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BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James to kick off Sport Relief 'Gregathlon' challenge in Belfast

He will take on five triathlons in five days

By Claire Williamson

BBC Radio1's Greg James is attempting to complete five triathlons in five days for Sport Relief - and his first stop is Belfast.

He will kick start the 'Gregathlon' on February 8 and the challenge will see him attempting to complete a triathlon a day for five consecutive days, around five different UK cities.

The gruelling target of the Gregathlon means Greg will cover more than 50 miles a day and will be faced with a total incline climb of 16,888ft, whilst running and cycling, plus swimming around a mile a day.

And what's more - he will still be doing his radio show from 4pm - 7pm where listeners and Sport Relief supporters will be able to track Greg as he broadcasts his show from a new city every day.

He will make his way around Cardiff, Glasgow and Sheffield before storming across the finish line in Norwich on Friday February 12.

Joining Greg along the way will be fellow BBC Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw.

Ahead of the challenge, Greg will visit a nursery in a refugee camp in Jordan where he will see first-hand how the money raised through Sport Relief is used to help families.

Greg said: “It will come as no surprise to you that I'm not a professional athlete.

“So the prospect of doing one triathlon is daunting enough. Doing five in five days, in five different cities, is madness. I want this to be one of those challenges no one following it would want to do. It needs to be genuinely horrible for me so that people buy into it and donate their hard earned money to this incredible cause.

“The public can follow the story all day on BBC Radio 1 and then I'll also be doing my own show at 4pm each day at the end of each triathlon. That'll be an interesting listen.

"Training has been tough, wet and so horribly cold but I'm determined to accomplish this so that Sport Relief will be able to direct some much needed money to support people who really need it. I’m looking forward to the fantastic Great British public’s support to keep me going in each city. It's going to be a mad week."

Each of the five locations, will be the flagship cities of the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games and Greg will be encouraging the public at home to sign up to the event, which takes place from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 March.

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