"I've just come back from a wonderful and inspiring trip to
Sierra Leone and wanted to tell everyone at Rainbow Tours about it.
I'm in love with Africa and spend as many of my holidays there as
possible, but up until now I hadn't been anywhere over in the West.
I also love running. So when I heard there was a charity organising
the first ever marathon to be run in Sierra Leone, it was something
that I just had to get involved with.
We flew direct from London to Freetown and transferred straight
to Makeni where the run was to be held and where the charity,
Street Child of Sierra Leone, works tirelessly to get children off
the streets and back into school. The marathon day itself was
phenomenal. I've run about a dozen marathons and it was the best
one by far. The scenery was sublime and the atmosphere was
electric, but perhaps above all I think it was the 170 or so
international runners all running for the same cause which made it
Kiln Sierra Leone Marathon, image by
After leaving Makeni I decided to rest my tired legs by spending
a few days down by the sea. The beaches in Sierra Leone are some of the best in
the world. I spent one night on the delightful Banana Island
followed by two nights on the wonderful Tokey Beach. And on the
last day I went to see the Sierra Leone national football team play
in the national stadium in Freetown. I recommend it all. I love
Sierra Leone. It's safe, friendly and practically devoid of
tourists. I can't wait to go back for next years race!"