Run 140 : Dominica – somewhere in the interior..

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Date : 26th  March, 2018

Time :  51’25”

Number of runners : 1

Total distance run to date : 1400 km

Run map and details :

Everyone said the same thing. Dominica – pronounced Domi-nee-ca – is very beautiful but I’m not sure what you’re going to find there. It got hit very hard by the hurricane (Maria).

And if that sounds like we weren’t talking to people who lived locally, that’s because we weren’t. It proved very difficult to get hold of people in Dominica. In fact, for the first time since Denise ‘Da Bees Knees’ joined the Run the World team, I was running on my own.

Which was perhaps no bad thing as the way my schedule worked out I had very little time on the island. It was late afternoon as I came out through customs and I needed to hurry if I was to finish my run while it was still light.

Now, you may well live in a part of the world where this wouldn’t be a huge issue. Yes, it’s nice to run in the daylight but, if you don’t, then you can still go outside and run by street light. Except not in Dominica – at least not in the part where I was staying. Which was the rather charming, if somewhat isolated, Hibiscus Valley Inn on the side of the main road across the island’s interior.

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There aren’t any street lights there. In fact there isn’t any electricity.

In other words, when there’s no more daylight, it’s proper dark.*

Luckily my taxi driver bought into the need for speed but once I got to the hotel it was one of those times when you want to hurry but everything conspires against you. Having finally found and changed into my running gear, I set off. In the direction away from the airport, and towards the interior, because my taxi driver told me it was less hilly in that direction. Which was true – but only because it was very hilly in the other direction.

As I ran along the road it was immediately apparent that the island was far from having fully recovered from the hurricane. I was surrounded by damaged trees and vegetation and flanked by a series of telegraph poles at crazy angles.

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I soon realised that my original plan of running 5km in one direction – and then returning back to the hotel to complete my 10km – wasn’t going to work. There just wasn’t enough light. So I turned round after about 4km and told myself that I would do the final 2km near the Hibiscus Valley Inn. At least it had a generator and some light to run by – even if it meant running round in circles near the hotel.

By now, the number of insects dive bombing me seemed to have increased. As did the noises from ‘I don’t know what that is’ in the surrounding bush. And, most disturbingly, there were suddenly a number of people walking down the middle of the road in grey shirts that were very hard to see in the dying light. People who, for some reason, didn’t think a smile or a hello were needed in response to my greetings. I’m not saying they were the walking dead. But they weren’t very lively.

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If you look at the time splits on my run you will see that I sped up considerably at this juncture…

Eventually I made it back to the hotel with about 2 km to go. Which I covered by doing 500 metre loops along the road near the hotel.

Although I could see the light from the hotel it was otherwise pitch black by this stage. And a very strange thing happened. Although I was running back and forth along the same stretch of road, I was always running uphill.

Rationally, I know this was just an illusion but I can promise you it felt like I was caught running in an Escher-esque world where the only way was up.**

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With my nerves a little wracked I finally made it to the 10km mark and gratefully scurried to the safety of my room.

Later that evening, I got talking to Marina from Slovenia and Sebastian from Germany. They’ve travelled almost as much as I have and used to think the Seychelles was the most beautiful place on the planet. But they’ve now decided that title belongs to Dominica. In fact, they liked Dominica so much that they got engaged on the island.

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Marina, Sebastian, it was a pleasure to meet you and good luck with the wedding. And don’t forget my advice – you need to hold the wedding somewhere your parents can attend. And, yes I do know best. I’m a parent.

Dominica – I shall have to come back some day. I know you’re beautiful – I just haven’t been able to fully appreciate you yet!

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* All the photos were taken the next morning when it was light. Well, not the zombie one which was obviously taken during the run.

** Usual Run the World gold stars for the first person to correctly identify the musical references.


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Run 141 : Antigua – Jolly Harbour

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Date : 27th  March, 2018

Time :  56’ 58”

Number of runners : 17

Total distance run to date : 1410 km

Run map and details :

Media : ; English Harbour Radio

One of the questions I most frequently get asked is, “You visit a lot of places. Any holiday recommendations?” I then have to explain that I can’t really help as Run the World is about as far removed from a tourist’s experience as it’s possible to be. I’m usually in a country for less than 24 hours, staying at a low cost hotel in a city centre or near the airport, and doing very little apart from running and transferring back and forth to the airport.*

Take the Maldives for example. Renowned for its luxury holidays, I must be the only overseas visitor who’s been there and not seen the sun or a beach. Just grey skies, crowded roads, a cramped hotel room and a close up of the pavement when I slipped and face planted …

But every so often I go somewhere that is so obviously lovely that you immediately think about going back there on holiday. Antigua was one such place. (For anyone who’s not familiar with Antigua, try the following taster video which includes expert local commentary from Bryan – of whom more below.)

