Your chance to be part of the Sierra Leone Marathon

Scenes from the Street Child Sierra Leone Marathon.

Scenes from the Street Child Sierra Leone Marathon. - Credit: Submitted

Who would not want to run more than 23 miles through the humid jungles of Africa?

If the idea is appealing to you then Street Child's Sierra Leone Marathon is just the challenge for you.

The charity, founded in 2008, works in Sierra Leone and neighbouring Liberia to help the thousands of children living on the streets. In rural areas Street Child also aims to help give youngsters access to education.

Now the charity is offering an opportunity for a young person, aged 18 to 30, from Norfolk to take part in one of the more unusual long distance races in the world after a donation from an anonymous donor.

Chloe Brett, director at Street Child, said: 'The Sierra Leone Marathon offers the adventure of a lifetime and the chance to visit one of the most fascinating countries in the world.

'Not only will runners take part in a unique and exciting race but they will also be raising vital funds to support Street Child's work.

'During their time in Sierra Leone the runners have the opportunity to take part in project visits offering them the chance to meet and draw inspiration from the very children and families they've been raising funds for and the chance to relax on one of Sierra Leone's stunning beaches.'

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Swanton Morley-based army regiment 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards have a remit over Sierra Leone and will be travelling to the nation to help train its troops.

The QDG will also be looking to support the marathon and Street Child are hoping some soldiers may be able to run.

There will also be 10km and half-marathon races for those who wish to run a shorter distance.

To apply send your CV and a description (video, essay, poem or any way you wish) on why you want this opportunity and how you plan to raise funds for Street Child's work to

The closing date is Monday, January 25, and the marathon takes place over the bank holiday weekend on May 28 and 29.