Enduroman Arch2Arc First Lady: Gallery

RAF officer and Triathlete's World forumite Rachael Cadman made endurance racing history last week by becoming the first woman to complete the Enduroman Arch2Arc Challenge. Only six men have completed the gruelling feat since 2001 - now it was time for the brave 30-year-old to step up to the challenge.

On August 19, Flt Lt Cadman set off on a running, swimming and cycling slog between Marble Arch and the Arc de Triomphe. She ticked off a remorseless 87-mile run from London to Dover, a 22-mile swim across the English Channel and a 181-mile cycle from Calais to the Paris finish line - in an astonishing time of four days, one hour and 42 minutes.

Catch up with the inspiring highlights of Rachael's Arch2Arc adventure with our photo gallery.

Rachael starts the challenge clock by placing a hand on the side of Marble Arch

After running all night and breaking the 60-mile barrier, Rachael pauses for a quick breakfast in Ashford

Rachael is joined by an inspiring running buddy in the form of Mimi Anderson. Mimi set the world record for the fastest woman to run the 840 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End.

Time to conquer the English Channel; Rachael dives in for a tough 22-mile swim

Land ahoy! Rachael is greeted by her mum and local well-wishers after a 17-hour swim

After a brief respite, Rachel has to swim back to the boat to be taken to customs at Calais harbour

A weary Rachael pedals up the Champs Elysee towards the finish line, as the 181-mile cycle leg comes to a close

Challenge completed! Enduroman founder and the creator of the Arch2Arc Challenge Eddie Ette joins the celebrations at the Arc de Triomphe

Many thanks to the RAF Careers Facebook page for providing the images used in the gallery. For more information go to the Arch2Arc hub page on the Royal Air Force Career's site or read through the highlights of Rachael's training blog

Think you could take on the challenge? Head to the Enduroman Arch2Arc website.