If they swim it, run it, jump it or throw it then I count it; so you don't have to.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Day 17 - The Number's (are) up.

August 12th

And just like that we're done. All the figures are in and we can answer the question.

How far exactly?

Before we get there though I'd like to take a moment to make...

An Apology.

In the original posting of Day 15 I mixed up Rachael Hodges of the BBC and Rachel Burden of the BBC. I could offer a reason for this (I'm guessing an auto-complete issue) but not an excuse. It was my responsibility to check my work before clicking publish and I didn't do this thoroughly enough.

This then is a heartfelt and genuine apology to Rachael and Rachel, both of whom I think are great at their jobs.

I'm sorry for any distress or upset and I regret my error.

I'd also like to thank Nicky Campbell and George Riley both also of the BBC for pointing out my mistake to me so that I could correct it.

He's right you know, it WAS Rachel Burden.

He's right too, Rachael Hodges is someone else entirely.

I'd also like to apologise to Mr. Campbell.

During my comments on his coverage of these games I failed to mention that he had basically the exact same gig at Euro 2012 as well.

He performed just as "admirably" there and I did not reflect this. I hope this concludes the issue.


These are the last ones mind; this is all the counting done. I'm not looking at another spreadsheet for at least a week.

Quick rule recap: swimming, running, jumping and throwing only. If you don't finish you don't count (sorry).

First up are today's figures:

Swimming: 7,200m
Running: 3,691,575m
Jumping: 0m
Throwing: 0m

Today's Total: 3,698,775m

Which added to what we had gives us...

What we did this Summer

Most productive day

The busiest single day of the games was August 5th when thanks mainly to the 107 Women finishing the Marathon 4,628,099.92m was covered.

First to last, smallest to biggest.

The very first metres we counted were given us by Bradley Ally, winner of the first heat in the Men's 400m Swimming Individual Medley.

The very last came from Narumi Kurosu in the Women's Modern Pentathlon Combined Event.

The Smallest measure counted was 1.56m jointly recorded by Chantae McMillan, Sofia Ifadidou  and Louise Hazel in the Women's Heptathlon High Jump.

The greatest distance comes from any of the finishers in the Men's 50km Race Walk but I'm going to pick out Jared Tallent as it was his finish that got our cumulative total through 10 million metres.

Jumping up and jumping along.

In the vertical jumping events 2,290.06m was cleared in total which is enough to clear 464 new London Route-master buses placed on top of each other.


We could take The Burj Khalifa

Bolt Taipei 101 to the top of it

Plonk the Eiffel Tower on there

Glue The Shard to all of this

Add The Gherkin to keep it company
Weld  Rodina-Mat' zovyot!  atop that
And give her Nelson's Column on the tip of her sword

And our total would still be enough to comfortably clear the top of Nelson's head.

The horizontal distance jumped by the athletes comes in at 5,431.56m.

That is over 483 of our faithful friend the Route-master buses bumper to bumper. (And also spookily near to the number cleared vertically).

Oh Hai!

Throwing it about.

Combining all of the successful throws throughout the games gives us 63,256.68m.

Now I know it's a bit of a cop out but I'm just going to go back to my very first comaprison.


The distance covered is just about enough to throw something over the English Channel and leave enough for our oldest friends to return the gift

Going for a quick dip.

The total distance swam by the Women and Men at the 2012 games is 1,059,900m

That works out to 21,198 lengths of an Olympic pool.

You may have seen one recently.

In the Men's 50m Freestyle final Florent Manaudou took gold in a time of 21.34 seconds.

If he was able to maintain that pace for the full distance it would still take him 5 days, 10 hours, 23 minutes and 57.32 seconds.

He'd probably need a bit of a rest afterwards too.

Just run it off.

The total distance ran at these games is 16,351,990m

That works out to 40,880 Laps of a 400m track. (Technically 40,879.975 but come on, I'll be lax this once).

This may also seem familiar
Last night the Jamaica Men's 4x100m squad covered that in 36.84 seconds.

This deja vu is driving me crazy
If we gave them the job of covering our running distance, even at that World Record speed it would take them 2 weeks, 3 days, 10 hours, 20 minutes and 19.2 seconds.

So finally then. How far exactly?


Which is:

10,863.35 miles -ish

Which is:

1,556,800.383 of 

Hello again!
bumper to bumper.


