Interview with a UGM Runner – Dominique Cutts

Interview with a UGM Runner – Dominique Cutts

Here, we interview runners who have participated in the Uganda Marathon, so they can share their stories and experiences from the 7-Day Adventure. After all, it’s their involvement which makes the week so special, from the impact they have on the projects, to community feel they give to the race. Dominique, from London, participated in the full 42K marathon event and fundraised for the Charity Project, Women’s Soroptimists. Not one to describe herself as a ‘runner’, here’s her story of why she signed up and deciding to make the Uganda Marathon her first-ever long-distance event!   1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon? I really don’t like running, so running a half marathon, let alone a full one, was never on my radar! But one day the Uganda Marathon started following me on Twitter and I found something very appealing about the challenge of running a marathon in Africa. I’d always previously been put off the idea of distance running because all the chat about marathon times and technical clothing and pacing felt totally alien to me – but the UGM felt like something completely different. No one had any idea what to expect, so there was no pressure to get a good time or compete with anyone else – this was a very personal challenge that would just be about getting round an extraordinary course in an extraordinary country. The added benefit of being able to engage with and help the local community sealed the deal, and so (after a few glasses of wine) I decided to bite the bullet and sign up!   2. Was it what you expected? Before I got to Uganda I was pretty much terrified and excited in equal measure –...
Guest Blog: My Story of Race Day – by Simon Fox

Guest Blog: My Story of Race Day – by Simon Fox

Here, one of our runners tells his story of Race Day and running the full 42-kilometre marathon course through rural Uganda. An experienced runner, Simon shares his story – from waking up early in his tent in Athletes’ Village, to being out on the course, crossing the finish line, and being awarded his medal at the closing ceremony of the 7-Day Adventure.   A 4:45 am alarm buzzed on the Garmin and the 4 eco-tent boys were up. New-found friends after a week of intimate camping and eco-showering we were buzzing for the pre-race porridge and eggs. Fumbling around and nervously checking that the final preparations had all been made, we were ready. A mini-bus costa trip down to the start line was infused with more nerves and a morning song with a bus full of newly formed friends. Anticipation, an African delayed start, a warm-up of stretching along to local disco beats, a chat with a local 2 hour 16 marathoner on his warm up, and we were off! Caught up in an early adrenaline-fuelled pace I looked to test whether a 3-hour target would be possible. Ups, downs and a harsh, bumpy terrain inside the opening few k gave me a quick realisation of probably not! The route wound through traditional Ugandan backstreets with locals sat outside selling whatever would grow in their back gardens, up steep hills on roads of red dirt cracked in two by gully’s. Locals laughed and cheered as I came through as the first mzungu, may be surprised to see my pasty white skin run past their front door! Cameraman Rich whizzed past on...

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