Grandma runs 27 marathons in 27 days

Grandma runs 27 marathons in 27 days

Published May. 1, 2010 1:00 a.m. ET

A triumphant British grandmother has run into the record books after completing 27 consecutive fund-raising marathons, Sky News reported Sunday.

Rosie Swale Pope MBE, 63, ran the final step in her grueling 707-mile (1137-kilometer) odyssey to rapturous cheering from a crowd of supporters.

Crossing the finish line in Tudor Square, in her home town of Tenby, in west Wales, she said she was "tired but very very happy."

The fund-raising phenomenon had originally intended finishing in Llanelli, where she completed her 26th consecutive marathon.

But in an effort to thank a legion of supporters across the U.K. for their backing she ran an extra marathon by way of a traditional lap of honor.

"It was fantastic. I crossed the finish line in Tudor Square, in Tenby, and it was like a dream," said a jubilant Swale Pope.

She added: "I think the main thing is to show people that they should reach out to do what they want to do.

"Maybe you can't always get there but you should always reach out. Although I am actually 63, doing something like this makes me feel as though I am really 36."

Each run had covered a pre-planned course to ensure it was exactly the 26 miles and 385 yards necessary to be deemed a marathon.

Cash raised from along the way will be donated to the Ty Hafan children's hospice in Cardiff and Helen & Douglas House in Oxford.

Once her exploit has been officially confirmed she will be hailed as the first woman to run so many consecutive marathons.

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