Well there we go. Question asked and question answered. Before I go I'd like to thank everyone who has read and enjoyed this; especially those of you have shared this through Facebook and Twitter. I genuinely appreciate it, really, thanks. Please continue to do so (I make no money from this, would just like as many as possible to see it).

If you read it and didn't like it well thanks anyway for trying it out I guess.

If anyone wants to use any of the numbers on here then feel free but I would appreciate a link back for it.

If anyone is especially interested in the spreadsheet then e mail me on howfarexactly@gmail.com and I'll happily send you a copy.

And that's it. We now know something we didn't 2 weeks ago. Be good. I need a pint.


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Saturday, 11 August 2012

Day 16 - Some questions answered.

August 11th

Today's first hero

Looks like #GoMo will be trending worldwide tonight and it deserves to. That's all I have to say on that score.

Today's other hero

Today also had the Men's 50km race walk. It was won by Sergey Kirdyapkin which is cool and all that but the real kudos must go to the Silver medal winner Jared Tallent. His completion of 50,000m pushed us through the 10 million metre mark for these games.

Bravo Jared

Some questions

I've been asked a few questions since I started this so I thought tonight was a good chance to answer some of them before tomorrow's number-fest.

Why are you doing this?

Because as I mentioned in my first post I had a bit too much to drink with a friend. It's been established since then that I asked the fateful question "How far do you think they cover at the Olympics?" and he answered "You should totally work that out and blog about it."

(Yes I'm paraphrasing, we we're drunk).

Beyond that no reason really, just curiosity. It's an answer I wanted to know to a question I had asked. I thought others may also hence I may as well share it with them.

Are you OCD?

No, not as far as I know. I am Ginger though.

Will you be doing the Paralympics?

Maybe. I need to look at the events schedule and see if it's manageable. If it is then sure, why not?

Seriously though, why are you doing this?

Seriously, just curious about it and from there comes well, why not?

You mention not counting projectiles but surely Javelins and Shot-puts and Discusssessss (sp?) and Hammers are projectiles?

Yes they are. What happened there was I made a bad choice of word to try and differentiate between stuff propelled purely by human effort and the other missiles that have a machine to help out in moving them like arrows and bullets. Good point; too late to change it now though.

So you're Ginger and doing some idiot blog on distances covered in the Olympics; are you also single?

Yes. Yes I am. So obviously single that there is no reason to rub it in with your question. Eligible ladies can find my Twitter at the bottom of this post. *raises one eyebrow while smiling*


Swimming: 7,200m
Running: 3,853,400m
Jumping: 88.18m
Throwing: 3,387.52m

Today's Total: 3,864,075.70m

Which gives us overall figures of...

Swimming: 1,052,700m
Running: 12,660,415m
Jumping: 7,721.62m
Throwing: 63,256.68

Overall Total Total: 13,784,093.30m

So tomorrow it's all over. Join me then for the final breakdown.


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Friday, 10 August 2012

Day 15 - No clever title.

August 10th

This just won't cut it any longer.

Today's real hero

Today was the Men's 10k swimming marathon, Oussama Mellouli won the thing and our very own Daniel Fogg came in fifth.

I'm not here to talk about those two though. I'm here to talk about Ecuadorean Ivan Enderica Ochoa who came back in 21st position (out of 25).

Why are we discussing him you ask? Because when he touched home, his metres took the swimmers at this Olympics through the 1 million metre barrier. He was the one to cross that line, go follow him on Twitter at @ivanend why don't you.

That's 1,000km he got them to (and a bit beyond to be fair) and meant that I could finally start checking Wikipedia's list of Rivers over 1,00km in length.

Bravo Ivan. Thank you. Let's get a pint together while you're still in London.

The best Summer job ever

I'm a big fan of the BBC. I'm going to state right now that their coverage of these games has been brilliant. The fulfillment of their promise that everything would be available live somewhere has been incredible.

There is one fly in this ointment however.

He's the fly, not the ointment.

Since it launched I've listened to Radio 5 Live every single day that I've been in the UK. I've fallen asleep with it more times than I have other people. I have the call-in number saved in my phone so that I can call and pester @StephenNolan anytime he's unfortunate enough to have some fucking homophobe bigot on his show when I get back from the pub. I reckon I listen to more of it than any other person in the country.*

It's a really, really big part of my life and it's wonderful but somehow this summer it's basically become the Nicky Campbell' 'Make A Wish Foundation.'

