Interview with a UGM Runner – Hannah M

Interview with a UGM Runner – Hannah M

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. Hannah chose to fundraise for the Charity Project, Women’s Soroptimists, by running our half marathon event, which actually turned out to be her first EVER half marathon! Below, she shares her account of the week, from staying at Athletes’ Village to visiting the Charity Project to Race Day…     1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon and was it what you expected? A few of my friends had signed up and I knew some of the organisers, and it sounded like a brilliant week! I’d never been to Uganda before and had never tried to run a half marathon before, and thought, ‘Why not make Uganda my first?’ It was far more than I had expected – amazingly friendly and cheerful locals, a brilliant spirit and atmosphere in the camp, and the most amazing avocados and fresh fruit…!   2. How did you find staying at Athlete’s Village and camping in the hills of Uganda? The views from the Athletes’ Village were stunning, and the camp itself is beautiful. I was surprised by how lush and green Uganda was!   3. What project did you choose to fundraise for and why? Could you tell us about your experience with the project in Uganda? I fundraised for the Women’s Soroptimists project. Empowerment of women and girls in communities...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Ryan Langridge

Interview with a UGM Runner – Ryan Langridge

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. Ryan, a careworker from the UK, joined us in Uganda to run his first ever marathon! Below he tells us about his experience of Race Day,  what it was like to run the final 500 meters(!), and how he tied in his choice of project & fundraising with his career!     1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon, and was it what you expected? I signed up for the Uganda Marathon because I had never run a marathon before and sort of wanted to prove to myself that I could run the full distance. The race itself is far from what I expected (my fault guys, shouldn’t underestimate those hills!) I expected the course to be far different from the reality, including weather on the day etc. The week itself was great fun and exactly what I expected from you guys [the team] so thank you!   2. What project did you choose to fundraise for and why? What was your experience with them in Uganda? I chose to fundraise for STEP. I chose this project based on my job as a care worker at home and thought it may be a good idea to see how elderly people live in a lesser developed area of the world. I had a great experience with STEP and...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Dayo Akinbode

Interview with a UGM Runner – Dayo Akinbode

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. An experienced runner and traveller, Dayo joined us from Nigeria as part of her quest to run a marathon in as many countries as possible. Heavily focused on the race, it wasn’t until she arrived in Uganda, that she discovered the charity element of the event and volunteered at project Huridem…   1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon 2017? I belong to a group of runners who are crazy enough to want to run marathons in as many countries as possible. We are called the Marathon Globetrotters and I personally put a lot of time into researching and planning the countries to run for logistic reasons. When I saw that the Kigali International Marathon and the Uganda international Marathon were 2 weeks apart and in the same geographical location, I knew I had to register for both Marathons. And that is how I got registered for the marathon, coupled with the fact that Elodie [who ran the Uganda Marathon the previous year], one of my runner friends, had good things to say about the event.   2. Was it what you expected? No, it wasn’t what I expected or rather I had no expectations. I just wanted to run a marathon in another country and tick Uganda off my list of countries to record ‘Country 27’.   3. What projects did you volunteer at...
Extend your 7-Day Adventure: Gorillas & Safari Tours

Extend your 7-Day Adventure: Gorillas & Safari Tours

  The 7-Day Adventure involves a wide number of activities – volunteering at two Charity Projects, organising a sports day for local disadvantaged children, connecting with the local community, enjoying a festival atmosphere at Athletes’ Village, running an incredible race, and more. But if you don’t feel the seven days is quite enough, and you’d like to explore more of what the beautiful country of Uganda has to offer, we’ve prepared three special tour packages for our runners. You can do these either before or after the main week. Make the most of your time in the Uganda and see more of what this magical place has to offer, and turn an amazing week into the holiday of a lifetime!   Gorilla Trekking This tour takes places over 3 days and 2 nights, giving you the chance to see a family of gorillas in the wild. You’ll trek through the rainforest in Bwindi to locate our closet relatives, a special experience in itself as you explore one of Uganda’s most stunning locations. Then, come face-to-face with a band of gorillas – including infants, mothers and even the mighty silverback!   Runner’s Story – read Helen’s experience of the Gorilla Trekking after the 7-Day Adventure, where she realised a ‘lifelong dream’. This extension was a big reason for her signing up for the main event.   Gorilla Trekking & Safari Spanning 5 days and 4 nights, this tour includes everything mentioned in the Gorilla Trekking above, plus exploring one Uganda’s most famous tourist attractions – Queen Elizabeth National Park. Located in the Savannah Plains between the Ruwenzori Mountains, it is the...
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...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Chloe Moss

Interview with a UGM Runner – Chloe Moss

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. Passionate about education, Chloe, from London, ran our 42K race in support of Bugabira Primary School. The fastest female International Runner at the 2017 marathon, she talks about the race, training, volunteering at the projects, and the special experience she had staying at the Athletes’ Village.   1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon and was it what you expected? The Uganda Marathon had been on my radar for a while and when a friend of mine, Chris, from Project Awesome told me he’d signed up and that I should too, it became a no-brainer. It was clear this was going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity.   2. In the lead-up to the event, you participated in some of our social training runs in London. Could you tell us about your experience of these? These were great. Admittedly, before signing up I had assumed everyone else would be super-competitive, elite runners looking for an extreme endurance challenge… But in reality, the people who sign up do so for a plethora of reasons; the prime being for the experience (not the race). A massive proportion of people have never run a marathon before (!) and it was very reassuring to see the range of running abilities in the group. But most importantly, it was great to...
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