We're Back!

It’s cold, grey and wet this February but the wonderful team at the Sierra Leone Marathon have just the treat to get you through the month – we’re relaunching our blog!

To celebrate we thought we’d share with you some of SLM17’s exciting news:

We’ve hit 125 runners!

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Bright Side of the Road

Pounding the pavements and stopping at traffic lights in London – that’s not why I run. That was merely training, completed in the hope of making the end goal slightly less painful: a goal that would take me out of London and out of England. I was headed to Sierra Leone to run my first marathon....

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The Street Child Sierra Leone Marathon - Have You Heard Of It?

The following blog is written by 2016 runner Nina Fitton, the original post can be found on her blog 'HAVE YOU HEARD OF IT?'. 

Last month was a pretty exciting one for me.  I love to travel, and I enjoy exercise, but in May 2016 I decided to combine the two to form one ginormous challenge: traveling to Sierra Leone, to run a marathon, organised by the charity Street Child, in the town of Makeni.

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Nic Errol: My Running Journey

Hello runners! Yes, runners. If you have 2 legs, you can run. And from there, the opportunities are endless.

I’m Nic, an Australian that has called London home for the past two and a half years. I am a Brand Ambassador for Nike, as well as a Mountain Ultra Trail Runner. Basically, I like running far longer than the marathon distance, and in some of the most beautiful natural locations in the world. 100 milers are my distance (for now).

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Race Day 2015: Through The Eyes Of Our Race Director

A lot of work goes into making sure that we provide a safe, secure and exciting experience and so many individuals contribute to this. The event wouldn’t happen without them.

Street Child staff and volunteers, both local and international take on extra responsibilities to their day-to-day jobs to coordinate the whole week. Local stakeholders such as the Red Cross, Police, Army, Sports marshals and Council all pull together to cover the course and the SLM team just generally rock, so thanks to all of them.

I want to share my race day experience with you.

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The Sierra Leone Marathon Returns: 24th October 2015

Despite everything that has happened, The Sierra Leone Marathon will, as revealed in the Evening Standard, be held for the fourth time, on the 24th October 2015. As ever, the event will return to Makeni in the north of the country in a bid to raise much needed funds, this time of course to support the vital recovery effort.

The marathon is expected to take the same route as in previous years, which poignantly includes running through several villages devastated by Ebola – villages where Street Child has been providing vital aid. There will also be a half-marathon and 5km events as in previous years. 

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