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Davina McCall undergoes grueling 500 mile challenge from Edinburgh to London by swimming, running and cycling

Published 10/02/2014 | 11:42

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Handout photo issued by Sport Relief of Davina McCall on Day 3 of her Sport Relief Challenge is helped from the water as she completes her swim across Lake Windermere. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday February 10, 2014. On her seven day challenge she will run, swim and cycle from Edinburgh to London to raise money for Sport Relief. Photo credit should read: Lucille Flood/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo issued by Sport Relief of Davina McCall on Day 3 of her Sport Relief Challenge is helped from the water as she completes her swim across Lake Windermere. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday February 10, 2014. On her seven day challenge she will run, swim and cycle from Edinburgh to London to raise money for Sport Relief. Photo credit should read: Lucille Flood/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo issued by Sport Relief of Davina McCall on Day 3 of her Sport Relief Challenge is helped from the water as she completes her swim across Lake Windermere. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday February 10, 2014. On her seven day challenge she will run, swim and cycle from Edinburgh to London to raise money for Sport Relief. Photo credit should read: Lucille Flood/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo issued by Sport Relief of Davina McCall on Day 3 of her Sport Relief Challenge is helped from the water as she completes her swim across Lake Windermere. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday February 10, 2014. On her seven day challenge she will run, swim and cycle from Edinburgh to London to raise money for Sport Relief. Photo credit should read: Lucille Flood/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Davina McCall begins a Sport Relief challenge at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, the seven-day journey will see her run, swim and cycle from Edinburgh to London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 8, 2014. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Davina McCall begins a Sport Relief challenge at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, the seven-day journey will see her run, swim and cycle from Edinburgh to London.

Daredevil Davina McCall was in tears of exhaustion today as she struggled to complete a gruelling, chilling swim across Lake Windermere today as part of her tough Sport Relief challenge.

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The presenter's pain and suffering was etched across her face and she had to cling on to her support team's kayak as she was overcome with the effort and the cold of her open water swim.

McCall, 46, was limp with her head lolling as she was dragged from the water after reaching a jetty as concerned organisers rallied around her, carrying her clear and wrapping her up.

But minutes later was seen warming up in a hotel room and about to get her hands around a mug of hot chocolate in a photograph posted on Twitter, and her core temperature was said to be on the way back up.

The presenter is attempting to travel 500 miles under her own steam as she heads from Edinburgh to London by running, swimming and cycling.

Within hours of setting off on Saturday morning her team was concerned she was exhibiting signs of hypothermia as she battled severe weather during a tough 130-mile stint in the saddle.

But after being examined she was cleared to continue with her seven-day journey, the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Davina - Beyond Breaking Point.

Yesterday she scaled Scafell Pike, where she again faced treacherous weather, trudging through snow and negotiating her way through the cold mist.

In previous years brave celebrities have put themselves through other draining pursuits for Sport Relief. David Walliams picked up stomach bugs during his swim down the River Thames, as well as developing sores from his wetsuit, and two years ago John Bishop was left in agony amid worries about stress fractures as he did back-to-back marathon distance runs en route from Paris to London.

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