Tourists could support marathon runners on Kenya safari

A major running race through Africa is almost a month away and will see 1,000 participants from around the world take part, in order to raise money for conservation projects.

Those planning a Kenya safari that will take place in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy on June 25th may be able to spot some of the athletes and could cheer them on for support.

Several different events will be held on a 21 km track of dirt road. Competitors aiming to do a full marathon will go round this course twice, while one loop will be completed for people doing half the distance.

It began in 2000 and has since raised the equivalent of £1.7 million for a number of projects, including helping more than 5,000 children attend school and providing free treatment to people injured by wildlife.

Lewa specialises in looking after 65 black rhinos on its land, which make up around ten per cent of the entire Kenyan population.