Sierra Leone Marathon 2014

2014 Sierra Leone Marathon - terms and conditions of entry

IMPORTANT - These terms and conditions ("Conditions") govern entries to the Sierra Leone Marathon 2014 (including to race distances other than 42.2km) to be held on 25 May 2014 (the "Event"). You should read them carefully prior to registering for the Event. You should only register and enter the Event if you have read, understood and agreed with these Conditions. These Conditions represent a legally binding agreement between you and Sierra Leone Marathon Ltd, (referred to in these Conditions as "we", "us", "our"). These Conditions shall become binding on you and us when we issue you with written confirmation that you have successfully registered for the Event, usually by email.


We have written these Conditions in what we hope you will find to be simple English. If there is any part of them that you do not understand you should contact our Marathon Team. Their contact details are set out below. They will answer any queries that you may have either about these Conditions or any other aspect of the Event. For competitors under 18 years of age, a parent/guardian must read and sign a copy of these Conditions agreeing to these Conditions on your behalf, and you must also bring a hard copy signed by your parent/guardian to registration at the Event.


Inherent risks of travelling to and running long distances in Sierra Leone .

We think it is essential to be open and transparent about the current situation in Sierra Leone, the level of infrastructure and creature comforts that you can expect whilst in the country for the Event, and the risks inherent to competing in the Event. You should therefore read this section carefully to ensure that you enter the Event "with your eyes open". However, you should also carry out your own research on Sierra Leone to satisfy yourself that the Event is for you. By completing and signing a Registration Form for the Event, you certify that you have read and understood this paragraph, and the conditions set out below.


About Sierra Leone


The civil war in Sierra Leone was horrific but is long gone. Peace was declared in 2002 and the country has made steady progress since then. Very few landmines were used during the conflict and there is no reason to believe they are an issue today. Today it is fair to describe Sierra Leone as one of West Africa's safest destinations.


Tourism infrastructure is steadily improving but, by Western standards, or even by the standards of those who have been on safari or beach holidays in East Africa, it is important to note that this is 'qualified praise'.


Reconstruction continues, foreign investors are arriving and Sierra Leone is increasingly on the map as an adventure tourism destination. In fact with some of the most perfect palm-lined sands on the continent, not to mention English as an official language, it can't be long before Sierra Leone takes its place in the packaged beach-holiday scene. But until transport and 'getting around' become a little easier, visitors can have the surf outside the capital, Freetown, pretty much to themselves. 


In short, in the absence of extreme bad-luck or traveller stupidity, and despite the poor state of the transport network, the presence of various tropical diseases and a basic health-care infrastructure, the overwhelming majority of traveller visits to Sierra Leone are free of incident.  Nevertheless, travellers should be vigilant, sensible and take the same precautions they would visiting any other foreign country.


About the Event


The Event consists of four races - marathon (42.2km), half-marathon (21.1km), 10km and 5 kilometre.  All four events will be run in and around the city of Makeni in Sierra Leone.


Running in Sierra Leone in June will be challenging. Being on the cusp of rainy season, it is possible that it will be a wet race.  The roads are a mixed bag, although improvements are being made month-to-month. Currently the marathon course is approximately 25% on tar roads, 50% on hard packed mud or gravel roads and 25% on trail-style roads (think bridleway standard). By May 2014, the percentage of tar road is likely to have increased at the expense of the mud/gravel sections. However, the courses for each race will require competitors to run on some or all of the following surfaces: tarmac, compacted mud, soft mud, gravel and, depending on the weather conditions, standing water. Trail running shoes are advisable but not essential.


Temperatures are likely to reach the mid to high twenties degrees Celsius by mid-morning on the day of the Event. Humidity may also increase the physical difficulty on the race, although this will obviously be reduced if it rains during the race. You will need to be comfortable with the idea of running in hotter conditions than you may be used to.


We will do our utmost to ensure runner safety, working with the local authorities to close the race routes to traffic or at least limit motorised vehicles' access to it. However, we cannot guarantee, especially in the most rural parts of the marathon course, that runners will not encounter vehicles.


