The UGM Runners’ Blog: 5 Tips for Preparing to Race in Uganda

The UGM Runners’ Blog: 5 Tips for Preparing to Race in Uganda

The UGM Runner’s Blog is our series of blogs dedicated to our International Runners. Written by a former UGM Runner, they share training tips, fundraising ideas and travel advice- all designed to help our 2016 Runners get the best out their six-day adventure…and the weeks leading up to the event! It’s hard to believe. In 65 days you’ll be doing something incredible: running a 10K, half marathon or full marathon the Equator! Around this time last year, two months prior to Race Day, I was well into my training plan. All was going well, but then I was suddenly struck by a thought: I’m preparing for a marathon in Uganda, but I’m training in the UK- how do I prep for Ugandan conditions in a very different climate? After all, there’s a number of key factors about running in Uganda, including the: Heat Humidity Uneven, off-road, dirt paths Hilly terrain Altitude But with some help from some more experienced runners, and some creative thinking (and trusty Googling!), I managed to come up with a few ideas that allowed me to prepare for the race in Uganda, whilst training in England. Here’s some of the things that worked well for me when I trained for the Uganda Marathon 2015, and can be applied to whichever event you’re participating in, come June: the 10K, 21K or 42K.   1. Hill Training I did a hill training session once a week every Thursday, and boy, did I come to dislike Thursdays! Hill training is really tough, as you’re having to work so much harder (against gravity), but it’s really worth it. You’re massively strengthening your body, and the more you...
The Uganda Marathon Shop: Now Open & Supporting our Charity Projects

The Uganda Marathon Shop: Now Open & Supporting our Charity Projects

This month has seen another exciting step forward in the Uganda Marathon’s development as a charity, as we opened our first-ever shop, in Masaka Town Centre. As we work in partnership with a number of organisations across the district, this means our daily work in Uganda often involves working on the Charity Project’s sites. However the UGM Shop provides a permanent fixture in the community, which is both recognisable and easily accessible to the local people. Like the Uganda Marathon itself, the outlet is all about supporting our Charity Projects. It provides a space in town for the UGM’s various Projects to sell the goods they produce, and therefore generate an additional income for the people they support. For example, the students at Masaka Rehabilitation Vocational Centre (MRVC) produces various mental work, wood work and textile products in their daily classes, which can be sold to help support the project’s operations. Now, through the UGM shop, MRVC has access to an outlet in town where goods can be easily sold to the public. The revenue will then be channeled back to MRVC, supporting the project’s finances. The shop provides our Projects with the opportunity of an additional revenue source, which will help support their long-term sustainability. The shop also provides the UGM with a central hub in Masaka town, for both the projects and local community. Therefore everyone can easily see the work the Marathon is doing in Uganda (even if they don’t have internet access), has an easy point of contact for our organisation and can even pop in to sign up for one of our races! The Grand Opening- 8th March 2016 The idea...
A Letter to the 2016 UGM Runners

A Letter to the 2016 UGM Runners

Neil came to run UGM2015 and it was his first time in Africa. He flew out with his girlfriend Katie (who’s luggage turned up the following day!) and they planned to stay for 5 weeks after the event, exploring Uganda and East Africa. For the past year, Neil & Kaite have been huge friends to the marathon! They have started a charity with Carson (Athlete’s Village manager) called Creative Canvas that gives Ugandan children a retreat to explore their creative and artistic side, they have spent a lot of time in Masaka with the UGM team and Neil’s Facebook statuses over the past year have told some utterly incredible stories. Here is a letter that Neil has written to those who are running UGM2016. A few days ago my girlfriend, Katie, and I were spending our last night in Masaka under the stars up at Weaverbird – the arts camp where the marathon team will be based and where many of you will be camping this June. Some 9 months after first going to Weaverbird for last years marathon, it was hard not to get nostalgic. Thinking back to how much that marathon week gave us, it was also impossible not to think about all you guys who will soon be heading there and, laying in bed that night unable to sleep, I decided I was going to write to you. We went to Uganda last year for that marathon week, and also for a further five weeks of volunteering and travel. Just how much that time inspired us is hard to describe, and we decided to head back to...
The UGM Runners’ Blog: 10 tips for kicking off your fundraising

The UGM Runners’ Blog: 10 tips for kicking off your fundraising

  Welcome to our second UGM Runners’ blog, where we dedicate a weekly post to helping our 2016 International Runners prepare for their six-day adventure. We cover everything from training advice to fundraising advice, and will even cover travel tips closer to the event. This series of blogs is all about helping you, our runners, to have the most fun in your training and fundraising leading up to the event, drawing from my experience as one of UGM’s International Runner in 2015. Our first blog covered tips to get you started in your training, and this week we’ll cover tips to get you going in your fundraising. As sign ups have ranged from this month, all the way back until June last year, everyone is a different point with their fundraising, so I’ve tried to include something that will be relevant to everyone, whether you’re yet to start, or raised hundreds of pounds already! Here are 10 tips for kicking off your fundraising for your Uganda Marathon challenge…   1. Get Started- Choose Your Project As with anything, the hardest part can often be getting started! But the sooner you get started, the sooner the donations will start rolling in. Typically, the earlier you start, the more you’ll raise long-term. The first step is a simple one- choose the project(s) you would like to fundraise for. There’s lot of information available on our project pages if you’re yet to decide. Just pick a cause you’re passionate about, as that will really help you with fundraising and running in Uganda. Once you’ve picked your top three choices, just email them to [email protected]   2. Set up your fundraising page Once...
The 2016 Running Awards: Uganda Marathon shortlisted for ‘Best International Event’

The 2016 Running Awards: Uganda Marathon shortlisted for ‘Best International Event’

We’re extremely excited to announce we have been shortlisted in the category for ‘Best International Event’, at this year’s Running Awards! This places the Marathon alongside some huge and long established races- also nominated in the same category- the New York Marathon, Athens Marathon and Boston Marathon. The last 12 months have been very successful for the Uganda Marathon. Last May saw us hold our first ever event, where 1,200 runners ran our 10K, half marathon or full marathon course. The 72 International Runners who joined us for the six-day adventure fundraised a massive £78,000! Using this money, we’ve been able to work in partnership with nine Uganda Charity Projects, to develop them in long-term, sustainable ways that will benefit generations. The Marathon has also been featured in The Guardian, London Evening Standard and Runner’s World, and listed in the Wall Street Journal’s Extra Mile 40 Awards. And the Uganda Marathon is shaping up to be even bigger this year, with a record number of International Runners signed up, as the event hopes to become Uganda’s biggest public fundraising event- helping more projects and people in Uganda to fulfil their potential. We are up against some heavy competition to win the ‘Best International Event’ award, but it would certainly be an amazing achievement and ‘icing on the cake’ after a fantastic twelve months. How can you help us win? The awards are based on a voting system, so it’s the most votes wins! If you would like to help us win ‘Best International Event’ category, you can vote for us by clicking here. You’ll need to register, but the whole process takes less than two minutes,...

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