UGM Guest blog: My Story of the Week – By Caroline Hargreaves

UGM Guest blog: My Story of the Week – By Caroline Hargreaves

Caroline joined us for the event as she loves to combine running with travelling. She took on the full marathon event, visited a Ugandan project which works to fight malnutrition in schools, donated a ton of running shoes to the Masaka running community, and after the week, went Gorilla trekking in the Rain Forest. Describing the race as “hands down my favourite marathon” and 7-days as “one of the best weeks of my life“, she returned from the adventure so inspired, she started writing her own blog about her travels and running. Below she kindly shares some extracts from her write up of the week, both from her blog and the race report she wrote for her running club, to give you an idea of what the Uganda Marathon event is all about!    Sunday 27th May: Arriving in Uganda After [the collection from the airport, it was] a quick stop at the equator & an African massage (that’s driving on the African roads full of potholes)  we arrived at Hotel Brovad, my home for the next week. Time to freshen up & change, ready to go to the welcome party held at the Athletes Village where there was food, a bar where you could buy alcohol from whilst sitting around the campfire, and the chance to watch traditional African dancers.   Monday 28th May: Acclimatisation Day Up early & met up with everyone to learn more about what the Uganda Marathon is all about & got to play some games to get to know each other a bit better. We then got placed into clans with people that have...
The UGM Runners’ Blog: Using Hill Training in Your Preparation for Uganda

The UGM Runners’ Blog: Using Hill Training in Your Preparation for Uganda

Welcome to the Uganda Marathon Runners’ Blog! Our series of blogs dedicated to our participants preparing to take part in this year’s event. Every Sunday, we’ll share new tips to help in your preparations for the 7-Day adventure, from training tips to fundraising and travel advice. Written by a former participant, these blogs are all about helping our group of 2018 runners – please feel free to get in touch if you have questions or topic suggestions – we’d love to help!   When I trained for the Uganda Marathon in 2015, I was relatively new to the world of running – my training mainly focused solely on upping the distance of my long runs week-by-week, with some shorter runs in between, gradually building my weekly mileage. However, as I became more familiar with what the course in Uganda entailed, I knew I needed to (somehow) recreate the conditions as best I could in the UK. One of those key conditions, aside from the heat and trail paths, was the elevations and descents. From that point on, I decided to gradually introduce hill training into my preparation for Uganda, and it really paid off come Race Day! And that’s what this week’s blog is all about – hill training, and how it can be a big help in your training!   The Why- The Ups and Downs of Running in Uganda So, why would I recommend adding in some hill training sessions in your prep for Uganda? Well…(and I hope I’m not breaking this to you for the first time)…but the course is well, hilly. There’s a lot of elevations and descents, so the more practice...
10 Great Reasons Why our 10K Race could be the Perfect Challenge for You

10 Great Reasons Why our 10K Race could be the Perfect Challenge for You

When people hear the name ‘Ugandan Marathon’, they naturally think about the prospect of running an entire marathon (26.2 miles) in Africa. However, what some don’t realise is, alongside the full-marathon and half-marathon (13 miles), we offer a hidden gem – the 10K Race. And that’s exactly what this blog focuses on – our very special 10-kilometre course through beautiful Uganda. Here, we list 10 reasons why it could be the perfect challenge for you this June…   1. You’ll experience running a 6.2-mile race in rural Uganda Running in Uganda is an amazing experience, and even better during an event. You may only be covering part of our course (see image below), but our route is designed so you still get all the best bits and same overall running experience as those doing the longer distances. You’ll experience: an amazing crowd cheering you on, Ugandan children sprinting to join you as you run past, beautiful scenery, a grandstand finish in Liberation Square, and a big feeling of achievement, knowing you’ve completed a 10K race – in Africa! And if you’re thinking running 6.2 miles in Uganda seems like a daunting task, don’t forget we hold the event at the end of the rainy season when temperatures should be slightly cooler. Plus, the race starts at 8am, so you can expect to finish before the sun gets too high in the sky.   2. Running a 10K Race in Africa is an amazing thing to do for charity! Don’t think because this is our shortest race, people won’t sponsor you. A challenge for charity is all about doing something that is challenging for you personally, in the aid...
The UGM Runners’ Blog: 10 Great Tips if Uganda is Your First Race

The UGM Runners’ Blog: 10 Great Tips if Uganda is Your First Race

  Welcome to the Uganda Marathon Runners’ Blog! Our series of blogs dedicated to our participants preparing to take part in this year’s event. Every Sunday, we’ll share new tips to help in your preparations for the 7-Day adventure, from training tips to fundraising and travel advice. Written by a former participant, these blogs are all about helping our group of 2018 runners – please feel free to get in touch if you have questions or topic suggestions – we’d love to help!     So Uganda’s your first race? (Or you’d like to brush up on the basics!) No problem! Everyone has to start somewhere- whether Uganda is your first race ever or the first time you’re tackling a particular distance, here we’ll go through the basics so you’ve got them covered. When I signed up to the Uganda Marathon’s 42K in 2015, my fitness was practically zero and I knew very little about running. But before long, I really got into it and it became routine. Your body will adapt and you’ll pick it up quicker than you expect, so don’t worry if you’re literally starting out. And if you’ve got some running experience under your belt, but would like to brush up, that’s great too! Here are some tips to help, which can sometimes get missed in the midst of training. Here are 10 tips to get you started and to bear in mind over the coming weeks, whether you’re running the 10K, 21K or 42K in Uganda…   1. Break it up When I started running, I found a marathon distance pretty scary. Heck, even a 10K...
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...

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