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Blue Peter presenter's bid to cross Irish Sea in ball falls short

By Paul Ward

Published 26/02/2016

Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell preparing for her Sport Relief challenge were she will Zorb from Donaghadee Harbour in Northern Ireland, crossing the 21 mile stretch across the Irish Sea to Portpatrick in Scotland. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell preparing for her Sport Relief challenge were she will Zorb from Donaghadee Harbour in Northern Ireland, crossing the 21 mile stretch across the Irish Sea to Portpatrick in Scotland. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A Blue Peter presenter's bid to cross the Irish Sea in a zorb ball has been called off in bad weather.

Lindsey Russell travelled 17 of the 21 miles between Northern Ireland and Scotland in an inflatable ball in aid of Sport Relief.

The 25-year-old set off from Donaghadee harbour on the Co Down coast yesterday morning, hoping to reach Portpatrick about 12 to 15 hours later.

The weather had already been identified as the "most daunting" part of the challenge.

The BBC said Lindsey was safe and well and added: "Zorbing 17 nautical miles across the Irish Channel is a huge achievement."

For details about Blue Peter's efforts for Sports Relief, visit www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/blue-peter

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