Caithness stands by as Walliams and Co get ready to roll

Sport Relief team prepare for the long haul south

by Tom Henry   February 28, 2010  

Sport Relief David Walliams

Excitement of a sort reaches the far north of Scotland as Little Britain star David Walliams and his team of charity cycling celebrities prepare to ride to Land's End.

The team has arrived near John O'Groats ready for the 1,000 miles ahead. And, like Lawrence Dallaglio, they face a very chilly start to the Sport Relief ride. Scotland has been blasted by snow and ice, and the first few hundred miles should make for interesting Tweeting.

Walliams has been joined by luminaries including Jimmy Carr, Fearne Cotton, Miranda Hart, Russell Howard, Patrick Kielty and Davina McCall.

The team will be heading south from Groats at 9am today (March 1) for approximately 80 gruelling hours of pedalling before they reach their destination.

According to the John O Groat Courier, the celebrities are spending their last pain-free night in Wick, the closest town to John O'Groats. However, this scoop has been superseded on the paper's website by the story of a small brown trout that was caught on the first day of the salmon fishing season. Not a paper to be overly impressed by celebrities from down south, then...

Anyway, the journey will be captured for a documentary to be broadcast on the BBC in the run up to the Sport Relief weekend, which begins on Friday, March 19.

To sponsor the BT Sport Relief Million Pound Bike Ride, and help the bicycling celebrities reach their fundraising goal, go to www.sportrelief.com. You can also follow their progress through a GPS tracker here.

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I know it is for charity but really, Id like to see celebrities doing somthing tough rather than cycling for 2 hours then spending 10 hours on a luxury coach.

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1076 posts]
1st March 2010 - 14:27

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yeah that christine bleakley off of the one show is waterskiing across the channel. that's more like it Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [6997 posts]
1st March 2010 - 14:55

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Too right, or the girl from Blue Peter kayaking down the amazon.

Even their climb of Kilimanjaro was watered down by having tens of helpers carry their packs and make up etc. I know people who have done it themselves, with 30kg of kit each and they said it was tough but not as bad as the celebs make out.

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1076 posts]
1st March 2010 - 15:20

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On a more interesting note, is there any more on that brown trout? I hope it was not a Mersey Trout, they are a lot easier to catch!

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posted by DaSy [644 posts]
1st March 2010 - 15:42

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Not impressed by Walliams swimming the channel then?

posted by stever [48 posts]
1st March 2010 - 15:44

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Lets hope that they get cut up, run off the road, beeped at and told they should be paying road tax - then at least it will get in the main stream newspapers and someone will pick up on it.

Lets see the Daily Mail readers claim they pay more tax than these celebs Wink

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posted by jobysp [145 posts]
1st March 2010 - 15:53

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stever wrote:
Not impressed by Walliams swimming the channel then?

heck yes. not only swimming it, but swimming it *fast* - that's some achievement.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [6997 posts]
1st March 2010 - 18:24

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