Competition Winner! Announced from one of our Charity Projects in Uganda…

Competition Winner! Announced from one of our Charity 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 on the Uganda Marathon 2017! Participants could enter through our Facebook page, by simply liking and sharing our competition post featuring a video of what the 7-day adventure is all about. And now we have a winner! Click on the video above to see the draw, announced by Moses, our board’s chairman. I think it safe to say, the children at Bugabira primary school, one of our charity projects, are quite excited! We had more entries than ever before, 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 2017 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 huge congratulations to Mandi- we’ll see you in Uganda!   Missed out, but still want to get involved in a seven-day Ugandan adventure, where you can volunteer, travel, explore, make new friends, change lives and take on a big challenge? Spots are going fast, but there’s still time to sign up…***and our early bird discount is open until Sunday 22nd January 2017 23:59.*** Hurry, you could be one of 200 hundred runners travelling to Uganda this June!       Like to read more? Thinking of Signing Up? Here’s are Most Popular Questions Interview with a UGM...
UGM Runners’ Community: Autumn Wrap Up

UGM Runners’ Community: Autumn Wrap Up

Last summer was a brilliant one for the Uganda Marathon. It kicked off in the perfect style, with the event becoming Uganda’s biggest public fundraising event…ever! Then, the calendar was full throughout the months with reunions, runs, fundraisers and more. It really did highlight one of the elements that makes the UGM stand out – the community surrounding the event. And autumn months have been no exception! With lots of news, events and shout-outs, here’s what’s been happening in the UGM Community from October to December 2016…   The UGM hosts Barefoot in Business We were extremely proud during Global Entrepreneur Week to host this special event in November. In partnership with Scrumptious Productions, we held one of five flagship showings of their new production, Barefoot in Business, filmed by award winning director Carol Cooke. This documentary was fascinating, celebrating female entrepreneurship in East Africa while explaining the challenges they face. Following the film, there was also a Q&A session with Carole and a live link up to Uganda to hear from some of the businesswomen featured in the film. A big thank you to everyone who attended the event, showed such enthusiasm and asked some great questions. It really was a fantastic evening! If you would like to know more about the Barefoot documentary, you can visit the website here.   Yes Stories: A Night of Inspiration – Hosted by the UGM On December 14th, we hosted another event, Yes Stories, in partnership with SayYesMore. It was an evening of inspiring stories from different presenters talking about charity, adventure, the marathon and overall, living life to the full! Thank you to everyone...
How your fundraising has made a difference in Uganda: Charity Project Report 2016

How your fundraising has made a difference in Uganda: Charity Project Report 2016

  To coincide with the end of 2016, and to celebrate the incredible impact our runners have made through their fundraising, we’re pleased to announce the release of our latest Charity Project Report. Linked at the end of this post, the report includes: How 100% of runners’ fundraising has been used to make sustainable, long-term, positive changes in Masaka. We don’t use any fundraising for admin fees- every penny goes to charity! Updates from all 14 of our Charity Projects and how we’ve worked in partnership with them to help their communities How our 2016 runners made a difference on the volunteer days during the 7-Day Adventure News from Masaka Running Club and the UGM shop – two more initiatives which benefit the community How the UN Global Goals tie into our project partnerships A big, big thank you to all our past runners who have made all this possible through their incredible fundraising efforts! Collectively, you’ve raised over £250,000 over the last two years, which has all gone to the causes you care about! And if you’re thinking of joining us in 2017?…here’s a preview of the inspiring impact you can have and the wonderful community you’ll meet in June!   Read the 2016 Project Report by clicking here.           Like to read more? Interview with a UGM Runner – Emily Greenwood Video! – Post Race Testimonials from our...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Emily Greenwood

Interview with a UGM Runner – Emily Greenwood

The runners make the Uganda Marathon what it is. The friendships, the community, the fundraising and the determination to finish is why UGM is truly a Race Like No Other. Here we tell the stories of the runners who took part in UGM 2016, as they share their insights and experiences of the week-long adventure. Emily signed up for the event as she thought it ‘had it all’ – volunteering, travel, adventure and challenge. Whilst in Uganda, she volunteered at ‘Knowledge for Children’ (the project she fundraised for), stayed at the campsite, and ran the full 42-kilometre marathon course. Here, she talks about this and more- including her experience of training and the community element of the UGM…     1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon 2016? I actually saw a competition on Facebook to win a place on the Uganda Marathon 2016. I entered straight away, but by the time I realised I hadn’t won, I was so set on going that there was no option but to sign up. I thought it had it all – opportunity to meet the local community, volunteer with the projects, travel, adventure, and to top it off a big bloody challenge. For me, it ticked all the boxes.   2. Was it what you expected? Yes and a whole lot more!! It’s hard to put into words what I expected – I was so unbelievably excited for it, but at the same time really nervous, and I didn’t know how things would go. I’d signed up by myself not knowing anybody. Would I make friends? Would I...
Interview with a UGM Runner – John Sulway

Interview with a UGM Runner – John Sulway

The runners make the Uganda Marathon what it is. The friendships, the community, the fundraising and the determination to finish is why UGM is truly a Race Like No Other. Here we tell the stories of the runners who took part in 2016 event, as they share their insights and experiences of the week-long adventure. John, along with his friend Louis, signed up for the UGM16 after being attracted to the idea of mixing a running challenge with volunteering and an adventure abroad. During their stay in Uganda, they visited the country’s capital, went on safari and ran the full marathon course. They also took advantage of the UGM’s split fundraising option to ensure they ran every mile for causes important to them! Here’s John’s take on the seven-day adventure…   1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon 2016? I was asked whether I would like to join a friend in running a marathon on the equator and drawn by the challenge, I jumped at the idea. I was already in training for the Brighton Marathon set to take place a month before and after reading online about the adventure and volunteering alongside other like-minded runners, I couldn’t see the downside.   2. Was it what you expected? Not at all – it was a much more profound experience than I ever expected with the projects. Leading up to the event my main focus was the challenge of the run, but relatively that ended up being a small part of the whole thing. From the moment I stepped off the plane, the most prominent element for me...

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