RAF Rachael is first woman to complete enduro-event

Rachael Cadman recorded an historic first this week.

Rachael Cadman recorded an historic first this week.

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RAF officer Rachael Cadman - based at RAF Cranwell - has become the first woman ever to complete the Enduroman Arch2Arc Challenge, dubbed ‘the most gruelling and challenging endurance event known to man’.

Rachael became only the eighth person ever to complete the event, which requires participants to run 87 miles from London’s Marble Arch to Dover, swim 23-miles across the Channel and then cycle 187 miles from Calais to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

She said: “It was pretty daunting but I have been working up to this for some time and raising money for Help for Heroes and Shelter Box disaster relief is a great motivation to see it through.”

Rachael set off from London on the 23-hour night run on Friday, arriving at Dover on Saturday at 2.40pm for a tearful meeting with parents Wendy and Brian Cadman.

She set off on the cross-Channel swim on Sunday afternoon. During the 16-hour effort, Rachael’s dream came close to evaporating when she was buffeted by 25-knot winds and the pilot of the support boat came close to calling the swim off on more than one occasion. What should have been a 23-mile crossing became a 34-mile swim due to the changing of the tides.

The final leg saw Rachael cycle the 187 miles to Paris, arriving at 4.56pm on Tuesday.

Rachael’s commanding officer air commodore Barbara Cooper said: “Everyone in the RAF is extremely proud of Rachael.

“She has incredible determination and no shortage of courage to be undertaking a challenge of this magnitude.”