March 11, 2016 Live from the road

Bristol - Caerphilly

Reported by Devashishu Torpy 87.0 km

A huge thank you to our friend Stephane Merle at the Mercure in Welsh Back, Bristol for supporting us with accommodation and a sumptuous breakfast

The sun has come out!

Our first appointment in Bristol is at Clifton College

A big thank you to Head Teacher Mr John Milne who welcomed us at their assembly

A Peace Run Poem by Rania ben Aziza:

To me peace is love
Just like the symbol of the dove
The world could be happy
Where everyone is in love
No more fights
And ISIS crisis's
A friend's hand
Can be an opportunity
To make the world
Just an imaginary dream
A caring hand
Just make it share
The peace run race!

Peace Run poem by Ffion Martin:

Peace is something we all seek,
When we lack it, we feel weak.
Since it's rooted deep inside,
With our peace, we're so closely tied.
Peace is something you can't buy,
You won't catch it from the sky.
Something about it is truly sublime,
It does not follow distance nor time.
Peace is something we mutually share,
For it is just, and always fair,
When we find it, peace is sweet,
It shall make our life complete.

We are very grateful to Meika Byas who's enthusiasm for the Peace Run made this all possible!

And off we go ....

Running through the city of Bristol. Local runner Suswara leads the way

Three students are waiting to greet us at the entrance to Hannah More Primary School

We receive an overwhelming cheer as we run into the assembly hall

Children guess the nationality of our runners

The Head Teacher said she was really moved by our visit.

Gints leads the children in a quick warm up stretch before a run around the playground

What enthusiasm and joy the children have at Hannah More!

The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Clare Campion-Smith joins the runners

She reads the words on the Sri Chinmoy Peace City Plaque on Brandon Hill. Bristol was dedicated as a Peace City many years ago.

On a tour of the city these nice people get to hold the torch

The Severn Bridge, which connects England and Wales, is a Peace Bridge.

This passer by is on a pilgrimage to Santiago De Compostela

The Severn River

After a long run Gints takes the weight off his feet!

The rolling hills of Wales

Daffodils are out to greet us!

A mechanic in Caerphilly wishes us all the best for our journey

Passing by Caerphilly Castle

The Mayor of Caerphilly, Councillor Leon Gardiner.

Thank you to the Old Library Coffee Shop who hosted our meeting and fed us sumptuously!

Torch carried by
Albena Margeritova (Bulgaria), Balavan Thomas (Great Britain), Daniel Manso (Portugal), Devashishu Torpy (Great Britain), Dulce Manso (Portugal), Gints Peleckis (Latvia), Gordana Petrovčić (Croatia), Paramanyu Lebedev (Russia), Rasmivan Collinson (Great Britain), Salil Wilson (Australia), Satyagraha Vladimir Salnicov (Moldova), Suswara Payne (Great Britain), Vera Marques (Portugal).  
Paramanyu Lebedev, Salil Wilson, Satyagraha Vladimir Salnicov
The torch has travelled 87.0 km from Bristol to Caerphilly.

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