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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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17 May 2018 ~ Comments Off on Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 9 update

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

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15 May 2018 ~ Comments Off on Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 7 update

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

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14 May 2018 ~ Comments Off on Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 6 update

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

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