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Grandmother’s World Run Delayed by Iceland Fall

British grandmother and world runner Rosie Swale Pope (61) had nearly finished her run around the world when she fell 60 miles away from Iceland’s eastern coast and broke her ribs. She will now rest for a few weeks at Mývatn Lake before continuing her run.

According to the BBC, Pope’s fall caused the shafts of her cart, which she calls Icebird, to drive into her side and then she heard a “cracking sound.” A friend drove her to the nearest medical center.

“I have broken two ribs at least near my spinal column, though not dangerous – not near a lung, and also have a bit of damage to the ribs at the front,” Pope said. “I did not want to be hobbling on arrival in Britain. I want Icebird and I to arrive proudly in fine style.”

Pope expects to be able to continue her journey after around two weeks. After leaving Iceland she will embark on the final leg of her run, from Scotland to her home in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, West Wales.

When Pope began her run around the world in October 2003, she only expected it to take about 24 months, but now she has been traveling for four-and-a-half years. She has spent most nights in a tent she pulls behind her on Icebird.

Underway the world runner has suffered other injuries and illnesses as well. She has been hit by a bus, had pneumonia, frost bite and a breast cancer fright.

The purpose of Pope’s journey is to raise awareness of prostate cancer following the death of her husband, Clive Pope, and money for a children’s home in Kitezh, Russia.

Click here to read Pope’s blog.

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