Don’t make a New Years Resolution! – Get Inspired for a 2015 Plan

Don’t make a New Years Resolution! – Get Inspired for a 2015 Plan

Christmas has now been on gone, we hope it was incredibly merry, argument free and filled with just enough training to keep you in shape but not too much to get in the way of the festivities!   So now as the New Year fast approaches, it’s as good a time as any to make some decisions about what kind of year 2015 is going to be, resolutions if you must. But the thing is, I don’t want to refer to these as New Years Resolutions, or talk about them. The concept of a New Years Resolution is one that is doomed to failure as the suggestion is that decisions to better yourself belong at New Year. This leads to the frustrating cliche of people fighting it out in the gym for equipment in January and February, but then giving up by about April, May.   The idea of a resolution so often pertains to an immeasurable journey without any kind of destination – “I resolve to get more sleep”. This stops you from being motivated to continue it beyond any kind of distractions, as, at the end of the day, you have nothing to measure it – “I resolve to eat healthily and get more exercise”. This is why instead; I would far rather talk about 2015 plans and goals!   We are each blessed with either 80 or 82 years on this lovely planet, a good proportion of which has probably already gone! There’s a lovely rule, that keeps proving itself, called the Pareto Principle says that 80% of your living will come from 20% of your life, I want to know how can you make 2015 sit in...
Meet Andy Bownds – Our Community Partnerships Manager

Meet Andy Bownds – Our Community Partnerships Manager

The Uganda Marathon is working to help projects all around Uganda, what makes this unique is that the money you raise will go to supporting the projects that you feel passionate about, the projects that you choose. Andy is our man in the field, finding the projects that you want to support and working with you to connect your amazing efforts with the people in Africa who need them most. Below is his story… Hello, My name is Andrew Bownds and on the surface I am a very ordinary middle class English man. But I am currently living my dream, working in the Uganda Marathon team 2015. This is how I got here! I remember the exact moment when I decided I wanted to work “helping the poor”. I was thirteen walking into my bedroom where I saw a book case. It was full of books that I’m pretty sure neither I nor anyone else had read. It was at this point it struck me that I had soo much stuff and others in the world had soo little. My mother then walked into the room and upon asking me how my day was, I replied “I have decided I want to help the poor”. Since this moment I started squirrelling money away for time where I would get to live this dream. My career has been focused on trying to break into the charity sector. This has taken me on some unusual paths, I have become a professional clown ‘SOX’ and dressed up in drag in a class A prison performing Abba’s “Money Money Money”. But in the...
Are You Able to Finish a Marathon? If You Decide, You Achieve

Are You Able to Finish a Marathon? If You Decide, You Achieve

If you can run 1km, you can run 5km If you can run 5km, then it’s really not too hard to stay in rhythm to 10km distance If you can run 10km, then just that little bit more focus takes you to 21km, half marathon If you can run a half marathon then you are already halfway to a full marathon If you can run a full marathon, then yours is the world my son and everything in it At age 13 I was lucky enough to try my hand at skiing on a school ski trip. Naturally, at an all boys school this meant for a learning curve steepened by competitiveness. On my second day the other chaps decided it was time to take on a black run and I, having only just snowploughed my way down a blue, didn’t quite no how to say ‘No’ nor did I have any inclination to do so and thus leave myself open to ridicule and significant loss of face in front of my peers. As we walked to the lift I confidently turned to the most competent skier and covered myself by pandering to his ego “You’re the best skier here any tips on how to tackle a black run?”. What he said next was so awesome that it has stuck with me ever since and has helped define how I view any new challenge. “A black run is identical to a blue run, its just steeper – you’re still skiing though” Brilliant, genuinely brilliant! A challenge is as big as you tell yourself. That’s it. There is excellence in such...
Don’t Let Ebola Stop you Exploring an Exceptional Continent

Don’t Let Ebola Stop you Exploring an Exceptional Continent

There’s been an awful lot said about the Ebola outbreak – some ridiculous, some well considered and many bang between these two extremes. We’ve been asked a few times about Ebola, and whether its affected our preparations for the marathon. In short, absolutely not. The Ebola outbreak is over 3,000 miles away from Uganda- to put it into perspective, that’s the same distance is London is to Iran, and twice the distance from London to Moscow. But let’s go into some more details, and actually consider what the outbreak means for the continent of Africa as a whole. First and foremost, we should all applaud the reactions of dedicated healthcare professionals and aid workers. Not just those that live in the three affected West African countries (Guinea, Liberia & Sierra Leone), but from the wider African community and all over the world. They have decided to get their feet on the ground- putting themselves in danger, to help others. These people are absolute heroes, they are phenomenal and have just enough daring to be of actual use to a world in which we increasingly hold tight what we have rather than take a risk. Importantly, whilst they are taking a risk, they are also acutely aware that this is a manageable risk. The current outbreak- despite being very confined to three small countries, is severe. Many countries in the region have historically suffered Ebola outbreaks- but they are normally localised, and dealt with swiftly by proper contact tracing and quarantine procedures. Uganda itself has dealt with 4 outbreaks over the last 40 years – the largest of which resulted...

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