The 2016 Running Awards: The Uganda Marathon Wins Best International Event!

The 2016 Running Awards: The Uganda Marathon Wins Best International Event!

We’re ecstatic to report after being shortlisted for the ‘Best International Event’ at the Running Awards, it was announced on Friday evening we had won the award!!! Held on a prestigious night at the O2 Arena in London, our Marketing Manager Andrew attended & was joined by 2015 UGM Runners: Mark, Emily and myself. The team was in good company, with a number of big names from the running world attending including Virgin Money London Marathon, parkrun, Race for Life, Lucozade Sport, Nike, Strava and many others. The category of ‘Best International Event’ was announced towards the end of the presentation that evening, which made it feel like a lifetime before they reached the category we had been shortlisted for. But then the moment came, along with feelings of nerves and excitement. The Berlin Marathon…..third. The Dublin Marathon was second…and the winner was…..US!! We’d done it- the Uganda Marathon had won the ‘Best International Event’ award and recognised as the best running event outside of the UK!! It was an amazing moment to be present at, and a brilliant way to recognise the hard work that has gone into the UGM, as well as its successes over the last 18 months. More importantly though, this will support the event’s development and growth, and help it to help even more people in the future! A massive, massive thank you to everyone who voted for us- we couldn’t have done it without you, and the support of the community around the marathon. The UGM’s community is really what has made the difference here, helping us to come out on top over some much more establish events. The community around the marathon...
UGM Runners’ Community- March Wrap Up

UGM Runners’ Community- March Wrap Up

Each month we dedicate a blog post to the latest goings-on within the Uganda Marathon (UGM) runners’ community. We include everything from news to shout-outs, for our 2015 runners, 2016 runners and team members. After all, a big part of the Uganda Marathon is about the community it’s created for everyone involved. Here’s the latest happenings from March (plus a few additional items from February). With only two months to go until our event in June, momentum is really building…   A big thank you for your support in the 2016 Running Awards We wanted to open this month’s community blog by saying a big, BIG thank you to everyone who supported us over the last few months, as we hope to win ‘Best International Event’ at the Running Awards. So many people made a big effort, not just with voting themselves, but also encouraging colleagues, friends and family to vote as well. We feel extremely lucky to have had such amazing support! We are up against some big and long established events in our category, but fingers crossed for the awards ceremony on 22nd April. We’ll let you know how it goes!   Shout-outs for our awesome 2016 runners with their fundraising efforts! Many of our runners have been making big efforts on the fundraising front, and some are close to reaching their target already! We had a number of ‘Featured Fundraising Page’ winners over the last two months, highlighting these efforts. Well done to: Donna Marsh, Leon Milns & Charlotte Moore, Becky Charlton & Michael Newton, Tom Perkins & Bertie O’Brien, Alise Pika & Arita Celma, Tarka Tikus & Carla Adele Turnbull, Team Deafway (Steven Wynne, John David Stewart, Philippa Merrocks,...
The 2016 Running Awards: Uganda Marathon shortlisted for ‘Best International Event’

The 2016 Running Awards: Uganda Marathon shortlisted for ‘Best International Event’

We’re extremely excited to announce we have been shortlisted in the category for ‘Best International Event’, at this year’s Running Awards! This places the Marathon alongside some huge and long established races- also nominated in the same category- the New York Marathon, Athens Marathon and Boston Marathon. The last 12 months have been very successful for the Uganda Marathon. Last May saw us hold our first ever event, where 1,200 runners ran our 10K, half marathon or full marathon course. The 72 International Runners who joined us for the six-day adventure fundraised a massive £78,000! Using this money, we’ve been able to work in partnership with nine Uganda Charity Projects, to develop them in long-term, sustainable ways that will benefit generations. The Marathon has also been featured in The Guardian, London Evening Standard and Runner’s World, and listed in the Wall Street Journal’s Extra Mile 40 Awards. And the Uganda Marathon is shaping up to be even bigger this year, with a record number of International Runners signed up, as the event hopes to become Uganda’s biggest public fundraising event- helping more projects and people in Uganda to fulfil their potential. We are up against some heavy competition to win the ‘Best International Event’ award, but it would certainly be an amazing achievement and ‘icing on the cake’ after a fantastic twelve months. How can you help us win? The awards are based on a voting system, so it’s the most votes wins! If you would like to help us win ‘Best International Event’ category, you can vote for us by clicking here. You’ll need to register, but the whole process takes less than two minutes,...
Uganda Marathon 2016: Social Training Run Schedule

