RADIO 1 DJ and presenter Greg James faced Glasgow’s ice-cold waters today as part of his Sport Relief challenge.
The DJ took on a 900m swim in Glasgow on day three of his Gregathlon which sees him attempt to run, swim and cycle a triathlon a day for five consecutive days, across five UK cities.
Greg completed the challenge in conditions that seasoned open water swimmer and trainer Professor Greg Whyte described as “the coldest water I have ever swum in”.
Water temperature was just four degrees and after 30 minutes, Greg’s body ran the risk of hypothermia which left him struggling to walk.
He said: “That water was so, so cold. I’ve never felt those feelings in my body before. And this morning they’ve been scraping ice off equipment outside! I woke up today with a cold and what feels like razor blades in my throat.
“I can’t believe that I’m still doing this. It’s way harder than I thought. Parts of the body are agony and my neck has had to be strapped up to keep me going.”
Trainer Greg Whyte said “He’s doing alright. He was very cold, obviously. That water temperature dropped down to four degrees and took its toll without a shadow of a doubt. The team looked after him and he’s doing fine.”
The second part of his Glasgow challenge will see him cycle through the city, passing by the Celtic and Rangers Football Grounds.
Ex-Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt will be cheering him on running alongside him.
Today marks the halfway point in the Gregathlon, which is taking place in Sport Relief Flagship Games City every day. His next stop will be Sheffield before the finish line in Norwich on Friday.
As of 9.50am this morning, Radio 1’s Gregathlon for Sport Relief has raised £169,370.
Members of the public are being asked to support the Gregathlon through text donations or sponsors.
Those inspired by Greg’s challenge can take part in the Sport Relief Flagship Games will be taking place in Glasgow and across Scotland on 20th March, for more information visit the website.
Money raised from The Gregathlon will be spent helping people living unimaginably tough lives, with half of the money raised used to make a difference in the UK. The other half is used to transform lives across the world’s poorest communities.