The UGM Runners’ Blog: 13 tips for kicking off your training

The UGM Runners’ Blog: 13 tips for kicking off your training

Welcome to our first ‘UGM Runners’ blog’, especially dedicated to our 2016 International Runners. From now until June 5th, we’ll have a weekly blog covering training tips for all three UGM races (10K, 21K & 42K), and fundraising tips too. We want these blogs to be as helpful as possible, to help you have the most fun with your training and fundraising over the next few months, and help you to get the most out of your trip in Uganda. So please feel free to get in touch or leave a comment if you would like me to cover something in particular- if I don’t know the answer myself I’m happy to research a topic or consult one of our other team members for more information. A Newbie Runner… When I signed up for the Uganda Marathon 2015, I was certainly a beginner when it came to running, with limited experience. Even covering a 3K felt like a challenge. I had run one marathon before for charity, but the combination of an office job and travelling in Asia had put my fitness back to practically zero. With regards to a race in Uganda, in Africa, I felt a little bit like a fish out of water to say the least! But with some training and support from some of the more experienced runners during marathon week, I did it! Experiencing the race in Uganda and crossing the finish line was literally the BEST feeling! And I discovered at the same time, I actually quite like running. I’m very much still learning, but I’ve found a real passion for running through...
Uganda Marathon 2016: Social Training Run Schedule

Uganda Marathon 2016: Social Training Run Schedule

Following our first training run for our 2016 Runners at Peckham Rye parkrun in January, Mark (our running expert & certified athletics coach) has put together a social training schedule leading up to the Uganda Marathon in June. With a variety of events and distances, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re training for the full marathon, half marathon or 10K course on June 5th. Pacing will be mixed to accommodate everyone as these runs are designed for all abilities- above all we want these to be social runs and fun for everyone. Afterwards we’ll all go for a coffee and brunch. Even if you don’t want to train or are resting/recovering, feel free to join us for the coffee after the run! These events will also be great opportunities to meet some of the team and fellow runners before flying to Uganda. Feel free to get involved as well even if you’re not signed up- these runs are a good chance to come along, meet people and ask questions. But please note we only have a few places left, so if you’re thinking of join us this year, perhaps drop us a message sooner rather than later, to avoid disappointment. Of course, if you’re thinking of coming to Uganda in 2017, we’d love for you to join us this year and get training early! Finally, a big thank you to Mark for putting this programme together and also thank you to Thomas who has added some additional runs in too! February Sun 21st Feb (10.00) – Sunday plod with Thomas: Richmond Park social run (7.5/10 mile options) Sat 27th Feb (09.30) – Regents...
Itinerary Announced! Here’s the Programme for the Seven-Day Adventure!

Itinerary Announced! Here’s the Programme for the Seven-Day Adventure!

In the last few days, the UGM team has been busy adding the final touches to the Uganda Marathon 2016’s week…and here it is! As I read the schedule myself (prior to writing this), my reaction in a word was… WOW. As someone who ran the event last year, the 2016 schedule brought all the great memories of the 2015 event back to me. And this year’s event is set to be even bigger and better. Personally I can’t wait for June, and for everyone who is about to experience the Uganda Marathon for the first time- you’re in for quite a treat! Without further delay, for those coming to Uganda this June (and those who snap up our last few places before they sell out), here’s the programme for the Uganda Marathon 2016. Day 1: Arrival Day (Tuesday 31st May) On day one the team will meet you at Entebbe airport and transfer you to Masaka town, where the six-day adventure is held. On the way, we’ll stop off at the equator for a photo. Once in Masaka, we’ll provide lunch and give an orientation of the campsite and town. Our local team will also provide local language and culture lessons, and you’ll have a chance to relax and explore where you’re staying (whether that’s the Athlete’s Village or the hotel.) In the evening, we’ll all have dinner together and drinks around the campfire.  Day 2: Project Visits & Volunteering (Wednesday 1st June) The second day will be your first chance to volunteer at one of our 11 projects! This presents the opportunity to see a Ugandan charity-project up...
20 Testimonials from our 2015 International Runners

20 Testimonials from our 2015 International Runners

Here are 20 testimonials from last year’s group of international runners, who came to Uganda for the six-day festival, adventure and volunteering experience. From twenty of our former runners, here’s some quick feedback, describing ‘Race Day’ itself, the week’s events, Uganda, and their overall ‘Uganda International Marathon 2015’ experience. 1.  “The freaking most incredible day of my life” -Danica, post-race   2.   3. “Amazing race, beautiful scenery, awesome support from the kids along the way, and an all round epic adventure.”  -Nikki, post-race   4.   5. “The people of Masaka welcomed us as part of the community and how excited they were for the marathon and the work being done for the town.” -Ian W, post-week interview   6.   7.  “What struck me about all of the projects was the effort that had gone into selecting the different causes and the real focus on self-sustainability and empowerment of the community.” -Gee, post-week interview   8.    9.   10.   11. “Genuinely struggling to find the words to describe how amazing the Uganda International Marathon and the incredible week preceding it was. Met some amazing people, had a life changing adventure, got a tad burnt, sweated more than I thought possible, and raced the race of a lifetime.” Paul, post-week 12.   13. “What an experience, the most challenging, wonderful and worthwhile thing I’ve ever done in my life with some incredible people!” Megan R, post-race 14.   15. “The team were lovely and that is something I did know before arriving as they all communicated with us and answered our many questions beforehand via Facebook, email...
UGM Vlog: Project Update from Kitovu Mobile

UGM Vlog: Project Update from Kitovu Mobile

Here’s our latest video update from one of our projects, Kitovu Mobile. Featuring Andy (our Community Partnership Manager) and Charles (Kitovu Mobile’s Director), they discuss how the support of the Uganda Marthon’s 2015 runners has helped the project, and how our 2016 runners can continue to make a lasting difference to the charity.   What is Kitovu Mobile? Kitovu Mobile was founded in 1987 in response to the overwhelming impact of HIV/AIDS in the Masaka district. Originally, it solely aimed to care for people with HIV & AIDS, and conduct prevention education. However it has now expanded its operations to not only care for the patients themselves, but whole communities affected by the disease. It seeks to empower the community through prevention, care and capacity building (using development to overcome obstacles that inhibit the community). This way, whole communities can learn to cope with HIV/AIDS and its impact. The project currently cares for over 4,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, and trains 2,000 disadvantaged youths in modern, sustainable agricultural practice. This ensures through effective farming techniques, rural communities (who often suffer from HIV/AIDS) can support themselves with a reliable form of income. How has the Uganda Marathon 2015 supported the Project? A massive thank you to all our runners who ran the 2015 event and helped to support this project! With their fundraising, and then volunteer efforts (on ‘Make a Difference Day’), this has contributed to long-term, sustainable changes at Kitovu Molbile. These include: Diary Cow Structure – a diary structure has been successfully built at the project’s demonstration farm, and now houses a cow and a calf. This helps the local community to hone...

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