A UGM Rumner’s Training Diary: Part 5 – By Simon Fox

A UGM Rumner’s Training Diary: Part 5 – 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 and also looks ahead to the 7 Day Adventure – his first time traveling to Africa! This week, we join Simon with only a few days to go until the event begins…   By Simon Fox Why I run: The people! When asked about anything; a meal out, a holiday or a great day at work; what comes up as the part that is enjoyed most? So often I hear that it was ‘the people that made it’. Running is no different. Since starting to run more regularly 4 years ago a new group of friends has emerged. From Parkrunners to pacers and plodders to podium takers, I’ve connected with this new group with ease, enjoyment and excitement. With so many stories I could tell including multiple meetings with parkrunners up and down the country, chatting to nervous marathoners on route to a big race, being saved by good samaritans when lost or bonked, or debriefing with some of my best running pals over the latest training and nutrition plans, one story of running as a universal language comes to mind. An August evening in south-west France in a little surf town called Hossegor. I was on an evening run in my shorts and vest, with sweat pouring down my forehead as I pushed along the promenade watching 6 foot plus breakers with a low sun streaming down my neck and my flowing running shadow to...
Interview with a UGM Runner – John Sulway

Interview with a UGM Runner – John Sulway

Here, we interview past runners who have taken part in the Uganda Marathon, as they tell their UGM stories and share experiences of the 7-day adventure. After all, it’s their participation which makes the event possible and creates the fantastic community spirit surrounding it.  John signed up for the event with his friend Louis, after being attracted to the idea of mixing a running challenge with travel and volunteering. He participated in the 42K, taking advantage of our option to split fundraising between charities. Then afterward, he went on Safari in one of Uganda’s National Parks…   1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon 2016? I was asked whether I would like to join a friend in running a marathon on the equator and drawn to the challenge, I jumped at the idea. I was already in training for the Brighton Marathon set to take place a month before, and after reading online about the adventure and volunteering alongside other like-minded runners, I couldn’t see the downside.   2. Was it what you expected? Not at all – it was a much more profound experience than I ever expected with the projects. Leading up to the event my main focus was the challenge of the run, but relatively that ended up being a small part of the whole thing. From the moment I stepped off the plane, the most prominent element for me was easily the amazing people I met and the friends I made. We all shared some great experiences at the projects, base camp and all round good times together.   3. What projects did you...
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 Photoblog: 100 Days To Go until the Uganda Marathon!

UGM Photoblog: 100 Days To Go until the Uganda Marathon!

Today, on 24th February 2017, marks a very special time – it’s only 100 days until Race Day and we couldn’t be more excited here at the UGM! In a hundred days, our International Runners will have been in Africa for almost a week, where they will have visited the Charity Projects they’ve been supporting. They’ll have volunteered, experienced the festival feel of Athlete’s Village, made new friends and got to know the local Uganda culture. Then on June 4th, they’ll be running the most incredible race of their lives – a 10K, 21K or 42K through beautiful, rural Uganda – all for very special causes which matter to them! If you’re joining us in June (or snap up one of our final few places), then here’s a ‘photoblog special’ to start getting you excited about your upcoming 7-Day Adventure. We’ve picked out 100 great photos to celebrate the UGM and what YOU yourself will be experiencing in one hundred days time…   In 100 days, you’ll travel to Africa… …and stand on the Equator… Camp at the Athlete’s Village… …or stay in luxury at the Hotel… Come with friends… …or with family… Make new friends… Witness breathtaking views… Experience Ugandan culture… Visit our Charity Projects… Volunteer… Work side by side with the local community… …and meet the people you’ve been fundraising for… Help change lives, for generations to come… Play Football and games with the children at the projects… Marshall a children’s sports day for the whole local community… Relax… ..and have drinks around the campfire… Experience our Inspiring ‘Super Saturday’ & much, much more… See the wildlife and extend your adventure… Masaka...
Extensions for the 7-day Adventure Now Available: Safaris, Gorilla Trekking, Rafting and more!

Extensions for the 7-day Adventure Now Available: Safaris, Gorilla Trekking, Rafting and more!

Described as ‘the Pearl of Africa’, Uganda really does have so much to offer visitors. To compliment the beautiful landscapes and wonderful culture, there are a number of very special experiences to be had- from seeing wildlife in its natural habitat, to exploring the country’s stunning locations. We offer five different options to help our runners make the most of their time in this amazing country, by extending their trip either before or after the 7-day adventure. All of them come highly recommended by our previous participants…   #1 Gorilla Trekking – Come face to face with man’s closest relative in the African Rainforest. Breathtaking and humbling – an astonishing experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. Extend your trip by 3 days/2 nights.   #2 Gorilla Trekking & Safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park – Spend time up close with a family of Mountain Gorillas in the jungle (as above), but also include a safari with Africa’s largest and most spectacular wild animals, including tree-climbing lions, elephants, hippos, buffalo and more. Extend your trip by 5 days/4 nights. (I did this option in 2015 and it was incredible!! 🙂 )   #3 Safari at Murchison Falls & Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Meet Uganda’s only surviving wild Rhinos, before witnessing the phenomenal wildlife that has made the spectacular Murchison waterfalls their home – including crocodiles, elephants, lions, giraffes, and more. Extend your trip by 3 days/2 nights.   #4 Adventure at the Source of the Nile – A true ‘Out of Africa’ experience – take flight in a bi-plane over this incredible river and enjoy some flight aerobatics. Then, keep the adrenaline pumping by taking...
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...
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