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...
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...
Interview with a UGM Runner – John Sulway

Interview with a UGM Runner – John Sulway

The runners make the Uganda Marathon what it is. The friendships, the community, the fundraising and the determination to finish is why UGM is truly a Race Like No Other. Here we tell the stories of the runners who took part in 2016 event, as they share their insights and experiences of the week-long adventure. John, along with his friend Louis, signed up for the UGM16 after being attracted to the idea of mixing a running challenge with volunteering and an adventure abroad. During their stay in Uganda, they visited the country’s capital, went on safari and ran the full marathon course. They also took advantage of the UGM’s split fundraising option to ensure they ran every mile for causes important to them! Here’s John’s take on the seven-day adventure…   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 by 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...
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