A TRAINING Officer based at RAF Cranwell could become the first woman ever to complete one of world’s toughest and most gruelling challenges.
Rachael Cadman has spent the last two years training to take on the Enduroman Arch to Arch challenge to raise money for Help for Heroes and ShelterBox.
To complete the endurance event, Rachael must run 87 miles from London to Dover, swim the English channel and then cycle 181 miles from Calais to Paris.
If Rachael finishes the event she will become the first woman ever to do so and only the eighth person ever.
She said: “I’m not the first woman to attempt the challenge but, hopefully, I will be the first successful one. It would be great to be the first to complete it.
“After all my training I’m confident in my ability to complete it but the weather in the channel is so unpredictable.”
Rachael has spent two years preparing for the event, including taking part in other endurance events. She has also taken part in two channel relay races to build up experience of the conditions but she has never swam the whole length.
Rachael will take up the challenge next month but she must wait for reasonable conditions in the channel before she is given the green light.
Rachael has set herself a target of raising around £5,000 for the two charities.
l To keep up-to-date with Rachael’s efforts, log on to her internet blog diary at www.arch2arcchallenge.blogspot.com