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Of course it always helps you appreciate a country when you have a good run with good people – and that’s exactly what Bryan Law of the Antigua Hash House Harriers had organised.

We started at Sugar Ridge Hotel where I was staying (many cuts above my usual accommodation on these trips…) and followed the yellow hash flags to Ffryes Beach and the Darkwood Beach. My running companion at the time didn’t share my excited reaction to the beaches. Which is only to be expected if, like her, you live in Antigua where great beaches are commonplace. If, on the other hand, you live in London and have just endured winter, then a beach bathed in sunshine is a wondrous thing!

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We were also somewhat lost in conversation about something which, I’m ashamed to say, I knew very little : hypothalamic amenorrhea/ or REDS (relative energy deficiency in sports) syndrome. In essence, if a woman over-exercises then it can impact her menstrual cycle and even mean that she can’t conceive. Apparently this is quite common amongst elite women athletes.

On a related subject, she also told me that a six pack can damage a woman’s internal organs. Her view was that women need a little body fat around the middle.

While I hate to write anything that might discourage anyone from exercise, I thought this was all worth mentioning. I guess it just goes to show that, as is almost always the case, moderation is best.

Back to the run. Which some of us were running while others walked. But have no fear. This was (mostly) a hash crowd and, of course, we all came back together for the post run photo.

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And libations. Which took place at Miracles. Where they donated a free bottle of fizz to the proceedings in honour of our great achievement. Or perhaps it was because we’d already bought so many Wadadlis. Either way it was a lot of fun.

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The following day, Bryan changed role from hasher and run organiser to PR guru and tour guide. He picked me up from the hotel and drove me from Jolly Harbour to English Harbour – which is a 45 minute drive through and past some stunning scenery – for an interview with English Harbour Radio.

Which he’d personally arranged for me and where I did about 20 minutes on breakfast radio with the irrepressibly charming Gemma Handy.

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He then took me sightseeing and I took a lot more photos of Antigua. Here’s one of them. You know, just in case you hadn’t already got the picture that its quite a nice place with some decent beaches..

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It just remains for me to do what I somehow forgot to do during the radio interview – and say a huge thank you to the Antigua Hash House Harriers and everyone who ran / walked / supported the run in Antigua. And, of course, special thanks to Bryan for arranging everything and to Gemma for hosting me on breakfast radio. I had a great time – see you all when I come back on holiday!

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*To be fair, I also get to meet a lot of locals, do some media, give school talks etc. All of which are great but, again, have nothing in common with a tourist experience.

More photos below

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Run 139 : British Virgin Islands – Road Town

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Date : 25th  March, 2018

Time :  1h 01’ 05”

Number of runners : 30

Total distance run to date : 1390 km

Run map and details :

Media Coverage : ; ; ; ;

On the flight out of the UK, I got talking to Emma about Run the World. Turned out she’d spent most of her life in the Caribbean and I asked the obvious question : “Which island is your favourite?” She thought about it for a while, reviewed a number of options, and then concluded that the British Virgin Islands were her no. 1 choice.

And you can see why when you fly into Beef Island. Islands with golden beaches are sprinkled round the main island of Tortola ad the overall effect is stunning.

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As we transferred from the airport on Beef Island to Road Town (the capital of the BVI) via the coast road (ask to go via the ridge route if you’re looking for something dramatically scenic) you could also see the scars left by Hurricane Irma the previous September.

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At this point I should note that, while the BVI were badly hit, they are open for business and residents seem united that a good job is being done in terms of clearing up and reconstruction.

Certainly Irma hasn’t affected their ability to put on a good run. Organised by Kay Reddy of the BVI Runners, and supported by the legendary Dean ‘The Sportsman’ Greenaway, about 30 of us met at Tortola Pier Park – where the cruise liners dock.

