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...

The Very First Uganda International Marathon

…is in the books! And what an event it was. Athletes from every continent competed – with the winner of the 42km race, Martin Ssenabulya crossing the line in 2:45. The 6 day experience itself was described by some participants as “the best week of their life”. So we’re all quite happy with how it went. This is just a quick post to say we are a small, volunteer team – but we’re working as hard as we can to clear up after the event, get race results posted and get all our many heartfelt thanks out. Look out for a full race and event report in the coming days – and until then, thank you SO much for being a part of what has been an amazing, life changing week. The UGM 2015...

What I learned running 21k in Uganda

An out of practice – and unfit – runner takes on the challenge of a half marathon in Uganda. Here’s what happened next. I want to share my thoughts – mainly to reassure, but also to add a note of caution to those runners who haven’t begun(!) their training yet. Photos to come once  we can upload them… Some background: to give you an idea of my mental and physical state before the run. I landed in Uganda at 3am Saturday morning. Spent the day catching up on sleep and emails, and drank a few beers in the evening with the team. On Sunday, we woke up at 6:30am to go and promote the marathon at the 10k run being held in Kampala to celebrate the King’s birthday – it was hot, dusty and tremendous fun: but that’s a story for another time. After 3 hours in a car back to Masaka, my total consumption that day consisted of half a pack of peanuts, a coffee and a pint of milk. Training-wise, I haven’t undertaken a run of more than a mile since last September (and that’s a painful admission to make, given that I am organising a marathon). I’m tipping the scales at 14.5 stone, carrying a bit more weight around my waist than I’d like to admit, and coming off the back of a stag do last weekend that took its toll. My trainers are a lovely pair of Decathlon own brand road shoes – £14.99, thank you very much. All in all – not the preparation for a 13 mile course you’d find in many training manuals....
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