Elise Downing - adventurer and #Run1000Miles ambassador - had quite a year in 2016, running 5000 miles around the British coastline completely self-supported, generating a huge amount of public support. In her interview with Trail Running - out now in our current issue - she described it as a heart-warming experience: "The most amazing thing I witnessed was just how incredibly kind people are. I'm still a bit overwhelmed by the generosity I received."
Clearly the spirit of the challenge has stayed with her, as Elise has announced plans to run the Street Child's Sierra Leone Marathon with her mum for charity.
Tackling 35 degree heat and 90% humidity in tropical conditions, Elise and Julie will be running in aid of Street Child, a UK charity which helps some of the poorest children in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nepal and Nigeria to go to school. In Sierra Leone, the charity currently has a particular focus on helping girls to access education, supporting them and their families to build strong futures in a country that’s been through a brutal civil war followed by Ebola.
For mother and daughter Julie and Elise the trip will have particular poignancy, as they meet the mothers Street Child support as well as some of the 1,400 Ebola-impacted orphans who don’t have the opportunity to wish mum a Happy Mother’s Day this year.
As well as being a challenging run, the whole experience is an immersive adventure that both Elise and Julie are really looking forward to (especially the warm-down on one of West Africa’s most beautiful beaches!). “Having mum join me and tackle the half marathon in Sierra Leone is going to be somewhere on the great to hilarious scale," says Elise. "We can't wait!"
The Sierra Leone Marathon will be taking place on the 28th May 2017 in Makeni, Sierra Leone. You can find out more about the race on www.sierraleonemarathon.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can join Elise and get £50 off your package price by using the promo code ‘Elise50’ when you register.