Sarah’s Cross-World Expedition
With an amazing and very ambitious goal of travelling self-propelled round the northern hemisphere, Rutland’s Sarah Outen MBE has finally achieved her dream.
Back in April 2011, she was at her starting point, looking up at London’s Tower Bridge, ready to push herself to the maximum level.
Her small support crew apart, all she had was a bike, a rowing boat and a kayak to help her. Facing extreme conditions over the next four years, you may have thought she would have given up, right? But no, she knew it was for charity, she overcame every hurdle, she went for it!
It is extraordinary to know that she lives in our little county of Rutland, a far cry from the North Pacific, where in 2012 a fierce windstorm resulted in a mid-ocean rescue from her rowing boat. But that incident was just one of the many challenges she faced.
She has also kayaked some of the most furious waterways in the world and crossed North America on her bike, during one of the harshest winters on record.
Back in March, she told The Daily Telegraph: “It seems strange talking about the home straight when you still have to get across the North Atlantic, but I do feel that the end will soon be in sight.”
At last, after 4 and half years, 25000 miles, and extreme effort, Sarah is probably resting on her sofa, recounting the memory of ‘London2London: via the world expedition’.
She has recently blogged: “Physically my recovery and transition is a mix of physio, sports massage, and mostly gentle exercise, in a bid to turn unhappy muscles and posture back to a happier normal.”
29-year-old, Sarah is delighted to have been shortlisted in the BT Sport Action Woman of the Year awards and here at Cottesmore Primary our fingers are tightly crossed for her!
Sorry, you’ll have to wait till May for the launch of her book ‘Dare to Do’ but you can visit her fact-filled website by clicking here.
Georgia, Year 6
Cottesmore Primary School