Saturday, 12 April 2008

Maasai marathon

I lived with a Maasai family close to the Kenya/Tanzania border for six months or so a few years ago, so the news that a group of six Maasai are to run the London marathon caught my attention today. They're doing it to raise money to dig a well in their village.

There's a short diary by one of them in today's Guardian and more on the Maasai Marathon website.

I've no doubt they'll finish the distance, but my guess is that they'll find 26 miles on London concrete tougher on their knees and other joints than they could ever expect from running on the plains of Africa. I'd love to be doing it with them, but I've never managed to get place in 25 years of trying ...

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