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Adventure: Sophie Rooney – 3 countries. Over 3000km. On foot. On her own.

November 10, 2016
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Sophie Rooney is about to complete a journey of over 3000km – the length of Scandinavia – on foot!  And live up to her motto “Dare Mighty Things”.

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The adventure started at the beginning of August in Nordkapp in the very north of Norway, Sophie set off, unsupported and covered around 40km a day with the aim to become the first female to have run the E1 trail along the length of Scandinavia – 3,630km.

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Within a few weeks though, Sophie was very unwell with a bleeding ulcer and needed an emergency blood-transfusion. Undeterred, after a couple of days rest, and a warning from the doctor to take it easy, she set off again.

The daily distance was reduced for a while to 25km which meant the whole trip has taken longer than planned and has been a lot colder, as she ran into the winter.

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Despite all this, the vast majority of nights have been spent in her increasingly chilly and damp tent, with a few respite nights in camping huts or hotels. Some of the best nights however have been courtesy of the many friends Sophie made along the way who invited her into their homes.

Sophie is now in the last few days of this trip. Having run through Norway and Sweden, she is now in Denmark and making her way towards the German border and Flensburg – the finish line.

Find out more: www.pledgesports.org

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The Women’s Sports Magazine

Sophie is raising money for the following charities:

The Thomas Theyer Foundation – www.thomastheyerfoundation.org.uk

Mountain Rescue England and Wales – www.mountainrescue.org.uk

The Stroke Association – www.stroke.org.uk

 

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