One of our crew recently ran their first Marathon. For a first marathon, he picked a tough one. Sierra Leone, here’s his blow-back
“The weather was dry, hot (35 average), humid (91%) and the course had over 1200m of elevation. So what was the motivation for this run? At first it was a desire to run a marathon. The distance that calls out to us all as a real challenge of our fitness and endurance. The distance will find out if you have been honest in training and if you have committed to the work. I think deep down, we all want to tick that box. As with most of these endeavours, not being a strict “runner”, the run also became about charity. How could I help? Who could I help?
The Sierra Leone Marathon is organised by Street Child and is the jewel in their crown in terms of fundraising events. The trip affords participants the chance to visit the projects that are funded by the runners, helping children get an education in one of the poorest countries on earth. It allows the runners to connect with the very reason they run. Isn’t this why we all get out and run or exercise? We are looking, no crying out, for connection. It’s why we are glued to social media on our phones. We want to connect, we want a relationship with ourselves or others. We need it as social creatures. We’re not supposed to meander through life without it. The trip, marathon included, allowed me to truly connect with new people, who I am and the person I want to be. It educated me from the moment I got off the plane. To see the endurance the people of Sierra Leone show in their daily lives meant that during the run, which was really tough, there was the added determination to get through it for them. It was a way of doing my tiny little bit in service to them, of repaying them for the experience and spirit they show".
This is why we run.