Cleave Farrington – representing the BVI Olympic Committee, Stephanie Russ-Penn – representing the BVI Athletic Association – and the Dean himself were good enough to give welcome speeches. I did my slightly jet lagged best to respond in kind

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and then it was time to start running.

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We ran south along the shoreline road and, as we ran, Kay told me the story of some acquaintances who live in one of the houses that we passed. They happened to look out of their front window during the hurricane and, to their amazement, saw a large boat heading straight for their house. Terrified they ran towards the back of their house to escape the collision. Which never came. Very fortunately, the boat caught on the actual shoreline – and is still there to this day.

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Having run south as far as the Water Park, we looped back to Tortola Pier Park before heading north and then east along the shoreline as far as the commercial port. A final loop back to our starting point and the 139th Run the World 10km was complete.

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The following day I was fortunate enough to be invited to talk at Cedars International School in Road Town. Before the main school talk, I chatted to a group of Y 11 and 12 students. A remarkably mature bunch, they’d all mapped out their future careers.

The conversation moved on from careers to the hurricane and everyone related their personal experiences. Extraordinary stuff as we heard each person’s story (which, for one student, involved following their dog on the grounds that animals instinctively know the safest place.)  The common factor in the stories was that, through a combination of good sense and luck, everyone and their families had stayed safe. A story which was repeated across the island because, despite being at the eye of the hurricane, apparently there were ‘only’ 4 deaths on Tortola.

I then gave a presentation to the whole school (feeling slightly sorry for the senior school students and teachers as it was the junior school version which leaves out most of the more ‘interesting’ stories from the various countries I’ve visited around the world.)  As we moved onto the healthy living part of the presentation, there was loads of interaction and hands shot up every time I asked the audience a question. They even booed when I told them a good night’s sleep meant no devices in the bedroom. All great fun.

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If there are any student parents reading this, I’ve now done a number of these school talks (and am also a parent of school age children myself) and I left with the strong impression that Cedars is doing a very fine job. The student body was lively, engaged and focussed. It was a pleasure to meet and talk to them.

It just remains for me to thank Kay, Dean and all my fellow runners for a great run and all their generous donations. And to thank Zach, Sami, Karen, and Celiah for inviting me to Cedars School.

I think Emma may have been right – the British Virgin Islands are truly a beautiful place!

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Dean “the Sportsman” Greenaway – press and awesome pictures attached

Stephanie Russ-Penn – repping BVI Atheltic Association and rocking a Commonwealth games shirt (c/mon Kyron we NEED that medal!)

Cleave Farrington – repping BVI Olympic Committee and pictures

Ben and Maria Mays – setting the pace and repping the Governors office

Marcus and Jasmine – rocking 54 STRONG!

Wearmouth and Ghiorse’s – Family Strong, thank you kids and Ella, Ava and Eli

Sergio and Julie – also repping VISAR

Sami and Brandon – Cedar School advance party

Kim and Cliff – going for a quick sat morning 26.2 run over the hills is now known as a “Struicken”

Stoby clan – winner of best BVI athletic gear and youngest competitor, also press

Tash – rocking dual citizenship and proving champagne IS good for running

Dan – blooming ‘eck that was fast

Philo “14 marathons in a year”

Grandma Rose

Adrian ‘calm in the storm’ Dale

Young legs Riegels and runners


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Run 138 : St. Kitts & Nevis – Basseterre

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If you’d like to help fight cancer then I and, far more importantly, cancer sufferers around the world, would be immensely grateful for any donations to Cancer Research :

Date : 25th  March, 2018

Time :  55’ 41”

Number of runners : 16

Total distance run to date : 1380 km

Run map and details :

It was a fine foursome for dinner the evening before the run in St Kitts. There was Jeff Fazio who, in 2013-14, ran 5km in every state in the USA to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Jeff now runs 5km in every country he visits and, not entirely unexpectedly, this meant we had a lot to talk about – including the best way to run 5km in the Vatican.*

Jeff’s approach was to run round the outside of the Vatican’s borders and I may well follow in his footsteps – literally. However, I’m also wondering about asking for permission to run in St Peter’s Square (so please do get in touch if you happen to know anyone senior in the Catholic Church!)

