A UGM Runner’s Training Diary: Part 2 – By Simon Fox

A UGM Runner’s Training Diary: Part 2 – By Simon Fox

Here, one of our runners, Simon, tells his story of preparing to run the Uganda Marathon 2017. An experienced runner, he writes about his love of running, how the past week has gone, his hopes for the week ahead, and his anticipation of the 7 Day Adventure in June – his first ever time travelling to Africa! This week, we join Simon in his build up for the London Marathon, as he hopes to bag a PB…   By Simon Fox Why I run Since starting running more regularly 4 years ago, I have often been asked the question, after another big 100km plus week; ‘but why?!’ What motivates you? What gets you up at 7 am on a Saturday morning when its cold, wet and dark, then to go out again at 6:30 pm after only leaving the house laced up 12 hours earlier?! The answer isn’t summed up in one word. The factors that motivate me are as wide ranging as the collection of old running shoes I now have tucked under my bed; the desire to be quicker, to gain head space, to think, pray, reflect, to meet new people, spend time with friends, to feel connected to the outside, to let off steam and the stresses of the day, to feel a sense of achievement and to simply enjoy! Running through open fields into the low rising sun or down dusty dirt tracks past streams of fast flowing water with bird song all around and it is just you, your thoughts and the path. What is there not to like about running?!   But to...
A UGM Runner’s Training Diary: Part 1 – By Simon Fox

A UGM Runner’s Training Diary: Part 1 – By Simon Fox

Here, one of our runners, Simon, tells his story of preparing to run the Uganda Marathon 2017. An experienced runner, he tells us about his love of running, how the past week has gone, his plan for the forthcoming week and his excitement about traveling to Uganda in late May. We join Simon at the beginning of his running journey, as he tells us where it all began…   By Simon Fox Start at the start April 2014. Up popped on my newsfeed a picture from 3 years ago. Broad smiles of me and my dad stood on Brighton promenade after completing my first marathon. I’d signed up so that in the year after graduating from Nottingham, I could commit to some exercise in what would be a busy year of teacher training. Three years later, I’m about to embark on my 5 & 6th marathons- two weeks out from another London and hopefully another crack at lowering my year on year improving PB of 2:38, before 5 weeks later a trip to the hills, dust, and smiles of the Uganda International Marathon! An opportunity to visit the diverse, fascinating continent of Africa for the first time, meet a host of international runners and locals whilst visiting and raising money for surrounding projects.   The past week: heat training the wrong way This last week has been what I love about running. A week ago today I awoke at 6:10 am beneath the now-famous volcano Eyjafjallajökull which halted flights across Europe after erupting in 2010. A 16km out and back would have had a dreamy view of the volcano silhouette...
The UGM Runners’ Blog: 4 Tips for Running in the Heat

The UGM Runners’ Blog: 4 Tips for Running in the Heat

  Welcome to our next instalment of the UGM Runners’ Blog – our series of blogs sharing advice to support our runners in their preparations for the 7-day adventure. Written by a former participant, he draws on his experiences from the event and shares tips on training, fundraising, travel and more. Running in Uganda provides a number of challenges: the hilly terrain, the altitude, the uneven off-road dirt paths, and of course – the heat. Now, the good news is, that running in Uganda might not be as hot as you think! We hold our event at the end of rainy season (where averages temperatures tend to be around 20 degrees centigrade). But this heat will still be a factor to contend with when running, and that’s what this blog is all about – sharing advice on how to best handle the heat of Uganda, and also in your training, as temperatures tend to rise with the arrival of Spring. Here are our four top tips to help you handle the heat in the coming weeks…   1. Dress for Success If the sun is shining hard, it’s worth giving some thought to what you’ll be running in. Some ideas to consider are: Wear light coloured clothes to reflect the sun’s rays Wear a technical t-shirt as the material allows sweat to pass through it and then evaporate, which will help you feel cooler quicker Wear loose fitting clothes to help make the most of any breezes, including the one created by your own momentum Wear sunglasses or a visor to keep the sun out of your face, especially on those...
A Uganda Marathon Runner’s Training Diary – Part 1

A Uganda Marathon Runner’s Training Diary – Part 1

Here, one of our runners, Vix, tell her story of preparing to run the Uganda Marathon 2017. Her first ever marathon event, she tells us about the highs, lows and challenges of training to run 42K through rural Uganda, in support of the Charity Project ‘Women’s Soroptimists’. We join Vix in the midst of her training, at week 10…   By Vix Anderton I have just started week ten of my training for this year’s Uganda Marathon. I can’t quite believe I’m halfway through my training plan already! Overall, I feel like it has been going pretty well – I’m on track with my pace and distance – but, a little like the hills of Masaka, it has been a bit up and down along the way. This is my first marathon. Like many people, running a marathon has been on my bucket list for a while so when I met some people who had run Uganda last year and just raved about what an amazing experience it had been, I signed up for the newsletter. When I saw that the early bird entries were closing in January, I just decided to go for it. I’m going to run a marathon in Uganda…because why not! I’ve run two half-marathons before, actually only a couple of weeks apart back in the autumn of 2012. And both times, I felt like I couldn’t take a single step more! So committing to running a full marathon definitely feels like a challenge but I can’t think of a better marathon to run. I am so excited about the athletes’ village, and the voluntary...
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...
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...
With great sadness, we are postponing the 2020 Uganda Marathon to May 2021.Read our full update here
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