Harry Gration and Paul Hudson have stepped out on their three-legged challenge for Sports Relief.
Pulling one another’s leg is all part of the banter on screen for BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration and weatherman Paul Hudson – but now they are up to it for real.
The pair have been tied together for a 124-mile three-legged challenge for Sports Relief.
And they put their best foot forward to start the gruelling nine-day hilly marathon which will take them through South, West and North Yorkshire.
They took their first steps from All Saints Square in Rotherham and hope to cross the finish line on three legs in York on Friday, March 18.
Harry is no stranger to taking on fundraising challenges for Sport Relief
He helped to raise nearly £140,000 two years ago by completing, with his co-presenter Amy Garcia, the two Yorkshire stages of the Tour de France on a tandem.
Harry said: “When my editor said ‘we want you to walk 100 miles across Yorkshire for charity’ I jumped at the chance. It was only after I agreed that she mentioned I’d have to be strapped to Hudson the whole time!
“We’ll be tied together for hours on end – and there’s a few tough climbs as well – I’m not looking forward to getting up Otley Chevin.”
Paul said: “The last time I did a three-legged race was 30 years ago at school. I can remember falling over a lot then and just doing a 100 metres was tough! So, I’m not expecting it to be easy – but it’ll be a great chance to visit loads of places and hopefully raise a lot of money for Sport Relief. As for the weather – I’ll only have myself to blame if it rains all week!”
Sport Relief is one of Comic relief’s fundraising initiatives, in association with BBC Sport, which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world’s poorest countries.
• To donate £3 to the pair’s Sport Relief challenge text LEG to 70703. Texts cost £3 plus your standard network message charge – 100 per cent donation will go to Sport Relief. You can also send a cheque payable to Sports Relief to 2 St Peters Square, Leeds, LS9 8AH.”
HARRY AND PAUL’S WALK
• March 11 - Barnsley to Clayton West • March 12 - Clayton West to Huddersfield • March 13 - Huddersfield to Halifax • March 14 - Halifax to Bradford • March 15 - Bradford to Otley • March 16 - Otley to Harrogate • March 17 Harrogate to Tockwith • March 18 Tockwith to Wetherby • Towns and villages they plan to visit include Silkstone, Cawthorne, Highburton, Greasbrough, Wentworth, Hoyland, Worsborough