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Rosie on course for global run
Rosie Swale Pope
Rosie Swale Pope spent Christmas in Poland
Adventurer Rosie Swale Pope is still going strong three months into a 20,000 mile challenge to run round the world.

The intrepid yachtswoman set out on the epic adventure from her home in Tenby, west Wales, on 2 October and has spent Christmas in Poland.

The 57-year-old has already covered close to 1,300 miles on foot, averaging roughly 16 miles a day.

So far her journey has taken her through Holland and Germany although she will miss her original target of arriving in Russia on New Year's Day.

As usual she sounded on fine form, and is more or less exactly on schedule
Friend Geoff Hall

She has taken on the challenge to raise funds for a Russian children's home in Kitezh, and to increase awareness of prostate cancer after the death of her husband, Clive Pope.

According to up-dates on the website run by her son James her spirits are high despite having to trek through snow and bitterly cold wind.

A lack of daylight has slowed her progress a little and she has had to change her planned route to avoid Belarus due to strict visa conditions.


Because of the weather she is doing as much walking as running although is still spending the nights wrapped up in a tent and sleeping bag.

In Germany she had to rest for a couple of days after cutting her foot which needed the attention of a doctor.

But apart from that Rosie and her supporters are happy with how it has gone so far.

Her friend and marathon runner Geoff Hall, who joined up with her briefly in Germany, said she was very grateful for the support she was getting and she wished all those following her progress a happy Christmas.

Rosie Swale Pope
Rosie starts her birthday the energetic way to supporters' cheers

After speaking to her over the Christmas holiday, he told her website: "As usual she sounded on fine form, and is more or less exactly on schedule.

"All is well, obviously so from the mileage. She is between Korsze and Wegorzewo.

"The stove is playing up, so I have a replacement arriving for the ever-growing Riga delivery run.

"Apparently herrings are a staple of the diet currently. I'm not sure if this is all you can get close to the Baltic shore, or they're convenient because they don't need cooking, or because Rosie likes them. I suspect, all three.

"She has, to date, covered by my estimate, 1305 miles, at an average of 16.5 miles per day."

Rosie became a household name when she crossed the Atlantic alone in a 17ft boat.

As well as sailing around the world, she has completed a 3,000-mile horse trek through Chile and a run across the Sahara desert.

Her journey started in Tenby on her 57th birthday when she described her chosen route as "the coldest, hardest, most fascinating way".

The challenge will involve following the Trans Siberian Railway route to the Bering Straits, then Alaska, America, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Scotland and England, before returning to Tenby.

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