UGM Runners’ Community: April ’17 Wrap Up

UGM Runners’ Community: April ’17 Wrap Up

There are only 26 days to go until the 7-day Adventure! Preparations amongst the team are in full swing, runners are moving towards the finals stages of their training, and fundraising is on the steady increase, as we hope this year’s Uganda Marathon will leave the biggest impact in Masaka yet. As you can imagine, with things really ramping up as we move closer towards the event, we’ve got plenty of community news to share! Social training runs, awards, charity news, competitions and more…here’s what’s been happening in April and March…   Social Training Runs – Regent’s Park & Primrose Hill 10K, and Wimbledon Common Half Marathon We held a social training run in each of the last two months, for those living in or near the London area. The first was held on a beautiful and fresh sunny morning in early March, doing laps of Regent’s Park & Primrose hill, to help prepare for the inclines of Uganda. The group managed to complete enough laps to cover a 10K distance, so a big well done to everyone involved – you certainly earned your cake and coffee afterwards! Then, April saw a group of our 2017 Runners take on the Wimbledon Half Marathon – a hilly two lap course, which once again was great prep for running in Uganda. Thank you to everyone who came, and a special shout-out to runner Chloe, who only went and won the female event! Congratulations!! Both session made for a brilliant way to kick off the day, and also a great opportunity for some of our runners to meet each other, prior to traveling to Uganda. Photo...
UGM Runners’ Community: February ’17 Wrap Up

UGM Runners’ Community: February ’17 Wrap Up

  Following a jam-packed January 2017 of UGM Community news, we weren’t sure if February’s post would quite compare – but we’re thrilled to say…this month it’s a real corker! The countdown to #UGM17 is now truly on – runners’ training is in full swing, we’ve had our first social training run, those last minute registrations are coming through, and we’ve even been shortlisted for an award for ‘Best International Event’! Plus, we’ve got two exciting stories from Uganda & the Charity Projects. One told from two volunteers currently supporting the projects, and the second, from our Charity Impact Lead, Kate. Here’s what’s been happening in the UGM Community in February…   More Sign Ups! And our runners get down to training! Since January, the sign-ups have just kept on coming! Traditionally our biggest month for people deciding to take the plunge is January, but we’re thrilled to have seen them steadily keep coming through in February as well. The UGM17 really is shaping up to be a massive event with a very special bunch of people, and we couldn’t be more excited! We’re also loving the fact that this year’s runners are being so social on social media, sharing their training updates on the Facebook group, Twitter, Instagram and Strava. The team spirit is really coming through and we’re not even in Uganda yet! Keep up the great work guys and feel free to send us more photos & updates – we’re thrilled to see training in full swing and absolutely loving the great vibe!   Peckham parkrun social run Talking of training, a big shoutout to everyone who made...
UGM Runners’ Community: January ’17 Wrap Up

UGM Runners’ Community: January ’17 Wrap Up

It’s hard to believe, but we’re already a full month into 2017! And it’s been cracking start to the year for the UGM. Our second busiest time of year (behind the main event in June), the team has been all go with sign ups coming through, as well as helping runners to book their flights and extension-adventures. And to tie in with the big start to the year, we’ve got lots of news, events and shout-outs to tell you about, plus an awesome personal story from the community. Here are all the great things which been happening in the UGM Community in January…   A BIG welcome to our new runners! Firstly, a massive, massive, welcome to our 2017 runners! We’re thrilled to have you onboard for our third ever event. There’s a reason 1 in 5 of our 2016 runners described the event as ‘the best week of my life’, and we can’t wait to share that experience with you as well! The next few months are going to be incredibly exciting too, with fundraising, training and more. We’ll be with you every step of the way though via the group and feel free to get in touch if you need anything – our expert team will be on hand to help. Welcome to the UGM Community! 🙂   Launch Night for the 2017 Event! To coincide with the new year, we hosted our official launch event at WeWork Mooregate in London. Featuring leaders in startups, sport, adventure and travel, it was an inspirational night as these speakers gave personal accounts of their ventures. It was also a wonderful opportunity to meet...
Uganda Marathon 2017: Social Training Run Schedule

