King's Lynn paramedic taking on huge challenge

King's Lynn paramedic taking on huge challenge

Published by KLFM
11:48am 26th July 2019.

A King's Lynn paramedic is part of a crew who will row over the Indian Ocean from Australia to Africa.

It's going to take Rachel and her team around a hundred days to complete.

During that time - Rachel Hearn will only be getting around 90 minutes at a time as they take it in shifts to complete the journey.

She's taking part in the “Brain Waves” Challenge next year which will see two crews cross two oceans in a year.

The first crew will set off from Lanzarote and will row 3,200 miles to Antigua.

One of those taking part in this stage of the challenge is living with Young Onset Parkinson’s disease.

So that's why the group have partnered up with Oxford Brookes University to provide data for a groundbreaking research project into the cause of Parkinson’s Disease.


The Rachel and the second crew will joining them in the crossing from Australia to mainland Africa.

Rachel told us about the moment she found out that she been selected for this huge challenge:

"So I was on holiday in America and it was first thing in the morning when I found out.

"I was really, really excited but I had been eating a lot on the last two weeks of my holiday and I suddenly realised the serious training is about to kick in!

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