TEAM MCALLISTER 2011 by Tr. Alex Asiimwe

Team McAllister Savours the Thrill of the 2011 MTN Marathon

 On November 27th 2011, Team McAllister once again attended the annual MTN Marathon event in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, for the fourth successive year. Every year the college sponsors a select few members of staff and students to run in the 10 km section of this international event organized by MTN- Uganda, a telecom giant on the local scene.

 

Normally, we run our own races at school through which team selection is made. 2011 was a year of firsts with regard to our team composition. For the first time since we began our participation in this event, the line-up changed with the inclusion of females. We had two girls from O level and three female members of staff. It was also the first time our team number went beyond fifteen participants. We were twenty in all – eight students and twelve members of staff. The team included the Rector, Rev. Canon, Paul Jeffries who came along with Rev. Canon Caleb Twinamatsiko, the Headmaster. The teachers were Mr. Mutungi Wilber, Mr. Ogumoshabe Disan, Mr. Atukwatirire Elliot, Mr. Nuwagira Robert, Mr. Magyezi Keneth, Mr. Asiimwe Alex, Ms. Naruweso Doreen, Ms. Agaba Doreen, Ms. Nuwasasira Matson and Rev. Byamaani Tito. The students were Twinamatsiko Hannington (S.4), Otubo Johnson, Matsiko Pison(S.2), Agumenaitwe Olivia (S.4), Nahwera Edith (S.3), Twineruhanga Brian (S.3), Muhumuza Rogers (S.6) and Tumuhimbise Benjamin (Deputy Head boy)

 

The organisers said the proceeds from the race would go for a project to help the people of the north eastern district of Amuria get access to clean water. Twenty thousand people were said to have registered for the event and we were happy to be part of this lot taking part in an activity that would improve the quality of life of fellow Ugandans.

 The MTN Marathon is always a fun. There is always that exciting possibility of bumping into a long-lost friend and the thrill of racing with people from all walks of life—company executives, politicians, prominent businessmen, students, professional athletes and others. Running to beat a workmate, friend or sibling is also another thing that generates enjoyment. It is also fun to behold the road looking like a yellow river as participants wearing the yellow vests and caps supplied by MTN race through at different speeds.

 There was this question in the TV ads for the Marathon – what is your reason to run? Many people had various reasons to participate but ours at Bishop McAllister College was three – pronged. We ran for fun, fitness and charity.

 The school will continue to support the staff and students to keep fit and healthy through races at school and giving them the privilege to be part of big events like the MTN Marathon!



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