Greg James charity cycle passing through Penwortham

BBC radio presenter, Greg James, has set off today on the ‘Gregathlon’, the Pedal to the Peaks challenge for Sport Relief. Within five days he will be cycling 500 miles and climbing three of the UK’s highest mountains: Mount Snowdon, Scafell Pike and finishing with Ben Nevis.

Tomorrow, James will be cycling through Penwortham on his way from Mount Snowdon to Scafell Pike. You can keep track of his progress on the Sport Relief website and app where there is a map of the journey over the five days. He will also be posting updates on his Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter accounts.

Two years ago the presenter did a similar fundraising challenge for Sport Relief when he completed five triathlons in five days.

Greg James spoke to cyclist Chris Hoy and asked if he would climb these three peaks as well as cycling the 500 miles distance he laughed and said “no way, you’ve got to be mad.” He also had a weather expert on his show who told him that even though the ‘Gregathlon’ is taking place at the beginning of Spring, it will be extremely windy, cold and there will be snow.

This is definitely going to be a tough five days for Greg. You can donate money via the Sport Relief website.

Sport Relief, which raises money to help vulnerable people in the UK and other countries, takes place over the week of Saturday 17th March – Friday 23rd March.