Run 154 : Angola – Luanda


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Date : 25th September, 2018

Time : 55’ 00”

Number of runners (total to date) : 17 (2451)

Total distance run to date : 1540 km

Run map and details :

Media :

Sometimes, quite often in fact, I feel honoured by the support Run the World receives around the world. Angola was no exception.

We were at the Fortaleza de Sao Miguel overlooking downtown Luanda.

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The British Embassy including Ambassador Jessica Hand and Deputy Head of Mission Matt Shouler were there. Georg Schlactenberger (ex International Paralympic Committee) and a number of para-athletes were there.

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The Liga Angolana Contra O Cancro was there.

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And a TV crew.

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There were about 17 of us runners at the start – gracefully set off on our way by the Ambassador.


Down the hill from the Fortaleza to the waterfront chatting to Matt. A man after my own heart, he’s visited a huge number of countries and later suggested that I should also visit Macau and the Faroe Islands as they’re both members of the Paralympic movement (but not the Olympic movement). Hmm…two more places to run…

Back to the run where we’d split into groups. We passed the fishermen in Luanda Bay

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and ran out onto the Ilha da Cabo. Here’s my group at the exercise station on the beach.

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Back into town and up the hill to finish at the British Embassy which is right next to the Fortaleza. All in all, a really nice run on a cool morning taking in the Fortaleza, the bay, the beach and downtown Luanda. Couldn’t have been much better.

More pictures (pls see below) and media interviews ensued

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and then juices and t shirt presentations under the tree planted (allegedly) by Livingstone a couple of centuries ago. An excellent end to an excellent morning.


The next day I went to E.S.C.O.L.A., an English language school in Luanda. (For security reasons, the photo below of some of the students only shows the back of their heads.)

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Regular readers will know how much I enjoy these school talks. One of the best bits is the Q&A when the students always seem to be able to come up with a new question. In this case, a boy asked me if I had cancer.

Well, I have had cancer – and very much hope that I don’t currently have it. But if I do get it again, I really hope that someone, somewhere has come up with an effective treatment. Which I guess is the point of donating to Cancer Research!

It just remains for me to say a huge thank you to the Ambassador, to her husband Robert,


to Matt, Tassia, Arlindo and Thais ; to Georg for all the hospitality and help ;

to the para-athletes and everyone else who joined the run ;


to Luzmila and Beth from the  Liga Angolana Contra O Cancro ;


to Gillian, Sharon and all the staff and students at E.S.C.O.L.A.

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If any of you can make it to London for the UK leg of Run the World on July 4th 2020 then it’d be great to see you !

If you’d like to help fight cancer then I and, far more importantly, cancer sufferers around the world, would be immensely grateful for any donations to Cancer Research :

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Facts & Stats

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia.

Angola is a west-coast country of southcentral Africa. It is the seventh-largest country in Africa, bordered by Namibia to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Zambia to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Angola has an exclave province, the province of Cabinda that borders the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The capital and largest city of Angola is Luanda.

Although inhabited since the Paleolithic Era, what is now Angola was moulded by Portuguese colonisation. It began with, and was for centuries limited to, coastal settlements and trading posts established starting in the 16th century. In the 19th century, European settlers slowly and hesitantly began to establish themselves in the interior. The Portuguese colony that became Angola did not have its present borders until the early 20th century because of resistance by groups such as the Cuamato, the Kwanyama and the Mbunda.

After a protracted anti-colonial struggle, independence was achieved in 1975 as the Marxist–Leninist People’s Republic of Angola, a one-party state supported by the Soviet Union and Cuba. The civil war between the ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and the insurgent anti-communist National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), supported by the United States and apartheid South Africa, lasted until 2002. The sovereign state has since become a relatively stable unitarypresidential constitutional republic.

Angola has vast mineral and petroleum reserves, and its economy is among the fastest-growing in the world, especially since the end of the civil war; however, the standard of living remains low for most of the population, and life expectancy in Angola is among the lowest in the world, while infant mortality is among the highest. Angola’s economic growth is highly uneven, with most of the nation’s wealth concentrated in a disproportionately small sector of the population.[

Angola is a member state of the United NationsOPECAfrican Union, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, and the Southern African Development Community. A highly multi-ethnic country, Angola’s 25.8 million people span tribal groups, customs, and traditions. Angolan culture reflects centuries of Portuguese rule, in the predominance of the Portuguese language and of the Catholic Church.

World Bank Data

Here’s the latest World Bank data for Angola – with the year 2000 as a comparison.

GDP $95.4 bn 2016 $9.13 bn 2000
Population 28.8 m 2016 16.4 m 2000
Primary school enrolment* 119% 2011 71% 1998
CO2 Emissions** 1.29 2014 0.58 2000
% below poverty line*** NA NA
Life expectancy at birth 61.5 yrs 2016 47.1 yrs 2000
GNI per capita $3450 2016 $360 2000

*Percentage can exceed 100% due to the inclusion of over and under aged students

** Metric tons per capita

***The World Bank notes that the methodology can vary between countries and over time within a given country. (While much of the World Bank data generally follows understandable trends, this number often oscillates wildly suggesting that different methodologies are frequently used over time within a given country.)

Greatest Sporting Nation Data

Finally, here’s the data from Greatest Sporting Nation on how Angola performed in the global sporting arena in 2017:

Global Cup – NA

Per Capita Cup – NA

The Global Cup aggregates results from over 1000 events across 80 sports to produce the definitive annual ranking of international sporting success. The Per Capita Cup uses the same data to produce an annual per capita ranking.



About Run the World

I'm running 10 km in every country in the world - a total of 205 countries - by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. I'm doing the Run the World challenge to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and to raise money for cancer research following the death of my mother from cancer. If you'd like to donate to Cancer Research - - then I know they'd be very grateful.
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3 Responses to Run 154 : Angola – Luanda

  1. Pingback: Run 155 : Sao Tome | dansgoldchallenge

  2. Elizabeth Silva says:

    Thanks Dan Thompson!

  3. jonc59n says:

    The more countries you visit, the more envious I get. Continued huge congratulations for the Herculean undertaking!

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