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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Facts & Stats

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia.

Jordan is an Arab country in Western Asia, on the East Bank of the Jordan River. Jordan is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north and Israel and Palestine (West Bank) to the west. The Dead Sea is located along its western borders and the country has a small coastline to the Red Sea in its extreme south-west, but is otherwise landlocked. The capital, Amman, is Jordan’s most populous city as well as the country’s economic, political and cultural centre

What is now Jordan has been inhabited by humans since the Paleolithic period. Three stable kingdoms emerged there at the end of the Bronze AgeAmmonMoab and Edom. Later rulers include the Nabataean Kingdom, the Roman Empire, and the Ottoman Empire. After the Great Arab Revolt against the Ottomans in 1916 during World War I, the Ottoman Empire was partitioned by Britain and France. The Emirate of Transjordan was established in 1921 by the Hashemite, then EmirAbdullah I, and the emirate became a British protectorate. In 1946, Jordan became an independent state officially known as the Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan, but was renamed in 1949 to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan after the country captured the West Bank during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War and annexed it until it was lost to Israel in 1967. Jordan renounced its claim to the territory in 1988, and became one of two Arab states to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1994.[ Jordan is a founding member of the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation. The sovereign state is a constitutional monarchy, but the king holds wide executive and legislative powers.

Jordan is a relatively small, semi-arid, almost landlocked country with an area of 89,342 km2 (34,495 sq mi) and a population numbering 10 million, making it the 11th-most populous Arab countrySunni Islam, practiced by around 95% of the population, is the dominant religion in Jordan and coexists with an indigenous Christian minority. Jordan has been repeatedly referred to as an “oasis of stability” in a turbulent region. It has been mostly unscathed by the violence that swept the region following the Arab Spring in 2010. From as early as 1948, Jordan has accepted refugees from multiple neighbouring countries in conflict. An estimated 2.1 million Palestinian and 1.4 million Syrian refugees are present in Jordan as of a 2015 census. The kingdom is also a refuge to thousands of Iraqi Christians fleeing persecution by ISIL. While Jordan continues to accept refugees, the recent large influx from Syria placed substantial strain on national resources and infrastructure.

Jordan is classified as a country of “high human development” with an “upper middle income” economy. The Jordanian economy, one of the smallest economies in the region, is attractive to foreign investors based upon a skilled workforce. The country is a major tourist destination, also attracting medical tourism due to its well developed health sector. Nonetheless, a lack of natural resources, large flow of refugees and regional turmoil have hampered economic growth.

World Bank Data

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

GDP $40.1 bn 2017 $8.5 bn 2000
Population 9.7 m 2017 5.1 m 2000
Primary school enrolment* 99% 2004 95% 2000
CO2 Emissions** 3.0 2014 3.0 2000
% below poverty line*** 14.4% 2010 13.3% 2008
Life expectancy at birth 74.3 yrs 2016 71.7 yrs 2000
GNI per capita $3980 2017 $1680 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 Jordan performed in the global sporting arena in 2018:

Global Cup – 91st

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.



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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