Run to Nepal – Rosie Swale Pope
At the age of 73, Rosie Swale Pope has taken on a new exciting challenge.
She’s running 6,000 miles from Brighton all the way to Kathmandu in Nepal in support of PHASE Worldwide. PHASE runs health, education and livelihood programs in communities living in some of the most remote areas of Nepal. Some of the communities are a three-day walk away from these basic services.
Rosie is also doing this to show the world that age is not a barrier when it comes to achieving your dreams.
She ran the first part from Brighton to Berlin in 2018, where she arrived on December 10.
The route for the 2nd stage, starting February 1, 2019, would be from Berlin via Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, to Kathmandu, up in the Nepalese Himalayas.
Rosie made it all the way to Northern Turkey before the worsening Covid-19 situation during 2020 meant that she had to return to the UK to rethink her route.
After re-planning (and a mini-adventure from Lands End to John o’ Groats in the UK) Rosie took off again on 25th June 2021, leaving from Sussex on her new route which (restrictions permitting) will take her through Norway, Lapland, Russia and Tibet to finally make it all the way to Kathmandu.
Rosie completed her first run around the world in 2008.
Just like back then, Rosie is running solo and unsupported, carrying all her belongings in her Jogpod behind her. This innovative buggy carries and protects all her belongings, but also offers Rosie a safe place to sleep in, as well as a cooking plate and power charger.
You can support and follow Rosie’s journey in real-time. The tracker was delivered to Rosie in Czechia, during the 2nd stage of her journey.
Keep an eye out on this page for regular live updates with Rosie’s location.
Image by Ashlesh Kshatri