The Big Pre-Event Photoblog! A Sneak Peek Into Next Week’s Adventure!

The Big Pre-Event Photoblog! A Sneak Peek Into Next Week’s Adventure!

We are now just three days until the start of an Adventure Like No Other! 120 people are going to descend into beautiful Masaka for a trip of a lifetime, and the team are in full swing preparing. As we eagerly count down until the first bus arrives we’re extremely excited to bring to you our pre-event photoblog, to get a sneak peek into what’s in store for the next 10 days as part of the Uganda International Marathon. Enjoy, wish our runners luck and stay tuned for lots more coming out of An Adventure Like No Other! The Masaka Running Club, sponsored by The Uganda Marathon, are out in full force, training for the marathon! For those of you staying at the hotel… The pool awaits! Here’s a small glimpse into the Athletes’ Village, your home away from home for the next 10 days. The Athletes’ Village eco showers are under constructions – bringing a touch of luxury to rural Africa! Your view running down Bugabira Primary School hill, through one of the projects that you’ve supported. Imagine the kids cheering you on! This is the view that you’ll be waking up to at Athletes’ Village – every morning! The, yet to be named, campsite goat! Munching on some delicious banana leaves – he’s excited for your arrival! Your home straight into the Masaka, to the finish line! Mark & Tealey, from the UGM team try to tackle The Beast! How will you fair? The locals are signing up in their thousands! Here is the Liberation Square, the start & finish line of The Uganda Marathon The Uganda...
A UGM Rumner’s Training Diary: Part 5 – By Simon Fox

A UGM Rumner’s Training Diary: Part 5 – By Simon Fox

Here, one of our runners, Simon, tells his story of preparing to run the Uganda Marathon 2017. An experienced runner, he writes about his love of running, how the past week has gone and also looks ahead to the 7 Day Adventure – his first time traveling to Africa! This week, we join Simon with only a few days to go until the event begins…   By Simon Fox Why I run: The people! When asked about anything; a meal out, a holiday or a great day at work; what comes up as the part that is enjoyed most? So often I hear that it was ‘the people that made it’. Running is no different. Since starting to run more regularly 4 years ago a new group of friends has emerged. From Parkrunners to pacers and plodders to podium takers, I’ve connected with this new group with ease, enjoyment and excitement. With so many stories I could tell including multiple meetings with parkrunners up and down the country, chatting to nervous marathoners on route to a big race, being saved by good samaritans when lost or bonked, or debriefing with some of my best running pals over the latest training and nutrition plans, one story of running as a universal language comes to mind. An August evening in south-west France in a little surf town called Hossegor. I was on an evening run in my shorts and vest, with sweat pouring down my forehead as I pushed along the promenade watching 6 foot plus breakers with a low sun streaming down my neck and my flowing running shadow to...
The UGM Runners’ Blog: How Your Fundraising makes a Big Difference in Uganda

The UGM Runners’ Blog: How Your Fundraising makes a Big Difference in Uganda

Welcome to our next installment of the UGM Runners’ Blog – our series of blogs sharing advice to support our runners in their preparations for the 7-day adventure. Written by a former participant, he draws on his experiences from the event and shares tips on training, fundraising, travel and more.   Following our recent blog to help boost your fundraising, we’ve got some more fundraising support as the 7-day adventure fast approaches! Below we’ve got specific examples of how your fundraising can make a big difference to people of Masaka. With values ranging from 50p to over £1,000, there’s something for everyone, no matter your target or how much you’ve currently fundraised. Not only can these serve as goals to inspire you in your fundraising, but if you communicate these to potential sponsors, it can actually increase your fundraising! When people can visualise how their money is helping, they’ll feel more of a connection with the cause as they’ll understand exactly how their money is making a difference. For example, I feel quite strongly about education as a cause, but when I see Joe Bloggs is fundraising for Youth with a Vision, and I see £25 will pay for an internship, I’d be much more likely to sponsor him. Not only is it for a cause I care about, but I understand exactly how I’m helping (by providing an internship for a student), on top of supporting my friend Joe, Also I was only planning to sponsor Joe £20… but then I see an extra £5 will help shape a student’s education, so I decide to add extra as I can see what amount will help). We hope...
A UGM Runner’s Training Diary: Part 3 – By Vix Anderton

A UGM Runner’s Training Diary: Part 3 – By Vix Anderton

Here, one of our runners, Vix, tells 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, all in support of the Charity Project ‘Women’s Soroptimists’. We join Vix as she takes on her longest run in her training – at the UGM’s 20 mile training run along the Thames Path…   Part 3: Four weeks to go… By Vix Anderton It is all getting very real now! As I write, it’s three weeks until I get on a plane out to Uganda and, in four weeks, I will have run my first marathon….eek! Any of you who read my last training post will know that I was having a hard time with my training in mid-April. I had so much support and advice from friends – including the UGM community – and I am delighted/relieved that training has been going really well in the last couple of weeks.     The highlight of this period of training was yesterday: a 20-mile run from Tower Bridge to Richmond with some of the UGM team and other runners. Kudos to the others who also logged their longest ever runs and who will be running their first marathons in Uganda – everyone did so well!     It wasn’t always pretty – I was really hanging on for the last couple of miles (the furthest I had run before was 17.5 miles) but, for the vast majority of the three hours, I felt strong and calm – and apparently...
The UGM Runners’ Blog: Tapering Tips

The UGM Runners’ Blog: Tapering Tips

Welcome to our next post in the UGM Runners’ Blog – our series of blogs sharing advice to support our runners in their preparations for the 7-day adventure. Written by a former participant, he draws on his experiences from the event and shares tips on training, fundraising, travel and more.   With just under 4 weeks to go until Race Day, it’s time to think about that part of training many runners dread: tapering. For those of you who are relatively new to running, tapering is essentially a portion of your training where you run less and rest more. Some runners tend to dislike this idea when their event approaches, especially after months of training. They feel training less now could lose them some of their hard-earned fitness before race day. However, there’s a lot of reasons to embrace tapering. Firstly, I promise you won’t loose any fitness by decreasing your mileage. Secondly, resting will actually turn you into a stronger runner as your muscles are allowed time to heal from your training. Thirdly, decreasing your miles will reduce the chances of picking up an injury or getting ill (eg. catching a cold) with the event getting close now. And perhaps the best news of all: an average performance improves by 3 percent from good tapering. That can equal 5-10 minutes off a marathon time and a minute off a 10K!! Like many things in running though, it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ and training plans will vary slightly on their advice. Crucially it all about listening to your body at this point. But to get you started with tapering, here are...

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