• World Harmony Run

    World's Largest Torch Relay
    World Harmony Run

  • 1,000,000 Participants

    Across 6 Continents
    1,000,000 Participants

  • Dreaming of a more harmonious world

    100 countries
    Dreaming of Harmony

  • Schools And Kids

    Make a Wish for Peace
    Schools And Kids

  • Sri Chinmoy: World Harmony Run Founder

    World Harmony Run Founder
    Sri Chinmoy

  • Carl Lewis: World Harmony Run Spokesman

    World Harmony Run Spokesman
    Carl Lewis

  • New York, USA

    New York

  • London, Great Britain

    Great Britain

  • Shakhovskaya, Russia


  • Around Australia

    15,000 kms, 100 days
    Around Australia

  • Around Ireland

    14 Days, 1500km
    Around Ireland

  • Wanaka, New Zealand

    New Zealand

  • Arjang, Norway


  • Rekjavik, Iceland


  • Beijing, China


  • Prague, Czech Republic

    Czech Republic

  • Belgrade, Serbia


  • Lake Biwa, Japan

    Lake Biwa

  • Kapsait, Ethiopia


  • Pangkor Island, Malaysia

    Pangkor Island

  • Bali, Indonesia


  • The All Blacks, New Zealand

    The All Blacks
    New Zealand

Great Britain 26 March: Bradford - Sheffield

Thanks to Kathryn and the team at the Dubrovnik Hotel & Restaurant, who gave us a special deal for our night in beautiful Bradford. As a non-profit, non-fundraising event, our sponsors are a godsend.

Noivedya and Devashishu visited The Peace Museum (est. 1994), the only museum in the UK dedicated to the broad topic of peace. It is filled with historical material on everything from conscientious objectors to anti-nuclear demonstrations. We were invited to tie green ribbons to the peace tree to show our support of non-violent solutions to world issues.

This intriguing cupboard of peace-related crafts was a project by Bowling Park Primary School, which we had visited earlier that day. (More on that later.)

Thanks to the Peace Museum for opening especially to meet with us that day. (On Monday it is usually closed.) Standing with Devashishu are some of the people who have worked hard to make The Peace Museum a reality: Bradford's Poet Laureate Gerard Benson (who has written about peace in many of his poems); his wife Catherine Benson, a distinguished poet, illustrator, and author of children's books; and Museum curator and manager Julie Obermeyer

One of the Museum's projects is the Bradford City Peace Trail, which takes in many of the historic sites in the city based around local peace initiatives and peacemakers. Bradford was dedicated as a City of Peace in 1997.

Earlier that day, Bradford had continued its welcoming reception with some tremendous school ceremonies.

The students at Bowling Park Primary enjoyed playing our game in which they guess the nationalities of each runner, but they were even more of a global melting pot than we were. These students speak 26 languages between them, and nobody on staff is willing to guess how many nationalities the kids represent.

Though Pakistan is the most represented nation, there is an especially large number of students with families from the Czech Republic. This is usually one of the trickiest nations to guess, but this time it took only seconds.

It is a truly peace-loving school, and even has a group of students called the Peace Makers, who are involved with community activities. Earlier this month, the Peace Makers helped to relaunch the Peace Museum (hence the school's contribution to the gallery).

Not only do they diligently support peace and harmony, but Bowling Park Primary School takes running to another level. The principal, Stuart Herrington, claims that he had never exercised a day in his life until he took up running last year. Now he can run 10 miles at a time - no small achievement. Moreover, he actively encourages his students to take up running.

Every Friday, he takes many of the older students for a jog around Bowling Green Park - a 7-kilometre jog. This week, as we were present, they went to the park on Monday. After the ceremony, we joined them in a serious run through the park.

Though some of the athletic students were keen to go fast, it was an easy run, with the sporty types slowing down for everyone else, and the group taking several breaks on the way. The plan was to ensure that many students, of varying abilities, could take part.

Hence, few people had any reason to feel worn out - except for three runners who wanted to take photos of the event for this gallery. While others jogged relatively calmly, the photographers sprinted on ahead to catch the photos. Whether it was worth the effort depends on whether you like the photos in our gallery.

After the run, the students still had the energy to "interview" us, using the cards we had just given them as "microphones". This was for another project: they had to write of their World Harmony Run experience as a newspaper piece.

We next visited St Michael & All Angels Primary School, a Church of England school, which also welcomed us with open arms.

Again, there seemed to be a virus in the school, as the students found themselves with blue spots all over their faces... which were really World Harmony Run stamps. Still they kept smiling.

Thanks to our first school, we had already run a long way that day... and we hadn't even left Bradford.

Semi-exhausted, the team set up for a brief lunch.

At the lunch break we found a little time to enjoy the spring flowers. Photo tip: This is Apaguha's best position for a good angle.

See? He knew exactly what he was doing.

Some people will do anything to escape from their afternoon run!

Earlier, at Bowling Park Primary School, one of the runners had asked a student how far it is to Sheffield. "Oh, a couple of miles at least," he replied. True enough. It was closer to 40 miles, in fact.

While waiting for the runner, Petar spent a moment in the Sun.

We ran through the town of Huddersfield (before the road signs could hide its existence).

Shyamala, who oversaw the run through Scotland, had her final day on the World Harmony Run before jumping on a train back home to Edinburgh.

We reached the outer suburbs of Sheffield with plenty of time to spare.

All smiles as we entered one of the biggest cities in the UK - and stopped for the night.


Video Message from Davidson Hepburn, President (2009 - 2011) of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for 25th Anniversary of the World Harmony Run and a vision for the decade: "Toward a Oneness-World".

Full Text of the 25th annversary message and link to 25 language informal Translations: http://www.worldharmonyrun.org/25

or Click on language button for separate youtube videos wth sub titles in varous languages

See also:

– Noivedya

Distance: 69 km

Team Members:
Apaguha Vesely (Czech Republic), Sandro Zincarini (Italy), Mladen Vujaklija (Croatia), Sumahat Strohn (Germany), Noivedya Juddery (Australia), Andre Carvalho Ribeiro (Portugal), Petar Mihaylov (Bulgaria), Abhejali Bernardova (Czech Republic), Satyamurti Miotello (Italy), Vladimir Ilyasov (Russian Federation), Laszlo Szente (Hungary), Karolina Hausenblasova (Czech Republic), Simon Hausenblas (Czech Republic), Balavan Thomas (England), Devashishu Torpy (England)

You can send a message to the runners or read the messages.

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