Kiln Sierra Leone Marathon and Collective
SL volunteer Mark Maughan gets to work...
As soon as we arrived in Makeni, the real work started. The Kiln
Sierra Leone Marathon will be Sierra Leone's first EVER marathon
and will hopefully raise a lot of money for the Street Child of
Sierra Leone charity.
As it is the first ever event of its kind, a lot of planning has
gone into the KSLM. First of all designing the course route, which
after driving around it I must say it is a challenge, but a
spectacular one at that.
I am part of the events team, so my main role is to be the eyes
and ears on the ground in Makeni, as I am the only one based here
full-time. Therefore it is extremely important to build up good
relationships with different contacts in order to:
a) Make sure everyone co-operates
b) Ensure good communication between different
c) Help me find my way around this
One of the real benefits to this project is that I get to
explore all around Makeni and meet some incredible people. From
Chief Administrator of Makeni City Council Mr Daramy to Benjamin
Kamara, our homestays organiser/guide, village chiefs including a
relative whose name was quite simply T-Man to the big scary bloke
in the army barracks Lieutenant Colonel AS Koroma (though I
referred to him as Corona like the drink!)
Other tasks include helping to organise the pasta party, finding
good musicians to play along the route, sorting through volunteers
and officials, instructing the police, finding sponsors and getting
as many Salonean runners as possible.
Whilst I have not had much involvement with the Craig Bellamy
Foundation as of yet, I have attended a number of football games to
show my support for the league, helping out with some coaching tips
and even refereeing a game.
So as you can guess it's busy busy busy and no rest for the
You can read more of Mark Maughan's blog here.