Des Clarke takes on the big TRYathlon for Sport Relief

Des Clarke can’t drive, cycle or swim, so he’s going to ‘try’ just that in the toughest way possible, taking on a cross-country TRY-Athlon!

Des Clarke takes on the big TRYathlon for Sport Relief

Sport Relief is back with a series of epic challenges building up to the whole nation getting moving and beating a billion steps a day, every day, from 17th-23rd March.

Here in Scotland, comedian, presenter, broadcaster and all-round good guy, Des Clarke is leading the way and taking on the ultimate fundraising challenge as the latest member of Team Sport Relief. This is no normal challenge - Des Clarke is a man who has reached the ripe old age of thirty seven, yet avoided gaining the core life skills of driving, cycling and swimming.

To change his life and help raise money for Sport Relief, Des will take on the challenge of learning all three skills quickly and in the toughest way possible with a series of increasingly daring challenges – what has become known as ‘The big ‘TRY-athlon’ for Sport Relief’

TRY-athlon One
Raring to go, Des will take a 4x4 motor up a hill and this will be followed by a cycle across Glasgow to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Des will then unleash his inner fish and take to the water in New Cumnock open air pool to swim 100 meters, no mean feat with a mortal fear of water.

TRY-athlon Two
The second challenge will put Des back behind the wheel as he drives a taxi in Edinburgh, before attaching stabilisers to his mountain bike and heading up the Great Glen Way to Fort Augustus. Once he arrives, bitterly cold Loch Ness awaits for a 200 meter swim, his first in open water.

TRY-athlon Three
The final stretch will put Des up against his celebrity pals and some serious driving talent in a Rookie Race, before ditching the bike stabilisers and leading a peloton road race through the borders to Coldstream. For his finale, Des will then swim to England across the River Tweed, where a welcoming committee and a strong cup of tea will await him.

And the best bit? Des’ TRY-athlon will be filmed for an extra-special BBC documentary, ‘The big TRY-athlon for Sport Relief’, airing on BBC One Scotland in March.

Des Clarke said: “I’ve been challenged to a lot of weird and wonderful things on the radio across the years but this is about as big as it can get for me. It’s going to be really tough, especially conquering my lifelong fear of swimming. Hey, what better way to conquer a fear than swimming from one country to another? Jokes aside, I hope I can rise to the occasion and raise some serious money for Sport Relief in the process.”

BBC viewers will be able to see all the action unfold and find out if Des can face his demons in the one-off documentary that will air in March. Des will also be visiting three Sport Relief funded projects along the way to see the valuable difference the generosity of the public makes to change lives across Scotland.

Last time around, for Sport Relief 2016, the generous people across Scotland raised and donated more than £1.7m. This money has been hard at work across the country, with nearly 240 projects funded across the country.
Gareth Hydes, Commissioning Editor for Radio, Music and Events at BBC Scotland, said: “We wish Des the best of luck. It’s going to be a really tough challenge for him and we’re really excited about following his progress with our documentary next month, as well as raising vital funds for Sport Relief.”
Des’ feat is just one in a long list of challenges on the cards for this year’s Sport Relief. For the first time ever, the entire nation has been given a collective mission to beat a billion steps a day, every day from 17th-23rd March, tracking their progress through the brand-new Sport Relief app.

Running, skipping or dog walking all count towards the step total as the nation comes together to raise money and help vulnerable people, across the UK and the world, to live happier, healthier and safer lives.

For more information on how to get involved with this year’s Sport Relief campaign, download the Sport Relief App for free or go to sportrelief.com.

To find out more on Des’ challenge go to sportrelief.com/des

Last Updated: 10 February 2018 9:20
Source: Sport Relief

Latest Local News

Lake of Stars announces full Glasgow line up

Lake of Stars announces full Glasgow line up

The internationally acclaimed music and arts festival, Lake of Stars, is bringing its trademark cross-genre blend of artists and musical styles from the tropical shores of Lake Malawi to Glasgow!
Last Updated: 23rd February 2018
Casting announced for An Officer and a Gentleman

Casting announced for An Officer and a Gentleman

Full casting for An Officer and a Gentleman - The Musical at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow has been confirmed!
Last Updated: 22nd February 2018
Volunteer for Erskine at the Ideal Home Show Scotland 2018

