One Year On: The Story of Our First Ever Sign Up

One Year On: The Story of Our First Ever Sign Up

One year ago today, on 28th November  2014, we had our first ever sign up for the Uganda Marathon… And it’s proved to be quite an adventure since for runner number 1, Neil. From the experience of race week to volunteering over the summer, to now finding himself back in Uganda- setting up his own project! A Man Seeking a Challenge… Neil’s story began roughly a year ago when he found out about the Marathon through a friend on Facebook, who he’d met in a helicopter over Niagara Falls years ago. This friend, Danielle, had recently met one of the people organising the Uganda Marathon and she thought it sounded like a great way to impact the community in Uganda whilst having an epic adventure, so shared one of our posts. Neil, who describes himself as a regular bloke, had at the time just recovered from a broken leg. He wanted to ‘take on an epic challenge’ in 2015, as a comeback from an injury that had stopped him from running for so long. Then as fate would have it, he logged on Facebook and spotted Danielle’s post…it was just what he had been looking for! So with aim of taking on an epic challenge, and doing some good in Uganda too, he paid his £99 deposit and became the first person to sign up for the Uganda Marathon 2015. Race Week Five months later, Neil and his partner Katie found themselves in Uganda for race week. Over the course of six days they made many friends amongst the international runners and UGM team, experienced Ugandan life and helped out at two of the marathon’s projects....
The Uganda Marathon is recognised by the Wall Street Journal in the Extra Mile 40 Awards!

The Uganda Marathon is recognised by the Wall Street Journal in the Extra Mile 40 Awards!

The annual Extra Mile 40 list created by Financial News, the UK publication of the Wall Street Journal has recognised the Uganda Marathon in this year’s awards! The Extra Mile 40 is a list of people working in the City of London who do the most for charity every year. This year, the Marathon was recognised as a shining example of philanthropy and giving – particularly being a totally new initiative set up by Londoners in partnership with the Ugandan community. The marathon team are in exceptional company, sitting alongside the UK CEO’s of Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Societe Generale and COO of Barclays. Director Henry Blanchard, who accepted the award on behalf of the marathon team said, “For us to be recognised in this way is absolutely amazing. The whole team have put in thousands of voluntary hours behind the scenes to make sure we raise as much money as possible for communities in Masaka. Creating a huge international event from scratch is incredibly difficult – if it wasn’t for the community building aspect of the race keeping us motivated, who knows whether we could have pulled it off. But helping the wonderful people in our corner of Uganda is what we all do this for – and it’s a such a brilliant moment for us to be in the company of such amazing philanthropists.” The marathon team qualified for the award by virtue of many of them being ex-city workers, having quit jobs in finance and civil service to move to Uganda and create the marathon. Our goal for this year’s marathon is a lofty one – to raise...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Gee Elliott

Interview with a UGM Runner – Gee Elliott

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. Gee was one of the people where we can safely say that the Uganda Marathon changed her life. Gee used to work as a senior associate at a real estate venture capitalist before she came to Uganda and decided that there was more to life than sitting behind a desk. Now she works in Masaka Town for a charity called Opportunity Africa, developing their presence in Uganda. Gee was an amazing addition to the 2015 runners and will be there in 2016 as well.  What made you sign up for the marathon? I’d had an itch to get out of the London rat race and do something different for a while but when I looked into various challenges abroad they all seemed a bit ‘standard’ and/or incredibly expensive. When I came across the Uganda Marathon on facebook, it seemed to be exactly what I was looking for: a hybrid between a challenge and a real adventure in my favourite part of the world, East Africa. Was it what you expected? As someone who isn’t a natural runner, I’d expected to go out, run a marathon (which I wouldn’t particularly enjoy) then come home feeling that I’d accomplished something with a tick in the box. In fact, it turned out to be one of the best week’s I can remember and so, so...

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