Sarah Outen reaches Japan on world trek

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A FORMER Stamford High School pupil has reached Japan in her attempt to travel the world using manpower alone.

Sarah Outen, 26, from Oakham, kayaked La Perouse Strait from the Russian island of Sakhalin and after 11 hours, 20 minutes and 38.8 nautical miles, Sarah arrived, alongside her camerawoman Justine Curgenven, at Cape Soya on the Japanese island of Hokkaido on Friday morning.

She said of seeing Japan for the first time: “As shadowy hills morphed into greens, kissed with the gold of the afternoon sun, and hilltop pillars became turbines turning slowly in the wind and boxes became buildings with windows and doors, I grinned and whooped and hollered and sang.”