Interview with a UGM Runner- Katie Sloane

Interview with a UGM Runner- Katie Sloane

  The runners make the Uganda Marathon what it is. The friendships, the community, the fundraising and the determination to finish is why the UGM is truly a Race Like No Other. Here we tell the stories of the runners who took part in 2016 event, as they share their insights and experiences of the week-long adventure. Katie travelled from Dubai and came to the event as one of our more experienced runners, having run races all over the world. Our fastest female International Runner for 2016, she talks about the course, Race Day, the morning training runs, volunteering at the projects, making ‘friends for life’, UGM staff, and donating over 50 pairs of running shoes! Here’s her Uganda story…   1.     What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon 2016? I had desperately wanted to return to Uganda since I was there on my gap year back in 2008, but had always been dissuaded by poor excuses such as: lack of holiday, expense, no one to go with. I adore running, so this seemed like the perfect way to head back to Uganda and get a cheeky marathon in simultaneously. I saw the event advertised in 2015 but unfortunately, it conflicted with my brother’s wedding so I was determined to do it in 2016!   2.    During the week you stayed at our hotel option. How was it? It was awesome! The Hotel Plus crew were an incredible bunch of people and I definitely met people that I will hopefully be friends with for life. People seemed to think that we may have felt isolated there [compared to camp],...
10 Testimonials from Previous International Runners

10 Testimonials from Previous International Runners

Over the last two years, runners from all over the world have travelled with us to Uganda to do something incredible. They joined us for a week-long adventure, where they volunteered with the community they fundraised for. They enjoyed a festival atmosphere, met new people, engaged with the Ugandan culture and had unique experiences to create some very special memories for life. Then on the final day, they did the astounding- they ran a race through rural, beautiful Africa, on the Equator. Are you thinking of joining us in 2017 as one of our International Runners? Intrigued by what you’ve read so far? Then why not check out some feedback from our runners who have lived the event themselves? Here, 10 of our awesome 2015 and 2016 International Runners describe their UGM experiences…   #1 The freaking most incredible day of my life! Danica, post-race #2 The Uganda Marathon was a positive experience in so many ways and one I can’t recommend enough John, reflecting on the week months later #3 #4 #5 The people of Masaka welcomed us as part of the community and how excited they were for the marathon and the work being done for the town. Ian, speaking in his post-week interview #6 What an experience, the most challenging, wonderful and worthwhile thing I’ve ever done in my life with some incredible people! Megan, post-race #7 #8 The team were lovely and that is something I did know before arriving as they all communicated with us and answered our many questions beforehand via Facebook, email or phone- they really are wonderful people and it’s worth going just to...
Interview with two UGM Runners – Vicky Cable & Kevin Self

Interview with two UGM Runners – Vicky Cable & Kevin Self

The runners make the Uganda Marathon what it is. The friendships, the community, the fundraising and the determination to finish is why the UGM is truly a Race Like No Other. Here we tell the stories of the runners who took part in 2016 event, as they share their insights and experiences of the week-long adventure. Here, Vicky tells her and Kevin’s incredible story of participating in the 7-day event. Giving a brilliant overview of the week, they talk about: why they signed up, their expectations, their experience of volunteering and their pick of top moments. Plus, Vicky tells us about her love of barefoot running and how it tied into her marathon plans!!    1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon 2016? Loads of reasons that all came together into something that just felt right! I heard Henry (or maybe it was someone else who ran it?!) talk about it at YES Stories, and it just struck an instant chord with the challenges I wanted to set myself for 2016… I knew I wanted to do a big physical challenge in 2016 to kickstart my fitness again after a year or so. I also wanted to explore my boundaries as a barefoot runner and felt like this might be the perfect place to do it and there was also talk of there being creative projects in Uganda to support/fundraise for, which I really connected with. Henry [the Race Director] was also a really good salesman… turned out he was right about pretty much all of what he described! The £100 deposit helped too!   2....
UGM Runners’ Community: Summer Wrap Up

