Rob Morley - Active marathon participant
ROB MORLEY - DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER
Born and raised in the UK, Rob got his first glimpse of Africa on a Kenyan safari aged 13 – and he’s been hooked ever since. As soon as he finished university, he headed straight back out to neighbouring Tanzania to teach and coach sport and then moved to Ghana.
When he returned to the UK, he spent a year encouraging students to do the same before being hired by an Africa tour operator to design bespoke trips across East Africa. It was here he met fellow Africa Marathons & Tailormade Africa co-founder Clyde Beaty and they worked side by side for several years, until Rob left to assist a London-based NGO running volunteer projects across the continent.
Rob went on to work for two more highly respected Africa tour operators and has visited the continent countless times to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, run in the Sierra Leone Marathon, trek with mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, wander the Anglo-Zulu battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, visit Ghana’s former slave castles, and listen to the distinctive songs of Madagascar’s indri.
He is a committee member of SATOA (www.satoa.com) – a non-profit association made up of tour operators, lodges, camps, tourist boards, airlines and representation companies that promote travel to Africa and the Indian Ocean. He is passionate about the positive effect tourism development can bring to African countries and works closely with local charities to ensure both traveller and country benefit from a visit.
Rob's passion for running culminated in founding the Putney Running Club, a free and social club that strongly believes that running with other people inspires and motivates you to push yourself. Putney Running Club has been going strong for over 3 years now and already has several hundred dedicated members. They regularly travel across Europe as a club to take on various running events. They have completed many marathons across the globe - to name a few...the Bilbao Marathon, Paris Marathon, Rome Marathon, Boston Marathon, London Marathon, North Korea Marathon, Amsterdam Marathon, Stockholm Marathon, Cape Town Marathon and, the rather different Medoc 'Wine & Cheese' Marathon in the South of France, along with many other half-marathons across the UK and Europe. In 2018 a group of 19 undertook one of Africa Marathons offerings, the Sierra Leone Marathon, for the Charity Street Child, culminating in raising over £20,000 to fund a school - 'The Putney Running Club School' in Eastern Sierra Leone.
He also plays Tennis and Football and indulges in his oh-so-cool love of country music.
Clyde Beaty - Ex long distance runner : Inactive participant
CLYDE BEATY - DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER
Born in Norway, Clyde’s parents emigrated to Zimbabwe when he was seven years old. Aged seventeen, he started working as a fishing guide at the lodge they managed on the banks of Lake Kariba, and from there started his training to become a professional guide. He gained the much-revered Zimbabwe safari guide status in 1998 with specialist skills in elephant behaviour, ornithology and lepidopterology (butterflies and moths).
He freelanced all over Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana and during that time also managed several camps, operated canoe safaris and was part of an anti-poaching unit. In 2001 Clyde set up his own walking safari company in Mana Pools National Park, but eventually it succumbed to the negative political situation in Zimbabwe, so he moved to Tanzania to be head guide and guide trainer for one of Tanzania’s finest safari companies and to realise a dream of “working” the wildebeest migration of northern Serengeti. It was on one of these photographic tours that he met Anne, who took him back to the UK as a souvenir and married him.
Clyde spent nine years working as a senior safari consultant with an Africa specialist tour operator and it was here he met fellow Africa Marathons & Tailormade Africa co-founder and good friend, Rob Morley. He left to become sales director at a smaller Africa-specialist company before deciding it was time to set up his own bespoke Africa travel company, Tailormade Africa and Africa Marathons.
Whilst Clyde's running and marathon career has coming to a grinding halt, due to his love of squash taking precedence, he has a rather cool and "Africa Marathon" appropriate claim to fame. Back in his school days at the tender age of 16, and "several" kgs lighter, he and a small group of fellow schoolers, led by a crazy but awesome English teacher, took on a special running event for Operation Raleigh in Zimbabwe.
The route : Harare (Capital city) to Lake Kariba. Distance : 376km. The mammoth undertaking was done over 4 nights and 5 days running predominantly at night to avoid the heat of the day.
Clyde's love of running has never waned and since starting Africa Marathons he has vowed to get back into training. We will see!!!