Rekik is Managing Director of Run Africa. She is an Acumen East Africa fellow, a Growth Africa Accelerate member and a keen fun runner. “The company is driven by a vision to avail Ethiopian athletes’ talent, expertise and discipline to all levels of running enthusiast. I am a great admirer of Haile Gebrselassie’s entrepreneurship and vision. He is an example to Ethiopians and to all sports people.”
Negash is Head Coach of Run Africa AC, our competitive club comprising 55 elite athletes. He was 10,000m junior world-record holder for four years, World Junior Cross Country silver medallist in 1985, and Ethiopian National Team Coach in 2001-2008. Negash has coached many of the biggest names in distance running and, most recently, is credited with bringing out 10,000m world record holder and Olympic gold medallist Almaz Ayana. He leads Run Africa AC training sessions three times a week. See him in action in our 3-minute video.
Abyote is Athletics Manager. A sports anthropologist and athletics researcher by background, Abyote has worked in project implementation for various non-governmental organisations. In addition to working with Run Africa, Abyote is also an active and dedicated member of, and contributor to, the athletic association of the Ethiopian Veterans’ Assocation.
Ed is Operations Advisor. He has lived in Addis Ababa since 2009 and speaks Amharic. “It is an honour to be part of the athletics community here. I revere the simplicity and spontaneity of the Ethiopian lifestyle. This includes the attitude toward training, and helping our visitors experience this, first hand, is a key part of our work. A great inspiration of mine is Olympic bronze medallist and two-time winner of both London and Fukuoka Marathons, Tsegaye Kebede.”
‘Training in Addis Ababa is good, but the best places are just outside of town – places like Sululta, Legedadi, the area we call ‘Boston’. These areas are not crowded and have great fresh air.’
Favourite session: 5,000m track runs.
Preferred training fuel: Tea, bread and bananas.
‘I enjoy working with all levels of runner, showing them how we train and helping them improve arm movement and body stance.’
Favourite training session: 3-minute sprint repetitions.
Preferred training fuel: Pasta and rice.
‘The life of an Ethiopian athlete is the simple life. Few luxuries. Living very close to our training areas. Training in groups. No gadgets except the stopwatch. And plenty of rest between sessions! Anyone who enjoys running should experience this.’
Favourite training session: Long runs on gravel paths.
Preferred training fuel: Rice with vegetables.
‘It needs a few days to adjust to the altitude but it is a big help in the end. Also, we almost never run on asphalt. The forest and mountain terrains are challenging but they bring so many benefits.’
Favourite session: Steady 1.5-hour run.
Preferred training fuel: Beso barley drink with ground peanuts.
‘All visitors enjoy discovering our beautiful training sites and the pleasant climate, and the longer they stay the more they benefit.’
Favourite session: 10-20km road run.
Preferred training fuel: Avocado juice.
‘Every training session brings a feeling of joy.’
Favourite session: hill repetitions and track sprints.
Preferred training fuel: Spriss juice (mango-avocado-guava).