Run 160 : Jordan – Amman

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Date : 23rd November, 2018

Time : 54’ 40”

Number of runners (total to date) : 60 (2626)

Total distance run to date : 1600 km

Run map and details :

Per its website, the King Hussein Cancer Foundation is an organisation dedicated to fighting cancer by fundraising; by supporting patients at the KHCF ; by providing a cancer care coverage programme ; and via programmes to increase cancer awareness and promote early detection.

They’re also, as it turns out, excellent run organisers.

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There were ambulances, banners, volunteers all along the route, police security, run leaders etc. There were also high vis vests – an item I’ve always coveted!

The only minor blip was something they couldn’t control – the weather. A thunderstorm had been forecast for the morning of our run. And, while it never came to that, it was cold with a nagging, slanting rain that broke out from time to time. Enough to deter many runners I was repeatedly told by those who braved the elements – which was a shame given all KHCF’s efforts.

Still, there were about 60 of us at the start and, of course, the great thing about running is that the weather doesn’t matter as soon as you get going.

We started at the Amman Baccalaureate School

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and, after a pre-run warm-up,

ran roughly towards the centre of town via an incline or two (Amman is very hilly) past the Queen Rania Teacher Academy and the King Hussein Medical Centre. We finished with a loop of the Al Hussein Park past the King Hussein Mosque.

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However, I’m not going to dwell on the run – excellent though it was – because these events are really about the runners and the cause.

There were runners from Run Jordan,

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and from local running clubs

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an extraordinary ultra desert runner

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a man who ran in 4 layers to lose more weight (he’d already reduced his weight from 120kg to 90kg) and Tim the Australian journalist who didn’t run but did take lots of footage.

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A more diverse and friendly group you couldn’t hope to meet.

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As for the cause, if you’d like to support the King Hussein Cancer Foundation then please donate here. Cancer sufferers across Jordan will be very grateful.

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It just remains for me to thank all my fellow runners and the King Hussein Cancer Foundation for all the support and great company.

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If any of you can make it, then I’d love to see you in London on July 4th 2020 for the UK, and final, leg of Run the World!

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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 :

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About Run the World

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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