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Then there was Terry-Ann, Jeff’s wife. Terry-Ann hails from Trinidad & Tobago and ran 5km in 17’ 34” as a junior. Which is pretty impressive by my, and frankly anyone’s, standards.  (To put it in context, the women’s world record is 14’ 11”.)

The fourth diner was Heather Hotchin who is On-Sec of the St Kitts Hash House Harriers.  As ‘Blade Runner’ (David Ridsdale-Saw) told me the following day, the St Kitts Hash House Harriers are no normal kennel and have been known to attract over 250 people to their hashes. Based on my admittedly limited experience, this must make them one of the largest hashes in the world.

Jeff and Heather had been good enough to put their heads together and had come up with a great route for the following morning’s run. We started at Ross University Veterinary School where, after a few photos, we lined up behind Jeff on his bike

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and set off for Basseterre, the capital of St. Kitts & Nevis.

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via the coast and the cruise ships.

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Once in Basseterre, we turned left at the first ever traffic lights on the island – which had only had been in place since Christmas  –

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towards the historic centre. Our route took us through Piccadilly Circus – which had more clock towers but fewer tourists and Eros statues than its London namesake –

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–  to Independence Square.

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Independence Square is the administrative centre of Basseterre and was once the site of the St Kitts slave market. Apparently there are still tunnels under the surrounding road which were used to move slaves from their holding pens to the market. Horrific.

From there we went back to the coast before turning inland for the dreaded 8th kilometre. I say ‘dreaded’, partly because it’s always about the worst kilometre in any of these runs. And partly because it coincided with a 1 kilometre long hill.

On the plus side, somewhere along the way, and after some sweet talking by Jeff, we’d picked up a police escort. I had to feel for them – it can’t be easy driving at the speed I was running up that hill..

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From the top of Kilometre 8 Hill (as its certainly not known locally), we ran downhill to Frigate Bay which is the main tourist area and home to a couple of fine beaches. And Mr X’s Shiggidy Shack Beach Bar & Grill which was both our finish line and our breakfast venue.

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All that remains is for me to thank my fellow runners for both their company and their generous donations to Cancer Research. And, of course, a very special thanks to Jeff, Heather, Terry-Ann, David and everyone else from the St Kitts Hash for all their hospitality and for organising a great run!

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*Strictly speaking the Vatican isn’t one of the countries I have to visit as it’s not a member of the Olympic movement. However, as it’s about the only place which might be considered to be a country, and which isn’t part of the Olympic movement, I plan to run there anyway. After all, I’d hate to be known as the person who’s run 10 km in every country in the world. Apart from one….


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The One About the Cheque

Late Monday evening I received an email saying that there was a cheque for £500 for Cancer Research waiting for me at the Whittington Hospital.

Turned out that the brilliant Dr Esdaile, whom I got to know when he removed the melanoma from my face, had been talking to a patient about Run the World. And the patient, we’ll call him John since he’s asked for anonymity, had then and there decided to make a donation of £500.

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About a month ago (Feb 4th) it was World Cancer Day. My 13 year old daughter, Sienna, gave me a card. Containing £50 for cancer research. Which she had had just been given for her birthday.

A couple of months ago I was in Guinea Bissau. A country where, I am reliably informed, there are usually only 2 Brits. Except that day there were a posse of them passing through as part of the Plymouth-Dakar old banger rally. When they heard about Run the World, they emptied out their pockets and donated £100.

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Last summer, we held a fundraiser. People were so generous with their donations that we began to trend on JustGiving. Eventually we got to no.7 in the whole country.

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I could go on. And on. But you get the picture.

Don’t be fooled by what you read in the media. People are, in general, helpful and giving. Not everyone round the world has sufficient cash to donate to charity. But it never ceases to amaze me how many people will give their time to help and support Run the World.

So to all Run the World’s donors and supporters : thank you enormously – this blog’s for you.

What you do is very important. Cancer rates are on the rise across the globe and, in countries such as the UK, they’re heading towards 50%.

As anyone who’s lost someone to cancer knows, it is a truly horrific way to go. Reducing sufferers to husks of their former selves – dependent on ever increasing and addictive doses of pain relief to get though their days before the inevitable end. (The picture below is of my sis, my bro and me with my Mum shortly before she died of lung cancer.)

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So let’s go on fundraising. (Run the World has currently raised almost £30 000 and I want to get to £50 000 – at least!)

