Trio tackle tough Ironman in memory of childhood friend Adele

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 September 2015

Adele Cashman.

Adele Cashman.

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THREE keen athletes took on a gruelling physical challenge in memory of their friend, a former police officer who collapsed and died while chasing a suspected thief.

The trio celebrate at the finish line.The trio celebrate at the finish line.

Adele Cashman was a former Churchill Community School pupil who died in 2012, aged just 30, in London.

The Metropolitan Police Detective Constable – described by colleagues as a ‘much loved and wholly dedicated police officer’ – died of cardiac dysrhythmia after collapsing in pursuit of a teenager who stole a mobile phone from a 59-year-old woman.

Three of Adele’s childhood friends – Matthew Truscott, Josh Furniss and James Ellis – have now tackled an Ironman triathlon event in France in Adele’s memory.

The trio, who have all played rugby for Winscombe, completed a 2.6-mile swim, 112-mile bike-ride and a 26.2-mile run ta raise money and awareness for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

Matthew, who lives in Cheddar, said: “Adele tragically lost her life to a fatal cardiac dysrhythmia while doing the job she loved. She was very fit and active and had a huge circle of friends.

“(The Ironman) took place in Vichy in south central France during a heatwave, temperatures topping 36/37 degrees right through into the evening.

“Nothing could really have prepared us fully for completing such huge distances in those temperatures, which were so severe that many athletes had to drop out as far as 20 miles into the marathon run.

“This was our first full Ironman event, having collectively completed a number of half-marathons, marathons, triathlons and half-Ironmans over the past two years. We all trained solidly for over a year in preparation.

“It was understandably quite an emotional time for all of us as the Cashman family were in our thoughts throughout.”

The trio have ‘smashed’ their target of £2,000 and are closing on £3,000 with more donations to come. You can help at www.justgiving.com/Adelecashman/

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