The Caveat


In short, we can't promise that you'll be comfortable at all times during your time in Sierra Leone - and, despite our best endeavours, it is likely that there will be times when you are pretty uncomfortable. But what we can tell you is that we will work as hard as possible to keep you safe. Nonetheless, you are ultimately responsible for the choices you make whilst in Sierra Leone, including whether or not to participate in the Event in the light of the weather conditions on 25 May 2014.




"Conditions"                        These terms and conditions

"Event"                                 The Sierra Leone Marathon and ancillary races to be held on 25 May 2014

"Event Package"                 Accommodation, transportation or meals purchased through SLML by a Participant in conjunction with the Event

"Event Package Fee"          The fee paid by a Participant to SLML in respect of an Event Package

"Non-Event Activity"             Any activity, accommodation, or transportation that a Participant may engage in or use whilst in Sierra Leone which are neither provided directly by SLML or by one of its subcontractors, or in respect of which a Participant has made no payment to SLML

"Participant"                        The holder of a Registration

"Race Fee"                              The fee paid by a Participant in respect of Registration for either the 42.2km or 21.1km distances in the Event

"Registration"                      A place to participate in the Event confirmed in writing by SLML

"Registration Form"           The electronic or hard copy form that must be completed by all potential Participants and any permitted Substitutes

"SCOSL"                              Street Child of Sierra Leone

"SLML"                                 Sierra Leone Marathon Limited

 "Sponsors"                         The official sponsors of the Event

"Substitute"                          A replacement Participant who has been accepted by SLML in accordance with clause 6


Who Are We?


The Event is organised by Sierra Leone Marathon Limited (SLML), a company registered in England & Wales with number 7799857. SLML is a trading arm of Street Child, a charity registered in the UK with number 1128536. 


The Event Office address is 42-44 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AH. If you have any questions relating to these Conditions or the Event you should contact the SLM team as set out below:

Marathon Team Email: Info@sierraleonemarathon.com

Marathon Team phone number: 0207 638 4720.

We will endeavour to respond to email messages within 2 working days.


1. General Conditions of Entry


1.1.  You certify that you are 18 years of age or older and that you have read and agreed to these Conditions. Participants under the age of 18 are required to have a parent or legal guardian agree to these Conditions on their behalf.


1.2.  You agree and acknowledge that you are aware that a competitive marathon, half-marathon or 5km race in Sierra Leone inherently involves the real risk of serious injury or even death from various causes including exertion, strenuous activity, dehydration, collisions or incidents involving other competitors, spectators, other road users and/or vehicles, aspects of the course or bad weather conditions and other causes. You understand you should not enter or participate in the Event unless you have trained appropriately and had any health concerns checked by a medical practitioner.


1.3.  You further agree and acknowledge that it is your sole responsibility to obtain all necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial prophylactics before arrival in Sierra Leone. Failure to do so seriously prejudices your health, and also may result in the Sierra Leonean authorities turning you back on arrival at Freetown Airport.


1.4.  You agree to abide by all race rules and directions we issue with respect to the Event.


1.5.  You agree not to deviate from the route for the race category you have entered.


1.6.  No drugs, illegal substances, performance enhancing substances or intoxicants (including alcohol) of any kind are permitted to be brought to the venue or used by any participant either before or during participation in the Event. We reserve the right to refuse attendance at, or participation in, the Event by any persons found to have consumed or to have in their possession any drugs, illegal substances, performance enhancing substances or intoxicants (including alcohol) of any kind.


1.7.  You acknowledge that participation in the Event will be physically demanding and that you are aware of the nature of the Event and the associated medical and physical risks involved. You hereby affirm that you are physically capable of competing in the Event and agree that (subject to the Limitation of Liability paragraph below) Sierra Leone Marathon Limited, its officers, employees, agents, affiliates, Sponsors or medical advisers are not responsible for any injury or illness that you may suffer as a result of your visit to Sierra Leone or your participation in the Event.


