Something new – an insight into life from our team in Uganda

Something new – an insight into life from our team in Uganda

Time for something new! Every two weeks we’ll be bringing you an update into life in Uganda, from our team on the ground that not only organises the race, but supports and evaluates the charity work year round! – Written by Andy Bownds and the Uganda team If you are reading this you are a joining us on a journey as this is our first ever project focused blog. We are going to be taking you through the daily running of the Uganda Marathon Masaka office, and how we work throughout the year to ensure the Uganda Marathon projects are working towards sustainability. Today though I want to introduce you to our office and the epicenter of all our work. Based right in the next to Masaka Towns Taxi Park our office is in the hustle and bustle of the community. In and amongst shops, restaurants, saloons, internet cafes, phone repair outlets and copied movie stores the office seems to absorb this energy and have a constant buzz. With an open door policy we have constant stream of wide variety of guests from local officials like the Mayor of Masaka coming to tell us about events and developments taking place in town. To members of the deaf community helping us recycle plastic bottles. To the town’s loudest street preacher who comes for water to sooth his throat from our water filter. To project leads coming for specific training. It is for this reason that our office has become a real part of the community and everyone in Masaka knows where to find us and that they will always be...
The official Uganda Marathon – An Adventure Like No Other 2018 Results!

The official Uganda Marathon – An Adventure Like No Other 2018 Results!

The official Uganda Marathon - An Adventure Like No Other 2018 Results! All the action from the week   On Saturday June 2nd, the starting gun for the 4th Uganda Marathon fired and 3,000 Ugandan and international runners took off for A Race Like No Other! For the international runners who came to Uganda to take part, the marathon was the finale of a week visiting the amazing projects that they have supported. In 2018, the event has raised an incredible $130,000 for organisations and NGOs across Masaka, still making it the biggest fundraising event in Uganda’s history. Here are the official Uganda Marathon 2018 Race Results. Think you can beat these times and do better? Come and take part and take on one of the toughest marathon courses in the World! Next year, it could be you on this list with your finishing time from A Race Like No Other! Discover more about signing up for the 2018 event...
Early bird nearly over – Glamping spots over half gone!

Early bird nearly over – Glamping spots over half gone!

That’s the view from one side of the Athlete’s Village, overlooking the green rolling hills of rural Uganda. Places are going quickly – our Early Bird prices expire on 12th January, so tick off your new year’s resolution and sign up before that date to ensure you don’t pay more than you have too. Also, if you want a glamping spot – meaning we’ll set you up a mattress, pillow and sheets in a large canvas safari tent with some other home comforts – then get in quick! Unsurprisingly this is by far our most popular option, and more than half the spaces have been snapped up already. See you in...
Nominated at the UK Running Awards 2016

Nominated at the UK Running Awards 2016

We've been nominated for TWO awards at the prestigious UK Running Awards! And you can help us win by voting for us! Award time! We’re honoured and excited to have been nominated for two categories at the UK Running Awards. The winners are decided by public vote – which means you can help us bring home the prize. We have been nominated for Best New Event and Best International Event.  This is a huge honour for us and we’d like to thank everyone that submitted us, and everyone that has voted already. The winners will be announced at a big celebration gala in the O2 Arena London (formerly the Millennium Dome for those that remember it!) on 22nd April 2016, and our fingers are tightly crossed. As an international marathon, it’s more of a challenge for people to participate than for a race just down the road or in the next town or city. However, many people relish the thought of taking on a marathon in Africa – it’s a bucket list dream. We are not only the most affordable way to do it for people in the UK, Europe and beyond, but also the best. Our feedback from last year’s runners (and these nominations) has proved that we are really on to something with the week long adventure in Uganda combined with a beautiful, scenic and fun race course through rolling hills on the Equator. So, how can you vote? All you have to do is create an account at The Running Awards website, which takes 30 seconds, and then click on the vote for us button. CLICK HERE to go to the website and...
Race Report from the First Ever Uganda Marathon!

Race Report from the First Ever Uganda Marathon!

At 7am on Sunday 24th May the gun sounded signalling the start of the first ever Uganda International Marathon in Masaka town. Liberation Square was awash with the white of our official t-shirt, music was blaring, dancing warm ups and an all-round real party atmosphere. As the half marathon and full marathon runners began their steady pace towards the first of the five hills the sea of white in Liberation Square only grew larger as the 10km runners arrived for their start, many of whom never having taken on such a challenge before.     Since the team arrived in town and began arranging this race we have seen Masaka catch the running bug, with evening training sessions inspiring those around town to prepare for the race. A hoped for but unexpected legacy.   The course begins with flat 3km stretch out of Masaka centre down to the small village of Ssazza, a good chance to find your rhythm and adjust to the novel surroundings. The race soon changes  to trail as you turn off the main road and through the surrounding villages. The small dirt trails wind their way past schools, churches in full song and runners found a mixture of bafflement and utter delight amongst the families and local residents they passed along the way. Shortly after the trail starts so also do the hills, two steep hills in quick succession take you high up for utterly stunning views over the surrounding valleys. The second hill is one the athletes are now very familiar with as it leads to our campsite and is followed by one of...

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