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Blue Peter daredevil halfway to South Pole

Blue Peter daredevil Helen Skelton has reached the halfway point in her South Pole challenge and looks to have added another world record to her haul.

The presenter attempted to set a record for the fastest 100km kite surf, covering the distance across Antarctica in seven hours and 55 minutes.

Skelton (28) has completed the equivalent of heading from London to Northampton in temperatures which plunged to -48C.

Evidence of the attempt has been beamed to Guinness World Record officials in order to verify her claim to the title.

The kite surfing stunt is part of a 500-mile dash to the South Pole for Sport Relief.

She has now passed the 250-mile mark in seven days, during a journey which also sees her skiing without a kite and also pedalling a bike, which is said to be a world first.

Skelton has previously set two records for her solo kayak along the Amazon for Sport Relief in 2010.

So far on this journey she has battled tummy troubles, snow storms, blisters and dehydration.

She said: "250 miles down, 250 miles to go."

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