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First solo British woman to complete the Race Across America (RAAM)

Alumna and ultra-cyclist Shusanah Pillinger, (left school in 1994) has become the first solo British woman to complete the Race Across America. Shusanah completed the 3,004-mile cycle from California to Maryland in 12 days, nine hours and 14 minutes.

"Since taking up triathlon as a hobby ten years ago, I found I really enjoyed cycling and put more and more effort into my training. A far cry from my pitiful sporting achievements at school - I might have come third for Pollock in backstroke one swim gala and collected a smattering of gymnastics badges - I'm very pleased to have finished the World's Toughest Cycle Race after breaking my collarbone attempting it last year. This time I can proudly claim to be the first British woman to complete the Race Across America. I hope it shows that anything is possible with determination and PERSEverance."

More information on Shusannah's race can be found on BBC News.