Turkey 2 October: Gallipoli Peninsula

I Run For Peace

Today we were special guests at the Gallipoli Marathon (Canakkale Marathon) which has the motto, "I Run For Peace".

This is the monument on the toe of the peninsula that stands in memory of the battle at Gallipoli and as a testament to Peace

This is Morto Koyu - 'Death Bay'. Here many unsuspecting British soldiers were killed during an amphibious landing in 1915. Further up the coast the Anzacs ran into similar troubles.

This location has now become a place for all countries involved in the conflict to forge new bonds of friendship and goodwill.

The great leader of the Turkish nation Ataturk, who was a general at the Gallipoli conflict said, "YOU, THE MOTHERS, WHO SENT THEIR SONS FROM FARAWAY COUNTRIES WIPE AWAY YOUR TEARS: YOUR SONS ARE NOW LYING IN OUR BOSOM AND ARE IN PEACE. AFTER HAVING LOST THEIR LIVES ON THIS LAND, THEY HAVE BECOME OUR SONS AS WELL".

At the camp for the marathon many hundreds of people take a picture with our Peace Torch

This is the second year of this event which this year drew 5000 people for Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K races and an open public 5K run

Spot the Peace Torch ...

There was a lot of media interest

The Peace Run team participated in the 5K public run sharing the torch with runners along the route

It was 30 degrees and water was very welcome

Our friend who organised an overnight relay from Istanbul

The final stretch was downhill in the shade of the trees

The winner of the 10K race holds the torch

Cooling off in the bay

The Dardanelles are a very busy shipping lane

I Run For Peace

The award ceremony