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    Weʼve raised £1,342 to fund teaching and learning resources for Hambledon Primary School, UK and Rihamu School, Uganda.

    Portsmouth, UK
    Funded on Saturday, 18th May 2019

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    In just one week, I will be going on the trip of a lifetime to run a marathon in Uganda.

    This may on the surface seem like quite a random challenge to undertake, however, as well as it being a huge personal test, it also supports a new 'twinning' project which has been set up between Hambledon Primary School (the school I work in as a year 5/6 teacher) and Rihamu School in Kasese, Uganda. This is a community conservation project based on a partnership between Queen Elizabeth Country Park in the UK and Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. The project has three main principles: sharing, connecting and supporting. This is done through sharing best practice, experience and ideas; connecting rangers, schools and community groups to promote environmental and cultural understanding; and delivering training, equipment and advice to rangers, teachers and communities in the pursuit of wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability. As part of my trip, I will be visiting Rihamu School and meeting the children and staff. We have begun communicating with the school by writing letters and sending videos and it will be fantastic for me to gain first hand experience of Rihamu School and feed this back to the children and staff at Hambledon.

    On 1st December, I will be running the marathon and I am aiming to raise money for both Hambledon Primary School (the school I work in) and Rihamu School in Kasese, Uganda (the school we are twinned with). As you may be aware, schools are under extreme budget pressures here in the UK and Hambledon has been very strained by budget cuts in the last year; in addition, Rihamu Junior School has extremely limited money and resources and just ensuring children have a school to attend can be a huge challenge in Uganda. Any money raised will be used to support and enhance teaching and learning through resources such as library books.

    Alongside my personal fundraising for the schools, the 'Running the Rift' marathon itself exists to raise funds for the Kyaninga Child Development Centre, a charity which provides support for children with disabilities and their families in and around Fort Portal, Uganda. Founded in 2015, the charity has 12 specialist therapists and has treated over 900 children; they run a vital service and the Rift Marathon plays an important role in raising funds and awareness for the charity.

    As you can see, I am running for a fantastic cause and any donations will be greatly appreciated. If you haven't already been convinced to donate, here's some information about the marathon to explain to you what a feat this is... Firstly, the race is 26.2 miles (42km) and I have never run this far before. In a race, the farthest I have run is ten miles, and in training I am up to 20. The race is along dirt tracks and trails and has 1664m of elevation, with the longest hill climb being 1.44km (I am used to running along the beautifully flat roads of Southsea with just a snippet of the Hambledon hills!). If the relentless hills weren't hard enough, I will have to contend with running at altitude on the equator, where temperatures can be hot and downpours sudden and heavy. Despite all of this, I am of course excited for the race, I am looking forward to visiting the school and meeting the children and can't wait to experience the beautiful country of Uganda.

    Thank you so much in advance for taking the time to read about what I am doing and for your donations.



    • Rosy Murray3 years ago
      Rosy Murray

      Rosy Murray

      3 years ago

      There were also huge sections of the race where I was out completely on my own and did not meet another runner or any spectators. To top it off, the marathon ended up being slightly longer than it was supposed to be which, as you can imagine, really tested my mental 'toughness'. I finished the race in a time of 5 hours 20 minutes, although crossed the 26.2 marathon mark in 4 hours 56 minutes. I was the first woman and 7th overall. If you are yet to donate, please consider the children you will be helping to support by doing so.

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    • Rosy Murray3 years ago
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      Rosy Murray

      3 years ago

      Secondly, I DID IT! The marathon itself was one of the toughest challenges I have faced (not only physically but mentally too) and I am proud to have crossed the finish line. It is difficult to explain how unlike a 'normal' race this was: killer hills, humidity and beating sun, altitude, trail and uneven ground to name just a few. Along the way there were cows and goats to weave in and out of and local village children running alongside.

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    • Rosy Murray3 years ago
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      3 years ago

      I have just touched down in the UK and wanted to post an update for two reasons... Firstly, to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has donated so far. I have exceeded my target and expectations and am hoping that the amount I raise still grows further. Having visited Rihamu school this week and having met all of the children and staff, I can see what a difference the money I have raised will make and I am excited to work with them to put it to good use.

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    • Matthew Edmonds

      Matthew Edmonds

      Dec 5, 2018

      Well done again Rosy, you have very quickly become one of my favourite people with your incredible determination to run and passion to help others.


    • David Radford

      David Radford

      Dec 4, 2018

      Well done Rosy


    • Becky Trowse

      Becky Trowse

      Dec 2, 2018

      Well done! Amazing fundraising challenge!


    • Anonymous


      Dec 2, 2018

      Your sister made me do this. Hope it went well yesterday.


    • Bradley McBain

      Bradley McBain

      Dec 2, 2018

      Awesome achievement Rosy! Well done. Best wishes Brad.


    • Lauren, Ryan, Casey and Aubrey xx

      Lauren, Ryan, Casey and Aubrey xx

      Dec 2, 2018

      Big love Rosyroo ❤️❤️❤️


    • Gemma


      Dec 1, 2018

      Good luck! 😊


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    Rosy Murray

    Rosy Murray

    Portsmouth, UK

    Hi, I am Rosy, a primary school teacher and running enthusiast from Portsmouth.

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