Exhausted radio star Greg James hailed Sheffield’s seven hills as being ‘devastatingly hard’ to ride as he battled through a charity triathlon.
The presenter and DJ cycled through the city, heading out towards Dronfield and then back in through Bradfield, before taking on a one-mile swim at Ponds Forge and then a ten-mile run.
Pal musician Example - real name Elliot Gleave - and fellow presenter Nick Grimshaw joined him for the last stages of the triathlon, James’ fourth out of five consecutively for Sport Relief.
BBC Radio One’s Greg, speaking to The Star from Ponds Forge, said: “The hills were devastatingly hard because they’re really hilly and difficult, but they are also very deceptive because you go down the wonderful declines and then suddenly you go ‘oh hang on a second, I’ve got to go up in a minute’ and its just about worth it.
“You’ve got to trudge your way up, but the view is beautiful up there.”
The Sheffield leg of the five-day challenge started badly when the journey from Glasgow’s Gregathlon took almost twice as long. In the morning he also took to Twitter to post a picture of him being helped up off a Sheffield road.
However, he has raised a staggering £308,000 so far.
Greg, who admitted the challenge had proved tougher than expected but said the cause was keeping him going, added: “I was going up one of the hills in the city and my brain was going ‘come on then, get those legs up’ and my calves went ‘no mate, not going to happen’ and they stopped working.”
Example added: “I was on the train on the way up here and I saw this on Instagram and I’m thinking I’m going to have to take the baton and do it by myself!”
Fans encouraged Greg along his route, and several were waiting at Ponds Forge in the hope of meeting him or joining the run. He also stopped off, including at the Admiral Rodney in Loxley, and posed for photographs.
Greg said the support had been ‘incredible’, adding: “People were following me on the bike and then going ahead and waving, and then going ahead and waving again. At one point I thought ‘are we going in a circle? because I swear I’ve seen that person five times or everyone looks the same.”
“The support’s been great and people have been beeping in the city and waving out their vans.”
Greg’s challenge finishes in far less hilly Norwich tomorrow and is ahead of the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief flagship games in Sheffield in March.
There members of the public will be able to swim, cycle or run, mixing fun with fundraising, for the cause.
Money raised will help people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and across the world.
To sign up visit www.sportrelief.com.
Text GREG to 70703 to give £3 to @sportrelief.