Now Mr. Campbell is an important part of 5Live. Five mornings a week he hosts a show wherein Daily Mail readers call in to argue with communists and he does a great job at it. It's his thing. I can't think of anyone who could goad extremists into calling up to prove their idiocy on national radio so well. What he is not is a sports broadcaster.

Radio 5 has access to dozens of really good, insightful, provocative and articulate sports journalists. Sometimes though, due to scheduling issues the day after a big event Nicky has to helm a discussion hour on the England football team or John Terry or some such thing. It's no fault of his own but he is clearly uncomfortable in this costume. It is not his mileu; you may as well ask the pope to run a drag club as expect Campbell to discuss sport.

The problem is that they've put him in charge of the early morning coverage of the games, generally before there is anything going on. This means he basically wanders around the Olympic site and cheer-leads the crowds; then interviews an athlete's parents and turns to shout off-mike to get some roars going. That's the easiest gig in the world (imagine being the MC at a comeback concert for Elvis and Sinatra) and he still manages to do it badly.

They've paired him up with George Riley who knows his stuff and the always excellent Rachael Burden but it still doesn't cut it. Please BBC; let him get back to talking about benefit reform or equal marriage rights as soon as Monday rolls around. Get him back were he's useful rather than where he's having fun.


Swimming: 250,000m
Running: 140,200m
Jumping: 158.74m
Throwing: 3,297.35m

Today's Total: 393,656.09m

which gives us

Swimming: 1,045,500m
Running: 8,807,015m
Jumping: 7,633.44m
Throwing: 59,869.16m

Overall Total: 9,920,017.60m

Which frankly is just getting stupid. Tomorrow we will blast through 10 million metres and I'll probably get a bit teary and witter on about human endeavor.

Which isn't always used for good.

I'll ask in advance that you excuse me.

See you then.


*Seriously; after Sunday's done I could probably find the time to make a spreadsheet to prove it.

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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Day 14 - Bolt the door. (Am I doing this right?)

August 9th

And cue a thousand headlines making a play on words based on lightning.

I'm not claiming to be above it though.

I'm not really here to talk about the sport aspect of the Olympics, there are many others out there more qualified then me to do this but HOLY SHIT is he ever incredible. I remember becoming aware of him just before Beijing and starting to care about sprinting for the first time since Ben Johnson broke my 9 year old heart. I definitely remember 2008 and how he essentially re-wrote how fast a person could go. I also remember Berlin 2009 where he decided to edit the narrative by himself and just make everything ridiculous.

I could check but I'm a bit pushed for time so I'll go right ahead and assume that this is unprecedented and thank Usain  for shocking me to my core with how fast a man can go. Let's see you take a crack at the Long Jump in Rio eh?

Harder now that's it's over.

I mean it's not really over but it is pretty much finished and we're all starting to wind down and hope we still respect ourselves in the morning. Some are hoping that there aren't too many photos of them with a Union Flag face-painted on them while they cry appearing on Facebook over the next few days.

Me I'm anxious to get over the 10 million metre mark but trust me, we have no worries on that score. The last few days include some really big numbers that will get us over that mark. Exactly how far past is anyone's guess as we talk but we'll find out together.


Swimming: 220,000m
Running: 94,370m
Jumping: 1,126.98m
Throwing: 8620.02m

Todays Total: 324,117m

Which leaves us at

Swimming: 795,500m
Running: 8,666,815m
Jumping: 7,474.70m
Throwing: 56,571.81m

Total Total: 9,526,361.51m

We're so close I can smell it, See you tomorrow when hopefully we get to taste it.


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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Day 13 - Come with me if you want to live.

August 8th

Don't worry, it'll buff out.

Godspeed you magnificent bastard (Redux).

I mentioned yesterday that I'd gotten a new laptop and asked that we mourn the passing of the old. I clearly spoke too soon as the new HP machine  basically crapped it's hard drive out of itself this morning (I reckon it lasted about 18 hours total), and I'm writing this on the old, faithful, beautiful, glorious and apparently indestructible Toshiba machine. This bit of kit has had more bad things happen to it than the Top Gear Toyota Hilux and yet it still just keeps coming -unbelievably- to life just when I need it. There are 2 conclusions I've drawn from this:

1) My Toshiba is essentially Wolverine.

2) I clearly emit some sort of radiation field that shafts hard-drives without me even noticing it. It is a bit of a pain in the ass to be honest but come the inevitable robot apocalypse then I'll basically be John Connor. You're welcome.

