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Rosie is an author, adventurer and marathon runner, who successfully completed the longest unsupported run in world history – over 20,000 miles in 1789 days (5 years).  Alone she faced wolves, extreme cold and loneliness, saying, “I CAN”. Rosie embodies the core values and ethos of PHASE Worldwide.

In April 2003 Rosie ran across Nepal, the journey was 1,700 kilometres (1,060 mi) and she established a new world-record, completing the crossing in just 68 days. This run raised funds to sponsor a health camp in Humla, Nepal.  Rosie took up marathon running when she was 48 and a few of her other achievements include running across Cuba and Romania and the gruelling Marathon Des Sables in the Sahara, twice!  In the 1970s Rosie sailed to Australia and back with her husband and young daughter, giving birth to her son on board.  Rosie has sailed single-handed across the Atlantic in a small boat, and trekked 3,000 miles (4,800 km) alone through Chile on horseback. Rosie lives in Wales and is a fantastic motivational speaker for events.

“I very strongly believe that there’s no such thing as an ordinary person, you can overcome fear if you face it.  The power to aim higher and dream bigger is within the spirit of every single human being.” Rosie Swale Pope