Wild at Heart: OA Imogen to Compete in Kenyan Marathon
This weekend, former King’s College pupil Imogen Keeling (Meynell 2017) hopes to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime marathon in the heart of Africa.
Nineteen-year-old Imogen, who is currently volunteering with the Mount Kenya Trust, will undertake the 19th Safaricom Marathon on June 30th should she reach her fundraising goal of £1500.
The marathon, which is run in conjunction with Tusk, Safaricom and Lewa Wildlife, is an internationally acclaimed event that allows participants from all over the globe to race through one of Africa’s most breathtaking wildlife conservancies.
The marathon is often described as one of the “toughest in the world” and has become one of the country’s major sporting events.
The opportunity for Imogen to participate arose when a member of a competing team dropped out and she was asked to take their place. However, as a non-Kenyan, Imogen was asked by organisers to raise £1500 in order to qualify. Despite this initial setback, with the support of her friends and teammates, she raised over £600 and was able to register.
However, Imogen still requires £900 in order to take part. As believers in generosity and community spirit, we kindly ask all staff, parents, pupils and friends King’s Schools to donate, in any way you can, and help Imogen to fulfil her dream.
“The run takes place in the north of Kenya, below the foothills of Mount Kenya, and is home to many endangered species” says Imogen. “It sounds like such an amazing thing to do. It’ll be a challenging run due to the altitude (5,500ft, 1,680m), with temperatures of up to 30 degrees, but at the same time will be inspirational to run amongst the African wildlife.”
The Safaricom Marathon raises money for the charity Tusk, an organisation with almost 30 years’ experience initiating and funding wildlife conservation programmes across Africa. Tusk have supported over 60 projects out in the field, covering 21 countries. The work that they do is not only related to wildlife, but also to aid disadvantaged communities through education.
Imogen pleads: “Every donation is so kindly accepted because it all helps and goes towards making a difference in Africa. Thank you for all the support.”
To help Imogen reach her goal and to monitor her progress, please click here.
Since arriving in Kenya, Imogen and Felicity Moorhead OA (Carpenter 2017) have been “doing a bit of everything”; from tree planting and seed harvesting, to working closely with the Trust and wider community to raise awareness of the importance of conservation.
In their free time, the pair enjoy visiting the parks around the mountain and getting involved in local sports clubs. Just last weekend, they attended Pembroke House Preparatory School’s Ndume 7s Rugby Tournament, where they met up with our Director of Admissions, Kate Rippin, who was there to meet prospective pupils and parents.
We wish Imogen the best of luck and look forward to hearing all about the much-anticipated event!