Thursday 29 September 2016

Jo Brand finishes 150-mile coast-to-coast walk for Sport Relief in Liverpool

Published 28/01/2016 | 19:46

Jo Brand arrives outside the Liver Building to finish her 150 mile walk from Hull to Liverpool for Sport Relief
Jo Brand arrives outside the Liver Building to finish her 150 mile walk from Hull to Liverpool for Sport Relief
Jo crossed the Humber Bridge as she set off from Barton-upon-Humber on the first day of her Hell Of A Walk challenge
The comedian didn't look too impressed about the prospect earlier that day
Alan Davies joined Jo on the second day of her charity walk
Rugby league star Paul Koloi and sports presenter Gabby Logan tried to catch the bus with Jo on day three
Jo and Gabby had passed Doncaster race track on the third day of Jo's challenge
Jo met locals in Thorne, South Yorkshire, earlier in the day
Day four of the walk saw TV funnyman Lee Mack keeping Jo company in Harlington, South Yorkshire
Davina McCall joined Jo on day five of her challenge
And she was joined in Liverpool by local comedian John Bishop for the final stretch

Jo Brand has finished her 150-mile coast-to-coast walk for Sport Relief by arriving in Liverpool bang on schedule.

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The comedian, 58, braved 70mph winds and horizontal rain in her seven-day trek to the city from the Humber Bridge.

The final section, completed on Thursday, saw her hike 22.5 miles from Warrington for nearly 12 hours.

She has already raised £655,481 for the charity and been accompanied by fellow comedians including Bill Bailey, Lee Mack and Alan Davies en route.

Liverpudlian comedian John Bishop was at the Royal Liver Building to welcome her live on The One Show just before 7.30pm.

As she crossed the finish line she said she was "shattered" but was motivated by supporting the charity,

She said: "The most important thing was to raise shedloads of money for Sport Relief because I truly believe that Sport Relief is an organisation that gives a huge amount to people and concentrates not only on projects in Africa but projects here that mean a lot to me - projects to do with elderly lonely people, to do with people with mental health problems and to do with women who are suffering whether it's through domestic violence or bullying."

She also said she wanted to show "fat, old women" that they can walk.

The most difficult stretch of her challenge, between Langsett in South Yorkshire and Denton in Greater Manchester, saw Brand blown off her feet as she crossed the Pennines.

Her attempt almost had to be cancelled on Tuesday after roads were closed and several lorries were blown over by gale force winds from Storm Jonas.

Brand has walked across England, from east to west, since the BT-sponsored event began on the banks of the Humber last week.

She has also been made the voice of the Speaking Clock and Sport Relief will receive 10p made to the line from a BT landline until March 20.

Brand's fund raising is ongoing and her final total will be announced during the Sport Relief weekend between March 18 and 20.

The final exact distance of her coast-to-coast challenge was revealed as 135.7 miles after the terrain and weather were so severe that her medical team and trainer Professor Greg Whyte advised her to make minor route changes.

During the trek she was also joined by Billy Bragg, Lesley Garrett, Sue Johnston, Gabby Logan, Louise Minchin and Ricky Tomlinson.

Davina McCall, who completed her own Sports Relief challenge in 2014 and joined Brand on day five, said: "It's tough and she's been amazing. She's done a great job.

"In the back of her mind, keeping her going is what Sport Relief do. She knows where the money goes and how important this is.

"This is to raise money for a fantastic charity which helps amazing causes all over the world and right here in the UK."

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