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In the ‘papers’

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Running | 0 comments

Daily Mail

‘It would have been lovely to keep on going’: The British couple who jogged 6,500 miles along the length of South America – but didn’t want the run to end’… read more here

Lonely Planet

‘The most beautiful and simple existence’: one couple shares their experience of running 5000 miles through South America’.. read more here

Sunday Post

‘English runners in Argentina escape death… by pretending to be Scottish’.. read more here


‘Running South America in 27 photos’.. see more here

A continent in stats

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Running | 0 comments

Running in cloud forest, near Catamarca, Argentina









  • First people to run the length of South America, unsupported (pulled a trailer with all kit & food)

  • Katharine is First woman to run the continent

  • Katharine completed 2nd longest run ever undertaken by a woman

  • First people to run  Amazon Basin

  • First people to run Bolivia

  • First people to run Carretera Austral, Chile

  • 6,504 miles

  • 15 months

  • Ran through 10 pairs of shoes each

  • 2/3 in Inov8 transition running shoes & 1/3 barefoot or in Vivobarefoot shoes

  • 1/3 on rough tracks

  • Averaged 20 miles/ day

  • Longest run- 36 miles

  • Ran equivalent of 9 marathons in 9 days in final burst to the finishing line

  • Tried to consume >4000cl each a day

  • Pulled a trailer weighing up to 140kg, which was swapped every 5 miles

  • Built 2nd trailer for a 400 mile remote Amazon section to accommodate additional 100kg of food

  • Presented to 2,583 students in Spanish and English about running & wildlife in South America & the UK

  • Wrote 35 articles and blogs about nature conservation & running for The Ecologist, Independent online, Soy Maratonista and Patagon Journal

  • Raised money for: Asociación Armonía, Birdlife International & Conservación Patagonica

  • Recorded 453 bird species and registered 6,154 individual birds, including many that are endangered.

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Carretera Austral, Chile

Forbes Article: Lessons on Business & Life from Running a Continent

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Conservation, Running, Survival | 0 comments

Running South AmericaLovely article in Forbes by Danielle Rossingh:-

David Lowrie was 30 years old and climbing up the ranks as a management consultant at accounting firm Accenture in the City of London.

But increasingly weary of the lifestyle and lack of work-life balance that come with working for a large international company, Lowrie embarked on a radical career change with his partner, Katherine, an ecologist.

Both keen runners, the British couple became the first people to have run the Amazon Basin, clocking up 6,504 miles in a journey that started in freezing temperatures at the southern-most tip of the continent in Cabo Froward on the first day of the 2012 London Olympics and finished 13 months later in the azure-blue waters of the Caribbean Sea in Venezuela.

Now, their record-breaking journey – which was done bare-foot or in barefoot shoes for one-third of the length – has been chronicled by Katherine Lowrie…. click here to read more.




Published Today!- Running South America with my Husband and other animals

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Birds, Conservation, Running | 0 comments

Published Today!- Running South America with my Husband and other animals

Spring accompanied us, unfurling her new leaves and blossoms and emptying her dizzying fragrances into the valleys, forests and mountains. My mood soared. Night arrived later and later as the sun refused to set. So the bustle in the woods and rivers continued: the local frog quartet clattered and tapped, a South American snipe rose high in its courtship display, shuddering notes through reverberating tail feathers in great arcs above our tent. While one side of the world awoke, we gently fell asleep.

This is an extract (more…)


Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Birds, Conservation, Mammals, Photos, Running, Sponsorship and Donations, Survival | 0 comments


Running South America with my Husband and other animals is winging its way to book stores across the land now!

We’ll be talking and selling/signing books throughout the UK over the following months and would love to see you.

Events so far include:

Rutland Birdfair– Saturday 19th August (0930)

Rothbury Hall- Northumberland, Thursday 31st August (1930)

Base Camp Festival 2017- Peak District Saturday 9th September (1200)

Hayle / Falmouth- Cornwall mid September (TBC)

Appledore Book Festival– Devon Wednesday 27th September 2017 (1400)

Crediton Community Bookshop– Devon Thursday 26th October (tbc)

Teign Valley Community Hall- Christow, Devon Friday 13th October (2000)

Transglobe Expedition Trust – Royal Geographic Soceity-London Thursday 16 November (1900)


Running South America with my husband and other animals

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Running | 0 comments

Running South America with my husband and other animals

I have a publisher! The above book title will be zooming into shops near you from this August! In essence the book is about David and my love affair with running and wildlife- so much so, that we ran a continent to meet its wild animals. How we lived life at its rawest; with insects crawling over us, sleeping in jaguars’ ‘back-yards’ and washing in ditches by the side of the road. Running marathons back-to-back for days on end, this crazy feat nearly cost us our marriage, health and lives…. More details to come!


Our Home is Born.. well at least for a few months or so!

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Survival | 0 comments

Our Home is Born.. well at least for a few months or so!

After nearly six years away from this sceptred isle, we finally have soil between our toes, with (more…)

Voyaging by Land & Sea

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Gear and Equipment | 0 comments

Voyaging by Land & Sea

Bereft of our dear floating home, David has built a clinker rowing/sailing boat for us to head on mini adventures with Theo and our latest recruit baby Beth (nearly 9 months old). Meanwhile our running trailer has been adopted by (more…)

Sailing home: 5000nm in 50 days non-stop from NE Brazil to SW UK

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Survival | 0 comments

Sailing home: 5000nm in 50 days non-stop from NE Brazil to SW UK

Bound for foreign lands and adventure, we left the UK in July 2008. After interviewing some breeding seabirds in the Caribbean, rounding South America in our eighty-year old sailing boat, running the continent, giving birth to Theo (at home due to various complications) we finally headed into Falmouth, direct from Cabe Delo, in Autumn 2015 with a pod of pilot whales (see Dave’s blog here for the full story).

In addition to deck-hand, Theo, who joined us for the first 9 months of his existence, we were assisted by Coattie the monk parakeet, whom (more…)

Heading into the Blue

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Running | 0 comments

Heading into the Blue

Hello from up a creek in Uruguay.

Captain Theo (and his Mother)

Captain Theo (and his Mother)

We’ve abandoned our running shoes & are soon to abandon dry land as we wait for a weather window to head out into the Southern Atlantic from the Rio Plata.

We left UK shores in 2008 and have since circumnavigated South America in our 80 year old wooden sailing boat, run it’s length, now we just need to plough c.6000 nautical miles to the Caribbean and then another 2-3000 to our fair isle home.

Our 6000nm route from Uruguay to the Caribbean following traditional trading routes for favourablecurrents & wind

Our 6000nm route from Uruguay to the Caribbean following traditional trading routes for favourable currents & wind

Our website and blog spot for our sailing shenanigans is www.listalight.net

Things have changed- we now have a new captain- Sir Theodore Lowrie- who will reach the tender age of 5 months on 14th February 2015. On his current sleeping quota we think he will be relaxed and ready for his challenge. His parents vague recollection of sleep should also serve them well for the night shifts that lie ahead.

Since Theo’s birth, we have presented to Exeter School on the expedition, how to plan an expedition and taken an A’level Geography Rainforest Case Study lesson. We also presented to D’overbroeck’s  College, Oxford and at the Royal Geographic Society for Sir Ranulph Fienne’s Tranglobe Expedition Trust in the company of truly fabled and magnificent story tellers, including: Robin Hanbury-Tenison, Ben Fogle and Ed Stafford. 

The lemons are packed – so hopefully we’ll have a few teeth between us by the end of the two or so months at sea. So now all we need is wind in our sails; the albatrosses are calling.