A veterinary surgeon from Northam has set two new World Records by becoming the first and fastest persion to stand-up paddleboard (SUP) from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Cal Major set off from Land’s End on May 4, and arrived at John O’Groats yesterday (Monday) in the never-been-done-before journey.

The 29-year-old travelled 1,000 miles in just under two months, averaging around 20-30 miles a day and regularly spending 12 hours or longer on the board.

Cal undertook her Paddle Against Plastic, raising awareness of plastic pollution in the oceans, without a support boat, and her longest day was 18 hours, totalling 65 miles.

Cal Major has become the first and fastest person to SUP from Land's End to John O'Groats. Picture: James AppletonCal Major has become the first and fastest person to SUP from Land's End to John O'Groats. Picture: James Appleton

Reaching the end of her journey at 9.07pm on Monday, she said: “I paddled 38 miles today to get here, through some of the toughest and most dangerous tidal races yet, past about a hundred thousand birds (didn’t count them) and hands down the most spectacular, massive cliffs I have ever seen!

“This has been the most incredible journey of my life, and I look forward to updating you with more stories in the coming days, including a whole host of (fun) stats.”

She added on her Facebook page: “Thank you all SO much for your support.

Cal Major has become the first and fastest person to SUP from Land's End to John O'Groats. Picture: James AppletonCal Major has become the first and fastest person to SUP from Land's End to John O'Groats. Picture: James Appleton

“I really can’t describe how much of a difference it has made having you all there willing me on and supporting my messages and donating to my fundraising page. Really, thank you.”

The route has taken her up the Cornish coast through big swells and dangerous tidal races; along Bristol channel across shipping lanes and through water raging under the Severn Bridge; and onto the canals up to Blackpool.

Cal then continued North and paddled around the Mull of Galloway, a renowned danger spot where nine tides meet, in the middle of the night, as this was the only weather window available.

Cal Major has become the first and fastest person to SUP from Land's End to John O'Groats. Picture: James AppletonCal Major has become the first and fastest person to SUP from Land's End to John O'Groats. Picture: James Appleton

She then crossed the 20 miles of open ocean to the Isle of Arran in gale force winds and overhead swell.

She has battled navigating in fog, calculating tides, changeable winds and even wild camping amongst cows.

During her expedition, Cal has so far raised more than £4,000 for the Veterinary Benevolent Fund and Samaritans.

Cal Major has become the first and fastest person to SUP from Land's End to John O'Groats. Picture: James AppletonCal Major has become the first and fastest person to SUP from Land's End to John O'Groats. Picture: James Appleton

She has also been raising awareness of plastic pollution, collecting litter along the way, and organising beach cleans at various stops.

She said: “The key is not to be overwhelmed but the problem, but to look at the positive things that we CAN do to make a difference, such as switching to a refillable bottle or coffee cup.

“Start noticing the plastic we are using in daily life, and that which is littering out natural spaces and add your voice to the growing number of people demanding change from the companies - consumer pressure is working and it’s important to keep that momentum going.”

Cal Major has become the first and fastest person to SUP from Land's End to John O'Groats. Picture: James AppletonCal Major has become the first and fastest person to SUP from Land's End to John O'Groats. Picture: James Appleton

Cal is a strong supporter of the Plastic Free North Devon movement, and will be spending a couple of weeks in Scotland before making her way back to Devon.

She was also interviewed about her journey by Chris Evans on BBC Radio Two this morning (Tuesday).

You can catch up on more of Cal’s journey by checking out her Paddle Against Plastic website here.