Volunteer for Erskine at the Ideal Home Show Scotland 2018

Erskine, Scotland’s foremost provider of care for veterans and their spouses, are once again the Official Charity Partner of the Ideal Home Show and are looking for volunteers to help out!
Last Updated: 22nd February 2018
Glasgow mum Leigh McLean joins Alex Jones for Sport Relief 2018

Glasgow mum Leigh McLean joins Alex Jones for Sport Relief 2018

Glasgow mum Leigh McLean joins Alex Jones to take on ‘The Mother of All Challenges’ for Sport Relief 2018!
Last Updated: 22nd February 2018
The Play That Goes Wrong arrives in Glasgow

The Play That Goes Wrong arrives in Glasgow

The Play That Goes Wrong, the West End’s Olivier Award winning box office hit, arrives at the King’s, Glasgow next week as part of its third major UK tour!
Last Updated: 21st February 2018
And they called it... puppy love!

And they called it... puppy love!

To mark the start of the Year of the Young Person and celebrate the return of Scotland’s premier wedding event, a ‘mini’ bride and groom walked hand-in-hand into Kelvingrove Park!
Last Updated: 20th February 2018
Your panto wishes have been granted!

Your panto wishes have been granted!

Johnny Mac will be returning to the King's this panto season alongside Elaine C Smith. Get ready, for magic, mayhem, boos, hisses and plenty of laughs because the countdown is on!
Last Updated: 20th February 2018
New home of Jazz set to open in Glasgow city centre

New home of Jazz set to open in Glasgow city centre

The Blue Arrow Club, Glasgow’s new home of Jazz, will officially launch on Sunday 18th February!
Last Updated: 14th February 2018
Dog casting confirmed after Legally Blonde auditions

Dog casting confirmed after Legally Blonde auditions

Hopeful pups in Glasgow today lined up at Theatre Royal to audition for the role of Bruiser in Legally Blonde the Musical which will run at the King’s Theatre in April.
Last Updated: 14th February 2018
The Glasgow International Comedy Festival begins on March 8th!

The Glasgow International Comedy Festival begins on March 8th!

First weekend of the Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival features shows from Kathryn Ryan, Iain Stirling, Ayesha Harazika & Brendan Burns!
Last Updated: 11th February 2018
Des Clarke takes on the big TRYathlon for Sport Relief

Des Clarke takes on the big TRYathlon for Sport Relief

Des Clarke can’t drive, cycle or swim, so he’s going to ‘try’ just that in the toughest way possible, taking on a cross-country TRY-Athlon!
Last Updated: 10th February 2018
Find your sense of adventure and challenge yourself this half term at Go Ape

Find your sense of adventure and challenge yourself this half term at Go Ape

Go Ape is encouraging Scots to escape from winter hibernation and challenge themselves as the forest adventure sites open for the season.
Last Updated: 8th February 2018
Scottish Caravan Show is back in town this weekend!

Scottish Caravan Show is back in town this weekend!

Scotland’s largest exhibition launched today at the SEC Glasgow and is on until Sunday 11th February!
Last Updated: 8th February 2018
Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing is coming to Kelvingrove!

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing is coming to Kelvingrove!

12 of the finest drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection, will be on show at Kelvingrove.
Last Updated: 7th February 2018
Former Atomic Kitten star Natasha Hamilton joins the cast of Fat Friends the Musical

Former Atomic Kitten star Natasha Hamilton joins the cast of Fat Friends the Musical

Natasha Hamilton will play Julia Fleshman during the production’s upcoming run at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow!
Last Updated: 6th February 2018
Casting announced for Titanic The Musical

Casting announced for Titanic The Musical

Casting has been confirmed for Titanic The Musical which will dock at the King’s Theatre from Monday 28th May until Saturday 2nd June!
Last Updated: 6th February 2018
Build On Historic Knowledge with Lego Exhibitions Around Scotland

Build On Historic Knowledge with Lego Exhibitions Around Scotland

Historic sites across Scotland are set to showcase history in LEGO form to connect with visitors of all ages during the Year of Young People 2018.
Last Updated: 6th February 2018
Biggest audience figures yet at Celtic Connections 2018!

