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Police Officer Wins Arua MTN Kampala Marathon Run as 71 year old also completes the race

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An endless stream of runners clad in yellow vests was a sight to behold moments after the runners were flagged off for the Arua Run at the Arua Golf course grounds this morning.

By 6:30 am, anxious runners could be seen trotting from their homes to the Golf course grounds for the warm up session before hitting the 10km track.

Last year, the Telecom giant introduced the regional runs to give the athletics event a national feel. With all the 28,000 kits sold out, huge numbers of people poured in to the Golf Course grounds for a warm up session. After a 30 minute warm up, the runners were flagged off at exactly 7:28 am.

Alex Cherop, a Police officer based in Arua completed the race in 29 minutes and 5 seconds, making him the overall winner. He walked away with a cash prize of 700,000 shs. In second and third place were David Solimo and Uma Joseph respectively. They also walked away with cash prizes. In the ladies’ category, Adha Munguleya came first. She completed the race in 35 minutes and 21 seconds, winning herself 700,000shs. In Second and third place were Sharon Chepkwemoi and Annet Chebet respectively. The first eight men and women won various cash prizes.

Despite her old age 71 year old Grace Achia who walks with the aid of a walking stick completed the 10k race. Her courage to participate was bucked by her desire to contribute to the improvement of maternal health which she refers to as a very good cause.

Other runners simply participated to have fun. They could be seen stopping for photo opportunities as they covered the 10kilometres at their own pace.

At the end of the run, an awarding ceremony was held at the Golf Course grounds. The runners had an opportunity to cool off as they enjoyed entertainment from a various artistes.

Action moves to Masaka next week where the people from Masaka and surrounding areas will run to make a difference in maternal health in the region.

Last year’s regional runs were successfully conducted in Mbale, Gulu and Mbarara. This year, in the spirit of giving an opportunity to all, the runs have been taken to different districts; Soroti, Arua and Masaka towns. The regional races are now an annual feature of the MTN Marathon season. Last week, a similar run was held in Soroti town. Today, the race has been successfully concluded in Arua ahead of Next week’s run in Masaka town. Thereafter, action will be in Kampala on the 24th of this month. All the races are held under the theme; “A good reason to run” as all the proceeds will go to improving maternal health in the country.

The Telecom introduced the regional races as a way of allowing people in the regions to showcase their abilities and also to give people in the participating regions, an opportunity to contribute to the well-being of others through the causes that the MTN Run and Marathon support.

With an estimated 336 deaths per 100,000 live births, Uganda’s maternal mortality is one of the highest in the world. This explains why for the third year in a row, the Marathon will focus on improving maternal health.

Despite her advanced

Proceeds from last year’s Marathon are being used to complement efforts by the Ministry of Health to improve service delivery in 5 Health Centre IV facilities across Uganda.

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“Running Out of Trees” relay set for February

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 The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Water and Environment Alfred Okot Okidi and Uganda Breweries Legal and Corporate relations director Charity Ekudu Kiyemba during the launch of the “Running out of trees” campaign in October last year.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Water and Environment Alfred Okot Okidi and Uganda Breweries Legal and Corporate relations director Charity Ekudu Kiyemba during the launch of the “Running out of trees” campaign in October last year.

By Our Reporter

Preparations are in high gear for the 2-day “Running out of Trees” relay from Kampala to Gulu.

The relay that will have 33 high profile and diverse runners run 10 kilometers each, is set to take place on Feb 7th and 8th February 2020. Flag off will be at Parliament.

The “Running out of Trees Campaign” spearheaded by Uganda Breweries Limited in partnership with Ministry of Water and Environment, was launched in October 2019.

The campaign seeks to rally Corporate Companies to come together and respond to the growing concern of deforestation in the country.

So far, a number of companies have come on board to support the campaign including Liberty Assurance which recently handed over a cheque of UGX 5,000,000 to UBL towards the run. Other companies include TOTAL Uganda and Stanbic Uganda among others.

The objective of this run is to rally every Ugandan to embrace April 25, 2020, the national day of tree planting on which 40million people in Uganda will be expected to plant and grow at least one tree.

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Photos: Fortebet gifts Hoima, Masindi, Kiboga and Kabango clientele

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It was a weekend to remember as Fortebet appreciated it customers in the areas of Hoima, Masindi, Lwamata and Kabango. Just as it has done in all the other parts of Uganda, Fortebet even this weekend gave out lots of gifts to its customers in the above mentioned places.


Many of them walked away with Techno phone, T-shirts, caps, wristbands, pens and many more. Away from the branches, Fortebet also visited and donated to bodaboda riders reflector jackets in Masindi and Hoima. 50 riders benefitted from this free offer.


“What Fortebet has done in Masindi has never been done by any other betting company. They way you have been ‘making gifts rain’ indeed confirms that Fortebet is big. I am so happy that I have been one of the many winners. I am now remaining with one thing-winning 100 million,” said one of the phone winners in Masindi.
This weekend, Fortebet will visit and gift its clients in Kyengera, Kitemu and Nsangi. Don’t miss, be there and win!

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Singleton Golf Challenge returns for 4th season

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Eddy Kenzo entertains guest during the Singleton Match Play Challenge 19th hole experience.

Eddy Kenzo entertains guests during the Singleton Match Play Challenge 19th hole experience.

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The Entebbe Golf Club was draped in all white on Saturday night as the Singleton Match Play Challenge celebrated the opening round of their 2020
edition during an all-white 19th hole experience that took place at the picturesque course.

Undoubtedly one of the most sought after golfing tournaments in the country, the 2020 edition opened up with a bang as over 100 golfers tried their best to make the cut and be part of the 64 pairs that will in the course of the next seven months go head to head on the grueling course for a chance at the grand prize.

The night also saw the cream of Uganda’s golfing fraternity dine and make merry to the start of an action-packed season. Hosted by celebrated comedian Patrick Salvador Idringi, the night was filled with laughter and comedic wit as Salvador took guests and revelers on an emotional rollercoaster with jokes on end.

60 pairs joined the defending champions while the other three pairs (wild cards) were picked by the sponsor(s) to make the final 64 pairs. These will be playing starting on February 8, March 14, April 18, May 9, and June 20 all the way to the grand finale that is slated to take place on July 18.

Addressing guests at the event UBL’s head of Whisky Portfolio Annette Nakiyaga couldnot hide her excitement at how big a vision the Singleton Match Play Championship has become.

“I cannot tell you how excited I am that we are doing this once more, if the last three years have taught us anything is that with hard work, commitment and determination we can build something as big as this. I have a feeling that this is going to be yet another exciting year at the Singleton,” said Annette Nakiyaga, UBL’s Head of Luxury Portfolio.

The winning pair will get a fully-paid trip to watch the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic, a series which has welcomed some of the best golfers including Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson. There will also be business class return air tickets for the first and second runner-up pairs, as well as the winners of the subsidiary events in both the men’s and ladies’ categories. Other prizes include monthly subscription packages on DStv, golf accessories and HTC goodies.

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