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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

 

24 May 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 14 update

Hi everyone,

We added another 331km to our total today, bringing us over the 5,000km mark (5,028km in total).  Well done to everyone and we’re well on our way to our overall total of more than 13,000km.

We find ourselves in Adana, still in Turkey, which has a population of more than 1.7 million people (making it the 5th most populated city in Turkey).

You can follow our progress by clicking on the link below:

http://mapq.st/2s99nl2

We’ll update you on our progress again tomorrow.

All the best,

Conor

23 May 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 13 update

Hi everyone,

We continued our journey across Turkey today, travelling another 371km and reaching the town of Mucur.  This town has a population of just over 14,000 and is known as a centre for the production and sale of decorative rugs (both religious and non-religious).  We will try to bring a few back with us.  It is perhaps worth noting (and, depending on your perspective, also perhaps not) that we have been travelling for more than 800km in Turkey alone and we are still less than halfway across the country.

The children are certainly covering their daily distance with greater ease and strength than before and it is great to see their enthusiasm out there each day.  Some classes are timing their laps and have set ambitious targets for the pace at which they will try to cover their kilometres and we might publish some of these in the coming days.

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

https://goo.gl/maps/rG3T89W4ZZ32

Huge thanks to all families who have returned their sponsorship cards, it is very much appreciated.  We will keep you updated with our progress again tomorrow.

All the best,

Conor

22 May 2018

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.

22 May 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 12 update

Hi everyone,

We said goodbye to Silivri today and travelled another 348km through Istanbul (which is not the capital of Turkey, as it was incorrectly mentioned to be here yesterday – apologies for that) and onwards to the city of Bolu (population 131,000).  This city is on the old highway between Istanbul and Ankara (the actual capital of Turkey) and there is a modern motorway which passes underneath the city to take today’s travellers through Bolu without having to stop.  We, however, have stopped here for the night and tomorrow we will head in the direction of Ankara.

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

https://goo.gl/maps/arhKmkdpM6p

All the best,

Conor

21 May 2018

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

20 May 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 10 update

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the delayed update on our progress from day 10 but we had a lovely stay in Lozovik, Serbia, and it’ll be time to move on soon.  On Friday we completed a record-setting 439km, bringing us across the border into Bulgaria, through the capital city Sofia and on to the city of Pazardzhik (population 71,000), which sits on the Maritsa river.  We have also now completed a terrific 4329km in total since leaving Skerries 10 days ago.

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

https://goo.gl/maps/Nb6wUWPtDdQ2

Thanks for your support (including many of the children and their families who have returned their sponsorship cards to the school) and we’ll update you again tomorrow.

All the best,

Conor

17 May 2018

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

16 May 2018

Skerries Educate Together NS Marathon 2018 – Day 8 update

Hi everyone,

With the bright sunshine all day today we managed to complete another 305km, bringing our grand total to 2,641km.  The route we have taken has brought us over the Austrian border with Croatia, through Zagreb and onto a city called Nova Gradiska (population 14,229) which is near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.  You can follow our exact progress by clicking on the link:

https://goo.gl/maps/NmGrJR8Q6mN2

All the best,

Conor