Wednesday 5 May 2010

Amazing Rosie

I don't watch much TV, but I made a point of seeing one of the Eddie Izzard Runs a Million Marathons for Sport Relief programmes. Eddie had a brief visit on the road from Rosie Swale Pope, who ran solo around the world to raise money for prostate cancer awareness, and other charities.

I had never heard of the adventurer Rosie Swale Pope, who set off at the age of 53 to run across Europe, crossed Russia, Siberia and Alaska, then ran through the USA, Greenland, Iceland and arrived back in the UK 5 years later. She mainly camped alone, dealing with hunger, extreme cold, frostbite, blizzards, villians, wolves, broken ribs; you name it, she dealt with it and lugged her stuff in a cart the whole way too.

When I saw Rosie on TV, I immediately bought her book and couldn't put it down. What I loved most about this book was her enormous gratitude for all the people who helped her along the way - very poor people with almost nothing took her into their humble homes and warmed her up, shared their food, let her wash and sleep in a warm bed before heading off again. It is a tale of overwhelming kindness.

Rosie inspired me start running again, to raise money for charity. I have run marathons and half marathons in my past life (i.e. before kids) but as my fitness levels are now a fraction of what they used to be, I'm starting slowly with a 10K on 31st May.


  1. I can definitely identify with being superfit pre-children and somehow, post-children now have extra bits of me and no desire to run whatsoever.
    But I have thought about it. That's as far as I get. Just thinking.

    So I take my hat off to you and I hope all goes well on the 31st. Just remember to train, limber up, pace yourself and limber down! Let us know how it goes. :)

  2. Lovely to see you back, and with a very "breath of fresh air" kind of post. 10k, Wow!! I'm tired just thinking of that. My sister is very sporty and spends her life cycling and running. I keep telling her to get a life, like me! I'm sure she'd rather be sat up in bed at 7pm with her pj's on. Like me!!

    Take care,
    CJ xx

  3. I have missed you .. so glad to see you again .. hope all is well .. xo

  4. wow, good for you!

    and speaking of inspirational adventursome books--have you read "tracks" by Robyn Davidson?

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