Uganda Marathon 2017: Social Training Run Schedule

Following their success the past two years, our social training run schedule is back in the lead up to our 2017 event! Led by Mark (our running expert & certified Athletics Coach), these group runs are for all abilities and designed to be fun and social. They’ve been planned to give you some excellent prep for running in rural Uganda – no matter which event you’re participating in. We’ll be sure to take into account different pacing as well, as we appreciate everyone runs at different speeds. Whether you’re an experienced runner or Uganda’s your first ever race, we’ll take your needs into consideration. Afterwards, we’ll reward ourselves by going for coffee/brunch together. This (and the run) are a great way to meet the team and your fellow runners before you travel to Uganda in late May – we can’t recommend them enough if you can make them. In fact, even if you’re resting or recovering and can’t participate in the run itself, you’re still very welcome at the brunch – we’d love to see you there! A big, big thank you to Mark for putting the programme below together.   Sat 11th February (08:45) – Peckham Rye parkrun – 5K Our first social training run of the year! A great chance to meet some of the UGM team, past runners and your fellow 2017 runners, whilst stretching your legs around the 5K route. A nice one to kick off your training with, no matter which distance you’re running in Africa. Check out more info on parkrun here, including barcodes.   Sat 4th March (09:30) – Regents Park & Primrose Hill social...
UGM Runners’ Community: Autumn Wrap Up

UGM Runners’ Community: Autumn Wrap Up

Last summer was a brilliant one for the Uganda Marathon. It kicked off in the perfect style, with the event becoming Uganda’s biggest public fundraising event…ever! Then, the calendar was full throughout the months with reunions, runs, fundraisers and more. It really did highlight one of the elements that makes the UGM stand out – the community surrounding the event. And autumn months have been no exception! With lots of news, events and shout-outs, here’s what’s been happening in the UGM Community from October to December 2016…   The UGM hosts Barefoot in Business We were extremely proud during Global Entrepreneur Week to host this special event in November. In partnership with Scrumptious Productions, we held one of five flagship showings of their new production, Barefoot in Business, filmed by award winning director Carol Cooke. This documentary was fascinating, celebrating female entrepreneurship in East Africa while explaining the challenges they face. Following the film, there was also a Q&A session with Carole and a live link up to Uganda to hear from some of the businesswomen featured in the film. A big thank you to everyone who attended the event, showed such enthusiasm and asked some great questions. It really was a fantastic evening! If you would like to know more about the Barefoot documentary, you can visit the website here.   Yes Stories: A Night of Inspiration – Hosted by the UGM On December 14th, we hosted another event, Yes Stories, in partnership with SayYesMore. It was an evening of inspiring stories from different presenters talking about charity, adventure, the marathon and overall, living life to the full! Thank you to everyone...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Emily Greenwood

Interview with a UGM Runner – Emily Greenwood

The runners make the Uganda Marathon what it is. The friendships, the community, the fundraising and the determination to finish is why UGM is truly a Race Like No Other. Here we tell the stories of the runners who took part in UGM 2016, as they share their insights and experiences of the week-long adventure. Emily signed up for the event as she thought it ‘had it all’ – volunteering, travel, adventure and challenge. Whilst in Uganda, she volunteered at ‘Knowledge for Children’ (the project she fundraised for), stayed at the campsite, and ran the full 42-kilometre marathon course. Here, she talks about this and more- including her experience of training and the community element of the UGM…     1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon 2016? I actually saw a competition on Facebook to win a place on the Uganda Marathon 2016. I entered straight away, but by the time I realised I hadn’t won, I was so set on going that there was no option but to sign up. I thought it had it all – opportunity to meet the local community, volunteer with the projects, travel, adventure, and to top it off a big bloody challenge. For me, it ticked all the boxes.   2. Was it what you expected? Yes and a whole lot more!! It’s hard to put into words what I expected – I was so unbelievably excited for it, but at the same time really nervous, and I didn’t know how things would go. I’d signed up by myself not knowing anybody. Would I make friends? Would I...
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