Grandmother running 5,300 miles to Kathmandu

A 73-year-old grandmother is tackling an epic 5,300-mile run to Kathmandu to show age is no barrier to achieving your dreams.

Rosie Swale-Pope MBE is currently stranded in Turkey due to the coronavirus pandemic, but she is still hoping to complete her run when restrictions are lifted.

Rosie’s endurance challenge is all the more impressive as she is pulling a trailer, which she has been sleeping in prior to being grounded at a hotel in Safranbolu.

“Seventy-three is the new 37,” she told Financial Times. “And if you’re lucky enough to be strong and healthy, you’ve got to use it, because who knows what’s going to happen.”

Rosie’s route crosses 18 countries and she has covered more than a third of the distance. She is staying fit during the lockdown by running up and down stairs and using water bottles as weights.

Rosie is no stranger to adventure – she has completed ultra marathons, sailed solo across the Atlantic, and ridden the length of Chile.

In 2003 she began a five-year run-around-the-world, travelling 20,000 miles to raise awareness for the early diagnosis of cancer, and to raise funds for an orphanage in Kitezh, Russia.

Her latest challenge is raising funds for PHASE Worldwide. Find out more here.

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