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The Big Try-Athlon for Sport Relief

Des Clarke is a man who has reached the ripe old age of thirty seven, yet avoided gaining the core life skills of driving, cycling and swimming. Des will take on the challenge of learning all three skills quickly and in the toughest way possible with a series of increasingly daring challenges – what has become known as ‘The big ‘TRY-athlon’ for Sport Relief. 


Challenge low-down

The trial will be made up of a 200m swim in Loch Ness, a tandem cycle with Sir Chris Hoy at Glasgow velodrome, a day as a taxi driver on the busy streets of Edinburgh, and many more surprises. His successes (as well as his failures) will be filmed for a one hour documentary airing on BBC Scotland at 9pm on Wednesday 21st March and straight after on BBC iPlayer.

Des swimming

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    Des Clarke is learning to swim, drive and cycle in the Big TRY-athlon for Sport Relief.

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It's over to you

Des’ feat is just one in a long list of challenges on the cards for this year’s Sport Relief. For the first time ever, the entire nation has been given a collective mission to beat a billion steps a day, every day from 17th-23rd March, tracking their progress through the brand-new Sport Relief app. 

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