A final sprint to Burundi!

It’s been 2 months since the team returned to London, and while time has been set aside to work on the legacy of the project, balancing work and other commitments with Run Rwanda has become a familiar challenge, and running through the beautiful dusty hills of Rwanda are beginning to feel like a distant memory….

48 Hours in Kigali

With over 300km of hilly Rwandan countryside conquered, we had a 48-hour pit stop back in Kigali, the countries charismatic and energetic capital city. The break was primarily a chance to rest and recuperate, in preparation for the final 70km push down to the Burundi border, however we also had a national TV interview to…

Run Rwanda: Gitarama – Kigali

After a great couple of days staying with Azizi Life in Gitarama, it was soon time to get back into the running shoes and hit the road. We had 50km to cover and a local rice processor to meet, all within 48 hours. Luckily, the first 10km of the run required us to descend down…

Run Rwanda: Kibuye – Gitarama

After nearly 2 weeks of heading south, it was finally time to cut east, back across the country and in the direction of Kigali. We had two days to cover 65km, definitely doable, but the first 5 km climb out of Kibuye was undoubtedly the toughest part of the run so far and the combination…

A Vision Worth Shouting About

It’s been a hectic schedule so far on Run Rwanda, but today we spent an hour with a truly inspirational company in the Nyamasheke District, in the south of the country. Tumukize Innovative Ltd, is a small start up run by Managing Director and Entrepreneur Tuyizere Olive. The company sells dried Sambaza fish to the…

Gisenyi – Kibuye (via the Congo Nile Trail)

It was a great feeling to have the first 50 miles of the run behind us, but stage 2 of Run Rwanda had always promised to be the most challenging. The plan was to leave the Entrepreneurs of northern Rwanda behind and head due south, down the remote Congo Nile Trail, a 100km hiking track…

Run Rwanda: Ugandan Border -Gisenyi

Wow, what a first week we’ve had on Run Rwanda. It’s been an incredible journey so far and this charismatic little country never fails to surprise us. After our first couple of days acclimatising in Kigali, we packed up our fairly rusty 4×4 and headed up to the Ugandan border. It took us over 4…

Welcome to Kigali

After a long 24 hours of travelling we finally arrived in Kigali, Rwanda at 1am on Saturday morning. Proudly sporting out Run Rwanda team kit, we jumped in a cab and within 20 minutes were fast asleep in our simple but cosy hotel, the Heaven Hotel and Restaurant. While we’ll be camping for the majority…

A Rwandan Cuppa

Did you know Rwanda produces some of the very best Coffee in the world? If you walk into a Starbucks in central London and order a Cappuccino, there’s a fairly good chance you’re about to taste one of Rwanda’s most significant exports. The story of Rwandan coffee mirrors the impressive progress the country has made…

Training For 1000 Hills

Over the last couple of months, people have been asking me how I’m training to run across Rwanda, a country slightly intimidatingly known as the ‘land of a 1000 hills’. Rather worryingly I don’t have a concrete answer for them. I’ve always enjoyed training for the adventures I undertake, but I often struggle to pin…

Africa’s First Entrepreneurial State

Rwanda may be one of the smallest countries on the African continent, but it’s certainly not afraid of taking the lead on economic and political issues. For example, Rwanda has the world’s highest representation of women in parliament (64%) and over 90% of the population has access to private health insurance. Amazingly, Rwanda was also…

Inspiration From The Hub

Last Tuesday, I co-hosted an evening of inspiration at the Impact Hub in Kings Cross. Sharing a belief that the power of running can be unleashed to enable ordinary people to have a huge positive impact on themselves and the world around them, the Run Rwanda team partnered up with the Impact Marathon Series to…