Uganda Marathon 2016: Social Training Run Schedule

Following our first training run for our 2016 Runners at Peckham Rye parkrun in January, Mark (our running expert & certified athletics coach) has put together a social training schedule leading up to the Uganda Marathon in June. With a variety of events and distances, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re training for the full marathon, half marathon or 10K course on June 5th. Pacing will be mixed to accommodate everyone as these runs are designed for all abilities- above all we want these to be social runs and fun for everyone. Afterwards we’ll all go for a coffee and brunch. Even if you don’t want to train or are resting/recovering, feel free to join us for the coffee after the run! These events will also be great opportunities to meet some of the team and fellow runners before flying to Uganda. Feel free to get involved as well even if you’re not signed up- these runs are a good chance to come along, meet people and ask questions. But please note we only have a few places left, so if you’re thinking of join us this year, perhaps drop us a message sooner rather than later, to avoid disappointment. Of course, if you’re thinking of coming to Uganda in 2017, we’d love for you to join us this year and get training early! Finally, a big thank you to Mark for putting this programme together and also thank you to Thomas who has added some additional runs in too! February Sun 21st Feb (10.00) – Sunday plod with Thomas: Richmond Park social run (7.5/10 mile options) Sat 27th Feb (09.30) – Regents...
20 Testimonials from our 2015 International Runners

20 Testimonials from our 2015 International Runners

Here are 20 testimonials from last year’s group of international runners, who came to Uganda for the six-day festival, adventure and volunteering experience. From twenty of our former runners, here’s some quick feedback, describing ‘Race Day’ itself, the week’s events, Uganda, and their overall ‘Uganda International Marathon 2015’ experience. 1.  “The freaking most incredible day of my life” -Danica, post-race   2.   3. “Amazing race, beautiful scenery, awesome support from the kids along the way, and an all round epic adventure.”  -Nikki, post-race   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 W, post-week interview   6.   7.  “What struck me about all of the projects was the effort that had gone into selecting the different causes and the real focus on self-sustainability and empowerment of the community.” -Gee, post-week interview   8.    9.   10.   11. “Genuinely struggling to find the words to describe how amazing the Uganda International Marathon and the incredible week preceding it was. Met some amazing people, had a life changing adventure, got a tad burnt, sweated more than I thought possible, and raced the race of a lifetime.” Paul, post-week 12.   13. “What an experience, the most challenging, wonderful and worthwhile thing I’ve ever done in my life with some incredible people!” Megan R, post-race 14.   15. “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...
UGM Runners’ Community- January Wrap Up

UGM Runners’ Community- January Wrap Up

Each month we dedicate a blog post to the latest goings-on within the Uganda Marathon (UGM) runners’ community. We include everything from news to shout-outs, for our 2015 runners, 2016 runners and team members. After all, a big part of the Uganda Marathon is about the community it’s created for everyone involved. Here’s a round-up of what’s been happening in January…   Our first training run for our 2016 International Runners On January 23rd, we held our first Uganda Marathon 2016 training run at Peckham Rye parkrun. Mark, our running expect and current Mzungu champion, lead the session with a warm up, before the group joined 200 others runners in the 5K parkrun. With a mix of runners and team members, and breakfast afterwards, it made a great way to kick off the weekend! And the UGM group even got a mention in the parkrun’s race report! We’ll have more social training runs soon, as they’re a great way to get a run in and chance for runners to get to know each other before Uganda. Watch our Facebook & emails for updates. Parkruns… and more parkruns! Since the start of the New Year, we’ve been going pretty big on parkruns. Including our parkrun at Peckham Rye, we’ve had some of our runners at parkruns for the last three weekends. On January 16th there was a group of 2015 runners at Dulwich Park, and then at Tooting Common on 30th January, for Tooting’s first ever parkrun! It was nice to catch up with everyone at the post-run breakfasts, especially with one of our former runners who got married over Christmas in New Zealand!...
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