UGM Photoblog: A Sneak Peek Into Next Week’s Adventure!

UGM Photoblog: A Sneak Peek Into Next Week’s Adventure!

We’re only a few days away now from the 7-day Adventure and preparations are now in full swing! The team are busy readying the event for this year’s 150 International Runners, whilst Masaka town is literally buzzing in anticipation to welcome them. In 4 days time, they’ll visit and volunteer at the projects they’ve been fundraising for, stay at a beautiful campsite in the hills of Uganda and race an unforgettable course. For those 150 people lucky enough to attend, it will truly be ‘a race like no other’. But until then, here’s our latest photoblog to give you some insight into the preparations currently going on and a sneak peek of what’s to come…       Earlier this week, the team did a promotional run through Masaka town, which ended with the official banner being put up in the town centre   Mark, our running expert, has run the course a number of times to make final checks   For those of you running the 21K and 42K, you’ll run through Bugabira School, one of this year’s projects and where the UGM began…   The children at Creative Canvas, a project set up by some of our 2015 runners, have been making bracelets for this year’s participants. (You’ll get to visit this project on Thursday!)   The entrance to Athlete’s Village…for anyone camping – this will be your home for 7 days.   Talking of camp, ‘Gertrude the Goat’ is waiting at camp too, after being named by one of our 2016 runners for fundraising the most in a week and winning one of our weekly competitions. And here’s...
The UGM Runners’ Blog: Our Top 10 Tips for Race Day

The UGM Runners’ Blog: Our Top 10 Tips for Race Day

The UGM Runners’ Blog is our series of blogs dedicated to our International Runners. Written by a former UGM Runner, these posts share training tips, fundraising ideas and travel advice- all designed to help our 2016 Runners get the best out of their six-day adventure… and the weeks leading up to the event!   There’s now, unbelievably, only 11 days until race day!!! So, with the big day fast approaching and many of you now travelling to Uganda in the next few days, we’ve got some tips on how to tackle Race Day itself! Based on the experience of two of our former 2015 runners (including our running expert Mark), here are 10 tips to help you through the 10K,  21K or 42K course.   1. Aim to hold a comfortable, steady pace throughout Everyone will run at their own pace, depending on training and ability. However, as a rule, aim to run at a pace where you can hold a conversation. This will help you to avoid burning out too soon, and you can always pick up the pace towards the end if you wish!   2. Take advantage of every water station on your route This one might sound a little obvious, but it’s essential as you’ll be running in Africa! Be sure to have a generous drink of water at each station to keep yourself hydrated. We’ll be giving out bottles of water, so you can take it with you if you don’t fancy having it all at once!   3. Hydrate well on the days leading up to Race Day Talking of hydration…it’s also important to drink plenty...
Interview with two UGM 2016 Runners – Tom & Bertie

Interview with two UGM 2016 Runners – Tom & Bertie

The runners make the Uganda Marathon what it is. The people, the community, the fundraising and the determination to finish is why UGM is truly a Race Like No Other. We want to tell the stories of the runners taking part in our event because it’s their stories that are the most exciting! Tom & Bertie are two recent graduates, who have been living out in Uganda & volunteering for a charity in recent months. They’ve been making big efforts on the fundraising front too! So we wanted to share their Ugandan story so far with you…   1. You’re both been based in Uganda prior to the marathon in June… Could you tell us a little bit about your Ugandan adventure so far, when you arrived and why you decided to come to Uganda? Tom: We’ve been in East Africa since late January and have travelled around Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania which were all fantastic and gave us a truly once in a lifetime experience. Really it all started with wanting to take a year out after university and go somewhere which isn’t the normal gap year location. When the opportunity came to do some volunteering for the ‘Henry van Straubezee Memorial Fund’ then we saw it as a great chance to experience more of everyday Ugandan life than you would if you are just travelling from tourist spot to tourist spot. Bertie:We got in to contact with HvSMF after we’d got the idea to travel to East Africa, and they offered us accommodation in a simple house  in the middle of a 2000 pupil primary school....
The UGM Runners’ Blog: Our Most Popular Last Minute Questions

The UGM Runners’ Blog: Our Most Popular Last Minute Questions

The UGM Runners’ Blog is our series of blogs dedicated to our International Runners. Written by a former UGM Runner, these posts share training tips, fundraising ideas and travel advice- all designed to help our 2016 Runners get the best out of their six-day adventure… and the weeks leading up to the event!   There are less than two weeks to go until you travel to Uganda (Woop!), and now’s the time when those last minute questions tend to pop into your head. Have I got everything I need? What are we doing in the six days leading up to the race? How many water stations are there on the course? Will there be easily accessible internet at camp? Based on my experience last year (and some updated information for 2016), here’s our top nine most popular last minute questions. which might be of some help as you make your final preparations to come to Uganda.   1. Will I get picked up when I arrive in Uganda? Yes! The team will be waiting to meet you at Entebbe airport if you are arriving on Tuesday 31st May. However to be picked up, the essential thing you need to do is to make sure you let us know your flight details in advance. Drop Sophie an email ASAP if you haven’t already! There is a returning transfer on Monday 6th June, but it’s really important you let Sophie know you need a space on this as well, otherwise it’s unlikely there will be room!   2. What currency should I take and how much spending money do I need? In Uganda they use...

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