Welcome to the Sierra Leone Marathon

30 May 2021|Sierra Leone










Described as ‘the world’s most worthwhile marathon’ the Sierra Leone Marathon will take place for the 9th time on Sunday May 30, 2021 combining some of the most stunning scenery in West Africa with the kind of atmosphere that only the truly remarkable country of Sierra Leone can offer. Voted 'Best International Event' at the 2017 Running Awards, this African adventure is one you'll never forget.

The Sierra Leone Marathon was founded and is organised by Africa Marathons' charity partner Street Child, and this is what makes the event so special. Runners have the chance to see the amazing work they do pre-race day and the fact that all runners are running in support of one charity makes the event very rare in the marathon world.

The Sierra Leone Marathon takes place in the town of Makeni, the third largest city in Sierra Leone, where Street Child began its work back in 2008. The event offers a full marathon (42.2km), a half marathon (21.1km), 10k and a 5k and is run on both urban and rural roads. The majority of these are hard-packed mud roads, but also some tarmac. The route takes in some of the most beautiful scenes of Northern Sierra Leone passing through villages and through remote forests, all with the constant and passionate support from everyone you pass.

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The dawn of the new year had us all excited for th The dawn of the new year had us all excited for the return to racing and for @comradesmarathon - the centenary celebrations, especially after the 2020 event being cancelled. 


However, we are sad to announce that the Comrades Marathon 2021 has been cancelled.😔


Africa Marathons were so looking forward to taking a team of around 50 people🏃🏻‍♂️🏃‍♀️ over to South Africa🇿🇦 for Comrades 2021, so this news whilst expected is of course disappointing to all of our runners, the supporters and the team here at Africa Marathons HQ.🇬🇧


Our director Rob Morley said - 'We completely understand the decision made by the Comrades Board and support them entirely. It is such a disappointment that this iconic race has now been cancelled in 2020 & 2021, but we look forward to what should be an epic trip and truly unique atmosphere when our team goes to Durban next year. We will be in touch with all our runners in the coming weeks to discuss their race places and travel arrangements. We cannot wait for Team Africa Marathons to run The Ultimate Human Race in 2022!'

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Summary for you - Two Oceans 2021 has unfortunately been cancelled.😔It’s of course entirely the correct decision in the current climate, but such a shame. We now look forward to a truly epic trip over to Cape Town in 2022!🇿🇦


Keep an eye out over the coming months for more news on Team Africa Marathons trip plans for 2022.👍🏻 

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Hello Instagram 👋 
So in the last year or so I’ve gained around 5k new followers and I thought it would be a great time to share a bit about myself to those who don’t know me.
I’m currently 31, a full time online running coach and am living in London, where I have been for the past 4 years, originally from South Africa. I’m married to @tarynbester16 👰. Our daughter Hailey Mae is 8 weeks old today 💕 and Billy is a year 🐈.
I would consider myself an ultra runner but am targeting all race distances up to the marathon over the next few years 🎯. Although @comrades will always have a special place in my heart and it’s a race I’m not done with just yet!
I initially got into running to impress the parents in law about 7 years ago. Let’s hope they’re impressed by now 😉. The bug has obviously caught and it’s my true passion in life. Always seeking to improve and help as many as I can on my journey forward as an athlete and coach.

I’ve met some incredible people along my journey and I wouldn’t change a thing! Our team is currently just over 50 and ever growing. I’m also in the process of registering a running club @best.athletics 👀 I’ll open up applications when things are moving forward again. Attracting runners with the ‘best’ vibes and who are always encouraging teammates 🔵⚪️.
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