Interview with two UGM Runners – Steve & Mark Sullivan

Interview with two UGM Runners – Steve & Mark Sullivan

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. When Mark signed up to the Uganda Marathon as part of his personal challenge to run a marathon on every continent, his dad, Steve, decided to join as well. So as father and son, they joined us on the 7-Day Adventure. Below they tell us about their experiences at the Charity Projects, Race Day, going on safari and gorilla trekking, and their favourite memories from the week.     1. What made you both sign up for the Uganda Marathon and was it what you expected? Mark: After completing my first marathon in New Zealand in 2014 I decided I wanted to run one on every continent. It did start off as a lifetime goal but has since been one a year every year – year 5 was Africa. With a rough idea of doing Mt.Kilimanjaro, I searched “best marathons to run in Africa” and the Uganda Marathon featured highly on every search. So, I looked a little deeper and decided that was the one for me. In truth it was more than I expected, I knew I would love the trip because it incorporated lots of things I enjoy, but I was a little apprehensive about the logistics of being part of such a big group on an ‘organised event week’. So I was pleasantly surprised how...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Sonia Gouveia

Interview with a UGM Runner – Sonia Gouveia

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. Sonia joined us all the way from Australia and took advantage of our option to do split fundraising between a Ugandan Charity Project and another charity of her choice – Tackle Africa. Below she chats to us about the causes she chose, her interest in sustainable development, Legacy Day, buying Ugandan art and taking on the 42K – despite not being the biggest fan of running!     1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon and was it what you expected? I first heard about the Uganda Marathon through a Facebook post by Tackle Africa in 2017, calling for people to run on their behalf. Due to personal circumstances, I couldn’t commit at that time, however, I made a conscious decision that I would participate in 2018 no matter what. Let’s just say I’m pretty headstrong when I put my mind to something. What attracted me to this event was that it wasn’t just a marathon – I don’t enjoy running so that wasn’t the highlight – the whole package was the attraction, with the opportunity to be involved in the local communities, get my hands dirty (literally) and spend some time in a beautiful place, far away from city life. I expected to meet lots of keen runners, who were there for the...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Christine Callaghan

Interview with a UGM Runner – Christine Callaghan

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. Christine had wanted to travel to Africa for some time, so when her son returned with stories of the Uganda Marathon in 2015, she decided to take the plunge. Below we chat to her about her son’s involvement in the event since then, her expectations, the volunteer days, and embracing every moment of Race Day!     1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon? A trip to Africa has been on my list for a long time, so when my son Mark returned from the first Uganda Marathon in 2015, full of enthusiasm and praise for the event, I knew that it was something I would love to do. Subsequently, after the first event, Mark also became part of the Uganda Marathon team as the UK Running Coach, and his stories and enthusiasm for the event and Uganda added to my desire to experience it for myself.   2. Was it what you expected? The event was more inclusive than I expected. There were participants from all age groups which surprised me, but of course, there are people running well into their 80’s these days.  Being put into clans on our first day was a great idea.  I was in Njovu (elephant) clan and we were the best!   3. What was your experience of...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Mihail Metodiev

Interview with a UGM Runner – Mihail Metodiev

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. Mihail joined us on his first visit to Africa after a friend shared their experiences of the marathon from the previous year. Below, he talks about experiencing the local culture, visiting the Charity Project ‘Lwannunda Childcare’ and running his first ever half marathon!          1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon? I have been wanting to visit Africa since I was a child. I had read a lot about the continent, and also in my university years, I took a lot of interest in its political history and the post-colonial history of African countries. Uganda presented itself as an opportunity when one of my close friends had gone there the year before and was telling me stories about the 7-Day Adventure and everything that she experienced at the event. The stories about the place and the people were phenomenal and I told myself that if I have the opportunity to go in the future, I will definitely do it. So a few months later, when I saw her post about it on social media, I knew I had to seize the opportunity and went for it!   2. The event was your first time travelling to Africa – was it what you expected? Nothing can really prepare you for what you...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Sam Molloy

Interview with a UGM Runner – Sam Molloy

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. Sam joined us all the way from Australia for his first trip to Africa and to participate in his first-ever marathon! Below he speaks to us about this, visiting Bugabira Primary School, gorilla trekking in the Rain Forest, and a special moment during the race that gave him the motivation to push through ‘the wall’ and reach the finish line!     1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon? I was speaking to a colleague about countries I had never visited, Africa for that matter, when I saw an online advertisement for the marathon. I was feeling bored with my current situation and the excitement of going to Africa for a cause looked really appealing.   2. What project did you visit on Legacy Day? Could you tell us about the experience? I worked at Bugabira Primary School. It was a unique experience to see how children act in a school environment where they are genuinely happy to be, unlike the western world, where children don’t often appreciate the privileges we take for granted.   3. You participated in our 42K event, your first ever marathon! Could you tell us about the experience of Race Day and running your first marathon in Uganda? I truly enjoyed the run. I was never into running prior to...
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