Belfast Telegraph

Walliams battles stormy weather

David Walliams is battling through wind and rain as he attempts to swim the length of the Thames for charity.

The comedy star, 40, was up at dawn in a bid to make up some of the distance he lost on Monday.

He said: "I was determined to make up for the time I lost yesterday so I started at dawn and made up two miles but the weather is causing a real issue. The wind on my face is harsh and the torrential rain is making today extra difficult.

"Plus, the fact that I got up so early to make up for lost time means that I'm having to refuel more often, making the schedule difficult to stick to. Despite how tough it is, every pound donated is really helping to keep me going."

David is swimming 140 miles over eight days from Gloucestershire to London.

As well as navigating the busy river traffic, he will have to deal with murky water that harbours a cocktail of bacteria such as E.coli, salmonella and hepatitis.

David will also have to avoid the 39 million cubic metres of raw sewage that finds its way into the Thames every year after heavy rainfall.

The BT Sport Relief Challenge: Walliams vs The Thames is being filmed for a documentary to be broadcast in the build-up to the Sport Relief weekend in March next year.

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