Sport Relief: Celebrities on Namib Desert challenge make it to the finish line

The team of celebrities taking on a gruelling 100-mile expedition across the Namib Desert for Sport Relief has made it to the finish line.

After a number of setbacks the full team – Frankie Bridge, Nick Grimshaw, Karim Zeroual, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Louise Minchin, Rob Rinder and Samantha Womack – pushed themselves through the final 13 miles on bikes in temperatures above 40C.

Yesterday, they reached the famous shipwreck of the Eduard Bohlen on the notorious Skeleton Coast.

Over the past four days, they have had to use their own navigation skills.

As well as that, the team have had to take on the 19 highest sand dunes on Earth, as they crossed the world’s oldest desert.


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The celebs signed up to the expedition to help break down the stigma of mental health issues and raise money for mental health services.

One in four people will be affected by a mental health problem in their lifetime and the team wanted to tackle the stigma surrounding the issue.

TV star Rob Rinder, 41, said: "I am elated, overjoyed and thrilled.

"It’s a real pleasure and delight to be able to share in this physical and mental challenge.

Actor Samantha Womack, 47, said: "I am beyond proud of what we have all achieved here.

"My body is broken, but my heart is full."

Singer Frankie Bridge, 31, said: "It’s been a huge rollercoaster of emotions.

"Raising awareness and funding for mental health is what has kept me going every day."

It comes after a defiant Nick Grimshaw is firmly back in the saddle of his Sport Relief challenge adventure.


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The Radio One DJ was forced to pull out of the the gruelling challenge on Tuesday for a second day running after suffering with heat exhaustion.

However, after a good day's rest, and a thorough medical assessment from the support crew on the ground, the former X Factor judge has re-joined his teammates.

The Radio 1 DJ said he was 'gutted' to miss out but had to listen to the advice after illness took over.

"I'm absolutely gutted not to be with the team today. I was mentally prepared for it but the medical team have decided I need to miss today. I got pulled by the medic just 2k from the finish line and treated for heat exhaustion.

"I'd been drinking, eating, resting regularly but it came on so quickly. I feel much better today and I'll be fine but they have advised that my body needs to recover so I can re-join the challenge tomorrow," he explained.

The charity expedition has already been dogged by problems with the location of the trial changed at the last minute due to ongoing health concerns about the Coronavirus.

The celebs were meant to be cycling, skating and trekking 100 miles across a frozen lake in Mongolia.

But days before they were due to set take off, the group were told they would instead be doing a four-day 100-mile expedition across the Namib Desert in Namibia, southern Africa.

Viewers can watch the team’s efforts in The Heat is On, on March 11, on BBC1.

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