RECORD-breaking adventurer Sarah Outen MBE is due to pass through Swindon on her final leg of a four-and-a-half-year round the world expedition next week.

The 30-year-old from Oxfordshire, who set out on the 25,000-mile trans-world expedition in April 2011, is due to arrive in the town on October 26 before making her way on to Oxford, from where she will kayak up the river Thames on Nelson and Krissy to Tower Bridge in London, where she will complete her challenge at noon on November 3.

At noon on Thursday(oct22) Sarah began the final leg of her London2London: Via the World journey, leaving from Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth, Cornwall on her bike, Hercules.

"I am a mix of emotion and grins as I look back on the last 4.5 years of expedition and also look ahead to wrapping it up," she said.

"I am looking forward to having friends, family and supporters join in on this the final part of the journey. I am tired and wired at the same time and hoping to push up my charity totals as I make my way home..

Sarah set out from Tower Bridge four and a half years ago, raising money for CoppaFeel!, MNDA, WaterAid and the Jubilee Sailing Trust as she cycled, kayaked and rowed her way around the world.

During the journey she also inspired adults and school children alike through talks and interviews en route.

As part of her journey Sarah cycled in temperatures ranging from more than 40 degrees in the Gobi Desert to -40 degrees in North America during one of the harshest winters on record.

In 2012 she was rescued from the Pacific Ocean after she was hit by a tropical storm in her rowing boat, but went back a year later to become the first person to ever row from Japan to Alaska.

Less than three weeks ago, Sarah was forced to evacuate from the Atlantic Ocean after Hurricane Joaquin was forecast to pass over her location. She was en route from Cape Cod to Falmouth in her rowing boat, two thirds of the way home after 143 days alone at sea.

She said: "I had an amazing and challenging five months on the Atlantic this year, but it wasn't my year for the weather. I lost my boat in the pick up process and so will not be making another attempt. Every journey has its time and now feels like the right time to wrap up. It is all part of the story. My thanks to Falmouth Coast Guard for their assistance during my journey.''

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