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Sarah Outen Inspires with Talk of her Adventures

Freddie Babbs, Sarah Outen, Louise Thomson Sarah Outen MBE returned to Stamford High School to deliver an inspirational Foundation Lecture about her expedition ‘London2London: Via the World’. As an Old Girl of the High School and a double world record holder, Sarah needed little introduction and was welcomed by a large audience of Stamford Endowed Schools parents, students and alumni.

Sarah has already cycled and kayaked more than 11,000 miles from London to Japan. Unfortunately her journey came to a sudden end during her solo row across the North Pacific Ocean when she was hit by tropical storm Mawar and was unable to continue.

Sarah Outen began the lecture by describing her vision to complete a loop of the planet, from London back to London, using only human power. The audience were fascinated by her adventures. Describing how she chose her methods of travel, Sarah said, “I wanted to use a bike for the green bits, a rowing boat for the blue bits and a kayak for the smaller blue bits!”

Sarah had the audience gripped as she talked about the people she had met during the 10,000 miles of cycling from France to the far east of Russia. The story that resonated most was the ‘Tale of Gao’, who cycled for 35 days across China with Sarah even though he had never cycled more than 10km!  

Sarah is due to return to Japan next week and will be followed by her new boat, ‘Happy Socks’. She will be recommencing the London2London expedition on the 1st April and the Stamford Endowed Schools will be proudly sponsoring her oars.

Principal of the Stamford Endowed Schools, Stephen Roberts, said: “Sarah is an exceptional individual who is an inspiration to everyone at the Schools. We wish her the best of luck over the coming months and we look forward to hearing more of her adventures upon her return.”