Interview with a UGM Runner – Steve Hill

Interview with a UGM Runner – Steve Hill

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 Charity Projects, to the community feel they give to Race Day. A primary school teacher from the UK, Steve signed up as the event uniquely combined volunteering with running a marathon. Below, he chats about this, travelling solo, visiting a Ugandan primary school, and even how he got his pupils involved as well!   1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon and was it what you expected? I’m a Primary School teacher and I’m always looking for adventures and challenges which I can involve the children that I teach in and which will hopefully help to inspire them and plant a seed of adventure that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. I want to show them that there’s a big world out there for them to explore as they get older and that they can make a difference to the world around them. The Uganda Marathon immediately grabbed my attention and seemed to offer an experience like no other – the opportunity to live and work amongst the community in Masaka, to get involved in a variety of charity projects and hopefully the chance to make a real difference. On top of this, it was offering me the chance to run a Marathon through the villages in Masaka – something completely different. The whole experience didn’t disappoint – in fact, it...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Dale Weaver

Interview with a UGM Runner – Dale Weaver

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 Charity Projects, to the community feel they give to Race Day. Dale joined us after looking for ‘something different’ to celebrate his 50th birthday. Then, following the event, won our competition to return in 2019! Below he tells us about this, the race, the week’s volunteering, and his favourite memories from Uganda!     1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon? I was looking to do something different for my 50th birthday and decided to run a marathon abroad. After seeing the Uganda Marathon on Facebook and reading all the testimonials of previous year’s participants and how you get involved with the projects first-hand, it seemed a no-brainer.   2. You successfully fundraised the most in the month following the event and won a free place for 2019! Congratulations!! What was it like to fundraise for the Uganda Marathon? Do you have any advice for future participants? The fundraising is much easier than I thought, due to the fact that there is no minimum amount to be raised. Once I explained to friends and work colleagues that I was actually doing some voluntary work while over there and about the project I was fundraising for, most people were actually impressed and kindly donated. After all, most people can spare 5 pounds which to us is not much but a huge amount to the projects.  ...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Sean McKenna

Interview with a UGM Runner – Sean McKenna

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 Charity Projects, to the community feel they give to Race Day. An experienced runner, Sean joined us for his first-ever trip to Uganda. He was looking for a fresh challenge and a way to connect with the community. Below he chats to us about Race Day, the course and the emotional experience of crossing the finish line – made all the more special by the friendships made throughout the week with the people of Masaka!   1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon? My partner Kim and I are both passionate travellers, but neither of us had really thought about visiting Uganda before. We learned about the Uganda Marathon at the Adventure Travel Show in London and it seemed an incredible opportunity to interact with a local community and make a meaningful contribution to life in Masaka. We have both been running for a number of years and have taken part in a variety of endurance events, but the Uganda Marathon represented a new and unique environment in which to challenge ourselves. We were compelled to join the seven day Uganda Marathon programme so that we might feel a connection with the area and its people rather than just rocking up in Masaka to run a race.   2. Which projects did you visit during the week? Could you tell us about the experience? I...
The Uganda International marathon 2018 Video Adventure

The Uganda International marathon 2018 Video Adventure

Welcome to The Uganda Marathon 2018! Follow the adventurers who came to Uganda in 2018 to raise money for an incredible community and take part in a race like no other. This video shows some of the highlights from the 2018 marathon week – an adventure that one in five describe as “the best week of my...

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