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19 June 2018 ~ Comments Off on Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 30 update

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

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18 June 2018 ~ Comments Off on Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 29 update

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

 

 

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14 June 2018 ~ Comments Off on Skerries Educate Together Marathon 2018 – Day 28 update

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

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13 June 2018 ~ Comments Off on Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 27 update

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

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12 June 2018 ~ Comments Off on Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 26 update

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 26 update

Hi everyone,

Today we were missing our 1st class children as it was their school tour but we soldiered on in the heat of Pakistan nonetheless.  We managed to complete a hard fought 353 km bringing us to a total of 9,533 km and leaving us in the city of Dera Ghazi Khan (abbreviated to D. G. Khan and with a population of over 2.7 million people).  The temperature has dropped from yesterday’s high to a more tolerable 46 degrees Celsius.  We have certainly earned a rest for the night and possibly even a Solhan Halwa, a locally produced sweet that is made by boiling water, sugar, milk and flour until it becomes solid (rather like a fruit pastille perhaps).

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

http://mapq.st/2HH2L3h

All the best,

Conor

 

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11 June 2018 ~ Comments Off on Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 25

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 25

Hi everyone,

We had the Senior Infant classes away on a school tour today and we certainly missed their contribution to our daily total.  In their absence, we managed to add another 273 km, bringing us past the 9,000 km barrier to a grand total of 9,180 km.  That is the good news.  On the other side of things, we have landed for the night in the city of Sibi, Pakistan, one of the hottest places on earth (a temperature of at least 50 degrees Celsius was recorded for five consecutive days in May 2010).  Our next few days’ of virtual travel will bring us through some extremely hot and humid places which will put our recent good weather in Skerries in perspective.

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

http://mapq.st/2JrPBNf

All the best,

Conor

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08 June 2018 ~ Comments Off on Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 24 update

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 24 update

Hi everyone,

We had another record breaking day with our running today, completing a whopping 491 km to bring our total distance up to 8,907 km.  Everyone has certainly earned their weekend break after this effort.  We have rested for the weekend in the town of Nuskhi in Pakistan.  It is an area inhabited by many tribes which is surrounded by a desert to the north and west that leads to the Helmand river in Afghanistan.  We have had to take a slightly longer route due to the mountains that are lying to the south and the difficulty in getting over them with the lack of passable roads.

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

http://mapq.st/2sSp7ZV

All the best,

Conor

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07 June 2018 ~ Comments Off on Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 23 update

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 23 update

Hi everyone,

We had a landmark day today for more than one reason so we’ll get straight to it:

  1.  We had our first children to clock up an individual total of 42km today, i.e. a full marathon.  Aaron and Isaac in Ciara Ronayne’s 3rd class and Jonah, Niks and Joe in Ellie’s 4th class (and possibly some other children around the school) reached this total today.  To reach this distance some of these children are running up to 5 and 6 km per day during their allotted time with their class, which is a great achievement and a sign of how their bodies are adapting to the physical challenge.  There is hope for us all.
  2. We ran a total of 388 km today bringing our overall total to 8,416 km.  We broke the 8,000 km mark yesterday but we were so disorientated in the desert that we didn’t realise it until today.
  3. We have finally crossed into Pakistan, leaving Iran behind.  We find ourselves in the border town of Taftan, which is the only legal and official crossing point between Pakistan and Iran (I gather there are several illegal and unofficial crossing points too).

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

http://mapq.st/2sP1Po4

All the best,

Conor

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06 June 2018 ~ Comments Off on Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 22 update

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 22 update

Hi everyone,

Today we completed another 385 km in blistering conditions here in the school which brings us ever closer to the border with Pakistan, but not quite over it yet.  We find ourselves in the unusual (and possibly distressing) situation of not knowing exactly where we are on our virtual map (at least I can’t tell where we are on our map).  There are no obvious cities, towns or even villages to speak of, other than to say that we are somewhere between Bam and Zahedan in south east Iran.  Bam is an ancient citadel which experienced a devastating earthquake in 2003 while Zahedan is the regional capital and its name translates as “pious” from Arabic.

Hopefully tomorrow we’ll be back on the grid.

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

http://mapq.st/2JdC9wh

Thanks for your ongoing support.

All the best,

Conor

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05 June 2018 ~ Comments Off on Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 21 update

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 21 update

Hi everyone,

We are officially halfway through our marathon challenge and have amassed an amazing 7,703km so far.  We are ahead of schedule in reaching our target of 13,000km by the end of June and we should reach this sooner than that.  Today we completed a relatively modest 253km as we had several classes away on school tour.  We have reached the city of Rafsanjan (population of 136,000), which (as we all know) is the centre of Iran’s pistachio cultivation and production.

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

http://mapq.st/2xKtfB1

Very well done to all the children and staff for making it to the halfway mark!

All the best,

Conor

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