Helen Skelton

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A woman standing on a beach wearing a grey top with her hands on her hips.
Photograph © Anita Corbin


First Woman (UK) to kayak the length of the Amazon River

September 2010, River Thames, Putney Embankment, London

b.1983, Carlisle

Skelton is a television presenter and became the first woman (UK) in 2010 to kayak the length of the Amazon river at the age of 26. After paddling 12 hour days for 6 weeks she landed a world record – not only completing the longest solo journey in a kayak – 2,010 miles – but also setting the longest distance travelled in 24 hours by a woman in a kayak: 75 miles. Her record beat that set by a man in 1984.

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