A former Exeter head girl hopes to become the first woman in the world to run the length of South America.
Katherine Lowrie, who went to St Margaret’s School, and husband David and Katharine Lowrie, are nearing the end of their continental marathon which started on July 27, 2012 in a blizzard on Cabo Froward, the southerly-most point of the continent.
Now, some 10,000,000 steps, ten pairs of demolished shoes, 6,400 miles and 15 months later, having presented to over 1,000 school children and raised nearly $10,000 for their conservation charities, the husband and wife team are starting to imagine a life beyond running each day on the 5000 mileproject.
The couple have been pulling their trailer, day-on-day, through ice, snow, hurricane-force winds, over 43°C heat, nearly 100 per cent Amazonian humidity, knee-deep mud, exhausted, attacked by swarms of insects, but determined that every step forward will pull them closer to their goal.
David said: “We felt it was time we paid our rent for living on this extraordinary planet. We decided to show how we all absolutely depend on the natural world and how amazing it is. That with small steps we can overcome seemingly insurmountable hurdles, that time is running out, but it’s not too late protect it.”
David said: “We have been offered food and shelter People clap as we pass and constantly stop to give us money in Venezuela. While in Bolivia, the poorest country in South America, people would run after us to ply us with drinks or grapefruits. We never expected this” .
Added Katherine: “Then there is spending 24 hours day-on-day with your husband! . At times it became too much; even the South American continent wasn’t large enough for us both! We have been physically and emotionally exhausted, with nowhere to hide. But we now know each other completely and it has been the magical moments such as bathing in cool streams under the Amazon rainforest or watching thousands of fireflies light our way in the Grand Savannah of Venezuela that have got us through and made our relationship stronger than ever”.