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...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Jameel Humayun

Interview with a UGM Runner – Jameel Humayun

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. Jameel joined us from the UAE in his first-ever visit to Uganda. Below he gives us his highlights from the week – an experience he enjoyed so much he’s already signed up to return next year. We can’t wait to see you again in 2020, Jameel! . . 1. What made you sign up to the Uganda Marathon? The Ad for the run for the Uganda Marathon popped up on my Facebook under world marathons. I’d previously met 2 fellow runners from Uganda which made it appeal to me, and it also excited me that I could actually do some work towards a charity and be able to run a marathon as well. That’s why I signed up! 🙂   2. You joined us for your first visit to Uganda. What was it like to experience the Ugandan culture and visit the Charity Project, ‘Ideal Women’ on Legacy Day? It was a most wonderful and memorable visit! I loved the culture and the people so much, I have signed up to return in 2020! At the project, I was actually the only man in the group! We were taught to sew and stitch, I made a computer bag, and a purse for my wife, which gave us insight into how the community make items themselves to sustain...
Interview with a UGM Runner: Jean-Louis Button

Interview with a UGM Runner: Jean-Louis Button

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. Jean-Louis (JL) was one of our first participants to join us on the adventure whilst still attending university. Below he tells us about signing up and juggling the costs of uni, what Ugandan project he chose to fundraise for and why, and also about his visit to Eco Brixs – a recycling initiative trying to deal with the problem of plastic waste in rural Uganda. Describing it as a “once in a lifetime trip”, here’s his account of the week…     1. What made you sign up to the Uganda Marathon and was it what you expected? I was looking for my next sporting challenge online, tempting with the idea of an ultra marathon, but I then stumbled across an advert on Facebook advertising the Ugandan Marathon and how it was a “race like no other”. As I’m someone who really enjoys volunteering work and also pushing my boundaries, I thought this sounded too good to be true! Once I checked out a few videos on YouTube and read some reviews from other runners, I was sold! As I am a student and always tight on money, it did take me a little while to commit to the project initially. But after sending a few emails to the lovely guys and girls at the Uganda Marathon...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Phil Sutcliffe

Interview with a UGM Runner – Phil Sutcliffe

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. Phil joined us from the English Midlands to take part in the event. A teacher and keen runner, he shares his insights of Race Day and what made him decide to sign up to the event. He also tells us about what it was like to attend the event solo, and how he made his decision of which Charity Project to support! . . 1. What made you sign up to the Uganda Marathon and was it what you expected? I put in my annual London Marathon ballot place entry as usual last year, and when I didn’t get a place, yet again, I thought I would look at doing a more interesting and challenging marathon elsewhere. This marathon had popped up on my Facebook timeline a few times and I thought it looked fascinating. It seemed to offer so much- a challenging run, a chance to get to know and understand a bit more about how another society/culture worked, and a chance to meet some like-minded people and to do something that benefitted a local community. I felt that I would be making a more lasting impact than I would on another flat big city marathon. It also just about fitted in to the UK Spring Bank Holiday leave period, so I knew I would be...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Alex Stezhkin

Interview with a UGM Runner – Alex Stezhkin

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. Alex joined us as our first-ever participant from Russia, and had previously run an inspiring 27 marathons! Below he tells us about why he loved the week, why it stood out for him from the other marathons he’s participated in, and what his favourite memories were! As Alex puts it: “It’s the opportunity to dive into a completely different world.”     1. What made you sign up to the Uganda Marathon? I love travelling. It’s my passion. I prefer interesting (let’s say – unusual) destinations to travel to. I also love running, especially long distances because running for me is the way to put my thoughts in order and the way to challenge my limits. I found out about the Uganda Marathon from Instagram which is the only social network I use frequently. It actually took me about two months to decide that I wanted to participate, but eventually I decided to do it for several reasons. First of all, I understood that it is not only about running. It is about people, empathy and willingness to help. Secondly, it seemed an amazing opportunity for me to visit such an exotic country and to explore a completely different world. I have never been to Africa before except Tunisia and RSA, so I was really excited by...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Alyssa Yell

Interview with a UGM Runner – Alyssa Yell

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. Alyssa participated in the Uganda Marathon to complete a very special challenge: running a marathon on each of the world’s seven continents! Choosing our event over several other renowned African races, she tells us about her experiences from the week and getting to know the Ugandan culture in her first-ever trip to Africa. She also loved her time on our safari and gorilla trekking tours, from which she shares some breath-taking photos with us!     1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon? In March of 2016, I set a goal to run a marathon on every continent. I returned from the Antarctica Marathon and had completed the logistically hardest race, so I figured I might as well run the rest of the world! I knocked out the other continents in no particular order, and Africa was my final continent to complete a marathon on. There were so many African races to choose from — running in the Maasai, running in the Serengeti, running in Madagascar, running in major South African cities — but the 2019 Uganda Marathon stood out the most. I loved the principles of giving back to the community, leaving a legacy for generations to come, and finishing up a week of physical work with a marathon. I wanted to be...
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