March 13, 2018


Alex Jones swims Loch Ness for Sport Relief Challenge

Alex Jones

Mother and BBC The One Show presenter Alex Jones swam across Loch Ness, along with four other inspirational mothers as part of Sport Relief's ‘Mother of all Challenges‘. Together, the mums take on five gruelling challenges, over five days, around the UK. The first leg was the swim in blistering cold five-degree water, to be followed by cycling, swimming, hiking, caving and running a marathon.

Kitted out in HUUB wetsuits, skull caps, swim socks and goggles the mothers swam about a mile in a relay format. The water was that cold if it had been a few degrees less Scotland's most famous loch would have been frozen over! Next, the mums will be conquering Helvellyn, via Swirral Edge, and then the following day cycling the Lake Districts toughest passes. The mothers will then head underground, navigating dark caverns to make it out of Port Yr Ogof cave in the Brecon Beacons, followed by the grand finale – a marathon run across the hilly Welsh coast.

The challenges are headed up by physical activity expert and world-renowned sports scientist Professor Greg Whyte OBE, an inspirational former Olympian and World and European medallist, as well as one of our established HUUB ambassadors. Greg Whyte has helped raise over £35 million for Comic Relief and Sport Relief working alongside the charity for well over a decade, which has involved training British celebrities such as David Walliams and Davina McCall.

Greg Whyte

A few weeks ago, when the UK was experiencing a terrible spell of bad weather Greg Whyte accompanied BBC radio presenter Greg James on the 'Gregathlon: Pedal to the Peaks' challenge, also for Sport Relief. They both attempted to climb three of the highest mountains in the UK and cycle the epic distances between them, but the extreme weather foiled the challenge on day four. Travel conditions were just too dangerous to attempt to get to Ben Nevis, and the team had to make the very difficult decision to bring the challenge to a halt. However, Greg James planning to return to take on Ben Nevis and complete the Gregathlon when it is safe to return.

You can sponsor the mums by making a donation to Sport Relief here.

Photo credit - Sport Relief / PA Wire

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