And, since 40% of all cancers are avoidable, let’s go on spreading the message about the huge – cancer and non-cancer related – benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle.


Finally, there’s a fitting postscript to the story about the £500 cheque. Yesterday, I took it into Cancer Research’s bank branch in central London. I thought it might be a nice touch to take a picture of the deposit receipt outside the bank. But it was flapping in the wind and I couldn’t get a proper picture. So Emma, the woman in the photo below, offered to hold it for me. And then gave me a £10 donation.

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If you’d like to help fight cancer then I and, far more importantly, cancer sufferers around the world, would be immensely grateful for any donations –

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Run 118 : Vanuatu – Port Vila

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Date : 22nd August, 2017

Time :  58’ 45”

Number of runners : 1

Total distance run to date : 1180 km

Run map and details :

You can immediately tell that Vanuatu is a little more developed and sophisticated than, say, the Solomon Islands. There’s a big advertisement by the luggage carousel telling you that when George and Fanny – a European couple from the 1920s to judge by the accompanying graphic – come to town, George only has one thing on his mind. The local casino. (Not sure the joke works for anyone who’s not English..)

I don’t know how credible this all is. But then, to be fair, I’ve never met George and Fanny so who am I to say.

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Putting aside any concerns about the state of George and Fanny’s relationship, I set off on my run. A little later than I’d ideally have liked. Mostly because some idiot had left my passport at the airport and I had to make an unexpected and somewhat nervy trip back to the airport to retrieve it. (My thanks to the team at Chantillys by the Bay for the emergency lift.)

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All of this meant that, shortly after I started running, it got dark. Not a problem for Fanny and George because, as I understand these things, the lighting in casinos stays the same whatever the time of night or day.

More of a problem for me, though, as the street lighting in Port Vila tends to be concentrated in the centre of town. Which is to say that there isn’t any outside of the centre.

Never mind, I thought. This is a town with a big casino and is bound to be packed with bars and restaurants. I can choose where to go for dinner as I run in circles round around the nightlife district. Except there weren’t really many bars and restaurants. Or a whole lot else.

To be honest, it was a slightly dull slog of a run that, as the picture of Port Vila below suggests, would no doubt have been much better in daylight.

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And, umm, that’s about it. I’ve worked the George and Fanny riff about as hard as I can and I don’t really have anything else to say. Still, dear reader, as they say, brevity is a virtue!

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Facts & Stats

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia.

Vanuatu is a Pacific island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. The archipelago, which is of volcanic origin, is 1,750 kilometres (1,090 mi) east of northern Australia, 540 kilometres (340 mi) northeast of New Caledonia, east of New Guinea, southeast of the Solomon Islands, and west of Fiji.

Vanuatu was first inhabited by Melanesian people. The first Europeans to visit the islands were a Spanish expedition led by Portuguese navigator Fernandes de Queirós, who arrived on the largest island in 1606. Since the Portuguese and Spanish monarchies had been unified under the king of Spain in 1580 (following the vacancy of the Portuguese throne, which lasted for sixty years, until 1640, when the Portuguese monarchy was restored), Queirós claimed the archipelago for Spain, as part of the colonial Spanish East Indies, and named it La Austrialia del Espíritu Santo.

In the 1880s, France and the United Kingdom claimed parts of the archipelago, and in 1906, they agreed on a framework for jointly managing the archipelago as the New Hebrides through an Anglo–French condominium.

Challenges to the condominium government began in the early 1940s. The arrival of Americans during the Second World War, with their informal habits and relative wealth, contributed to the rise of nationalism in the islands. The belief in a mythical messianic figure named John Frum was the basis for an indigenous cargo cult (a movement attempting to obtain industrial goods through magic) promising Melanesian deliverance. Today, John Frum is both a religion and a political party with a member in Parliament.

The first political party, established in the early 1970s, was called the New Hebrides National Party. One of the founders was Father Walter Lini, who later became Prime Minister. Renamed the Vanua’aku Pati in 1974, the party pushed for independence, which was gained amidst the brief Coconut War.

The independent Republic of Vanuatu was established in 1980.

During the 1990s, Vanuatu experienced a period of political instability which resulted in a more decentralised government. The Vanuatu Mobile Force, a paramilitary group, attempted a coup in 1996 because of a pay dispute. There were allegations of corruption in the government of Maxime Carlot Korman. New elections have been held several times since 1997, most recently in 2016.

