Interview with a UGM Runner – Lucy Honeyman

Interview with a UGM Runner – Lucy Honeyman

The runners make the Uganda Marathon what it is. The friendships, the community, the fundraising and the determination to finish is why UGM is truly a Race Like No Other. Here, we tell the stories of the runners who took part in the first ever Uganda Marathon. Lucy was one of our more experienced international runners and fantastic person to have on the trip. She already runs a charity in Tanzania so she could relate to a lot of the work being done as part of the Uganda Marathon. Check out her experience: What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon? I happened upon the Uganda Marathon fairly late on and signed up within minutes of reading about it online- finally a marathon focussed on real fundraising, not a PB or creating another crowded road race. In fact, the warning on the website to not sign up expecting a fast time really appealed. I always run to fundraise and the running is simply a fun means to inspire generous donations. Another selling point was the location- in the middle of nowhere in a part of the world I already know and love. The fact that we were running for locally based projects makes so much sense and it was a huge bonus that I could fundraise for my own charity in Tanzania as well. It’s about time that profits from overseas visitors stayed in Eastern Africa and the local community benefitted from visitors coming to their region and the Uganda Marathon seems to work hard to ensure this is the case.   Was it what you expected? I...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Ian Watts

Interview with a UGM Runner – Ian Watts

The runners make the Uganda Marathon what it is. The friendships, the community, the fundraising and the determination to finish is why UGM is truly a Race Like No Other. We want to tell the stories of the runners who took part in the first ever Uganda Marathon, because it’s their stories that are most exciting! Ian was one of the first people to sign up for the Uganda Marathon 2015 and he did the half marathon, he is a recently self-employed coffee mogul who had never run anywhere near a half marathon in his life. This is his experience of The Uganda Marathon:   What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon? I met a couple of the organisers through Escape the City and got talking to them about the Marathon. I spent the better part of a year teaching in Uganda during my Gap year. I fell in love with the place and especially the people during that time as they are incredibly welcoming and friendly. When chatting through the nature of the project fundraising I realised that the approach was a lot more in line with my views and experience. Having done a number of events to raise money for community projects in various parts of the world I’ve seen money wasted on things that the locals don’t especially want or need. The focus of the fundraising being on things that the community have specifically asked for and are personally invested in gave me a much bigger personal investment in the event and fundraising.   Also, I’ve been looking for a good excuse to get...
Race Report from the First Ever Uganda Marathon!

Race Report from the First Ever Uganda Marathon!

At 7am on Sunday 24th May the gun sounded signalling the start of the first ever Uganda International Marathon in Masaka town. Liberation Square was awash with the white of our official t-shirt, music was blaring, dancing warm ups and an all-round real party atmosphere. As the half marathon and full marathon runners began their steady pace towards the first of the five hills the sea of white in Liberation Square only grew larger as the 10km runners arrived for their start, many of whom never having taken on such a challenge before.     Since the team arrived in town and began arranging this race we have seen Masaka catch the running bug, with evening training sessions inspiring those around town to prepare for the race. A hoped for but unexpected legacy.   The course begins with flat 3km stretch out of Masaka centre down to the small village of Ssazza, a good chance to find your rhythm and adjust to the novel surroundings. The race soon changes  to trail as you turn off the main road and through the surrounding villages. The small dirt trails wind their way past schools, churches in full song and runners found a mixture of bafflement and utter delight amongst the families and local residents they passed along the way. Shortly after the trail starts so also do the hills, two steep hills in quick succession take you high up for utterly stunning views over the surrounding valleys. The second hill is one the athletes are now very familiar with as it leads to our campsite and is followed by one of...

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