Sport Relief: Greg James Is Doing A Triathlon A Day For Five Days

Sport Relief has become known for the crazy, scary and seriously tough challenges celebrities put themselves through in order to raise money for the fantastic cause.

This year is no different, as Greg James has announced that he’ll be doing a triathlon a day for five whole days to raise as much money as he can for the charity.


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The Radio 1 DJ announced his plan, branded ‘The Radio 1 Gregathlon for Sport Relief’, during last night’s National Television Awards.

His brave challenge will see him covering over 50 miles a day in the middle of this freezing cold winter, with a total incline climb of 16,888ft through his running (approx. 40-45 miles a day) and cycling (approx. 10 miles daily).

Not only that, but he’ll also be swimming around a mile a day.

He’ll start off in Belfast on Monday 8th February, and will move through Cardiff, Glasgow and Sheffield before finishing in Norwich on Friday 12th February. Listeners will be able to track his journey and see how he’s getting on as he continues to broadcast his afternoon Radio 1 show.

Talk about dedication.


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Greg said: “It will come as no surprise to you that I’m not a professional athlete. So the prospect of doing one triathlon is daunting enough. Doing 5 in 5 days in 5 different cities is madness.

“I want this to be one of those challenges no one following it would want to do. It needs to be genuinely horrible for me so that people buy into it and donate their hard earned money to this incredible cause.

“The public can follow the story all day on Radio 1 and then I’ll also be doing my own show at 4pm each day at the end of each triathlon. That’ll be an interesting listen!


Greg had a little help from Matisse when he presented at the NTAs. Copyright [Tristan Fewings/Getty Images]

“Training has been tough, wet and so horribly cold but I’m determined to accomplish this so that Sport Relief will be able to direct some much needed money to support people who really need it. I’m looking forward to the fantastic Great British public’s support to keep me going in each city. It’s gonna be a mad week!”

Greg will also visit a nursery in a refugee camp in Jordan before his challenge, seeing first-hand how the money raised through Sport Relief is put to use.

For more information about Sport Relief, visit their website. Good luck, Greg!