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08 June 2018

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

07 June 2018

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

06 June 2018

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

05 June 2018

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

01 June 2018

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

31 May 2018

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

30 May 2018

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

29 May 2018

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

28 May 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 16 update

Hi everyone,

We travelled another 395 km today in the great weather, which brings us to the city of Silopi (still in Turkey, although we are at the very south eastern corner of the country and will cross over into Iraq tomorrow).  Silopi is the main crossing point between Turkey and Iraq and we hope to get through the long queues at the border tomorrow.  The route we will take will miss out on Syria altogether as there are difficulties with getting access to roads in Syria on the Mapquest site we are using (which are nothing compared to the terrible difficulties for very many people living in Syria at the moment).

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

http://mapq.st/2ISAADV

Thanks to everyone for their support at home and the effort being put in by the staff and children is really great to see.

All the best,

Conor

 

27 May 2018

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