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Blue Peter star's Irish Sea charity zorb attempt beaten by weather

A Blue Peter presenter's attempt to run across the Irish Sea in a giant inflatable ball have been beaten by the weather.

Lindsey Russell managed to travel 17 of the 21 miles between Northern Ireland and Scotland in a three-metre zorb in aid of Sport Relief.

The 25-year-old set off from Donaghadee harbour on the Co Down coast in the early hours of Thursday morning, hoping to reach Portpatrick in Dumfries and Galloway about 12 to 15 hours later.

The weather had been identified as the " most daunting" part of the challenge and eventually forced it off.

The BBC spokeswoman said: "Lindsey's Sport Relief challenge was always going to be incredibly hard and zorbing 17 nautical miles across the Irish Channel is a huge achievement.

"Whilst we were, in the end, defeated by the weather, we're incredibly proud of Lindsey and her efforts, Blue Peter is all about giving it a go and getting stuck in which is exactly what she did today.

"We hope her amazing efforts have inspired lots of children around the UK to do their bit for Sport Relief."

Russell is no stranger to long-distance running, having completed the London Marathon and the Swiss army's mountain marathon.

The BBC spokeswoman added that she was "safe and well" despite her latest challenge ending incomplete.

:: For more information about Blue Peter's fundraising efforts for Sports Relief visit

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