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Each month we’ll be dedicating a blog post to the latest goings-on within the Uganda Marathon (UGM) runners’ community. We’ll be including news and shout outs for both 2015 and 2016 runners, as well as team members. After all, a big part of the Uganda Marathon is about the community its created for everyone involved.

Moving forward, we’ll be posting these at the beginning of each month. But as so many great things happened in November, we didn’t want you to miss out on these!

So better late than never, here’s a round up of what’s been happening in the UGM runner’s community in November…

#ExerkCLR Movember Challenge: UGM Team Claims 3rd Place!

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The UGM relay team for the ExerkCLR challenge!

Some of our international runners, alongside Henry and Andy, formed a team and entered into the Exerk Circle Line Relay challenge. As a team they ran the distance of the Circle Line Underground route, taking selfies along the way, with the hashtag #ExerkCLR to raise awareness for Movember Foundation UK. They covered 17 miles collectively and claimed 3rd place, whilst having a lot of fun. A massive well done to all the participants in support of a great cause!

Uganda Marathon Presents: World Changing Ideas Event

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The UGM and 5 other other organisations gave inspiring presentations on different ways to spice up life and help the world to be a better place!

At Escape the City’s ‘Escape School’ in Central London, the UGM hosted the event, ‘World Changing Ideas’ on 12th November. We heard an update from Henry about progress in Uganda, but also about five other inspiring organisations set up to make a difference in people’s lives. Plus it was great chance to catch up with 2015 runners over a beer, and meet those taking the plunge in 2016 too. And even better…this night helped to raise £1434 for the Ugandan Community! Thank you to everyone who helped make this a fantastic evening!

Ps. A BIG shoutout to our 2015 international runner Danica, who presented at the event about her initiative, ‘Land of Ed’, which supports Children’s education initiatives around the world. She gave a brilliant presentation about her inspiring journey over the last six months.

UGM’s #ParkRunTour… A Reunion!

Over June to September, several of our runners and team members got together to run various different Park Runs across the London area. On November 21st, the band got back together again to ran  the 5K route at Brockwell Park in Brixton, followed by some breakfast and a catch up. It was great to see everyone again and a send off for our 2015 female marathon winner, Nikki, who has gone back to New Zealand for a month to get married. We wish her and Brad all the best for their big day!

Adam Completes his 15th and final marathon for 2015!

A massive congratulations to one of our international runners, Adam, who completed his #15in15 challenge this month. He took on the massive challenge of running fifteen marathons in the year 2015 for Macmillan Cancer Support. The Uganda Marathon was the 4th marathon on his journey, and now he’s completed marathons all over the world, raising over £3500 and counting. A HUGH congratulations to Adam for completing his remarkable challenge!

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Adam has completed 15 marathons in 2015, and never stopped smiling along the way!

Neil, Katie and Lizzie’s Project Continues to Gather Momentum…

November has been a big month for our international runners Neil and Katie, and UGM Manager Lizzie. They decided to set up their very own project in Masaka over the summer, to provide the people with an arts and community centre there. The roof is now up on their building, so they are now one step closer with the building structure finished! (You can read more about this in Neil’s story, click here.)

…And finally…the Uganda Marathon is recognised in the Extra Mile 40 Awards!

We’re extremely proud to be recognised by the Wall Street Journal for this awardas it places the marathon amongst those in London who do the most for charity each year. We’ve included this here to give a big shout out to everyone involved in the Uganda Marathon 2015! Without your participation, running and fundraising, the success of the 2015 event wouldn’t have been possible, so a massive, massive thank you to everyone! You’re amazing!!

 

Do you have news or want to give a shout out to someone in the UGM community? Maybe you’ve hit a big milestone in your training for the UGM ’16 or a UGM ’15 story you want to tell. If so we want to hear from you- drop us an email at: [email protected] & we’ll include you in December’s blog!

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