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Radio One DJ Greg James crosses the finish line in Norwich after completing five triathlons in five days for Sport Relief

18:24 12 February 2016

Radio One DJ Greg James finishes his week of triathlons, each longer than Olympic distance, for Sport Relief.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Radio One DJ Greg James finishes his week of triathlons, each longer than Olympic distance, for Sport Relief. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

ARCHANT NORFOLK

Triumphant Radio One presenter Greg James stormed to victory in Norwich today, completing a week of triathlons and raising more than £770,000 for Sport Relief.

Former UEA student Greg took on the gruelling Gregathlon challenge of completing five triathlons, each longer than Olympic distance, in five cities in five days.

He crossed the finish line outside the Forum in Norwich yesterday, leaping through the tape and raising his arms aloft.

His final triathlon started with an open water swim in Whitlingham Broad, followed by a looping 46-mile bike ride out to Wymondham, through Taverham and Rackheath, before a run of almost 10-miles past Carrow Road, to the UEA then back to the city centre.

He was joined by England cricketer James Anderson and YouTuber Jim Chapman for the run, and was cheered on by crowds lining the streets near UEA and at The Forum.

Speaking at the Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre, after completing the bike ride, Greg said: “Today has been incredible.

“It’s been the hardest week ever, but one of the best weeks of my life.

“It was very special this morning.

“The sun was rising at Whitlingham, the mist was coming off the water, it was a really crisp morning with frost everywhere.

Greg James has made it to the final day of BBC Radio 1's Gregathlon for Sport Relief.Greg James has made it to the final day of BBC Radio 1's Gregathlon for Sport Relief.

“I just wish I could have sat in one of the boats instead of going in the water!”

Asked how he was feeling at the end of the gruelling week he said: “My mind is good.

“I feel very happy and positive about the whole experience, and I’m overwhelmed by the amount of money people have donated.

“But I’m in so much pain - I ache all over.”

He's battled freezing temperatures, risked hypothermia, steep hills and had a few tumbles, but still has a long cycle and run to go before he crosses the finish line in Norwich.He's battled freezing temperatures, risked hypothermia, steep hills and had a few tumbles, but still has a long cycle and run to go before he crosses the finish line in Norwich.

He praised people for their support, and said people had waved, beeped their car horns to spur him on and some even joined them on their bikes.

“We went out to Salhouse and Rackheath,” he added. “It was quite a rural bike route but people were stopping and beeping their horns.

“It’s been the most incredible week of my life and I’ve learned a lot about myself.”

Asked what he planned to do to celebrate afterwards, he smiled: “I’m going to sleep for 12 hours.

“I’ve had a maximum of four or five hours sleep per night. I’m a mess.”

James Anderson joined Greg the day after he was made an OBE for his services to cricket.

Sounding hoarse, he said: “You wouldn’t get many sportsmen putting their hand up to do something like this, so it’s an amazing thing that he’s done.”

“I can’t imagine he’ll be up later than 10pm tonight.

“I think this week has taken its toll on him.”

Jim Chapman, an internet celebrity and husband of Norwich make-up vlogger Tanya Burr, is training for the Virgin London Marathon and turned out to support Greg.

He said he was “really excited” to help push Greg over the finish line.

On other days of the challenge Greg had encountered a number of problems, including falling off his bike in Sheffield, but in Norwich the only difficulty he had to deal with was a road closure in Horsford resulting in a quick cycle route change.

Greg completed five triathlons, each longer than Olympic distance, in five cities.

He started in Belfast on Monday, moving on to Cardiff, Glasgow, Sheffield before the final leg in Norwich today.

The challenge raised more than £774,194 for Sport Relief.

•Read some of the messages of support for Greg here

•To donate, see sportrelief.com/SponsorGreg

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