BBC Radio 1 presenter Jordan North has started a 100-mile rowing challenge to help charity.
Orth wore a pair of multicolored Crocs as he began his journey upriver along the UK’s canals from Maida Vale, west London, to his home city of Burnley for five days as part of a campaign fundraiser on Red Nose Day.
The former I’m A Celebrity contestant, 32, said the last strenuous physical activity he did was a 10km run, but now he will row for eight hours a day in a single paddle boat Best.
Just before starting his journey, he said: “I didn’t sleep well last night, if I’m telling the truth, as you can see with my eyes.
“I’m ready and just want to get started now. I was a little apprehensive but just wanted to get in the water. It wasn’t a bad day, and it didn’t rain. ”
He trained for six weeks with Fulham Reach Rowing Club coach Tracy Corbett, but had no prior sailing experience.
Days before the challenge, he said: “Six weeks ago, standing on the banks of the Thames, I thought ‘how hard is sailing?’. Believe me, it’s very difficult.
“It took me seven tries to pass my driving test so you can imagine how I felt navigating 100 miles of canals to Burnley in five days alone.
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“There was a time when I thought I wouldn’t be able to do this and felt pretty overwhelmed, I knew it was going to be difficult.
“After saying all that, I was also really excited, I tried to push through it and push myself as hard as I could during training.
“I’m really proud to be doing this for Red Nose Day. I grew up watching it on TV and knew it raised money for a great charity, worked great and supported so many young people. “
North, the host of Radio 1’s drive-in time with Vick Hope, became an audience favorite during his time on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity in 2020 as he overcomes his fears in a series of challenges.
He has been practicing his rowing technique three times a week on the Thames and has been put on a strengthening and conditioning program.
The challenge, titled Rowing Home, will be broadcast live daily on Radio 1, including Going Home With Vick And Jordan’s channel side broadcasts daily from 3:30pm to 5:45pm.
It will also be filmed for a documentary that airs in March on BBC Three and iPlayer, ahead of Red Nose Day on Friday 18 March.
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