Sunday 4 December 2016

Jo Brand wanted to 'lie down and cry' after 'brutal' day in Sport Relief walk

Published 24/01/2016 | 13:26

Jo Brand in Thorne, South Yorkshire, meeting the locals on day three of her 150-mile walk (Comic Relief/PA Wire)
Jo Brand in Thorne, South Yorkshire, meeting the locals on day three of her 150-mile walk (Comic Relief/PA Wire)
Jo Brand in Thorne, South Yorkshire, meeting the locals. (Comic Relief / PA Wire)

Jo Brand wanted to "lie down and cry" after wading through knee-deep bogs on the "brutal" second day of her 150-mile coast-to-coast walking challenge for Sport Relief.

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The 58-year-old was joined by comedian Alan Davies on the Hell Of A Walk as she spent nearly 14 hours walking 21 miles from Laxton, in East Yorkshire, to Thorne, in South Yorkshire.

The comedian is suffering from painful legs and fatigue but said she was "smiling and looking forward to the day" as she set off on the third stage with presenter Gabby Logan.

Brand will cover 21 miles on Sunday from Thorne to Harlington, in South Yorkshire.

She said: " Every morning I sit here smiling and looking forward to the day.

"By four o'clock a dark vacuum has fallen inside my head and a great fat gloom descends upon me. All I want to do is lie down and cry but I won't because I refuse to cry in public. So just imagine me up in my room at about 11pm, sobbing and holding my leg."

Greg Whyte, Brand's trainer, said: "It should be better today. Yesterday's terrain was really brutal, at some points she was wading knee deep through bogs.

"Today, we're going to have to balance the good terrain against the fact that she's very, very fatigued right now. She's got the attrition from yesterday and she's going to be fatigued and frustrated."

The BT-sponsored challenge will see Brand climb to 1,500ft (457m) across the Pennines as she walks from dawn to dusk for seven days, burning around 6,000 calories each day.

She will walk east to west across the width of the country, finishing in Liverpool on Thursday.

During the journey, former psychiatric nurse Brand will highlight the work that Sport Relief does around mental health and issues that affect women and girls across the UK and the world's poorest communities.

She will be joined by famous friends and people helped by funded Sport Relief projects along the route to spur her on.

The journey will be recorded for a BBC documentary to be broadcast in the run-up to Sport Relief Weekend, which is taking place from March 18 to 20.

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