A Message About the Safety of Running the Uganda Marathon

A Message About the Safety of Running the Uganda Marathon

  One of the questions we get asked a lot by runners & their families: Is Uganda safe? We are conscious of this as a concern for anyone undertaking international travel, particularly to non-European or non-Western countries. We’d like to take an opportunity to address this directly and be clear about the steps that we are taking and the assurances that we can give that The Uganda International Marathon is an entirely safe event. First of all, safety is an interesting concept. Are you safe in central London? Are you safe on an airplane? In a car? Are you safe as a tourist in Paris? In Bangkok? There’s no such thing as absolute safety, but we’re confident in stating that the specific precautions we are taking, coupled with the peaceable and stable nature of Uganda means participants safety will be safeguarded and of the utmost importance to us at all times. The main worries people have approached us with generally fall into the below categories: Health Yes, Uganda- like most of the warmer or less developed countries in the world- has problems with disease. However, nearly all have prophylactics available. If you have been travelled to almost any part of Africa before, or India, SE Asia or Central America, you are likely to have been inoculated against anything you could come into contact with. Masaka is in a Malarial zone, however anti-malarials are cheap and widely available. HIV is now prevalent around the world, so take the same precautions you would anywhere else- no unprotected sex and no sharing needles. There are very high quality local medical facilities available,...
How we are Redefining Charity! – Love not Guilt

How we are Redefining Charity! – Love not Guilt

Masaka Town: Blueprint for Africa?   Allow me, if you will, to take you back to a time long long ago. A simpler time, and rather than reading this on a screen over the internet, we are sat face to face, perhaps in an inn or tavern.  We’re musing about society’s ills and the world as a whole not being the kind of place it once was. Together we decide we should make a stand, we should speak up for justice, we should feed the hungry, heal the ill, save the animals and generally be good eggs in the world. We don’t yet know it- but we have just set up the world’s first charitable organisation. But what, in practice, does that look like?    When did charity become simply about raising money. When did we stop connecting & uniting people through good works, dedication and love. Indeed the Latin ‘caritas’  meaning dearness, was often used to translate the ancient Greek word ‘agape’ – which simply means ‘love’. The very word charity therefore, means not money, not gifts, but love. It’s so simple. If love is at the centre of your actions then everything else just follows on.   Too often we are bombarded with requests that take direct aim at our guilt rather than empower us to help. It’s a sad state that we have allowed this to happen. I don’t blame any charity, I just wish to inspire another way. So how do we change this, how do we go back in time to reinvigorate positive, empowering charity – not because charity today is bad but because there is a growing sentiment that there...
Meet the One and Only Ellie Lucas – Our Events Manager

Meet the One and Only Ellie Lucas – Our Events Manager

The Uganda Marathon is massive event that takes a huge amount of planning in order to make it safe and as fun as we want it to be! On top of that there are other events and things going on that we organise throughout the year to make us so much more than a marathon. Ellie is our event superstar! She works to make all the stuff that we want to do possible. Below is her story…   Sorry what was that? Sign up for a triathlon? Well, I can’t swim, don’t own a bike and haven’t had much success in the old running department…but err yeah that sounds ‘fun,’ I’ll do it.   I have a good friend I see every week or so and each time he asks me, “what’s your whim this week Ellie?” (I come up with new exciting plans for my life on a fairly regular basis). When I told him that this week’s whim was to sign up to a triathlon he all but laughed in my little face. This was a guy who’d lived with me for over a year and knew my sporting activities involved barely more than a monthly two mile run and the odd game of rounders…followed by the requisite 4000 calorie intake to celebrate my sporting prowess.   But for some reason I decided this was a whim that was going to happen…so I found me a triathlon (just a sprint distance; I’m not a buffoon), purchased me a road bike (called Herman, that’s important) a cossie, goggles and some running trainers (cheapest I could find). And very...
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