Bourne mother and daughter swim English Channel together

Kayleigh Adams on her second swim in hour six
Kayleigh Adams on her second swim in hour six

A mother and daughter have successfully swam the English Channel this week as part of a team of army cadets.

Clare Wookey, 42 and Kayleigh Adams, 17, of Foxley Court, Bourne were part of a team from the Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force to complete the gruelling challenge on Monday.

The Lincolnshire Cadet Force swimming team on French soil. From left,  Debbie Sutton, Anita Asken, Zoe Fielding, Clare Wookey, Kayleigh Adams and support member Luke Exton

The Lincolnshire Cadet Force swimming team on French soil. From left, Debbie Sutton, Anita Asken, Zoe Fielding, Clare Wookey, Kayleigh Adams and support member Luke Exton

The team, who completed the challenge in relay swims lasting an hour each, set out from Dover at 2.54am on Monday morning.

While on the water their phones began to buzz as messages of concern came through following the news that 34-year-old accountant Susan Taylor died attempting the swim on Sunday.

Clare, who is a second lieutenant in the Army Cadets and commander of the Bourne detachment, said: “It was exhausting.

“I truly respect the sea and I understand how tragedies happen.

“Fortunately for us it all went swimmingly.

“It was absolutely brilliant. One of the best experiences of my life.

“It was hard work but everyone worked well as a team. That is what all the that hard work in training was for.”

The swim took about 14 and half hours to complete with the team touching down in Calais at 5.32pm.

Bourne Academy pupil Kayleigh was the youngest member of the team, pictured inset, which had members from across Lincolnshire including Luke Exton, 17, from 
Market Deeping who plotted the route and provided support from the boat after failing to pass the two hour qualifying swim.

Before the swim, comedian David Walliams, television presenter Lorraine Kelly and swimmer Sharron Davies tweeted the team messages of support.

The team had been training for the huge challenge since before Christmas.

The swimmers, who are all aged between 17 and 44 years, have been swimming up to 17,000 metres per week as part of their vigorous training schedule, to be ready for the challenge.

Deputy chief executive and head of cadets and youth at East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association Simon Worsley said: “To prepare a team of young people and adult volunteers to swim the Channel is impressive, to prepare two teams is exceptional.

“These swims are the result of hard work and meticulous planning over many months by adult volunteers and cadets.”

A second team are waiting to be called forward to attempt the Channel swim in the next few weeks.