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World trip runner hits 5,000 miles
Rosie Swale Pope
Rosie Swale Pope is expected to arrive in Irkutsk next week
A year after she left her Tenby home on her quest to run around the world, veteran campaigner Rosie Swale Pope has completed almost 5,000 miles.

The adventurer, who celebrated her 58th birthday on Saturday, has made it all the way on foot to Siberia.

She is making her way to Irkutsk pulling a buggy she has named Hercules with all her equipment on board.

Rosie has crossed Holland, Germany, Poland and Moscow and is now following the Trans Siberian Railway route.

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

Friends from back home have been out to see her at regular intervals but for the most part she is on her own.

Liza Hollingshead of the Ecologia Trust which runs the children's home said: "She is averaging 30km per day and she still carries the banner to raise money and awareness for the Kitezh community.

"Her tales and adventures are nothing but good ones.

"Everyone along the way has been wonderful, hospitable and welcoming.

"Many people have heard about her as she has been frequently featured on Russian television.

Rosie in Russia
Friends say Rosie has had wonderful support from locals

"The buggy weighs 35 kilos unladen, but is nevertheless worth it for its sturdiness.

"The wheels will come off when it begins to be snowy underfoot, to be replaced by skis.

Rosie is no stranger to adventures.

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

She has also circumnavigated the globe by yacht, completed a 3,000 mile horse trek through Chile and run across the Sarah desert.

Once she has crossed the former Soviet Republic she will then head on to the Bering Straits, Alaska, Canada

A friend from Pembrokeshire, Mike Rowland, caught up with her at the start of September.

He said: "She was in incredible spirits.

"She has lost a little weight but when you think she has covered 5,000 miles it's expected."

Keeping in contact is difficult although Mr Rowland did receive a short message from her at the start of the week.

"She said it was minus 10 when but when I went over I took a lot of winter clothes for her which is just well.

"Last winter she had a bit of trouble with frost bite and got a bit of glass in her foot but apart from that she is doing incredibly well."

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