No, not that 80s' anthem that you are now humming in
your head, it's the final countdown to the Sierra Leone Marathon!
Less than one month away and it seems to be approaching very
All the runners from Kiln have been
doing their big runs and getting the long miles in the bank. My
longest was over the bank holiday weekend when Charlotte and I
braved the fields and hills of Caterham and the surrounding area,
to try and make our 20 mile target run scenic, interesting and also
to practice a little for the off road running in Sierra
Leone. Well to be honest, the conditions were absolutely
nothing like those we are going to encounter over there.
Firstly it was cool and drizzled constantly and
secondly, the trails through the woods and fields were so sodden
and muddy that for about 8 miles, the focus was on not falling face
first into huge muddy puddles! The final few miles had us
encountering lots of hills, including one that went on up for about
one and a half miles. But determined and focused, we battled on and
achieved a little under 20 miles.
Fortunately, the route in Sierra
Leone is flat and dry, so in some aspects a little easier, there's
still the heat to be accounted for. England has unfortunately not
given us any opportunities to run in the heat at all this year, so
it looks as though we'll have to acclimatise quickly when we
I had a little hamstring pull which
had been niggling, so I had my first ever sports massage. My
prior experiences of massages had been relaxing rubs to ease
muscles. Well, a sports massage is not at all relaxing. Painful and
sore! I actually ended up with bruising as a result of it! But it
seemed to help with the issue, so I'm not going to
Another piece of preparation has
been organising and receiving the travel jabs that are required.
Luckily injections don't bother me too much, so the couple I have
had so far haven't been too much of a hassle. There's a couple more
to have, then the malaria tablets to collect and start taking just
before we leave.
I've also had an absolute nightmare
with my passport which went missing in the post! Despite secure
delivery it has somehow gone astray, so an emergency trip to the
Immigration and Passport office has been required to get a new one
ordered. Once that arrives, I then have to still squeeze in a
getting my Visa for Sierra Leone sorted! All this in the next
So all in all, a tense final few
weeks getting ready to go!
We had a visit at the Kiln offices
from a few of the girls from the SCOSL
charity to talk us through what to expect when we get there,
and give us more insight into the wonderful things that charity
does and what parts of the charity work we'll get to see when we
get there. It looks amazing, and I really can't wait to go now,
despite all the hurdles to overcome in the next couple of
I know that it'll all be worth it
when we get there!