1.8.  You undertake to personally procure fully comprehensive travel and medical insurance, including cover for emergency medical evacuation by land or air. Your policy must also cover you for your participation in the Event and you accept that it is your sole responsibility to ensure that this is the case. You also accept that SLML reserves the right to demand proof that you have procured such cover and reserves the right to refuse your participation in the Event if such cover is not found to be in place. Accordingly, you must bring a copy of your insurance documents with you to Sierra Leone, with the relevant sections highlighted.


1.9.  In the event that in the opinion of Event staff you require medical assistance or evacuation you accept full liability, and indemnify SLML, for any costs associated with such action, regardless of whether it is covered by your insurance policy.


1.10.  You give permission to our Event staff to make decisions concerning your personal medical care and treatment, and where necessary to authorise such care and treatment in emergency situations.


1.11.  You will inform us on your Registration Form, or subsequently by email, of any illness from which you might suffer that might affect your performance or otherwise be relevant if medical treatment is needed.


1.12.  Unless expressly agreed otherwise, you must register at the Race Office in Makeni no later than 6pm on 24 May. Accordingly, you should ensure that your flight arrives in Freetown no later than the morning of 24 May to leave sufficient time to travel to Makeni.  More details concerning registration for the Event will be set out in the Event Information, which we will issue 30 days before the Event. You must produce identification at registration.


1.13.  You must comply with the age requirements for entry to the Event.  Proof of age may be requested at registration on 25 May 2014. The minimum age requirement (calculated as on 25 May 2014) to take part in each of the race distances in the Event is as follows:

Marathon (42.2km) - 18 years

Half-marathon (21.1km) - 18 years

10km - 16 years

5km - 14 years

Exceptions to the above age requirements may be made but only at the absolute discretion of SLML.


1.14.  You understand that our Event staff will make every reasonable effort, in the circumstances, to reach your emergency contact (if you have supplied one to us prior to the Event) regarding your medical status in the event an emergency arises. In the event that your contact cannot be reached in an emergency, you hereby give your permission to the licensed physician, dentist, athletic therapist, nurse or other medical professional whose services might be required to provide medical care and treatment.


1.15.  The personal information provided by you when registering for the Event will be stored on a secure database, will not be shared with third parties and will only be used for the 

functional purpose of the Event by SLML, SLML's Sponsors, SCOSL, and their respective affiliates agents and contractors. You may be contacted regarding the Event by post, email, telephone or SMS.


1.16.  You will receive an official race number bib before the Event. The race number bib is personal to you and you undertake and agree (i) to wearing the official numbered race bib assigned to your registration, (ii) to completing the blank fields beneath the number on the bib and (iii) not to authorize or permit any third party to use your official numbered race bib for the Event (unless you have requested and we have agree to transfer your Registration to a Substitute, pursuant to clause 6 below).


1.17.  You acknowledge that by reason of circumstance beyond our control, it may become necessary to change the format of the Event, or the location of the Event within Sierra Leone, and if that occurs, you consent to the changes and you agree that each and every one of the conditions set out herein shall apply to the changed Event.


1.18.  If at any time we discover that you are ineligible to participate in the Event (or if your participation in the Event should have been refused for any reason whatsoever) we reserve the right to disqualify you or refuse you entry to the Event. Further, we reserve the right to reject at any time any Registration Form which we believe to be fraudulent, or to disqualify any Participant we believe not to have complied with the Conditions from attending or participating in the Event. We will not be liable to you in any way either as a result of any such disqualification or refusal unless the disqualification or refusal turns out to be for an incorrect reason.


1.19.  Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of their content, SLML will not accept any liability for any inaccuracies or errors contained in any documents, literature or correspondence provided by SLML to a Participant in connection with the Event or an Event Package, including any material published on the Event website at www.sierraleonemarathon.com. You acknowledge and agree that any information provided to you by SLML, its officers, employees or runner mentors, in connection with the Event or an Event Package, was provided in good faith and confirm that you carried out your own research on Sierra Leone and the likely dangers and difficulty level of the Event before purchasing a Registration. You further acknowledge and agree that any letter of invitation provided to you by SLML in connection with your application for a tourist visa for Sierra Leone does not constitute an assumption of liability by SLML or SCOSL for any act or omission on your part whilst in Sierra Leone, or for any injury or loss you may suffer during your stay.


