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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 April, 2004, 17:09 GMT 18:09 UK
Round-the-world runner looks ahead
Sarah Rainsford
By Sarah Rainsford
BBC correspondent in Russia

Rosie Swale Pope
Rosie is running around the world to fulfil a personal dream

Rosie Swale Pope has set off from Moscow on the next stage of her solo run around the world.

Since leaving her home in Wales five months ago, Rosie - who is 57 - has run some 4,000 kilometres.

She is doing it entirely on her own on a tiny budget. She sleeps in a bivouac by the side of the road.

As always, Rosie picked up her run at the exact point where she last left off - beneath the Kremlin clock tower on Red Square.

She arrived in Moscow from Wales two weeks ago, jogging solo and carrying everything she needs on her back.

Since then, Rosie has been enjoying a much-needed break in the capital, taking time to adjust her kit and check-in with the doctors.

She admits it will be difficult to re-adjust to camping after luxury long baths - along with cake and wine.

I'm looking forward to running again. I've such learnt a lot and I've had such terrific help along the way
Rosie Swale Pope
But despite a strong spring frost and a late sprinkling of snow as she jogged back onto Red Square, Rosie was more than ready to get back on the road.

"I'm so thrilled to be here and so grateful," she grinned.

"I feel confident and I'm looking forward to running again, because I've such learnt a lot and I've had such terrific help along the way. Here's to Russia!"

Good cause

Rosie is running around the world to fulfil a personal dream.

But she is also raising money for charity.

Much of her two-week stay in Moscow was spent supporting the Kitezh community which works with orphaned and abandoned children near Kaluga.

The charity is trying to raise money to build a second community closer to the capital.

Thanks to Rosie, fundraiser Carrie Disney says Kitezh is close to raising 10% of what it needs.

"I was stunned by how much energy and generosity Rosie gave to the work with the charity," she admitted.

Rosie effect

Carrie talks of something she calls the "Rosie effect" on potential sponsors.

"She is so enthusiastic and that opens doors. People's interest was immediately caught by this woman, who's doing such a dotty thing.

"Then they met her - and they were instantly Rosied!"

A small group of Rosie's newest supporters joined her on the cobbles beside the Kremlin as she prepared to head-off on the next gruelling stage of her challenge.

From Moscow, Rosie now heads east alone to the Ural mountains and beyond. She says her main worry for the summer is bugs and disease.

You might think that would be challenge enough.

But Rosie is anxious to keep a deadline too. She wants to make it to Omsk by August, where she has registered to take part in the city marathon.


SEE ALSO:
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