Interview with a UGM Runner – Manisha Abeyasinghe

Interview with a UGM Runner – Manisha Abeyasinghe

The runners make the Uganda Marathon what it is. The friendships, the community, the fundraising and the determination to finish are why UGM is truly a Race Like No Other. We want to tell the stories of the runners who take part in the Uganda Marathon, because it’s their stories that are most exciting!  Manisha signed up for the first Uganda Marathon in 2015. She ran the full marathon course, which was her first-ever marathon. Afterwards, she embarked an adventure exploring Uganda. With lots of photos included, here’s her story… What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon? I signed up because of a restless feeling, a call to act by the spirit within. Feelings of nostalgia, creation, and survival, highlighted a need for replenishment from the source. To see the connections that holds us all together. To let go of my comforts and to refresh a sense of my autonomy. I had never run a marathon before and I wouldn’t say I’m a ‘natural’ runner. However, I have been running for years and had a half marathon under my belt when I signed up. The chance to get an early bird ticket and hearing stories at the Escape the City event, further stimulated my interest. The stories from the event were all about life changing adventures and great feats of endurance in a difficult environment. They contained hardship, challenge, doubt and uncertainty, but they were also about facing the unknown, pushing the sides of the box, crossing barriers and honesty- all that appealed to my sense of what’s really important. I also liked the grassroots ethos behind the idea...
UGM Runners’ Community- January Wrap Up

UGM Runners’ Community- January 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 our 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. Here’s a round-up of what’s been happening in January…   Our first training run for our 2016 International Runners On January 23rd, we held our first Uganda Marathon 2016 training run at Peckham Rye parkrun. Mark, our running expect and current Mzungu champion, lead the session with a warm up, before the group joined 200 others runners in the 5K parkrun. With a mix of runners and team members, and breakfast afterwards, it made a great way to kick off the weekend! And the UGM group even got a mention in the parkrun’s race report! We’ll have more social training runs soon, as they’re a great way to get a run in and chance for runners to get to know each other before Uganda. Watch our Facebook & emails for updates. Parkruns… and more parkruns! Since the start of the New Year, we’ve been going pretty big on parkruns. Including our parkrun at Peckham Rye, we’ve had some of our runners at parkruns for the last three weekends. On January 16th there was a group of 2015 runners at Dulwich Park, and then at Tooting Common on 30th January, for Tooting’s first ever parkrun! It was nice to catch up with everyone at the post-run breakfasts, especially with one of our former runners who got married over Christmas in New Zealand!...
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