Run 156 : Portugal – Lisbon

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Date : 28th September, 2018

Time : 59’ 33”

Number of runners (total to date) : 30 (2481)

Total distance run to date : 1560 km

Run map and details :

Media :

“You picked the worst night to run with me”, said Bruno aka ‘The Boss’. And he was right – for it was the night of the dreaded hill run.

If I understood it correctly, it works something like this. Everyone does the hill run and the person with the fastest time can then challenge Bruno on the hill. The winner takes all.

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If you ever decide to take on Bruno’s hill challenge, then this would be my recommended schedule:

  1. A week’s break before the run to rest your legs.
  2. The night before, get a good sleep in your own bed.
  3. Do nothing the day of the run apart from some gentle stretching.

Unfortunately, my actual schedule looked like this :

  1. 6 x 10km runs and loads of travel in the week before.
  2. An overnight flight from Sao Tome. In economy.
  3. 4 hours walking round Lisbon in the hot sun.

There were about 30 of us at the start of the run and we set off downhill from the Dolce Vita shopping centre.

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Which seemed OK until Bruno pointed out the hill top that was our target – and I realised that every metre downhill was another metre we’d have to climb later.

Eventually we got to the start point and everyone set their watches. And then we began to climb. Followed by some more climbing. Then some more. And finally some more.

A lot of it was pretty steep and, over time, we’d separated out into smaller groups. As we neared the top I was running with one other person. And when we finally got to the top, we couldn’t see anyone else. So we turned round, headed back downhill and bumped into a runner. Turned out we’d gone the wrong way and done an extra 400m of uphill. Aaargh!

Back on the correct path, we completed a downhill section before a shorter but even steeper climb. I swear my legs were about to collapse under me when we finally came out on a flat stretch. And found the rest of the group waiting for us.

It wasn’t too bad after that and the final downhill was actually quite exhilarating with everyone picking up speed.

When we got to the end point I checked my Garmin and discovered that , although it felt like we’d run a marathon, in fact we’d only covered 8.25km. My legs weren’t too keen on the idea of another 1.75km of running but, thankfully, a few of the other runners kept me company.

Bruno, I can’t tell you that I enjoyed the run. But the company and welcome were great. Thank you correr lisboa!

Bruno, and everyone else who ran that evening, you are formally invited to the UK leg of Run the World in London on July 4th 2020. Most of us will be running on Hampstead Heath but I will create a special route for Bruno taking in Highgate Hill, West Hill, Fitzroy Park and Swains Lane. The names won’t mean anything to you but they are some of the most notorious climbs in London. Revenge will be mine!

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Facts & Stats

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia.

Portugal [puɾtuˈɣal] is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost sovereign state of mainland Europe. It is bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments.

Portugal is the oldest state on the Iberian Peninsula and one of the oldest in Europe, its territory having been continuously settled, invaded and fought over since prehistoric times. The Pre-CeltsCeltsCarthaginians and Romans were followed by the invasions of the Visigoths and Suebi Germanic peoples.

Portugal as a country was established during the Christian Reconquista against the Moors who had invaded the Iberian Peninsula in 711 AD. Despite attempts at independence since its foundation as a county in 868, only after the Battle of São Mamede in 1128, where Portuguese forces led by Afonso Henriques defeated forces led by his mother, Theresa of Portugal, the County of Portugal affirmed its sovereignty and Afonso Henriques styled himself Prince of Portugal. He would later be proclaimed King of Portugal at the Battle of Ourique in 1139 and was recognised as such, by neighbouring kingdoms, on the Treaty of Zamora, in 1143.[

In the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal established the first global empire, becoming one of the world’s major economic, political and military powers. During this period, today referred to as the Age of Discovery, Portuguese explorers pioneered maritime exploration, notably under royal patronage of Prince Henry the Navigator and King John II, with such notable voyages as Bartolomeu Dias‘ sailing beyond the Cape of Good Hope (Cabo da Boa Esperança) (1488), Vasco da Gama‘s discovery of the sea route to India (1497–98) and the European discovery of Brazil(1500).

During this time, Portugal monopolized the spice trade, and the empire expanded with military campaigns in Asia. However, events such as the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, the Industrial Revolution, the Seven Years’ War, the country’s occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence of Brazil (1822), erased to an extent Portugal’s prior opulence.

After the 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy, the democratic but unstable Portuguese First Republic was established, later being superseded by the Estado Novo right-wing authoritarian regime. Democracy was restored after the Carnation Revolution in 1974, ending the Portuguese Colonial War.

Shortly after, independence was granted to almost all its overseas territories. The handover of Macau to China in 1999 marked the end of what can be considered the longest-lived colonial empire.

Portugal has left a profound cultural and architectural influence across the globe, a legacy of 300 million Portuguese speakers, and many Portuguese-based creoles. A member of the United Nations and the European Union, Portugal was also one of the founding members of NATO, the eurozone, the OECD, and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries.

Portugal is a developed country with a high-income advanced economy and high living standards. It is the 4th most peaceful country in the world, and its state is the 15th most stable one, maintained under a unitary semi-presidential republican form of government. Additionally, the country ranks highly in terms of democracy (10th), social progress (20th), prosperity (25th), press freedom (14th), moral freedom (3rd), LGBTI rights (7th in Europe), ease of doing business (29th)[  and road network (3rd).

World Bank Data

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

GDP $205.2 bn 2016 $118.4 bn 2000
Population 10.3 m 2016 10.3 m 2000
Primary school enrolment* 105% 2016 122% 2000
CO2 Emissions** 4.3 2014 6.1 2000
% below poverty line*** NA NA
Life expectancy at birth 81.1 yrs 2016 76.3 yrs 2000
GNI per capita $19850 2016 $12140 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 much 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 Portugal performed in the global sporting arena in 2017:

Global Cup – 49th

Per Capita Cup – 38th

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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I'm running 10 km in every country in the world - a total of 205 countries - by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. I'm doing the Run the World challenge to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and to raise money for cancer research following the death of my mother from cancer. If you'd like to donate to Cancer Research - - then I know they'd be very grateful.
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