World Bank Data

Here’s the latest World Bank data for Vanuatu – with the year 2000 as a comparison.

GDP                                              $774 m     2016      $272 m    2000

Population                                  270 k        2016      185 k        2000

Primary school enrolment*    120 %       2015      120 %      2000

CO2 Emissions**                        0.60          2014      0.46          2000

% below poverty line***          12.7 %      2010      NA

Life expectancy at birth           72.0 yrs    2015     67.6 yrs   2000

GNI per capita                             $3170       2014     $1430      2000

*Percentage can exceed 100% due to the inclusion of over and under aged students

** Metric tons per capita

***The World Bank notes that the methodology can vary between countries and over time within a given country. (While most of the World Bank data generally follows understandable trends, this number often oscillates wildly suggesting that different methodologies are frequently used over time within a given country.)

Greatest Sporting Nation Data

Finally, here’s the data from Greatest Sporting Nation on how  Vanuatu performed in the global sporting arena in 2017:

Global Cup – NA

Per Capita Cup – NA

The Global Cup aggregates results from over 1000 events across 80 sports to produce the definitive annual ranking of international sporting success. The Per Capita Cup uses the same data to produce an annual per capita ranking.



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Run The World : UK Tour


I was in a meeting with Denise ‘Da Bees Knees’ and we were discussing how we could increase Run the World’s impact. In particular, how we could increase fundraising, do more talks, get more people running and generally promote the RTW message (‘Get out there ; be active ; live healthily. It’s good for you and you’ll enjoy it!’)

Denise turned to me and said, “Perhaps you should do some more runs in the UK?”

Hmm…more runs…just what I need…

We mused and mulled and consulted. We thought about the logistical and physical demands of more runs. We cogitated some more. Are there enough hours in the day? Will anyone be interested? I am truly, truly sick of all the travel – could I bear to spend time waiting for mysteriously cancelled trains and stuck in endless motorway tailbacks?

In the end we decided to go for it. I’ll be doing 45 runs in the UK’s biggest built-up areas (please see below for more detail.)

That will take my global total to 250 runs. Which is equivalent to running 2 500 000 metres. That’s a metre for every cancer sufferer in the UK.

The first runs will be in the North-East (Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Newcastle) in the w/c May 22nd  with the Newcastle run planned for Saturday May 26th. Please get in touch if you can join any of the runs – or you have any local friends and contacts.

If the North-East is a success, we’ll raise lots of money for cancer research, help encourage people to be more active – and end up with a good night out in Newcastle at the end of it all.

If it’s not a success, I may have to go into embarrassed hiding. And you wouldn’t – I hope – want that!