2. Conditions relating to travel and accommodation arrangements (if purchased through us)


2.1. Event Packages

You may purchase from SLML a package trip (an "Event Package") for the Event which may include your entry to the Event and some or all of the following additional elements:

a)    Essential in-country transport, including to or from Lungi Airport to Freetown and/or Makeni

b)    A maximum of 9 nights' hotel accommodation in Freetown and Makeni

c)    2 meals each day for up to 8 days in Sierra Leone

For the avoidance of doubt, no Event Package includes a flight reservation or travel insurance. All competitors are responsible for booking their own flights and obtaining appropriate insurance. Recommended flights are listed at /faq.html

If you purchase an Event Package from SLML, we will be responsible for ensuring that the contract we have with you is properly performed by us and by our suppliers in Sierra Leone. However we will not be held liable where any failure in the performance of the contract is attributable to any of the following causes:

-          any reckless or negligent act or acts by you;

-          any act carried out by a third party unconnected with the provision of the Event Package;

-          unusual, unforeseeable or other circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised by us or our suppliers


2.2. Visas for Entry to Sierra Leone

2.2.1.    SLML will assist, free of charge, all UK-based participants who are not already in possession of a visa for entry into Sierra Leone to obtain one.  Participants who are UK nationals are referred to the High Commission's website at http://www.slhc-uk.org/ for more information on visa requirements.

2.2.2.    We accept no liability for the loss of or damage to any documents submitted to us in connection with an application for a visa.


2.3. Non-Event Activities

Please note that SLML does not accept any liability to compensate you for any injury or loss arising from you engaging in any Non-Event Activity. This limitation of liability applies even if the relevant Non-Event Activity was suggested or recommended to you by a representative of SLML.


2.4. Bookings and Payment

2.4.1.  Payments are in accordance with the schedule under Race Info on the website

2.4.2.  All applications for Traveller's packages should be accompanied by a £100 deposit. This is non-refundable unless your application is not accepted by SLML.  All applications for other packages and race fees should be accompanied by full payment. This is non-refundable unless your application is not accepted by SLML

All payments are to be made via one of these options:

                  PayPal (see the website for details),

                  Bank transfer (please contact SLML for details)

                  Cheque addressed to  Sierra Leone Marathon Limited and sent to 42-44 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AH

2.4.3.  All applications will be reviewed by the Marathon Team. Once this process is complete and your eligibility for the Event confirmed, and cleared funds received in respect of your deposit, you will be contacted with a confirmation of your Registration.  In the event that we refuse any application, all payments will be returned within 5 working days of the decision being communicated to you.

2.4.4.  You will not be eligible to compete in the Event unless full payment of the Race Fee and any Event Package Fee has been received, within 60 days of your initial application, or 30 days prior to the Event - whichever is prior.


2.5.  Withdrawal, Cancellations or Alterations

2.5.1.  You may withdraw from the Event at any time, subject to the following provisions of this clause.

2.5.2.  If you withdraw more than 30 days before the Event, you will be entitled to a full refund, less your non-refundable deposit.

2.5.3.  Alternatively, you may transfer your place to another competitor (a "Substitute"), subject to the Substitute completing and signing a Registration Form. The Substitute will be responsible for the cost of any changes to the Event Package that you may have purchased.

2.5.4.  Refunds in respect of withdrawals communicated to us after 30 days prior to the Event are at our sole discretion.

2.5.5.  Changes to the race distance you have selected are at the race director's discretion and must be requested before the start of the Event.   Substitutions should make SLML aware if they intend to run a different distance.

2.5.6.  You must communicate notice of your withdrawal from the Event to us in writing by email or post. Withdrawals cannot be accepted over the phone.

