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Davina McCall Edinburgh trek halts for health test

Davina McCall plans to travel 500 miles under her own power. Picture: PA

Davina McCall plans to travel 500 miles under her own power. Picture: PA

TV presenter Davina McCall’s solo journey from Edinburgh to London for Sport Relief has been delayed for medical tests amid fears she may be suffering from hypothermia.

McCall is attempting to travel the 500 miles under her own steam by running, swimming and cycling.

But McCall, 46, has been struggling with the elements after beginning the seven-day journey on Saturday.

Sport Relief chiefs said today that she is “undergoing a medical assessment after suffering suspected signs of hypothermia”.

So far in the BT Sport Relief Challenge, branded ‘Davina - Beyond Breaking Point’, she has pedalled her way through temperatures of just 3 degrees celsius (37.4F), plus a further chill from winds of up to 40mph. She was due to complete a 14-hour, 130-mile cycle to Keswick today.

Professor Greg Whyte, the trainer for the Sport Relief challenges, said: “These are the worst weather conditions we’ve seen on any challenge - it’s the worst weather ever.”

It is the latest health setback during a Sport Relief challenge.

In previous years David Walliams picked up bugs during swimming down the River Thames, as well as developing sores from his wetsuit, and two years ago John Bishop was left in agony amid worries about stress fractures as he did back-to-back marathon distances while travelling from Paris to London.

 

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