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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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01 June 2018 ~ Comments Off on Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 20 update

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 20 update

Hi everyone,

We are fast approaching the halfway mark of our marathon, with all of the children having now completed at least 20km (and some having done up to 30km).  We ran 390km today, bringing our total to 7,060km.  We have stopped for the bank holiday weekend in the desert city of Yazd, which is the 15th largest city in Iran with a population of just over half a million people.  It has also been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2017 and is nicknamed “the city of the windcatchers”.

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

http://mapq.st/2kFaIg7

All the best for the weekend,

Conor

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31 May 2018 ~ Comments Off on Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 19 update

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 19 update

Hi everyone,

We continued our journey through Iran today, adding another 465km (a new daily record distance) in very warm weather.  We have stopped for the night in Kashan, a city of almost 250,000 people that has a history of producing high quality pottery and tiles.

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

http://mapq.st/2xrWqbU

Thanks to everyone for their support and we’ll be in touch again for a last push before the bank holiday weekend.

All the best,

Conor

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30 May 2018 ~ Comments Off on Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 18

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 18

Hi everyone,

We had our biggest daily total today, covering a terrific 425km and bringing us across the border and into Iran.  We have stopped for the night in the city of Hamadan, believed by many (including us here at Skerries ETNS) to be among the oldest cities in Iran with records of it being occupied by the Assyrians as far back as 11,000 B.C.

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

http://mapq.st/2kzFfMl

All the best,

Conor

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29 May 2018 ~ Comments Off on Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 16 update

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 16 update

Hi everyone,

We had another excellent day’s weather for our running today and if anything it was a little too hot.  With our high temperatures today, it was quite fitting perhaps that we crossed the border into Iraq and we ended up in the city of Kirkuk where the average temperature in May is 34 degrees Celsius.  We covered a total of 375km and our grand total now stands at 6,170km.

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

http://mapq.st/2Jf3GMY

Thanks for all the support and don’t forget the suncream for tomorrow!

All the best,

Conor

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27 May 2018 ~ Comments Off on

Hi everyone,

On Friday we added another 372km to our total distance, bringing us up to 5,400 km over the past 15 days of running, jogging and walking (although it is mostly running by the children at this stage).  We find ourselves in the city of Urfa in south eastern Turkey and depending on our progress we will have another one or two days in Turkey before crossing the border into north western Syria.

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

http://mapq.st/2GRvMsw

All the best,

Conor

 

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22 May 2018 ~ Comments Off on Traditional Irish Music performed at Skerries ETNS

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.

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21 May 2018 ~ Comments Off on Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 11 update

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

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