Early Bird Extended & current flight prices

Early Bird Extended Good news for lovers of bargains. We’re working with a few organisations who have asked us to extend the early bird pricing until the end of January, so they have enough time to get the word out to their employees and supporters. We’re happy to oblige, but we thought we’d spread the the love to everyone- it doesn’t seem fair for two people signing up on the same day to pay a different price. So: the Early Bird has been extended! Until Saturday evening, 31st Jan you can sign up to the Full, Half or 4-person Relay marathon at sub £400 for the whole 6-7 day experience. This includes the following: 6 nights accommodation with a host family / hostel Breakfast & dinner every day Race T-shirt Locally crafted finisher’s medal Airport pickup 2-3 days of project visits Organisation of children’s fun run Your fee subsidises 5 local runners to take part Pre race pasta party Post race local beer Post race street carnival Donation to local NGO Prerace training support   Flights We’re constantly watching current flight prices. The good new is that there is a sale on at all the major airlines until the end of January, with some stretching to the end of February. From London, UK, flights are coming in at around £410 (as at 20th Jan) which means you could experience a week in East Africa, including taking part in an international marathon, for less than £800- all inclusive. We think that’s a pretty good deal!   See you on the Equator,...
A Message About the Safety of Running the Uganda Marathon

A Message About the Safety of Running the Uganda Marathon

  One of the questions we get asked a lot by runners & their families: Is Uganda safe? We are conscious of this as a concern for anyone undertaking international travel, particularly to non-European or non-Western countries. We’d like to take an opportunity to address this directly and be clear about the steps that we are taking and the assurances that we can give that The Uganda International Marathon is an entirely safe event. First of all, safety is an interesting concept. Are you safe in central London? Are you safe on an airplane? In a car? Are you safe as a tourist in Paris? In Bangkok? There’s no such thing as absolute safety, but we’re confident in stating that the specific precautions we are taking, coupled with the peaceable and stable nature of Uganda means participants safety will be safeguarded and of the utmost importance to us at all times. The main worries people have approached us with generally fall into the below categories: Health Yes, Uganda- like most of the warmer or less developed countries in the world- has problems with disease. However, nearly all have prophylactics available. If you have been travelled to almost any part of Africa before, or India, SE Asia or Central America, you are likely to have been inoculated against anything you could come into contact with. Masaka is in a Malarial zone, however anti-malarials are cheap and widely available. HIV is now prevalent around the world, so take the same precautions you would anywhere else- no unprotected sex and no sharing needles. There are very high quality local medical facilities available,...
How we are Redefining Charity! – Love not Guilt

How we are Redefining Charity! – Love not Guilt

Masaka Town: Blueprint for Africa?   Allow me, if you will, to take you back to a time long long ago. A simpler time, and rather than reading this on a screen over the internet, we are sat face to face, perhaps in an inn or tavern.  We’re musing about society’s ills and the world as a whole not being the kind of place it once was. Together we decide we should make a stand, we should speak up for justice, we should feed the hungry, heal the ill, save the animals and generally be good eggs in the world. We don’t yet know it- but we have just set up the world’s first charitable organisation. But what, in practice, does that look like?    When did charity become simply about raising money. When did we stop connecting & uniting people through good works, dedication and love. Indeed the Latin ‘caritas’  meaning dearness, was often used to translate the ancient Greek word ‘agape’ – which simply means ‘love’. The very word charity therefore, means not money, not gifts, but love. It’s so simple. If love is at the centre of your actions then everything else just follows on.   Too often we are bombarded with requests that take direct aim at our guilt rather than empower us to help. It’s a sad state that we have allowed this to happen. I don’t blame any charity, I just wish to inspire another way. So how do we change this, how do we go back in time to reinvigorate positive, empowering charity – not because charity today is bad but because there is a growing sentiment that there...
Are You Able to Finish a Marathon? If You Decide, You Achieve

Are You Able to Finish a Marathon? If You Decide, You Achieve

If you can run 1km, you can run 5km If you can run 5km, then it’s really not too hard to stay in rhythm to 10km distance If you can run 10km, then just that little bit more focus takes you to 21km, half marathon If you can run a half marathon then you are already halfway to a full marathon If you can run a full marathon, then yours is the world my son and everything in it At age 13 I was lucky enough to try my hand at skiing on a school ski trip. Naturally, at an all boys school this meant for a learning curve steepened by competitiveness. On my second day the other chaps decided it was time to take on a black run and I, having only just snowploughed my way down a blue, didn’t quite no how to say ‘No’ nor did I have any inclination to do so and thus leave myself open to ridicule and significant loss of face in front of my peers. As we walked to the lift I confidently turned to the most competent skier and covered myself by pandering to his ego “You’re the best skier here any tips on how to tackle a black run?”. What he said next was so awesome that it has stuck with me ever since and has helped define how I view any new challenge. “A black run is identical to a blue run, its just steeper – you’re still skiing though” Brilliant, genuinely brilliant! A challenge is as big as you tell yourself. That’s it. There is excellence in such...
Don’t Let Ebola Stop you Exploring an Exceptional Continent

Don’t Let Ebola Stop you Exploring an Exceptional Continent

There’s been an awful lot said about the Ebola outbreak – some ridiculous, some well considered and many bang between these two extremes. We’ve been asked a few times about Ebola, and whether its affected our preparations for the marathon. In short, absolutely not. The Ebola outbreak is over 3,000 miles away from Uganda- to put it into perspective, that’s the same distance is London is to Iran, and twice the distance from London to Moscow. But let’s go into some more details, and actually consider what the outbreak means for the continent of Africa as a whole. First and foremost, we should all applaud the reactions of dedicated healthcare professionals and aid workers. Not just those that live in the three affected West African countries (Guinea, Liberia & Sierra Leone), but from the wider African community and all over the world. They have decided to get their feet on the ground- putting themselves in danger, to help others. These people are absolute heroes, they are phenomenal and have just enough daring to be of actual use to a world in which we increasingly hold tight what we have rather than take a risk. Importantly, whilst they are taking a risk, they are also acutely aware that this is a manageable risk. The current outbreak- despite being very confined to three small countries, is severe. Many countries in the region have historically suffered Ebola outbreaks- but they are normally localised, and dealt with swiftly by proper contact tracing and quarantine procedures. Uganda itself has dealt with 4 outbreaks over the last 40 years – the largest of which resulted...
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