Extra Free Bonus Weightlifting numbers

As a person dedicated to giving everyone what they didn't know they wanted even after they received it I added up all of the weightlifting numbers today. Any successful lift in any weight class counted. Trust me here, there were a lot of lifts.

If we add up every single cleanly lifted weight we get 118,354kg. I know it's hard to picture that but once again the new Routemaster comes to our rescue. Each of those things comes in at 12.65 tons and between them the men and women at this Olympics lifted just over 9.3 of the damn things.

That is without passengers mind.


We're still short of breaking 10 million metres and getting to the (to me at least) important benchmark of 10 significant digits but we plod on nonetheless.

Today we added...

Swimming: 0m
Running: 304,030m
Jumping: 1,225.26m
Throwing: 14,045.91m

Daily total: 319,301.17m

Which gives us an overall of...

Swimming: 575,500m
Running: 8,572,445m
Jumping: 6,347.72m
Throwing: 47,951.79m

Total total: 9,202,244.51m

We're entering the final straight now but we won't stop 'til we've counted everything. See you tomorrow.


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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Day 12 - After the Lord Mayor's show.

August 7th

This is only my 2nd stupidest hat.

There's almost an air of melancholy today now that we've all recovered from Bolt showing the word he's still the boss over 100m. Sure we still get to see if he can make us shake our heads in disbelief once again in the 200m but there's no point in pretending the high water mark wasn't passed on Sunday night.

The 100m final has so much hype and importance attached to it that the first week is all build up to it and it seems that   in the days following we realise that the signature moment of our games has passed and everything else seems just to be book-keeping.

Not here though, we still have plenty of stuff to count, today's triathlon added some great numbers and we still have the men's marathon to look forward to. It looks fairly clear that at some point this week we'll clear 10 million metres which I still have difficulty believing even though the evidence is right there on the screen in front of me.

Godspeed you magnificent bastard

Perhaps the air of deflation is added to by the passing of my old laptop which today finally went into the darkness for the last time. I'd like to take this moment to salute the infuriating piece of crap and all the years of service it gave me. I'll miss you, this new machine might actually be stable and co-operative but it just doesn't feel the same; sort of like using someone else's towel. RIP.


Swimming: 82,500m
Running: 770,550m
Jumping: 1,260.87m
Throwing: 7,219.51m
Daily Total: 861,530.38m

Giving cumulative numbers of...

Swimming: 575,500m
Running: 8,268,415m
Jumping: 5,122.46m
Throwing: 33,905.88m
Total total: 8,882,943.34m


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Monday, 6 August 2012

Day 11 - The summer we fell in love...

August 6th

...with ourselves.

Go here, click play, minimize it and come back.

I'll come to the numbers in a minute. I'm at the point where they don't really matter anymore. Right now the whole country seems to be in love with the whole country and I can't pretend to be anything but one of them.

We might well be in a huge financial mess, our banks may be messed up and our youngest generation completely fucked but right now it doesn't matter. Our second sexiest city (sorry but Newcastle will always come first) is right now the hottest place in the universe and more importantly we all get it. Right now all the eyes in the world are on us and we are showing our good side to the camera. We'll be paying this little shindig off for years to come but right now we have the best looking, best dressed, coolest and most intelligent  city on the planet. We always did to be fair but for this fortnight, just for once we recognise it and the whole world agrees.

I would hope that this can lead us to forgetting our past and getting on with our future. Accepting that we are now a nation of the world and that our past, amazing though it is, really doesn't matter anymore. We don't have to look back for greatness; forward is an option for us now.

I remember love, it's happened once or twice and it was always real when you stop differentiating flaws and strengths. That's where we are right now. We aren't top of the medal table, there have been certain mistakes with the organisation of this whole thing but none of that matters anymore. We love ourselves again, we see our value once more and it raises us up; makes us better than we were and allows us to believe we'll be better in future because we recognise why the world loves us right now. (Hello Lora, hello Lyndsey. For the record, this is my thank you).


Swimming: 0m
Running: 487,000m
Jumping: 99.56m
Throwing: 7364.3m
Today's Total: 494,463.95m

Which gives us

Swimming: 493,000m
Running: 7,497,865m
Jumping: 3,861.59m
Throwing: 26686.37m
Total total: 8,021,412.96m

Route-master buses: 714,284 ish


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