Biggest audience figures yet at Celtic Connections 2018!

Over the past 18 days a whopping 130,000 attendances have been recorded in venues across the city thanks to Celtic Connections 2018!
Last Updated: 5th February 2018
Help Musicians Scotland celebrate sold out launch with iconic Idlewild set

Help Musicians Scotland celebrate sold out launch with iconic Idlewild set

A truly momentous performance from Idlewild marked the official launch of Help Musicians Scotland in Glasgow's King Tuts last night!
Last Updated: 2nd February 2018
St. Enoch Centre launches quiet room for autistic people

St. Enoch Centre launches quiet room for autistic people

Glasgow’s St. Enoch Centre has opened a dedicated space to support autistic people and those with learning disabilities and sensory conditions.
Last Updated: 30th January 2018
COMPETITION: Win tickets to the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show

COMPETITION: Win tickets to the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show

Win tickets to the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show at the SEC Glasgow in February!
Last Updated: 29th January 2018
Partick man hopes to hang on for prize

Partick man hopes to hang on for prize

Stephen Crawford is the current leader of the Glasgow Hang Challenge 2018 with just days to go!
Last Updated: 25th January 2018
Cilla the Musical arrives in Glasgow

Cilla the Musical arrives in Glasgow

Cilla – the Musical arrives at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow next week as part of a major UK tour!
Last Updated: 24th January 2018
Loks owners to open new bar bistro in Clarkston

Loks owners to open new bar bistro in Clarkston

Drinking and eating out in Clarkston is to be enhanced with the opening of a contemporary bar bistro on the former site of Beanscene, on Busby Road.
Last Updated: 24th January 2018
Happy Birthday to the Bard

Happy Birthday to the Bard

West Sound celebrated the Bard's birthday by hosting their 33rd annual Burns Supper at the Double Tree by Hilton in Glasgow!
Last Updated: 23rd January 2018
Picasso to Warhol touring exhibition makes its debut in Scotland

Picasso to Warhol touring exhibition makes its debut in Scotland

Curators unveil two unseen Warhol exhibits in famous touring exhibition which makes its debut in Scotland, New Lanark WHS, later this month!
Last Updated: 22nd January 2018
Help Musicians Scotland reveal series of Launch Events spanning the country

Help Musicians Scotland reveal series of Launch Events spanning the country

BBC, Music Glue, Idlewild and Scott Hutchinson of Frightened Rabbit all help to celebrate the HMScotland launch through ROOTED IN SCOTLAND.
Last Updated: 16th January 2018
OMG! Dog auditions for Legally Blonde The Musical in Glasgow

OMG! Dog auditions for Legally Blonde The Musical in Glasgow

Could your family pooch be destined for fame? Auditions for the role of Rufus in Legally Blonde The Musical are being held in Glasgow!
Last Updated: 15th January 2018
Sweeney Todd is coming to Giffnock

Sweeney Todd is coming to Giffnock

Glasgow Music Theatre will transport theatregoers to London in the 1800s when they bring Sweeney Todd to Eastwood Park Theatre!
Last Updated: 15th January 2018
Celtic Connections 2018 one week to go

Celtic Connections 2018 one week to go

With only one week to go until the 25th edition of Celtic Connections there has been a flurry of new names added to the ambitious & eclectic line-up!
Last Updated: 12th January 2018

Sponsored Links

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »

Popular Events

Big Feed Street Food Social
Enjoy the best of Scotland's street food at the Big Feed Street Food Social, Glasgow's indoor, fully licensed street food market!
A Play, A Pie and A Pint Spring Season
A Play, A Pie and A Pint is delighted to announce their Spring season featuring 16 world premieres!
Summer Nights at the Bandstand
The Summer Nights at the Bandstand festival returns to Kelvingrove Park in July and August and includes performances from Van Morrison, Bryan Ferry, Pretenders and Jimmy Cliff!
Glasgow Central Station Tours
Glasgow Central Tours offer you the chance to explore behind the scenes of Glasgow's most iconic and busiest landmarks, Central Station!
Byres Road Makers Market
The Byres Road Makers Market is held on the last Saturday of every month, from February - November, in Hillhead Library!