Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Blue Peter host kayaks down Amazon

Blue Peter host Helen Skelton has become the first woman to kayak along the Amazon river

Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton has completed a 2,000-mile kayak along the Amazon river for Sport Relief.

She was greeted by cheering children and celebratory gunfire as she crossed the finish line at the end of her South American adventure.

The 26-year-old broke a number of world records as she became the first woman to achieve the feat.

Skelton set off on January 20 near Nauta in Peru, and finished 2,010 miles downstream at Almerim in Brazil.

Despite never having been in a kayak before starting training, she paddled around 60 miles a day for six days a week to reach the target, enduring blisters, heatstroke and the sight of wildlife such as anacondas.

Sport Relief will take place from March 19 to 21 and will raise money for charity schemes in the UK as well as developing countries.

It will kick off with a night of entertainment on the BBC, including a new sketch from Gavin and Stacey star James Corden and special editions of Masterchef, Top Gear and A Question Of Sport.

Other celebrity challenges include rugby ace Lawrence Dallaglio cycling around the Six Nations and One Show presenter Christine Bleakley taking on a water skiing challenge across the English Channel.

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