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‘Real Forrest Gump’ Ultrarunner to come to Nantwich to Promote New Book

Article: Jonathan White
Photograph: Supplied with permission.

An ultrarunner known as the ‘real Forrest Gump’ is coming to Nantwich to promote his new book about his 15,600 mile run across the USA. 

‘Becoming Forrest’ book cover

‘Becoming Forrest’ is the incredible story of Rob Pope, a 43-year-old from Liverpool, who left his job as a veterinarian in pursuit of a dream – to become the first person ever to complete the epic run undertaken by one of Hollywood’s most beloved characters, Forrest Gump. After his Mum urged him to “Do one thing in your life that makes a difference”, he flew to Alabama, put on his running shoes, and sped off into the wilderness. Over a gruelling 18 months, braving injuries, blizzards, forest fires and deadly wildlife, he crossed the United States five times – the distance from the North to the South Pole and a third of the way back. 

The event takes place on Monday 24th January 2022 inside Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge with doors opening at 6.30pm for a 7.15-7.30pm start. Ticket price = £20, which includes a signed copy of Rob’s book and delicious snacks.

Nantwich Bookshop staff member Kathryn Rush with the Becoming Forrest book and window display

Kathryn Rush from Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge, said: “We are delighted to kick start our events calendar for 2022 with an evening with Rob. It promises to be a wonderful evening for all, whether a runner, a fan of travel & learning about new destinations in the USA or just looking for a great evening’s entertainment.”

For further information relating to Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge please visit them at 46 High Street in Nantwich, or contact via phone: 01270 611665, email: steve@nantwichbookshop.co.uk , website or Facebook

Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge opening times: Monday to Saturday (9am to 4:30pm, last food orders at 4pm), Sunday (10am to 4pm, last food orders 3:30pm).

The Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge’s premises were built soon after the Fire of Nantwich (1583) and are an excellent example of the architecture from this period. Seen from the front there is a distinct ‘sinking’ to the centre of the building. This is also prominent internally on the 2nd floor. The cause is supposedly due to half the building having been constructed (1584) over Castle Street’s cobblestones and the other half over the then filled, dry moat of the castle (mini piles and a steel frame have been utilised to stabilise the building).