2017 Sierra Leone Marathon - Our Biggest Yet!
- 2017 Sierra Leone Marathon biggest marathon yet
- More than 750 runners compete in the world’s most ‘worthwhile’* marathon
On 28th May over 160 international runners from over six countries took on the heat and humidity of the Sierra Leone Marathon and raised over £200,000 to help some of the country’s most vulnerable children to access education.
Amongst this year's runners were Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey and 13-year-old London schoolgirl Rosie van der Vliet who was the youngest international runner to take part, joining the race’s 10K.
Making their way through villages and the beautiful landscapes of Makeni in northern Sierra Leone, the runners were cheered along the way by enthusiastic local children and communities.
Speaking about this year's marathon, Street Child’s CEO Tom Dannatt said: ‘Year after year, we have had such fantastic support from UK runners. This year’s marathon has raised over £200,000 to help some of the world’s poorest children.
‘The 2017 Sierra Leone Marathon was the biggest and best yet, showing the people of Sierra Leone that we have not forgotten them and that we will continue to stand with them in the recovery from Ebola and to give children a brighter future.’
Street Child would like to say a massive thank you and a heartfelt congratulations to everyone that competed in this year's marathon. To those that have taken on this challenge and raised money to support the children, families and communities that you visited ahead of the race, we are incredibly grateful for all that you've done - and continue to do - to support our work. We look forward to seeing you soon... and to welcoming you back next year!