be on my team! If you want to join me and help change the world in 2017 register here.

Don’t forget your £50 discount with the promo code Olivia50! For more information about the race or trip drop an email to the guys at slmarathon@street-child.co.uk – they would love to chat to you about it.

Olivia x

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