Free Runners show how they can run a mile:
Parkour – or free running
Helen Skelton took it one step further – she planned a 500-mile (800km) trek to the South Pole – on skis, kite skis and an ice bike in aid of Sport Relief and in the proceeds also managed to break the world record for the fastest 100km by kite ski – in seven hours 28 minutes. She also became the first person to use a bike – with specially adapted wide tyres – as part of the expedition to the Pole. “I take my hat off to Helen Skelton. I have to admit when she first told me that she was going to cycle part of the way to the South Pole, I laughed,” said British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
Helen Skelton’s Polar Challenge
“My body hurts in so many different places, mentally I’m exhausted and I’ve only washed once in the last 30 days, so to be finally standing at the Pole feels incredible,” said Helen. “I’ve seen how Sport Relief money makes a big difference and that’s why I can’t complain about any part of this” she said en route. The TV star battled for 18 days through severe snow storms, temperatures as low as -48C and a bad bout of dehydration. She said her body hurt in countless places, but finishing the challenge for Sport Relief felt “incredible”.
David Walliams, an English comedian, writer, children’s author and actor, did it by swimming from the source of the Thames to it’s mouth. Not only did David swim 140 miles of the Thames in just eight days, but he did it in unusually cold, windy and rainy conditions, enduring a serious stomach upset and severe exhaustion en route. However, that didn’t stop him from rescuing a drowning Labrador along the way who had leapt in to join him and then couldn’t get out!
David Walliams’ toughest challenge
In 2006, Walliams swam the English Channel in aid of Sport Relief – 22 miles (35km) in 10 hours and 34 minutes. He raised over a million pounds in donations. In 2008, Walliams, along with James Cracknell, swam the 12 miles (19 km) Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco, again for Sport Relief. He successfully completed the swim in just over 4½ hours and in 2010 he and a group of celebrities cycled an end-to-end journey through the UK, raising another £1 million for Sport Relief. His Thames swim has raised more than £1 million…
At the 2012 National Television Awards, David won the Landmark Achievement Award, for his television career and achievements for Sport Relief.
And to see where some of the Sport Relief money is spent:
What some of the Sport Relief money is spent on:
There is now less than 2 weeks until Sport Relief’s big weekend – what particular challenge are you going to do?