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Day five: Davina’s sore on the saddle!

12th February 2014

After four very long and exhausting days, determined TV presenter Davina McCall is back in the saddle for the fifth day of her grueling Sport Relief challenge, which is sponsored by BT.

Her aim is to run, swim and cycle over 500 miles from Edinburgh to London entirely under her own steam.

Earlier today, Davina set off on her 90 mile journey in temperatures of just 3 degrees, cheered on her way by local children from Edale Church of England Primary School and crowds of well-wishers showing their support for the 46-year-old challenger.

And boy does she need it today!

After four relentless days of punishing physical strain - battling freezing winds so strong she has to pedal downhill, knee-deep snow across Scafell Pike, not to mention the brutally cold Lake Windermere – Davina’s challenge is really starting to take its toll. And there’s one place in particular that’s causing her all sorts of bother as she takes to the saddle…

Speaking before she set off this morning, Davina said: “I’m in miserable pain now because we’ve got to day five, and things are hurting a lot. My legs are really sore, my knees are killing, but my undercarriage is desperate! I feel like I’m going to walk like John Wayne for a week. I had a lovely message yesterday from a lady telling me she knows just how I feel, like you just want to sit in a puddle – and that’s what I want to do. I’m trying to find ways of helping, but nothing really works because the damage was done on the first day and I can’t give myself time to repair it – it’s just ongoing.  It’s hilly, horrible weather again today too, really windy and probably going to rain. When they first said the challenge was called Beyond Breaking Point I thought it was a bit overdramatic, but now I’m doing it, I know it’s not!”

Davina aims to finish her 90-mile cycle this evening at The Bullring, Birmingham, after being joined by two of her closest friends for the final 60-miles. Her journey continues tomorrow with another mammoth 112 miles to cycle before embarking on her final day on Friday, which will see Davina run a full marathon into London.

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