The official Uganda International Marathon 2017 race results

The official Uganda International Marathon 2017 race results

On Sunday June 4th, the starting gun for the 3rd Uganda International Marathon fired and 3,000 Ugandan and international runners ran A Race Like No Other! For the international runners who came to Uganda to take part, the marathon was the finale of a week visiting the amazing projects that they have supported. In 2017, the event has raised an incredible $130,000 for organisations and NGOs across Masaka, still making it the biggest fundraising event in Uganda’s history. Now the results for each race are up! Our winners for each race were: 42K Male – 1558, Andrew Kiplang, UG – 02:49:04 42K Female – 48, Chloe Moss, UK – 04:11:33 21K Male – 1590, John Katdega, UG – 01:09:59 21K Female – 145, Shila Saina, KE – 01:34:03 10K Male – 142, Anonymous, KE – 00:31:46 10K Female – 926, Somna, UG – 00:42:47 As for the rest of the results, including the international runners who participated, here are the official Uganda International Marathon 2017 Race Results. Think you can beat these times and do better? Come and take part and take on one of the toughest marathon courses in the World! Next year, it could be you on this list with your finishing time from A Race Like No Other!   Discover more about signing up for the 2018...
The Big Pre-Event Photoblog! A Sneak Peek Into Next Week’s Adventure!

The Big Pre-Event Photoblog! A Sneak Peek Into Next Week’s Adventure!

We are now just three days until the start of an Adventure Like No Other! 120 people are going to descend into beautiful Masaka for a trip of a lifetime, and the team are in full swing preparing. As we eagerly count down until the first bus arrives we’re extremely excited to bring to you our pre-event photoblog, to get a sneak peek into what’s in store for the next 10 days as part of the Uganda International Marathon. Enjoy, wish our runners luck and stay tuned for lots more coming out of An Adventure Like No Other! The Masaka Running Club, sponsored by The Uganda Marathon, are out in full force, training for the marathon! For those of you staying at the hotel… The pool awaits! Here’s a small glimpse into the Athletes’ Village, your home away from home for the next 10 days. The Athletes’ Village eco showers are under constructions – bringing a touch of luxury to rural Africa! Your view running down Bugabira Primary School hill, through one of the projects that you’ve supported. Imagine the kids cheering you on! This is the view that you’ll be waking up to at Athletes’ Village – every morning! The, yet to be named, campsite goat! Munching on some delicious banana leaves – he’s excited for your arrival! Your home straight into the Masaka, to the finish line! Mark & Tealey, from the UGM team try to tackle The Beast! How will you fair? The locals are signing up in their thousands! Here is the Liberation Square, the start & finish line of The Uganda Marathon The Uganda...
A word with two UGM Volunteers – Steve & Tanya

A word with two UGM Volunteers – Steve & Tanya

Here, two of our current volunteers sum up their experience of living in Uganda for three months, getting to know the culture, meeting the local people and volunteering at the Charity Projects, in two short, but wonderfully written blurbs. Here’s a peek into Uganda and the UGM’s Charity Projects… A big thank you to Steve and Tanya for taking the time to write these, and for all their hard work in supporting the UGM Projects! We really appreciate it!   Steve: Great local food from Rebecca’s café; glorious sunshine interspersed with full-on rain; crazy games of football where trees form natural obstacles, there’s an unknown number of players and you play until it gets dark; learning about farming pigs, chickens and mushrooms; jumping on the back of a bodaboda and being whisked down bumpy roads; receiving remarkable levels of hospitality…these are just a few of the experiences that come as standard when spending time with the Uganda International Marathon team in Masaka. Possibly the standout memory so far of my weeks here is the visit to SNE, a local school for deaf children. The abundant joy of the staff and pupils is contagious. The choosing of my ‘sign name’ by which they will know me was an incredible experience: the pupils looking intently at my face and then seeking a feature that they can then assign a unique hand gesture to. Several different gestures are suggested but the class have to reach a consensus. It doesn’t take them long and my sign name will now forever be associated with my rapidly receding hair line. Being welcomed into their world...
A Dairy Cow Project for Ssaza Elderly Group

