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Friday 25 May 2018

Zoe Ball takes a tumble during Sport Relief cycle challenge

The broadcaster was attempting a steep climb at the time.

Zoe Ball is attempting to cycle just over 300 miles from her birthplace of Blackpool to her hometown of Brighton (Victoria Dawe/Sport Relief/PA)
Zoe Ball is attempting to cycle just over 300 miles from her birthplace of Blackpool to her hometown of Brighton (Victoria Dawe/Sport Relief/PA)

By Joe Nerssessian, Press Association

Zoe Ball has been joined by McFly drummer Harry Judd on the third day of her Sport Relief cycle challenge.

The broadcaster is attempting to cycle just over 300 miles from her birthplace of Blackpool to her hometown of Brighton as part of BT Sport’s Zoe’s Hardest Road Home – a challenge inspired by the death of her boyfriend.

She took a tumble on Wednesday morning as she attempted to take on a steep climb.

Sport Relief wrote on Twitter: “Zoe’s taken a tumble – just too much of that pesky hill. She’s fine though and back on her way.”

Ball said: “It’s now easier to be on the bike than not. Getting on and off the saddle, taking the gear off – it’s becoming really tough. Yesterday was the hardest day for me, with lots of hills but the support was just incredible.

“We went past a nursery and all the kids were at the side of the road, going ‘Zoe, Zoe’ and they were just amazing. I’ve also just heard that the money is going up – which I really appreciate.

“I am also getting through some serious calories. People are even bringing out pies and cakes to us wherever we are,” she said.

Ball is raising awareness of mental health, a cause close to her heart following the death of boyfriend cameraman Billy Yates, who struggled with depression.

He was found dead at his home last May, aged 40.

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