Run 165 : Chad – Ndjamena

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Date : 9th February, 2019

Time : 58’ 57”

Number of runners (total to date) : 1 (3457)

Run map and details :

*!@*!!$! Ethiopian Airlines. With less than a week to go to my trip they postponed my Niamey-Ndjamena and Ndjamena- Bangui flights by 48 hours. Between visa dates, and all the runs and school talks etc that had already been organised, we couldn’t accommodate the delay and had to find alternative flights. So, instead of arriving in Ndjamena at 17.40 after 4 hours of flying, I landed at 19.10 after ten hours of flights. And instead of leaving the next day at 12.40 on a two hour flight to Bangui, I had to depart at 7.15 on a 7 hour flight.

On a more positive note Abdel Adami from the British Office in Ndjamena was at the airport to meet me and put me into a taxi (many thanks for that!)

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By the time I got to my hotel, the Radisson Blu, it was almost 21.00.

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Having got up at 4am to run in Niamey, and having travelled all day, I really didn’t feel like running. But there wasn’t much of a choice…

So I set off round the – luckily quite extensive – hotel grounds. Which incorporated a rather inviting pool and a very runnable stretch along the Chari river – which flows from the Central African Republic through Chad and into Lake Chad. (Not that I could see the river what with it being quite late at night and all that).

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I ran pretty much every way I could round the grounds and, after about 3 km, it felt like time for a change of scenery. So I ran down to the main gate and asked the security team if I could go outside? The polite, but firm, answer was,  “Non, c’est pas bon.”

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And that was pretty much it. I ran round and round the hotel until I’d ground out 10km. By now I was nursing another grievance against Ethiopian. I don’t normally stay in places as nice as the Radisson and, after all the running and travelling of the previous week, I really would have liked some time there to catch up on sleep and sit by the pool.

But instead there was only time for a quick shower and dinner and 3-4 hours’ sleep before the alarm went at 4.40am the next morning. Thank you Ethiopian Airlines…

*”No, it’s not good [out there]”.

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Facts & Stats

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia.

Chad is a landlocked country in northcentral Africa. It is bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon and Nigeria to the southwest, and Niger to the west. It is the fifth largest country in Africa and the second-largest in Central Africa in terms of area.

Chad has several regions: a desert zone in the north, an arid Sahelian belt in the centre and a more fertile Sudanian Savanna zone in the south. Lake Chad, after which the country is named, is the largest wetland in Chad and the second-largest in Africa. The capital N’Djamena is the largest city. Chad’s official languages are Arabic and French. Chad is home to over 200 different ethnic and linguistic groups. The most popular religion of Chad is Islam (at 55%), followed by Christianity (at 40%).

Beginning in the 7th millennium BC, human populations moved into the Chadian basin in great numbers. By the end of the 1st millennium AD, a series of states and empires had risen and fallen in Chad’s Sahelian strip, each focused on controlling the trans-Saharan trade routes that passed through the region. France conquered the territory by 1920 and incorporated it as part of French Equatorial Africa. In 1960, Chad obtained independence under the leadership of François Tombalbaye. Resentment towards his policies in the Muslim north culminated in the eruption of a long-lasting civil war in 1965. In 1979 the rebels conquered the capital and put an end to the south’s hegemony. However, the rebel commanders fought amongst themselves until Hissène Habré defeated his rivals. He was overthrown in 1990 by his general Idriss Déby. Since 2003 the Darfur crisis in Sudan has spilt over the border and destabilised the nation, with hundreds of thousands of Sudanese refugees living in and around camps in eastern Chad.

While many political parties are active, power lies firmly in the hands of President Déby and his political party, the Patriotic Salvation Movement. Chad remains plagued by political violence and recurrent attempted coups d’état. Since 2003, crude oil has become the country’s primary source of export earnings, superseding the traditional cotton industry.

World Bank Data

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

GDP $9.9 bn 2017 $1.4 bn 2000
Population 14.9 m 2017 8.3 m 2000
Primary school enrolment* 88% 2016 64% 2000
CO2 Emissions** 0.05 2014 0.02 2000
% below poverty line*** 46.7% 2011 54.8% 2002
Life expectancy at birth 52.9 yrs 2016 47.6 yrs 2000
GNI per capita $640 2017 $180 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 Chad performed in the global sporting arena in 2018:

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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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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