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29 June 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 37 and final update

Hi everyone,

We are delighted to report that we have reached our destination of Vietnam, ending up in the capital city Hanoi after a journey of 661 km today.  This brings our total distance travelled since we left Skerries 36 days ago to a staggering 14,412 km.  Some of the children have run more than two marathons (84 km) during this time and the average distance that each child has covered is over 44 km, and they will take home a certificate of achievement marking their participation in the programme.  It has been great to see all of the children take on the challenge with such enthusiasm and energy, and we hope that it has been a positive experience for all of the families in the school.

A huge word of thanks has to go to all of the teachers and SNAs who implemented the programme each day, it simply couldn’t have happened without their support and dedication.  It was great to watch their encouragement of the children each step of the way (and they clocked up a significant number of kilometres themselves).

We plan to revisit the initiative in the third term next year (destination unknown at this point) and in the meantime we hope that you all manage to keep active and healthy over the summer.

For the final time, you can check out our exact route by clicking on the link below:

https://goo.gl/maps/nQmMdmtAEKk

All the best,

Conor

28 June 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 36 update

Hi everyone,

We are now within striking distance of Vietnam and hope to reach our destination after tomorrow’s efforts.  As for today, we have crossed into Laos and we will spend the night in the town of Muang Xai, which is the capital of the region and lies in a valley between two large mountains (whose names I can’t remember at the moment).  To get here, we added another 468 km bringing our grand total to 13,751 km so we should also break the 14,000 km barrier tomorrow.

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

https://goo.gl/maps/6qqPAbaRRnn

All the best,

Conor

27 June 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 35 update

Hi everyone,

We are edging ever closer to Vietnam this week and all the children are making a big push over the last few days.  Today we completed our highest daily total to date, covering 747 km and bringing our overall total to 13,283 km.  We have crossed another international border too, arriving in the beautiful Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park (a natural tongue-twister) in Thailand for a night’s camping underneath the stars.  The park covers 524 square kilometres, is mainly covered with forests and contains the second highest peak in Thailand, namely Doi Pha Hom Pok mountain, which at 2,285m high is over twice the height of our own Carrountoohil.  The park also has many hot mineral springs, with water temperatures between 90 and 130 degrees Celsius, which will do us all good after our long trek today.

You can follow our push for Vietnam by clicking on the link below:

https://goo.gl/maps/aW1aaXjE59x

All the best,

Conor

26 June 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 34 update

Hi everyone,

We added another 396 km today to bring our total to 12,963 km and in the process we have crossed the border into Burma where we will rest for the night in the city of Mandalay.  This was formerly a royal city, founded in 1857 by King Mindon, which has a population today of over 1.3 million people and is the centre of Burmese culture.

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

https://goo.gl/maps/GQSC5UwHZzK2

All the best,

Conor

20 June 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 31 update

Hi everyone,

We travelled another 291 km today to break through the 11,000 km barrier, bringing our total distance run to 11,285 km.  We have landed in the city of Varanasi (population of over 1.1 million people) which is a major religious hub in India.  Situated on the river Ganges, it is the holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism and also played an important part in the development of Buddhism.

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

http://mapq.st/2lkpkSi

All the best,

Conor

19 June 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 30 update

Hi everyone,

We completed another 312 km today to bring our total to 10,994 km (the 11,000 km barrier can wait until tomorrow).  We find ourselves in the city of Etawah, which with a population of just over 250,000 (Cork has 190,000 people) is the 180th biggest city in the country.  Etawah also has the remains of the Great Hedge of India, a 2,500 mile customs barrier built by the British in the 19th century that has been likened to the Great Wall of China.

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

http://mapq.st/2yq9wXQ

All the best,

Conor

18 June 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 29 update

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to the updates after the break for Sports Day on Friday (just in case you thought you had escaped).

We added another 419 km today to leave Chandigarh behind and venture further into India.  Our total distance travelled since leaving Skerries is now 10,682 km.  We have arrived in New Delhi, the capital of India and the centre of a metropolitan area of over 26 million people.  Famous (or infamous) for its poor air quality and general pollution (in 2014 New Delhi was named by the World Health Organisation as the most polluted city in the world), the city was designed to be a symbol of British power and supremacy when it was built over a 20 year period from 1911 (thank you, Wikipedia).  One of the city’s largest financial, commercial and business centres is Connaught Place, named after Prince Arthur, the 1st Duke of Connaught and Stratheam (I knew this one myself).

Following extensive technical repair work on the map, you can follow our exact route by clicking on the link below:

http://mapq.st/2HPMity

All the best,

Conor

 

 

14 June 2018

Skerries Educate Together Marathon 2018 – Day 28 update

Hi everyone,

We said goodbye to Pakistan and hello to India today, crossing the border after 5 days’ hard running through the country.  We added another 290 km today to bring our total distance covered to 10,263 km (breaking through the 10,000 km barrier).  Today also marks the two-thirds point of our journey and we’re well on target to exceed our target of 13,000 km before the end of the school year (we may even break the 15,000 km mark if our current pace is maintained).

We find ourselves resting for the night in the city of Chandigarh (population of approx. 1 million people and capital of the Punjab province).  Chandigarh is nicknamed “The City Beautiful” and this befits a planned city by the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier and it has a reputation for its stunning, modern architecture and the happiness of its inhabitants and cleanliness (of the city and not the people, I presume).

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

http://mapq.st/2JKqv8g

All the best,

Conor

13 June 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 27 update

Hi everyone,

Although the weather changed for us in Skerries today, the children were still able to add a very impressive 440 km to our total and bring us within striking distance of the magical 10,000 km barrier (9,973 km to be exact).  We should certainly hit that mark tomorrow and also awaiting us is the crossing of the India-Pakistan border.  Before getting there however, we are lucky to be spending the night in the amazing city of Lahore, home to almost 12 million people and one of the most socially progressive, cosmopolitan and liberal cities in Pakistan.  Among other things, it is the centre of the Pakistani film industry (also known as Lollywood).

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

http://mapq.st/2LO2kGD

All the best,

Conor

13 June 2018

Sports Day Friday 15th of June.

School Sports Day is on

Friday 15th June.

Junior Infants to 2nd class will run from 8.45-10am

 3rd-6th class will run from 10.45am-12pm.

Soccer match with staff and 6th class from 1pm approximately.

Please provide extra water for your child on Friday.

Thank you.