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Bath resident runs through African heat to support orphans project

A Bath runner took on a challenging African marathon in June, raising money for the charity Send a Cow which has a base at Newton St Loe.

Emilia Edwards, 22, set out to run the Uganda Marathon which combines road, trail and scenery, as it winds through Ugandan villages and the main town of Masaka. The course has plenty of steep hills to climb, including one appropriately named 'The Beast'.

Emilia originally planned only to run a half marathon. But having visited the charity's Uganda Orphans Project the week before, she was inspired to run the full 26 miles on the day. She was joined by ten members of the charity's Uganda team who ran alongside her and encouraged her to finish the race 13 miles further than expected.

Emilia had spent a full week seeing the real difference that Send a Cow makes to people's lives. And now on her return to the UK, she is even more determined to raise funds for the Uganda Orphans Project.

She said: "I was encouraged by the many little hands that came to 'high five' me and cheer me on – so I decided to do another lap and complete the full marathon. We ran past some of the orphanages and families that Send a Cow supports, so it was really important to me to do them proud."

The Uganda Marathon was created with a vision to uplift communities across Uganda. It is Uganda's largest fundraising event, aiming to support as many worthy causes in the country as possible. This year some 5,000 runners crossed the finish line.

Send a Cow currently works in six African countries: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. The charity set up the Uganda Orphans Project to support households where the loss of parents leaves families headed by children.

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