Sarah Outen to set off on final leg of world challenge

Sarah Outen leaves for the world from Tower Bridge in London ENGEMN00120110404090850
Sarah Outen leaves for the world from Tower Bridge in London ENGEMN00120110404090850

A woman who aimed to circumnavigate the globe using manpower alone will set off on the final leg of her adventure today, reaching the finish line a fortnight later.

Sarah Outen, a former Stamford High School pupil from Oakham, was forced to cut short the Atlantic row of her London2London: Via The World challenge earlier this month, when Hurricane Joaquin swept in.

She was picked up by a nearby ship but unfortunately her boat, Happy Socks, was lost. Days later she announced that she would not restart the row and she arrived back in England last week from Montreal, where the ship - Federal Oshima - had dropped her off.

The next step is to get back on her bike - Hercules - and cycle from Falmouth to Oxford, which she is due to start at midday today. Over six days, she will cycle 288 miles.

Sarah said in a blog post that supporters are welcome to join her, or “wave and bring us cake!”

Via Twitter, she will be updating daily forecasts of times for anyone wanting to join her. Follow @sarahouten for details.

Thanks to Chiltern Motorhome Hire, she will be ditching tents and sleeping in luxury with her “merry crew”.

She will then kayak from Oxford to her finishing point of under Tower Bridge in London, where she expects to arrive at midday on Tuesday, November 3.

On Twitter, she said to watch this space for a breakdown of the kayak route but added: “The route is easy - Thames all the way!”

She also Tweeted that she was excited for the final leg of the adventure but added: “Not quite got my land head yet: Had to leave a big supermarket after walking through the door and freaking out at all the choice and people.”

Arriving at Tower Bridge will mark the end of Sarah’s world challenge, which has taken four and a half years and seen her travel more than 25,000 miles.

The challenge has all been in aid of CoppaFeel!, The Jubilee Sailing Trust, MND Association and WaterAid.