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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

 

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