Interview with a UGM Runner – John Sulway

Interview with a UGM Runner – John Sulway

Here, we interview past runners who have taken part in the Uganda Marathon, as they tell their UGM stories and share experiences of the 7-day adventure. After all, it’s their participation which makes the event possible and creates the fantastic community spirit surrounding it.  John signed up for the event with his friend Louis, after being attracted to the idea of mixing a running challenge with travel and volunteering. He participated in the 42K, taking advantage of our option to split fundraising between charities. Then afterward, he went on Safari in one of Uganda’s National Parks…   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 to 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 was easily the amazing people I met and the friends I made. We all shared some great experiences at the projects, base camp and all round good times together.   3. What projects did you...
A Uganda Marathon Runner’s Training Diary – Part 1

A Uganda Marathon Runner’s Training Diary – Part 1

Here, one of our runners, Vix, tell her story of preparing to run the Uganda Marathon 2017. Her first ever marathon event, she tells us about the highs, lows and challenges of training to run 42K through rural Uganda, in support of the Charity Project ‘Women’s Soroptimists’. We join Vix in the midst of her training, at week 10…   By Vix Anderton I have just started week ten of my training for this year’s Uganda Marathon. I can’t quite believe I’m halfway through my training plan already! Overall, I feel like it has been going pretty well – I’m on track with my pace and distance – but, a little like the hills of Masaka, it has been a bit up and down along the way. This is my first marathon. Like many people, running a marathon has been on my bucket list for a while so when I met some people who had run Uganda last year and just raved about what an amazing experience it had been, I signed up for the newsletter. When I saw that the early bird entries were closing in January, I just decided to go for it. I’m going to run a marathon in Uganda…because why not! I’ve run two half-marathons before, actually only a couple of weeks apart back in the autumn of 2012. And both times, I felt like I couldn’t take a single step more! So committing to running a full marathon definitely feels like a challenge but I can’t think of a better marathon to run. I am so excited about the athletes’ village, and the voluntary...
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