Interview with a UGM Runner – Tamas Farkas

Interview with a UGM Runner – Tamas Farkas

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. Tamas heard about the Uganda Marathon after two of his friends participated in the 2017 and 2018 event. Keen to make some changes in his life, he signed up to the adventure to give himself a big challenge and some inspiration…     1. What made you sign up to the Uganda Marathon and was it what you expected? I was inspired by my friends, Levi and Szilvi, who went to Uganda in 2017 and 2018. I signed up to the Uganda Marathon 2019 because I needed a strong goal to make some changes. I lived in London at that time but wasn’t happy. I wanted to move from UK but I couldn’t. I felt stuck. I had no idea where to go and what to do. The registration and the marathon training gave me the power to rebuild myself and find the way of my future life. The whole marathon was how I expected. I am on a new path of living – I left the UK. I met a girl I love. I completed my Personal Trainer course. I finished the 9-5 job. My photography started to be more than a hobby. I’m now doing a 200 hours yoga teacher course in India.   2. Which project did you choose to support, and what was...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Kate Kelly

Interview with a UGM Runner – Kate Kelly

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. Kate, a teacher from the UK, joined us as a solo traveller for her first-ever visit to Africa, as she wanted to get out of her comfort zone and do something different! Below she talks about this, connecting with her chosen project, staying in Marbou Village, and making life-long friends. It’s an experience which she describes as ‘every bit of what I anticipated and a whole lot more besides!’      1. What made you sign up to the Uganda Marathon and was it what you expected? One Saturday afternoon, back in 2018, I received a WhatsApp message from somebody who had been to Africa and had heard about the Uganda Marathon. There was a link in the message, so I clicked on it to find out more. I had never been to Africa and, at the then age of 53, I thought that maybe it was time for me to do something very different and to get out of my comfort zone. One of the key things which attracted me to this event was the fact I could fundraise for a project and I would actually get to spend time there. When do you ever get to do that when fundraising for a project which is elsewhere in the world?  For me, this was a massive...
Everything Uganda: A Day in the Life of a Bodaboda Rider

Everything Uganda: A Day in the Life of a Bodaboda Rider

. By Eric Barigye Welcome back to our weekly blog which will be focusing on a particular aspect of Ugandan life and using it to teach more about the people and place that plays host to our Adventure Like No Other.  . . This week we will be looking into a day in the life of a taxi motorcyclist in Masaka. The bike system that ensures people get from point A to point B as quickly as possible is commonly known as “Bodaboda”. The name is thought to originate from the bordering towns of Uganda and Kenya, which used the bikes as a cheap way to ferry people and goods between the two countries.  Kafuma Edwin is 35 years old and has been riding bodas for 15 years. Having ended school very early, he entered the family business of coffee trading. Given that trading season in the coffee business only runs for 4 months of the year, a young Edwin needed something else to bring in an income, so he started riding motorcycles.  . Edwin’s day begins at 7 AM. After preparing for the day he is out of the house and on the road and parked at his main stage (where he waits for customers – see left) by 7:45 AM. His first few customers provide the money for breakfast, which he buys from passing roadside food sellers while on his bike at the stage. He rides all day but always aims to have lunch around 1 PM. For lunch, he goes to a local eatery. It is the rainy season in Masaka right now so this is...
EVERYTHING UGANDA: MASAKA’S OLDEST SPORTS CLUB

EVERYTHING UGANDA: MASAKA’S OLDEST SPORTS CLUB

. By Eric Barigye Welcome back to our weekly blog which will be focusing on a particular aspect of Ugandan life and using it to teach more about the people and place that plays host to our Adventure Like No Other.  . . Today we are going to look at Masaka’s oldest sports club named ‘Masaka Sports Club’. Located on Hill Road just up the road from our Athletes’ Village, Masaka Sports Club was founded in Uganda’s colonial period and has had its gates open ever since.    Speaking with Dr. Hadijah Matovu To help learn more about this place and its recent history, I spoke to the Club’s manager Dr. Hadijah Matovu. Having grown up in Masaka, this was the only Sports Club Hadijah knew about in the area. The place carried an air of exclusivity and so few who weren’t members made their way through the open gates. The members of the club were the corporates, upper-level civil servants, doctors and other people of note in Masaka. They enjoyed the privileges of the club as they bonded in the evenings and weekends.   She joined in 2009 on the invitation of her husband (himself a State Attorney) who was a member from before. The Club offers games like lawn tennis, table tennis, badminton, pool and football.  Over the years the Club’s image has changed with more youth coming in and using the Club’s grounds for football especially. This change is further emphasised with the fall in member numbers which stood at 20 as per 2019, meaning the club has become more open.   “Many corporates are choosing to run...
The Uganda International marathon 2019 Video Adventure

The Uganda International marathon 2019 Video Adventure

Welcome to The Uganda Marathon 2019! Follow the adventurers who came to Uganda in 2019 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 2019 marathon week – an adventure that one in five describe as “the best week of my life“. Check out our other videos from The Uganda Marathon Adventure Inside the next generation of sustainable charity Watch our video The Uganda Marathon 2018 Video Adventure Watch our video The Uganda Marathon 2016 Video Adventure Watch our...
Everything Uganda: GREETINGS!

Everything Uganda: GREETINGS!

