Interview with a UGM Runner – Amy Broadhead

Interview with a UGM Runner – Amy Broadhead

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 projects, to community feel they give to the race. Amy, from Barnsley, was seeking an opportunity to do some volunteering for charity but didn’t consider herself well travelled. However, she decided to take the plunge! She fundraised for Bugabira Primary School, used her time in Uganda to go on Safari and Gorilla Trekking, and despite not considering herself a ‘runner’, on Race Day she stepped up to do the Half-Marathon!     1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon? I signed up for the marathon because my friend Ryan suggested it- he had seen it on the internet and we were trying to find an experience that would suit us both. He loves to run and I’ve always wanted to do charity work, and it combined both of them into one. I was apprehensive at first as I didn’t know what to expect… I hadn’t travelled that far away from home so it was very nerve racking but with the extra push I needed, I decided to sign up. But I’m so glad I decided to go in the end as going to Uganda was the best experience of my life!   2. Which project did you choose to fundraise for? Tell us about why you chose this project and your experience with them in Uganda. I chose to fundraise for Bugabira Primary School and chose this...
Guest Blog: My Uganda Marathon Story – By Syed Habib

Guest Blog: My Uganda Marathon Story – By Syed Habib

Here one of our previous participants, Syed, writes about his experience of the Uganda Marathon. From signing up to training runs, to the meaningful experience of meeting the Ugandan community at the projects, as well his account of Race Day and decision to extend his time in Uganda to volunteer, here he tells his Uganda Marathon story. We join him in January when he was contemplating signing up…   As I’m sure everyone has a weird or unusual reason for signing up to do something crazy…mine was insomnia. Unable to sleep one night I had blindly signed up for the 2017 edition of the Uganda Marathon without truly realizing what that would entail or the challenging conditions I would face – particularly the extreme heat, humidity, altitude and the course elevations with monster climbs (worst of which is nicknamed ‘The Beast’). However, as the weeks and months passed, and during the course of training with the inspiring founders and young organizers of the Uganda Marathon here in the UK, I began learning more about the amazing community projects the marathon was involved in in Masaka, a small town close to the famous Lake Victoria. I was so impressed with the sustainable local projects they were supporting that I committed to remaining in Masaka for an extra week, at the end of the marathon, to volunteer at one such project. The project I chose was Masaka Vocational Rehabilitation Centre (MVRC) where kids with disability are taught vocational skills; a cause that sadly takes on much greater significance in some parts of Africa due to some archaic local superstitions and the stigma attached...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Esther Lips

Interview with a UGM Runner – Esther Lips

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 projects, to community feel they give to the race. From Amsterdam, Esther participated in the half-marathon event, using the challenge to fundraise for the Charity Project ‘Knowledge for Children’. Our biggest fundraiser in 2017, here she shares her experience of the week, talks about her fundraising journey, and shares some tips for future runners!     1. What made you sign up to the Uganda Marathon? In the fall of 2016, I was in the final stage of my PhD. Between all the hard work, I was dreaming about rewarding myself with a special trip when everything was finished. But I didn’t want to make a ‘typical tourist trip’. Around the same time, one of my friends ran the New York marathon for a good cause. This inspired me to do something similar. I started my search for a half marathon for a good cause and one of the first hits on google was the Uganda Marathon. In a split second, I knew: ‘THIS IS IT!’. Running for a cause in Uganda was a great opportunity to return something to the world, fulfil my personal dreams of meeting the real Africa, and an opportunity to cross running on the equator off as my first ever half marathon!   2. What project did you choose to fundraise for and why? This is where it gets a little personal. I grew up...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Simon Reeve

Interview with a UGM Runner – Simon Reeve

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 projects, to community feel they give to the race. Simon, from London, joined us when he was looking for a different type of challenge. During the week itself, he stayed at Athletes’ Village, ran the 42K, and volunteered at Youth with a Vision’ – using his professional skills to mentor the very students he’d fundraised for in the lead up to the event.   1.      What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon and was it what you expected? I signed up for Uganda Marathon as I was looking for a different sort of experience. I had done one marathon previously (London) and wanted to take on a completely different challenge in 2017. I hadn’t been to Africa before so when my friend Clare signed up for UGM and asked me to join her, it seemed to tick all the boxes; a unique challenge, a country I had never been to, and the opportunity to give up some of my time to benefit other people. It was everything I expected and more. I thought Uganda would be a great country to visit but it really blew my mind. It was incredibly beautiful and the people are amazing. So happy, friendly and welcoming. The marathon was the perfect end to a special week.   2.      During the week, you stayed at Athletes’ Village. How was it? I loved the Athletes’ Village....
Interview with a UGM Runner- Mandi Maripise

Interview with a UGM Runner- Mandi Maripise

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 projects, to community feel they give to the race. A student from the University of Essex, Mandi joined us having won her place in the Uganda Marathon! Having never run a race before, let alone a long distance one, she took on our half marathon event and fundraised for the project ‘Youth with a Vision’.   1. What made you sign up to the Uganda Marathon? Umm, well I won a free place on the adventure week and I guess it would’ve been quite impolite not to go, right? Well, to backtrack, I saw an advert on Facebook for ‘BEST WEEK OF YOUR LIFE’ (or something along those lines) and I thought it looked interesting… I clicked, liked and shared the advert on Facebook to enter the competition without giving it too much thought and the next thing I knew, I’d WON a trip to Uganda to run a race (I will never get tired of telling this story and the reactions it rouses)! I then had to do some digging and find out what this adventure of a lifetime was all about and who the people behind it were! A week after winning, I met Emily and the rest of the wonderful UGM team at the January fundraiser in London.  I knew I was in good hands and I very keenly accepted the prize. So for me, having won...
Interview with two UGM Runners – Prudence & Bob Baldwin

Interview with two UGM Runners – Prudence & Bob Baldwin

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 projects, to community feel they give to the race. Prudence and Bob joined us all the way from Florida in the USA and participated in the full marathon event, running 42 Kilometers through rural Uganda for the Charity Project, STEP (Support for the Elderly Person). At 65 years old themselves, they prove age is no barrier to taking part in the 7-Day Adventure…all that’s needed is a positive attitude and a desire to help the local Ugandan community!   1. What made you both sign up for the Uganda Marathon and was it what you expected? For several years we have supported a young Ugandan woman and her son. Prudence had never had the opportunity to meet them and was searching for a reason to travel to Uganda. On a whim, she googled Uganda Marathon and that was our first introduction to a “race like no other.” This seemed like a perfect opportunity to achieve two bucket list items, to meet Judith and Brandon and run a marathon in another country. The unique service (ie. volunteering) component sold us on the opportunity. Our week in Masaka was so much more than we expected. Beginning with the first introductions, international friendships were made because of our common goals of serving and running. The warm and inviting local community did so much to encourage our efforts. All of this was made possible by...
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