Sophie Raworth left ‘heartbroken’ as beloved dog Winnie dies

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Sophie Raworth was heartbroken after the death of her puppy Winnie, when he was “hit by a car while chasing squirrels”.

The BBC newsreader, 52, took to Instagram on Tuesday to reveal the sad news that his cavapoo passed away on Friday night, just nine months after joining the family.

The reporter had just appeared alongside Winnie in the latest edition of Runner’s World UK – and shared a photo of the two from last week’s article.

She captioned the image, “Our beautiful cavapoo puppy, Winnie, passed away on Friday night. She was hit by a car, chasing squirrels.

Tragic: Sophie Raworth took to Instagram on Tuesday to reveal the sad news her dog Winnie had been hit by a car and died

“I never knew it was possible to love a pet so much. She was a total joy and my constant companion.

“She was also my new running mate. She loved to run. Broken heart.

Sophie and her family had Winnie in March and shared various sweet Instagram posts with her during the lockdown, summer and fall.

Several of her famous friends posted their condolences below the photo, with Susanna Reid posting, “Oh Sophie, I’m so sorry! “

The BBC news reader wrote: 'Our beautiful cavapoo puppy Winnie died on Friday night'

The BBC newsreader wrote: ‘Our beautiful cavapoo puppy Winnie died Friday night’

Several other celebrities posted their condolences below the photo, with Susanna Reid posting: 'Oh Sophie, I'm so sorry!  ''

Several other celebrities posted their condolences below the photo, with Susanna Reid posting, “Oh Sophie, I’m so sorry! “

Piers Morgan shared an emoji, while Jenni Falconer echoed Susanna’s feelings with, “Oh Sophie, I’m so sorry to hear this. Heartbreaking news.

Sophie recently revealed that she tackled her recent feelings of claustrophobia – brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic – by running, as a way to ‘silence’ her brain.

She told Runner’s World UK: “It was the first story I ever did where it wasn’t something you could escape. After all, it affects your life as much as it affects everyone else’s.

“It wasn’t like any story I’ve done before. At work, we live it and breathe it, there is no escape. I started to feel really claustrophobic. Everyone’s world is just a little smaller …

Sophie and her family had Winnie in March and shared various Instagram posts with her during the lockdown, summer and fall.  Several other celebrities posted their condolences below the photo, with Susanna Reid posting: 'Oh Sophie, I'm so sorry!  ''

Sophie and her family had Winnie in March and shared various sweet Instagram posts with her during the lockdown, summer and fall. Several other celebrities posted their condolences below the photo, with Susanna Reid posting, “Oh Sophie, I’m so sorry! “

Terrible news: 'She was hit by a car, chasing squirrels.  I never knew it was possible to love a pet so much.  She was a total joy and my constant companion.  She was also my new running friend.  She loved to run.  Heartbroken, '' Sophie wrote

Terrible news: “She was hit by a car, chasing squirrels. I never knew it was possible to love a pet so much. She was a total joy and my constant companion. She was also my new running friend. She loved to run. Heartbroken, ”wrote Sophie

“Running – especially when I can go on weekends and run freely in the countryside – has become a real escape. I love this.

“It makes me really happy. I can just run, see no one, get some fresh air, and think of nothing at all. It silences your brain.

Sophie added that she had taken ‘small steps’ to find her way and said:’ What I learned back then – and recently with Covid I tried to apply it to life more generally – is that when everything seems to be terribly overwhelming, you just have to take small steps.

“Some of these sand dunes, I look up and think there’s no way I’m going up there. But then I would think, no, look down. Watch your feet. Take small steps. Just focus on them and eventually you will.

On screen: Sophie recently revealed that she addressed her recent feelings of claustrophobia - brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic - by running, as a way to 'silence' her brain

On screen: Sophie recently revealed that she addressed her recent feelings of claustrophobia – brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic – by running, as a way to ‘silence’ her brain

Sophie also explained how ‘weird’ it was to run around the middle of Piccadily, which was empty, while trying to avoid public transport during the pandemic.

She said: “For about three weeks at the start of the lockdown, I was working a double shift, both on the 6 and 10 am news.

“I wanted to avoid public transport as much as possible, so I started running to go to work. And that was the strangest, completely weird experience… I was running late in the morning in the middle of Piccadilly and there was absolutely no car.

Elsewhere in the interview, Sophie recounted how she passed out during her first London Marathon in 2011.

Out now!  Read Sophie Raworth's full interview in the January 2021 issue of Runner¿s World UK

Out now! Read Sophie Raworth’s full interview in the January 2021 issue of Runner’s World UK

She said, “I was absolutely fine up to about 17 miles. But I hadn’t drunk enough. Suddenly my skin got goosebumps – it’s strange, I thought, I’m really hot, but I’m cold. I went through the underpass to The Embankment and swerved against a barrier.

“Someone said, ‘Come on Raworth! You can do it! So I bounced off the course. And the next thing I knew, I woke up on a stretcher, surrounded by people, with an oxygen mask. I didn’t know what was going on.

“My brain has completely shut down. It was really, really scary. I remember lying there looking at the sky and those beautiful wispy clouds and just thinking, “Oh my God, I’m dying.”

Read Sophie Raworth’s full interview in the January 2021 issue of Runner’s World UK, now available.

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