. By Eric Barigye Welcome to a weekly blog which will be focusing on a particular aspect of Ugandan life and using it to teach more about the people and place that plays host to our Adventure Like No Other.  . . Gyebale! (Hello!) This week’s topic is “Greetings!”   The Uganda Marathon is run in Masaka which is one of the many lands within the Buganda Kingdom and that is why we will be learning how that culture conducts their greetings.  . Everyday Greetings With someone you see on a day to day basis, there are two types of greetings depending on the time you meet: “Wasuze Otya?” (How did you sleep?) OR “Wasibye Otya?” (How have you been today?)  And this greeting can have a number of responses but the most common being: “Nasuze Bulungi.” (I slept well.) OR “Nasibye Bulungi.” (I have been well.) When you have taken a long time to meet someone or when it is the first time of greeting, the common responses will go as follows:  “Nsanyuse okukulaba.” (I am happy to see you.) then “Nange Okukulaba.” (And I to see you.) “Eradde.” (How have you been?) then “Mamu.” (I am well.) “Mirembe?” (Peace?) and then the same in response “Mirembe.” (Peace.) When the last part of the greeting asks “Peace?” it is asking if there is peace where the person is from. Interestingly the person responding to the last two parts of the greetings can simply say “Mmmm” as a positive response instead of saying the words “Mamu.” and “Mirembe.”  As per tradition a woman would kneel when greeting an elder while a...
Interview with two UGM Runners – Rosie Campbell & Jessica Bishop

Interview with two UGM Runners – Rosie Campbell & Jessica Bishop

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. Rosie and Jess were our highest fundraisers for the 2019 Uganda Marathon, raising an incredible £27,000 for the charity, HvSMF. Below they chat to us about choosing this charity, fundraising, race day, and meeting the community at a Charity Projects on ‘Legacy Day’. Plus, they share some of their favourite parts of the trip, which they describe as: “amazing from start to finish“.      1. What made you both sign up to the Uganda Marathon and was it what you expected? To be honest we signed up not realising how it would snowball into being one of the best experiences of our lives. We have both done a marathon before, (London and Stockholm) but we wanted to throw ourselves into a marathon in a country we had never been to before. We also wanted to experience a marathon with the extra challenges of the terrain, heat and humidity. Was it what we expected? Yes and more! It exceeded every single, absolutely everything, we could have possibly imagined! It was one of the most rewarding and life-changing weeks – we could not recommend it more.   2. You fundraised a fantastic amount for The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund (HvSMF). Could you tell us why you chose this charity and how you went about fundraising? We chose this...
Interview with two UGM Runners – Laura Fenton & Alton Thelwell

Interview with two UGM Runners – Laura Fenton & Alton Thelwell

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. Laura & Alton joined us in Uganda to run their first-ever half marathon. For Laura, it was a decision she made months before to challenge herself in 2019, and for Alton, a last-minute one to join Laura on her trip! Below they tell us about this, their nerves about the race, their gorilla trek experience, and connecting with the community at their respective projects – a business empowerment project for women, and a remote primary school in the Ssese Islands. As Alton sums it up: “It truly is an amazing experience and something I will remember for the rest of my life.”      1. What made you both sign up to the Uganda Marathon and was it what you expected? Laura: It was my friend Amy who initially discovered the Uganda Marathon. She is always keen for a new adventure and challenge so she spoke to me about it one night over dinner and drinks. After some consideration, I decided to sign up and from that day on it was a complete mixture of nerves and excitement. I’ve never run a half marathon before so I knew this would be a tough challenge for me but I had decided at the start of 2019 that I really wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone this...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Mabel Beckett

Interview with a UGM Runner – Mabel Beckett

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. Mabel signed up for the event as she loves visiting new places and running, and even decided to run her first marathon with us in Uganda! Below she tells us about this, travelling to the event solo, connecting with her chosen project, the camaraderie of the race…and how she crossed the finish line as our fastest female international runner!       1. What made you sign up to the Uganda Marathon and was it what you expected? I love to see new places and I love running. One of my friends told me about a marathon in Sierre Leone and I was immediately interested. I started looking and found the Uganda Marathon and although everyone thought I was mad, I signed up. I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I have been to Africa before but never to Uganda (and never camped in Africa!) and I had never run a marathon before. But I absolutely loved the whole week.   2. Many of our participants signed up for the event with friends or with their partner. However, you joined us on the 7-Day Adventure solo. What was that like? I was a bit nervous about travelling to Uganda on my own. But I couldn’t persuade anyone to come with me and I really wanted to...
Interview with a Family of UGM Runners – The Amstels

Interview with a Family of UGM Runners – The Amstels

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. Roland, Patries and 8 year old Jackie joined us as a family for the Week-long Adventure, and then after, went on one of our extension tours of Murchison Falls. They were looking for an event they could do together as a family, which offered running, but also much more: travel, a return to Africa and a chance to help a community. Patries, the runner in the family, participated in the marathon event, with Roland, originally not planning to run, deciding to run the half-marathon in the days leading up to the race! Read all about their adventure below, in what Roland sums up as: “the best family trip we have made, ever.”     1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon? As a family trip, did it meet your expectations? Patries: I did one of my first international marathons in 2018, got a real buzz from it, and was ready to do some more! The Uganda Marathon did not only tick the box of ‘international marathon’, but it also brought a lot more: our love for Africa, the opportunity to (re-)connect with the people, and most of all, the opportunity to do good for the community. It is fair to say that initially, we had some concerns about safety and whether the trip would...

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