RLS Runs the World - Progress Updates

RLS Runs the World is our whole school community Challenge to collectively run around the World (40,075km!). Each time we arrive in a major destination along our route around the World, we’ll give you a little insight into where we are, what you can see and what you can taste!

If you haven’t yet signed up for our RLS Runs the World Challenge, visit the Event page to find out how. 

26th May – RLS travels across the Bay of Bengal

A perilous route across the Bay of Bengal has been the name of the game over the past few days. Leaving Kochi in India, we crossed the country and set off across the Bay of Bengal in the direction of Myanmar and Thailand. Known for its fierce cyclones, and devastatingly suffered a “super-cyclone” just last week which has left many areas of coastal India and Bangladesh in states of ruin. Check these videos for news updates,  reports about why cyclones are so prevalent in this area, as well as a taste of more calm and pleasant times in the stunning Andaman and Nicobar Islands found along the way.

25th May – RLS has arrived in Kochi, Kerala

Our Run-the-Worlders must have had the wind behind them yesterday as we zoomed down to the south of India to Kochi in Kerala. Known for its palm-lined beaches, quiet backwaters, and mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations – our Year 12s were due to visit Kochi this year which as had to be cancelled so here are a few videos to give a glimpse into this beautiful region:

Take a sneak peek into Kochi, the Queen of the Arabian Sea

Explore the Kerala backwaters here

Learn how to make famous Keralan Fish Curry


23rd May – RLS has arrived in Mumbai, India

A great effort in walking, cycling and running got us out of Pakistan and across the border into India! Past colourful Rajasthan, through the industrious city of Ahmedabad, and down to the historic port town of Mumbai by evening. 

Find out about the hustle and bustle of Mumbai, including a visit to the famous Dharai slums and its friendly industrious people. And don’t forget that Mumbai is the home to Hindi Cinema, aka “Bollywood” – you can learn about what it’s like to be a Bollywood dancer here.

22nd May – RLS has arrived in Karachi, Pakistan

A windy day that has been helping some ad hindering others today! But we still covered plenty of ground, leaving Dubai in the morning, travelling through Iran, and into Pakistan by the evening and along to its capital city, Karachi. Unfortunately today, in the real world, Karachi suffered a terrible plane crash tragedy so we will be thinking of them today/tonight.

To find out more about this fascinating city – 7th largest in the world, with 24 million inhabitants, check out some of these sources below:

First impressions of Karachi vlog

Check out some Pakistani Cricket, the country’s No1 sport

Not wanting to ignore today’s very real tragedy happening in Karachi, here is some BBC news footage about the plane crash. Some may find it disturbing, so only watch if you feel comfortable.


21st May – RLS has arrived in Dubai

It’s been a great day for getting fresh air and sunshine, and we’ve covered lots of kms too! Leaving Yemen and travelling through Saudi Arabia, we reached the Emirate of Dubai by nightfall!

Around since 3000 BC, Dubai started off a fairly insignificant fishing village that became an important trading port, and over the years has transformed and developed into the “megalopolus for the rich and famous” that is today.

Hear about the extravagant lifestyles of the 10 richest people in Dubai, and the mind-blowing plans for future developments in this jaw-dropping city of skyscrapers and man-made islands!

If you have access to Netflix, you can also check out the documentary “Fittest in Dubai” that may give you some training hints!

20th May – RLS has arrived in Yemen!

Following a day’s hard graft, we left Sudan in the early morning and travelled through Ethiopia, across the Red Sea and into Yemen, to its capital Sata’a for the evening. Amazing work everyone, on a really hot day!

Believed to be one of the oldest inhabited regions of the world, Yemen’s rich heritage and beautiful natural landscapes are worth a virtual look around:

Check this pretty impressive architecture, known as the Rock Palace

Escape to this “Robinson Crusoe” island just off the Yemen Coast

Unfortunately Yemen isn’t a place you can actually visit right now, it is undergoing a huge humanitarian crisis and has been war torn for many years. Hear one person’s explanation here of this troubled zone in the Middle East.

19th May – RLS has arrived in the Sudan!

