After 6 weeks on the Amazon BBC presentor Helen Skelton crossed the 2010 mile finish line yesterday morning while broadcasting live on BBC news.
It was extremely exciting and more than a little emotional. Over the last 40 days she’s paddled for 366 hours, done over a million strokes, had around 50 metres of tape on her hands, eaten about 525 mints, had 2 injections, broken 2 world records, had about 150 mosquito bites, dropped 3 pairs of expensive sunglasses in the river and not capsized once.
After all this she still found the energy for a celebratory knees up last night! There’s still not been time for a rest today as there have been media interviews ongoing since 6am. Despite this the whole team is on a big high. The four boys have been really fantastic to work with and it has been the greatest of pleasures to spend the last 6 weeks with the modest, fun, strong, resilient, down to earth, inspirational Cumbrian legend that is Helen Skelton. I hope we can go for a pint next time she’s back in Cumbria.