UGM Runners’ Community: Summer Wrap Up

It’s been a busy summer since our event in June, which saw 150 international runners travel to Uganda to volunteer and run in the aid of others. Since then, there’s been reunions, runs and more! So now, with autumn settling in and the days getting shorter, this seems like a great time to celebrate what’s been going on in the UGM community over a fun-filled summer! After all, a big part of the Uganda Marathon is the community surrounding the event. Here’s the latest news, shout-outs and going-ons since our main event in June…    The UGM became the biggest public fundraising event in Uganda…EVER!! The summer kicked off in the best possible fashion, with the UGM breaking records and raising over £188,000 for projects in Uganda. A massive, MASSIVE, thank you to all our 2016 runners who’s incredible fundraising efforts over several months lead to this incredible achievement! After a fantastic week of volunteering, making new friends and running, this was the perfect way to top off an excellent 7-days. Thank you to everyone involved and for all your hard work fundraising every single penny!   #UGM16 Reunions Galore! There’s been a number of reunions over the summer, from casual drinks, reunion runs, games in the park, and much more from the friendships formed in Uganda in June. Here’s just a few of the summer’s reunions from the UGM16… Also, a big shout-out to all our 2016 runners who decided to take the plunge (possibly, maybe, after a few drinks…) and run the Havana Marathon in Cuba. We hope your training is going well and all the best for...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Thomas Donohoe

Interview with a UGM Runner – Thomas Donohoe

The runners make the Uganda Marathon what it is. The friendships, the community, the fundraising and the determination to finish is why the UGM is truly a Race Like No Other. Here we tell the stories of the runners who took part in 2016 event, as they share their insights and experiences of the week-long adventure. Having previously visited Uganda as a volunteer in 2014, Thomas decided to return with the UGM having found the charity’s non-profit model and ethos appealing. He volunteered at three of our projects during the week including ‘Youth with a Vision’ and the ‘Suubi Centre’. Then on the final day, he took on our 10K Race through rural Africa…   1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon 2016? Since volunteering in Uganda in 2014, I have been working with some community projects to help them access resources and support necessary for their development. I am a big believer in the positive power of sport as a universal language and as a starting point for shared experiences and relationships. The non-profit model and ethos of the Ugandan Marathon as a catalyst for sustainable community development is a structure I firmly believe is best suited to helping with the long-term development of communities in Africa. This approach can make direct life-changing impacts by bringing people from different parts of the world together, under a common interest and shared goal for the empowerment of the local community.   2. Was it what you expected? It is difficult to explain to those who haven’t experienced life in African communities how welcoming, life-affirming and generous the people you meet are....
UGM Photoblog: A Sneak Peek Into Next Week’s Adventure!

UGM Photoblog: A Sneak Peek Into Next Week’s Adventure!

We’re only a few days away now from the 7-day Adventure and preparations are now in full swing! The team are busy readying the event for this year’s 150 International Runners, whilst Masaka town is literally buzzing in anticipation to welcome them. In 4 days time, they’ll visit and volunteer at the projects they’ve been fundraising for, stay at a beautiful campsite in the hills of Uganda and race an unforgettable course. For those 150 people lucky enough to attend, it will truly be ‘a race like no other’. But until then, here’s our latest photoblog to give you some insight into the preparations currently going on and a sneak peek of what’s to come…       Earlier this week, the team did a promotional run through Masaka town, which ended with the official banner being put up in the town centre   Mark, our running expert, has run the course a number of times to make final checks   For those of you running the 21K and 42K, you’ll run through Bugabira School, one of this year’s projects and where the UGM began…   The children at Creative Canvas, a project set up by some of our 2015 runners, have been making bracelets for this year’s participants. (You’ll get to visit this project on Thursday!)   The entrance to Athlete’s Village…for anyone camping – this will be your home for 7 days.   Talking of camp, ‘Gertrude the Goat’ is waiting at camp too, after being named by one of our 2016 runners for fundraising the most in a week and winning one of our weekly competitions. And here’s...
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