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24 May 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 14 update

Hi everyone,

We added another 331km to our total today, bringing us over the 5,000km mark (5,028km in total).  Well done to everyone and we’re well on our way to our overall total of more than 13,000km.

We find ourselves in Adana, still in Turkey, which has a population of more than 1.7 million people (making it the 5th most populated city in Turkey).

You can follow our progress by clicking on the link below:

http://mapq.st/2s99nl2

We’ll update you on our progress again tomorrow.

All the best,

Conor

23 May 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 13 update

Hi everyone,

We continued our journey across Turkey today, travelling another 371km and reaching the town of Mucur.  This town has a population of just over 14,000 and is known as a centre for the production and sale of decorative rugs (both religious and non-religious).  We will try to bring a few back with us.  It is perhaps worth noting (and, depending on your perspective, also perhaps not) that we have been travelling for more than 800km in Turkey alone and we are still less than halfway across the country.

The children are certainly covering their daily distance with greater ease and strength than before and it is great to see their enthusiasm out there each day.  Some classes are timing their laps and have set ambitious targets for the pace at which they will try to cover their kilometres and we might publish some of these in the coming days.

You can follow our exact progress by clicking on the link below:

https://goo.gl/maps/rG3T89W4ZZ32

Huge thanks to all families who have returned their sponsorship cards, it is very much appreciated.  We will keep you updated with our progress again tomorrow.

All the best,

Conor

22 May 2018

Traditional Irish Music performed at Skerries ETNS

We were very fortunate to be visited by a group of musicians from Skerries on Friday last as part of the Skerries Traditional Music Festival 2018.  The musicians brought a terrific range of instruments (including a harp, uileann pipes, a banjo, a violin, a flute and a bodhran) and in addition to playing a medley of traditional music for the children, there was an opportunity for the audience to hear about the history of each instrument and how it is made.  The children certainly enjoyed it and there was plenty of clapping and stamping along with the music, which is always a good sign.

We’d like to say a big thank you to James O’Mahoney and the rest of the group for taking the time to come to the school and put on the performance for the children.

22 May 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 12 update

Hi everyone,

We said goodbye to Silivri today and travelled another 348km through Istanbul (which is not the capital of Turkey, as it was incorrectly mentioned to be here yesterday – apologies for that) and onwards to the city of Bolu (population 131,000).  This city is on the old highway between Istanbul and Ankara (the actual capital of Turkey) and there is a modern motorway which passes underneath the city to take today’s travellers through Bolu without having to stop.  We, however, have stopped here for the night and tomorrow we will head in the direction of Ankara.

You can follow our exact progress by clicking on the link below:

https://goo.gl/maps/arhKmkdpM6p

All the best,

Conor

21 May 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 11 update

Hi everyone,

We had another very successful day of running today, completing 394km and bringing us across the Turkish border and within striking distance of the capital Istanbul (or Constantinople for our older readers), which is a city that spans both Europe and Asia (I had to look that up to be certain about it).  But that is for tomorrow, as tonight we find ourselves in the city of Silivri, which is the location of the largest prison facility in Europe (so we’ll head off quickly in the morning).  Our total distance covered is now 3,760km and you can follow our exact route by clicking on the link below:

https://goo.gl/maps/SJ1m5sy77tT2

Thanks for your support and we’ll be in touch again tomorrow.

All the best,

Conor

20 May 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 10 update

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the delayed update on our progress from day 10 but we had a lovely stay in Lozovik, Serbia, and it’ll be time to move on soon.  On Friday we completed a record-setting 439km, bringing us across the border into Bulgaria, through the capital city Sofia and on to the city of Pazardzhik (population 71,000), which sits on the Maritsa river.  We have also now completed a terrific 4329km in total since leaving Skerries 10 days ago.

You can follow our exact route by clicking on the link below:

https://goo.gl/maps/Nb6wUWPtDdQ2

Thanks for your support (including many of the children and their families who have returned their sponsorship cards to the school) and we’ll update you again tomorrow.

All the best,

Conor

17 May 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 9 update

Hi everyone,

We had another excellent day of weather today which allowed us to add 349km to our total distance.  We are very close to the 3,000km barrier (2,990km is our current total) and we will certainly break through this tomorrow.  The children (and staff) are getting fitter and faster with their running and there are some classes who are managing to fit in more than 1km each day.

Today’s route has brought us into Serbia (and not Bosnia and Herzegovina as suggested yesterday, apologies) and we passed through the capital Belgrade before resting for the night in a small town called Lozovik (population 5,600).  You can follow our exact route by clicking on the link below:

https://goo.gl/maps/iRxy4RdSceC2 

All the best,

Conor

16 May 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 8 update

Hi everyone,

With the bright sunshine all day today we managed to complete another 305km, bringing our grand total to 2,641km.  The route we have taken has brought us over the Austrian border with Croatia, through Zagreb and onto a city called Nova Gradiska (population 14,229) which is near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.  You can follow our exact progress by clicking on the link:

https://goo.gl/maps/NmGrJR8Q6mN2

All the best,

Conor

15 May 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 7 update

Hi everyone,

We completed our longest distance so far today, with a total of 377km run, walked and jogged.  Some of the classes are beginning to run more than their 1km each day and this is making our total add up very quickly.  This distance brings us into Austria and we find ourselves in Graz.  You can follow our progress to date by clicking on the link below:

https://goo.gl/maps/mGei8sg2wUn

Thanks for all of your support and we’ll keep you all informed of our progress tomorrow.

All the best,

Conor

14 May 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 6 update

Hi everyone,

It was our first day back after the midterm break and any thoughts of children having lost their enthusiasm for the running programme were quickly put to rest by the senior infants classes who were straight out to the yard at 8:40am for their 1km run – well done to them all.  The other classes all followed suit and it was noticeable how the children were moving very easily and seem to have adapted to the 1km distance.

We added 295km to our overall total which brings us across another international border and on to the city of Munich in Bavaria, Germany (I hear it is very nice at this time of year).

You can follow our progress here:

https://goo.gl/maps/kUAhvmZfYzJ2

All the best,

Conor