A Dairy Cow Project for Ssaza Elderly Group

One of the central functions of Support for The Elderly Person (STEP), one of our incredible partner projects, is organising elderly people in local areas into groups so that they can work together to support themselves. The members of the groups don’t have family that can support them so they must help each other in order to survive. Following the success of the pigs project, a wonderful project that saw runners from #UGM2015 build a piggery for one of the STEP elderly groups and then runners from #UGM2016 extend it for more pigs. We are so excited to announce our latest project with another of the STEP elderly groups! The Ssaza elderly group, from the village that sits between the Athlete’s Village and Masaka town, are being gifted a cow to raise and farm so that they can generate an income for their group. Animal farming is a very good way to gain income in the local area and it is an occupation that can be done by the elderly members of the group. This cow should serve as an excellent long-term source of revenue for the group so that they can support the elderly members. We are also using UGM funds to build a cow enclosure (seen above), so that the members are able to keep and farm the cow effectively in their age. We are expecting this project to change the lives of not only this Ssaza group, but many other groups in the Masaka region. Part of this agreement is that the first female calf that is bred by this cow is passed on to another elderly group...
Exciting Announcement! We Are Showing at the UK Adventure Travel Show

Exciting Announcement! We Are Showing at the UK Adventure Travel Show

The UK’s only event dedicated to travel experiences off the beaten track! We extremely excited to announce that we are going to be occupying a stand at the Adventure Travel Show on the 21st & 22nd of January in Kensington Olympia! You’ll find us at stand A19 This is a fantastic opportunity for you to come and talk to us and find out about the marathon for yourself! We’ll be equipped with videos from #UGM2016, the team who are working on #UGM2017, participants from previous #UGM events (there to answer questions) and a special something for anyone who signs up at the show! Come and see co-founder Henry Blanchard give a talk about The Uganda Marathon in the Discover Africa Theatre! We are so excited to have been given a slot to talk about the marathon in the Discover Africa Theatre. At 11:30 on Saturday, come and see race director and co-founder Henry Blanchard talk about how the Uganda International Marathon has become part of the fabric of Masaka and how you can leave an impact on the region that will be felt for decades to come. Find out more about his talk here: http://www.adventureshow.com/discover-africa-theatre/ Sign up at the show to take advantage of our exclusive ATS giveaway! We have a really exciting exclusive offer to give the first 20 people  who sign up to the Uganda International Marathon at the show. You’ll get access to a days seminar with nationally renown running coach Shane Benzie (https://runningreborncoaching.wordpress.com/). During this seminar, he will use state of the art video analysis to look at your running technique and help you improve the way that...

The Story of Matovu Richard who, thanks to the Bugabira School, now doesn’t have to give up his education to support his family..

Matovu Richard is a 17 year old young lad, who has managed to self-fund his education by completing jobs for teachers and schools in return for an education as payment in kind. He is one of thousands of youths in Uganda who work extremely hard to get an education. Last year however, he chose to step out of senior 1 education so that he could support his 6 younger siblings through their primary education. By choosing to leave education he was able to work for money and help pay for his 4 sisters and 2 brothers to attend school. Because he was an exceptional student, head boy of his year and performing extremely well academically, his old head teacher; Mrs Nakyanzi Sophie wanted to find a way to support him back into school. This is where The Bugabira Primary school stepped in and through the recommendation of Mrs Nakyanzi Sophie, Matovu was hired to look after the 210 poultry chickens that the Uganda Marathon runners funded as an income generator for the school. Thanks to this job, Matovu now, not only earns a monthly wage, but also has food and accommodation covered by the school. This allows him to continue to support his siblings as well as save for his own secondary education which he aims to start again next January. Under Matovu’s 5 months watch, the chickens have matured and are now laying their first eggs. Here he is talking carrying out his work…...
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