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1 Greater London Built-up Area 9,787,426 1,737.9 5,630 London BoroughsHemel HempsteadWatfordWokingHarlowSt AlbansBracknell
2 Greater Manchester Built-up Area 2,553,379 630.3 4,051 ManchesterSalfordBoltonStockportOldhamRochdaleBuryTraffordTameside
3 West Midlands Built-up Area 2,440,986 598.9 4,076 BirminghamWolverhamptonWest BromwichDudleyWalsallSolihull
4 West Yorkshire Built-up Area 1,777,934 487.8 3,645 LeedsBradfordWakefieldHuddersfieldDewsburyKeighleyHalifax
5 Greater Glasgow Built-up Area 1,209,143 368.5 3,390 GlasgowPaisleyClydebank
6 Liverpool Built-up Area 864,122 199.6 4,329 LiverpoolBootleLitherlandCrosbyPrescotSt. HelensAshton-in-Makerfield
7 South Hampshire Built-up Area 855,569 192.0 4,455 SouthamptonPortsmouthEastleighGosportFarehamHavantHorndean
8 Tyneside Built-up Area 774,891 180.5 4,292 Newcastle upon TyneGatesheadSouth ShieldsTynemouthWallsendWhitley BayJarrow
9 Nottingham Built-up Area 729,977 176.4 4,139 NottinghamBeestonCarltonWest BridgfordIlkestonHucknall
10 Sheffield Built-up Area 685,368 167.5 4,092 SheffieldRotherhamRawmarsh
11 Bristol Built-up Area 617,280 144.4 4,274 BristolFiltonPillFrampton CotterellKingswoodWarmleyMangotsfieldWinterbourne
12 Belfast Urban Area 595,879 BelfastCastlereaghGreenislandHolywoodLisburnNewtownabbeyMilltown
13 Leicester Built-up area 508,916 109.4 4,653 LeicesterWigstonOadbySystonBlabyBirstallNarboroughEnderby
14 Edinburgh 482,005
15 Brighton and Hove Built-up area 474,485 89.4 5,304 Brighton and HoveWorthingLittlehamptonShoreham-by-Sea
16 Bournemouth/Poole Built-up area 466,266 131.0 3,559 BournemouthPooleChristchurchFerndownNew MiltonWimborne Minster
17 Cardiff Built-up area 447,287 102.3 4,370 CardiffCaerphillyPenarthPontypridd
18 Teesside Built-up area 376,633 108.2 3,482 MiddlesbroughStockton-On-TeesBillinghamRedcar
19 Stoke-on-Trent Built-up area 372,775 103.9 3,588 Stoke-on-TrentNewcastle-under-LymeKidsgrove
20 Coventry Built-up area 359,262 81.3 4,420 CoventryBedworth
21 Sunderland Built-up area 335,415 83.5 4,018 SunderlandWashingtonChester-Le-StreetHetton-le-HoleHoughton-le-Spring
22 Birkenhead Built-up area 325,264 88.2 3,687 BirkenheadWallaseyEllesmere PortBebington
23 Reading Built-up area 318,014 83.7 3,800 ReadingWokinghamWoodleyCrowthorne
24 Kingston upon HullBuilt-up area 314,018 82.6 3,802 Kingston upon HullCottinghamHessle
25 Preston Built-up area 313,322 82.4 3,802 PrestonBamber BridgeChorleyFulwoodLeyland
26 Newport Built-up area 306,844 84.2 3,643 NewportPontypoolCwmbranBlackwoodRiscaYstrad Mynach
27 Swansea Built-up area 300,352 87.6 3,431 SwanseaNeathPort TalbotYstradgynlaisPontardawe
28 Southend-on-Sea Built-up area 295,310 71.8 4,111 Southend-on-SeaHullbridgeRayleighRochford
29 Derby Built-up area 270,468 64.1 4,219 DerbyBorrowashDuffield
30 Plymouth Built-up area 260,203 59.7 4,356 PlymouthPlymstockPlympton
31 Luton Built-up area 258,018 50.7 5,088 LutonDunstableHoughton Regis
32 Farnborough/Aldershot Built-up area 252,397 78.5 3,217 FarnboroughAldershotCamberleyFarnhamFrimleySandhurstYateley
33 Medway Towns Built-up area 243,931 52.2 4,677 GillinghamChathamRochester
34 Blackpool Built-up area 239,409 61.3 3,908 BlackpoolLytham St AnnesPoulton-le-FyldeThorntonCleveleys
35 Milton Keynes Built-up area 229,941 62.5 3,678 ‘Milton Keynes’,[b] BletchleyNewport PagnellWoburn Sands
36 Barnsley/Dearne Valley Built-up area 223,281 59.7 3,739 BarnsleyWath upon DearneWombwellHoyland
37 Northampton Built-up area 215,963 57.9 3,731 NorthamptonCollingtree
38 Norwich Built-up area 213,166 61.9 3,444 NorwichTaverhamCostesseyCringlefordColneyHorsham St Faith, Queens Hills, Thorpe End, Trowse with Newton
39 Aberdeen 207,932
40 Swindon Built-up area 185,609 47.1 3,945 SwindonHaydon WickStratton St. MargaretBroad BlunsdonBlunsdon St AndrewWroughton
41 Crawley Built-up area 180,508 58.1 3,107 CrawleyHorleyEast GrinsteadCopthorneCrawley Down
42 Ipswich Built-up area 178,835 49.1 3,639 IpswichKesgraveWoodbridge
43 Wigan Built-up area 175,405 43.8 4,009 WiganSkelmersdaleStandishInce-in-Makerfield
44 Mansfield Built-up area 171,958 48.4 3,556 MansfieldSutton-in-AshfieldKirkby-in-AshfieldMansfield Woodhouse
45 Oxford Built-up area 171,380 37.4 4,585 OxfordKenningtonWheatley



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