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Davina drops by on her big Sport Relief challenge

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 17, 2014

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A WINDSWEPT and wet-through Davina Mccall has stopped off in Ashbourne on day five of her epic Sport Relief challenge.

The TV presenter last week took on the huge task of riding, swimming and walking her way 500 miles from Edinburgh to London and at around 12.45pm, on Wednesday, more than an hour behind schedule, the 46-year-old, along with her police escort and a huge entourage, arrived at the Bentley Brook Inn in Fenny Bentley for a warm-up and a spot of lunch.

The first part of the day’s 90-mile challenge saw her battling with torrential rain and high winds but she was in good spirits when she arrived in Fenny Bentley and she hopped off her bike and ran to see a group of school children from FitzHerbert Primary School who had been waiting patiently for her to arrive.

She thanked the children for the rapturous greeting and explained what her challenge was all about before making her way to the dining room where she wolfed down a spaghetti bolognese lunch with her team of fitness gurus, police outriders, a film crew and support crew.

In less than an hour she was ready to head back out into the storms and saddle up for the next part of her journey, which saw her pass through Ashbourne, Yeaveley, Alkmonton, Church Broughton and then Rolleston-on-Dove on her way to Burton-on-Trent, Lichfield and to the day’s finishing line in Birmingham.

She told reporters outside the hotel: “Today’s a bad day actually because we’ve really hit a wall, with the wind. I’ve nearly been nearly blown off my bike a couple of times but I just keep thinking about the rest of the country and it’s nothing compared to what some people are going through so I just want to get back on my bike and go. I’m in the zone.”

To find out more about the challenge of the BT-sponsored charity, visit sportrelief.com/Davina

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