Something new – an insight into life from our team in Uganda

Something new – an insight into life from our team in Uganda

Time for something new! Every two weeks we’ll be bringing you an update into life in Uganda, from our team on the ground that not only organises the race, but supports and evaluates the charity work year round! – Written by Andy Bownds and the Uganda team If you are reading this you are a joining us on a journey as this is our first ever project focused blog. We are going to be taking you through the daily running of the Uganda Marathon Masaka office, and how we work throughout the year to ensure the Uganda Marathon projects are working towards sustainability. Today though I want to introduce you to our office and the epicenter of all our work. Based right in the next to Masaka Towns Taxi Park our office is in the hustle and bustle of the community. In and amongst shops, restaurants, saloons, internet cafes, phone repair outlets and copied movie stores the office seems to absorb this energy and have a constant buzz. With an open door policy we have constant stream of wide variety of guests from local officials like the Mayor of Masaka coming to tell us about events and developments taking place in town. To members of the deaf community helping us recycle plastic bottles. To the town’s loudest street preacher who comes for water to sooth his throat from our water filter. To project leads coming for specific training. It is for this reason that our office has become a real part of the community and everyone in Masaka knows where to find us and that they will always be...
Extend your 7-Day Adventure: Gorillas & Safari Tours

Extend your 7-Day Adventure: Gorillas & Safari Tours

  The 7-Day Adventure involves a wide number of activities – volunteering at two Charity Projects, organising a sports day for local disadvantaged children, connecting with the local community, enjoying a festival atmosphere at Athletes’ Village, running an incredible race, and more. But if you don’t feel the seven days is quite enough, and you’d like to explore more of what the beautiful country of Uganda has to offer, we’ve prepared three special tour packages for our runners. You can do these either before or after the main week. Make the most of your time in the Uganda and see more of what this magical place has to offer, and turn an amazing week into the holiday of a lifetime!   Gorilla Trekking This tour takes places over 3 days and 2 nights, giving you the chance to see a family of gorillas in the wild. You’ll trek through the rainforest in Bwindi to locate our closet relatives, a special experience in itself as you explore one of Uganda’s most stunning locations. Then, come face-to-face with a band of gorillas – including infants, mothers and even the mighty silverback!   Runner’s Story – read Helen’s experience of the Gorilla Trekking after the 7-Day Adventure, where she realised a ‘lifelong dream’. This extension was a big reason for her signing up for the main event.   Gorilla Trekking & Safari Spanning 5 days and 4 nights, this tour includes everything mentioned in the Gorilla Trekking above, plus exploring one Uganda’s most famous tourist attractions – Queen Elizabeth National Park. Located in the Savannah Plains between the Ruwenzori Mountains, it is the...
The UGM Runners’ Blog: How Your Fundraising makes a Big Difference in Uganda

The UGM Runners’ Blog: How Your Fundraising makes a Big Difference in Uganda

Welcome to our next installment 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.   Following our recent blog to help boost your fundraising, we’ve got some more fundraising support as the 7-day adventure fast approaches! Below we’ve got specific examples of how your fundraising can make a big difference to people of Masaka. With values ranging from 50p to over £1,000, there’s something for everyone, no matter your target or how much you’ve currently fundraised. Not only can these serve as goals to inspire you in your fundraising, but if you communicate these to potential sponsors, it can actually increase your fundraising! When people can visualise how their money is helping, they’ll feel more of a connection with the cause as they’ll understand exactly how their money is making a difference. For example, I feel quite strongly about education as a cause, but when I see Joe Bloggs is fundraising for Youth with a Vision, and I see £25 will pay for an internship, I’d be much more likely to sponsor him. Not only is it for a cause I care about, but I understand exactly how I’m helping (by providing an internship for a student), on top of supporting my friend Joe, Also I was only planning to sponsor Joe £20… but then I see an extra £5 will help shape a student’s education, so I decide to add extra as I can see what amount will help). We hope...
A UGM Runner’s Training Diary: Part 4 – By Simon Fox

A UGM Runner’s Training Diary: Part 4 – 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 as he takes a recovery week after participating in the London Marathon…   By Simon Fox Why I run: helping to change lives News stories have the uncomfortable ability to wash over us. 16 million people starving of famine in East Africa, a Syrian chemical attack on innocent children and the ongoing refugee crisis across north Africa. As much as you or I have or haven’t engaged in them, they are happening today, and these situations do have one thing in common; and it’s good news…we can make a positive difference. Through giving of our compassion, generosity and finances. Through our ever increasingly connected world, we are no longer naive to those who are most in need! Running and specifically, marathon running has been utilised by the fundraising world because of its element of challenge. The thought of turning out in your dinosaur outfit at  3 o clock on a Saturday to an 11 a-side football match, having asked friends, family and colleagues for sponsorship is ridiculous, but the idea of running 26 miles dressed up as a T-rex is, well, also ridiculous but for some reason ridiculously embraced! So I’m running because I love a challenge but also because I want to help improve lives. Money raised will go to 2 charities in Uganda, the...
UGM Runners’ Community: April ’17 Wrap Up

UGM Runners’ Community: April ’17 Wrap Up

There are only 26 days to go until the 7-day Adventure! Preparations amongst the team are in full swing, runners are moving towards the finals stages of their training, and fundraising is on the steady increase, as we hope this year’s Uganda Marathon will leave the biggest impact in Masaka yet. As you can imagine, with things really ramping up as we move closer towards the event, we’ve got plenty of community news to share! Social training runs, awards, charity news, competitions and more…here’s what’s been happening in April and March…   Social Training Runs – Regent’s Park & Primrose Hill 10K, and Wimbledon Common Half Marathon We held a social training run in each of the last two months, for those living in or near the London area. The first was held on a beautiful and fresh sunny morning in early March, doing laps of Regent’s Park & Primrose hill, to help prepare for the inclines of Uganda. The group managed to complete enough laps to cover a 10K distance, so a big well done to everyone involved – you certainly earned your cake and coffee afterwards! Then, April saw a group of our 2017 Runners take on the Wimbledon Half Marathon – a hilly two lap course, which once again was great prep for running in Uganda. Thank you to everyone who came, and a special shout-out to runner Chloe, who only went and won the female event! Congratulations!! Both session made for a brilliant way to kick off the day, and also a great opportunity for some of our runners to meet each other, prior to traveling to Uganda. Photo...
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...

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