Tomb of the Athenians

or the Tumulus of Marathon
Off Marathonos Avenue, near Marathon, North of Athens

- To celebrate the 2,500 year anniversary of the Battle of Marathon -

Run 1719 (Sunday 7th November 2010)

Hare: Rim Job

Photographer: Mad Dog

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The starting point & circle (P): 38° 6'59.39"N', 23°58'39.54"E

Altitude: 8 metres above sea level

Trail cartographic Length = 11.8 km  (yes! 11.8 km!)


Parking and starting point

The trail (from 5,7 km up) through a mainly agricultural area.


The trail (from 20.3 km up)


- T H E     R U N -

The small group of Athens Hashers are joined by four visitors

(Yes, there were local elections today - but the missing hashers could have got up early to vote!)


Circle before the run


And off go the runners


Rim Job poses by the bronze statue of General Miltiades the Younger

In mid-summer of 490 BC the Persians reached the Island of Evia and proceeded to besiege and capture Eretria. The Persian force consisting of 600 ships with 20,000 infantry and cavalry then sailed for Attica, landing in the bay near the town of Marathon.The 10,000 Athenians, joined by a small force of 1000 from the town of Plataea, marched to Marathon, and succeeded in blocking the two exits from the plain of Marathon. Stalemate ensued for five days, before the Athenians decided to attack the Persians. Despite the numerical advantage of the Persians, the hoplites (citizen-soldiers) proved devastatingly effective against the more lightly armed Persian infantry. An estimated 6,400 Persians were slaughtered but only 192 Athenians were killed and these heroes were entombed in the tumulus (burial mound). Miltiades the Younger had been elected to serve as one of the 10 generals for 490 BC.
He is credited with devising the tactics that defeated the Persians.

Hoplite - Greek Citizen Soldier

Since the following two hundred years saw the rise of the Classical Greek civilization, which has been enduringly influential in western society, the Battle of Marathon is often seen as a pivotal moment in European history.


View of the Tumulus of the Athenians as we ran past


Another view of the burial mound >>>  Scroll right to see the mountain behind


Local agriculture


Spot the "F" for false trail if you can


Heading for a bamboo thicket


Commercial Whale carefully steps down into the dry river bed



Wading through the undergrowth of the riverbed


Climbing up the bank and through the bamboo



There's nothing like a challenge!


We come across some gourds growing wild.
Fair Cop picks one to examine it.


Put it away, Fair Cop!




Nothing like a little Sunday jog through the countryside


Rim Job's trail takes us to the site of the original site of the battle monument (Trophy) & we read the description



We pose at the reconstructed trophy (what's left of the original is in the Marathon museum)




This cow was tethered close to the trophy


It didn't appear very friendly - with it's one-up, one down horn


And we set off again...


More bamboo growing alongside a stream


Sheep looking startled at the sight of hashers


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Doggie Style pours the down-down beers


RA Fair Cop begins the circle


The hare (Rim Job) gets the traditional hare's down-down



Our hash visitors


GM Mad Dog presents the visiting hashers with badges


Visitors hash names & hashes from Left to Right:
Who The F Is Alice & Commercial Whale (from North Hants H3, UK) and Squat to Pee & Vaseline (from the Milan H3, Italy)


Visitor DIO's


Formosa Flyer


Vaseline leads us in a action-song (Pressing the buttons)


He has us all moving and laughing


Rim Job points the way to the Indian Restaurant


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Location: 38° 7'20.85"N, 23°58'11.71"E


Alice, Commercial Whale with Doggie Style outside the restaurant


Tucking into the tasty starters





Chicken Pakoras


Murg (chicken) Tikka & veg Biryani (also had peas pilau & Chappattis)


Murg (chicken) Madras


Goscht (goat) Vindaloo














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                                                                        MD Feb. 2006

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