Friday 23 February 2018

Jo Brand joined by Alan Davies on coast-to-coast Sport Relief walk

Jo Brand was joined by Alan Davies for the second day of her 150 mile walk from Hull to Liverpool
Jo Brand was joined by Alan Davies for the second day of her 150 mile walk from Hull to Liverpool

Jo Brand has been joined by fellow comedian Alan Davies on day two of her 150-mile (241km) coast-to-coast walking challenge for Sport Relief.

Crowds of people cheered Brand as she set off on the Hell Of A Walk challenge on Friday, walking about 20 miles (32km) from Barton-on-Humber, in North Lincolnshire, to Laxton, in East Yorkshire.

And the comedian said she was exhausted after her first day, which saw her battle the elements as she crossed a wind-lashed Humber Bridge.

More than £1,500 was raised in bucket collections from people Brand passed throughout the day, with £500 from The Bricklayers Arms pub in Laxton.

She said on Friday: "It's been amazing to see so much support from the public. Today has been a very long day. I'm absolutely exhausted, my legs are very sore and I was just thrown into a very cold bath (and pummelled by a big scary bloke), but I think I can get through another day without crying."

Brand, 58, is hoping that her old friend Davies will keep her spirits high for a "gruelling" day two, which will see her walk around 20 miles from Laxton, across the River Ouse and through Goole and the Peatlands, before ending in Thorne, in South Yorkshire

The BT-sponsored challenge will see Brand climb to 1,500ft (457m) across the Pennines and take a total of 60,000 steps as she walks from dawn to dusk, 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.

Press Association

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