2.5.7.  We reserve the right to withdraw the offer of a place to you in the Event for any reason and at any time and in such circumstances, we will provide you with a full refund of the Fee.

2.5.8.  Should places be oversubscribed, we reserve the right to offer a place in an alternative Event category.

2.5.9.  In extreme circumstances, we may change the date of the Event. In the event we change the date of the Event, and you are unable to attend on the revised date, you will have 14 days to inform us in writing from when the change in date is announced to receive a refund of your Fee.  Should we need to change the date of the Event, you will have 14 days to notify of us your withdrawal from the Event and receive a refund but thereafter will be held to the above terms.

2.5.10.  We reserve the right to amend the Event format or cancel the Event. We will only exercise these rights due to circumstances beyond our control and in the event of the Event being cancelled we shall provide you with a full refund of your Race Fee (and Event Package Fee, if applicable).


2.6.  Rules and Regulations

2.6.1.  You agree to abide by all IAAF Competition and Doping rules. You shall not be entitled to a refund of the Fees if you are disqualified from the Event as a result of infringing these Conditions or the IAAF Competition and Doping rules. These rules and regulations may be obtained from http://www.iaaf.org/antidoping/rules/iaaf/index.html

2.6.2.  Further Event rules (including limits on the time taken to complete the whole or a section of the Event), may be initiated by us at our discretion to ensure the safe and proper running of the Event. You will be informed of these either in your race pack or in a pre-race briefing.


2.7.  Limitation of Liability

2.7.1.  Nothing in these Conditions removes or limits our liability for fraud, for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or for any liability which cannot be limited or excluded by the law.

2.7.2.  Otherwise, we will not be liable to you for: (i) any loss or damage to personal equipment belonging to you; or (ii) any indirect or consequential losses (in any case whether or not such losses were within the contemplation of the parties at the date you submitted the Registration Form) suffered or incurred by you arising out of travelling to or taking part in the Event or any other matter arising under these Conditions, including the rescheduling, relocation or cancellation of the Event.

Except as otherwise provided by any applicable laws, our maximum liability to you for any claim in contract, tort, or in any other cause of action arising in connection with the Event shall not exceed the total fees you have paid to SLML.


2.8.  Publicity and Results

You: (i) irrevocably consent to your appearance in the Event being filmed, recorded, incorporated and exploited in whole or in part in any television programme, film, video or broadcast of whatever nature by all means and in all media and formats now or invented after the date of these Conditions; and (ii) irrevocably consent to the use and reproduction of your name, likeness, appearance and photographs, films and recordings by all means and in all media for the purpose of advertising, publicity and otherwise in relation to the exploitation of the Event and/or the promotion of the Event and the commercial rights relating to the Event provided that such use does not imply direct endorsement by you of any official sponsor or supplier of the Event. You further hereby waive any moral rights you may have in respect of the same.

We will do our utmost to provide an Event finish time for you however we cannot be held responsible for any computer result anomalies.



These amended Conditions (and the documents referred to in them) constitute the entire agreement and understanding of the parties and supersede any previous agreement between the parties relating to the Event. You acknowledge and agree that by submitting the Registration Form (and the documents referred to in it) you shall not rely on, and shall have no remedy in respect of, any statement, representation, warranty, understanding, promise or assurance (whether negligently or innocently made) of any person (whether party to this Agreement or not) other than as expressly set out in the Registration Form and these Conditions.

If any provision of these Conditions shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these Conditions, shall be enforced to the fullest extent allowed by law as to effect the intention of the parties, and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

No waiver by either party of a breach or a default hereunder shall be effective unless in writing and signed by both parties and any such waiver shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any subsequent breach or default of the same or similar nature.

We reserve the right to vary these Conditions by giving notice to you in writing in any official Event material or correspondence prior to the Event.

All decisions and rulings by us, our employees and our agents shall be binding and final.


The legal position of these terms and conditions

These Conditions form a legally binding agreement between you and us.

These Conditions shall be governed by English law and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

These Conditions were last updated on 19 March 2014.


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