Today our “Run the Worlders” have mainly been running/cycling and walking down the route of the Nile (it’s very long!). Leaving Luxor in the early morning, we covered 2000 km south, through the Sahara Desert, past Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, and down to the Al Dinder National Park by nightfall. Home to many wild friends, including giraffe, antelope, gazelle, dik-dik, buffalo, lion, and ostrich, black rhinoceros, leopard, cheetah and elephant!

Having been the scene of a political revolution just last year, the newly formed Republic of the Sudan, is still finding its feet. Find out a bit more about this fascinating country following these links:

A summary of the stages to the Sudanese Revolution, and how women played a key part in changing the country’s history.

In more peaceful times, catch this Vlog about 48 hours in Sudan, seeing pyramids, bustling Khartoum and amazing Sudanese hospitality – an unexpected oasis.

And catch Joanna Lumley’s mesmerising trip along the Nile, into the Sudan – the same route we “travelled” today!


18th May – RLS has arrived in Luxor!

Our runners/cyclists/walkers have covered some hot and dusty grounds today, but with some breathtaking “wonders” along the way! Leaving Petra after breakfast, we headed 600km west and into bustling Cairo by lunchtime, with a visit to the pyramids at Giza and then we headed south down the Nile arriving in Luxor and all its grandeur by nightfall!

See some of the hustle and bustle of Cairo here.

See one of the Greatest Wonders of the Ancient World – the Pyramids of Giza.

Take a tour around Luxor and the Valley of the Kings.

17th May – RLS has arrived in Petra!

Wow, it’s been hard slog today, through some hot and sparse terrain (!) but we have reached the “Rose City” of Petra in Jordan!

From Athens, it didn’t take us long to get to Istanbul, then the afternoon was spent cycling/running/walking through Turkey, through Syria and into Jordan by early evening, past the capital Amman, and down to Petra – a 2,000 civilisation hand-built into the rose-coloured stone – you may recognise it from a famous movie….

> Recognise this famous movie scene

> A video tour of Petra from National Geographic: 

> And for a little look around outside of Petra, check out these 10 “most Instragrammable” places in Jordan for a flavour.

16th May – RLS has arrived in Rome!

After a sunny day and lots of miles under our belts, we have reached Rome! By mid-morning we had left France and were heading towards the Alpes of Switzerland and Italy! We had headed past Milan after lunchtime, and on our way south to Rome by early evening…great work everyone! Buona Sera Roma!

Want to know a bit more about life in Rome while we’re here?

See life as a Gladiator in this VR Experience of the Colosseum in Ancient Rome.

Hear about the dream of owning your own Gelateria (Italian Ice Cream Shop).

Get your taste buds dreaming of the 10 best foods to try in Rome.

16th May – Petit Dejeuner in Lyon and then we’re off!

After some evening cycles and runs on the 15th, RLS woke up in Lyon – France’s 3rd largest city, which was once the capital of Gaule (France) for 300 years! The home of film-making (the Lumiere brothers invented film-making here) and a gastronomic centre with over 20 Michelin-star restaurants – which one would you choose?. Enjoy a croissant for breakfast, enjoy this video tour and then get those trainers on and let’s get to Italy!

15th May – Evening Update: RLS Arrives in Paris

After a brilliant day with more and more students, staff, parents/siblings and alumni joining in with the Challenge, we raced past London by mid-morning, had crossed the Channel by lunchtime, and were sauntering along the Champs-Elysees by early evening. A GREAT first day! Let’s keep the momentum going as we head through France towards Italy over the weekend…

But while we are in Paris…

> Check out these teenagers playing dares in front of Notre Dame Cathedral and practice your french verbs at the same time!

> Take a Tour of Le Louvre – Napoleon’s Treasure Chest?

> Make a Croque Madame with Little Paris Kitchen

Friday 15th May: Launch Day!

We saw cyclists and runners and walkers up early doors and had clocked various kms before breakfast!! Out of Buckingham, past Winslow, and London-bound. With over 200 of fabulous supporters signed up already and the sun shining, we had a feeling it was going to be a brilliant day!

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