Changing Lives in Uganda: Stories from ‘Youth with a Vision’

Changing Lives in Uganda: Stories from ‘Youth with a Vision’

In 2015, one hundred international runners travelled to Uganda, and did something amazing- they completed a 10K, half marathon or full marathon on the equator. But by doing this, they did something even more incredible- collectively they raised a staggering £73,000 for nine Ugandan charities. Working in partnership with these charities, we’ve been able to use this money to implement real change, impacting lives today and over the long-term. And one of those charities we’ve been able to make a difference with is ‘Youth with a Vision’ (YWAV). Both to the project as a whole and to the people it supports, on a personal level. Here’s the story of how the Uganda Marathon has been able to help YWAV & three of its students, helping them to fulfill their potential and aspirations. What is ‘Youth with a Vision’? ‘Youth with a Vision’ is a community-based youth network in the Masaka district, supporting young people of all backgrounds. For children in Uganda it is quite easy to fall into a cycle of abuse, through absent, deceased or neglectful parents. YWAV seeks to end this cycle, by placing children in loving foster homes and helping these families support those children in their care. YWAV also sees education as a powerful tool to end this cycle- aiming to teach children and their communities, YWAV offers education in academic subjects, health, the environment, human rights, poverty prevention, employability and civil engagement. It aims to inspire real change in the next generation and generations to come. How is the Marathon supporting ‘Youth with a Vision’? Before the partnership between YWAV and the UGM, support for a young person would...
UGM Parkruns are Back for 2016! We’ll be at Peckham Rye Park this Weekend

UGM Parkruns are Back for 2016! We’ll be at Peckham Rye Park this Weekend

So you’ve decide to run the Uganda Marathon (or half or 10K) this June… You’re been getting into your running  routine, but you’re starting to realise those training runs can get quite lonely sometimes… Or you can’t believe how the January weeks have flown by, and ‘Go for a first run’ is still on your to-do list… Maybe you’re still thinking about signing up, and would like to know a little more? Well, whether you’re seeking a social run, want to kickoff your training or ask a few questions, then this could be for you… UGM parkruns are back! After the success of last year’s UGM parkrun Tour, we are running training sessions again at parkruns. Last weekend we had a few 2015 runners at Dulwich parkrun, and this weekend we’re holding our first training session for our 2016 runners at another parkrun. Where’s the training session this Saturday? Our first official training session for the 2016 event is the Peckham Rye parkrun. It’s in Southeast London in Zone 2. For more specific directions, you can click here. Who’ll be there? The session is being hosted by Mark, our Mzungi champion. He’s a seasoned runner, who completed the 2015 marathon in an impressive 3 hours & 36 minutes. As an England Athletics certified coach and our running expert, he’ll be leading the session for our runners. They’ll also be other UGM team members there and at least two former participants (myself & Mark) who experience the whole six-day adventure in Uganda. So it’s the perfect opportunity to ask questions, whether running, fundraising or trip related. And of course, they’ll be 2016 runners there. So it’s...
Glamping Spaces are Now Sold Out… But we have a waiting list!

Glamping Spaces are Now Sold Out… But we have a waiting list!

The glamping option for accommodation during the Uganda Marathon week has now sold out. We had a really high demand and our initial allotment of spaces has now run out. This does not mean that you shouldn’t come to Uganda and take part in this amazing adventure! We have lots of spaces on the BYOT option, where you still camp within the athletes village, take part in all the activities and enjoy daily life on the top of a hill in beautiful Uganda. We also have lots of room with the hotel option. There is regular transport to and from the athletes village, you’ll spend lots of time there and do everything that the other runners do… But you’ll have the luxury of a proper bed to return to. However due to the high demand, we are currently reviewing the capacity of the athletes village. In the next 10-15 days we will be able to announce whether or not we can increase the number of spaces available on this option. This is not a guarantee, but we are creating a glamping waiting list to offer spaces to people if more become available. How it works Sign up for the Uganda Marathon as normal and choose the”glamping waiting list” option. Pay the £99 deposit to secure your space on the marathon We will be announcing whether or not we have more places in the next 10-15 days. Once we know how many places we have we will be in contact to let you know whether you got a space. If we could not get you a place on the glamping...
Competition Winner! Announced from one of our projects in Uganda…

Competition Winner! Announced from one of our projects in Uganda…

  Over the last week, the Uganda Marathon has been holding a competition to offer one lucky person the chance to win an amazing weeklong adventure, challenge and experience of a lifetime. That’s right- the chance to win a FREE spot in the Uganda Marathon 2016! The competition was held in partnership with Escape the City, an organisation that helps people out of unfulfilling jobs, in order to do something they love. Escape the City will be joining us throughout marathon week and holding a series of workshops on the Saturday. These will be design to help people who want a change, and want to do something more exciting with their lives. To enter, all our participants had to do was be an Escape the City email subscriber and enter through our Facebook page, by liking and sharing one of our posts. And now we have a winner! Click on the video above to see the draw, announced by Moses, our Ugandan Director. I think it safe to say, the children at Bugabira primary school, one of our projects, are quite excited! We had a lot of entries, and to top off the great competition, we wanted to do something special and announce the winner all the way from the equator, via video. For our 2016 runners, this is a preview of the amazing community you’ll be meeting in June! A big, big thank you to everyone who took the time to enter, and a huge congratulations to Hannah- we’ll see you in Uganda!   Missed out, but still want to get involved in a six-day Ugandan adventure, where you can...
UGM Runners’ Community- December Wrap Up

UGM Runners’ Community- December Wrap Up

Each month we dedicate a blog post to the latest goings-on within the Uganda Marathon (UGM) runners’ community. We include everything from news to shout-outs, for 2015 runners, 2016 runners and team members. After all, a big part of the Uganda Marathon is about the community it’s created for everyone involved. So after launching in December, and wrapping up November’s news, here’s the second ’round up’ blog post. This is what’s been happening within the UGM community in December…   #5kadventrun Our 2015 runner, Adam (who completed his inspirational #15in15 marathon challenge in November), set a challenge to keep runners active in December. The 5K Advent Run involved participants running an average of 5K for each day of advent. You could run further if you wanted to, to earn a day off, but you couldn’t run more than 10K a day. Involving runners in and outside London, some UGM runners and team members were amongst those who took the challenge on. A big congrats to everyone involved, no matter how many kilometres you managed to cover, and a massive well done to those who hit the 120K target!! Personally (after a break from training in the Autumn) I only managed to complete about two-thirds of the challenge. But it certainly helped me to get back into a routine of running and was a lot of fun to be involved with! Thanks Adam! Well Done to our first ‘Featured Fundraising Page’ Winner! Starting from late December, each week we’re selecting a runner’s fundraising page to give £10 to, for doing something awesome in their fundraising! Watch out for this announcement on Tuesdays or Wednesdays if you’re one of our 2016 runners. …..And our...
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