28th February 2018


  • Greg James summits Scafell Pike in extreme weather conditions for BBC Radio 1’s Gregathlon: Pedal to the Peaks for Sport Relief

  • Met Office declares this ‘worst week since he’s been on the radio’ to take on this challenge

BBC Radio 1 DJ and presenter Greg James today faced the biggest challenge of the week so far in treacherous weather conditions, as he successfully scaled the second of his three mountain ascents for Radio 1’s Gregathlon: Pedal to the Peaks for Sport Relief. His challenge will see him attempt to scale three of the UK’s highest peaks and cycle the mammoth distance between them.

Since setting off on Monday, Greg has battled some of the most extreme weather conditions ever faced by a Sport Relief challengee, as the ‘Beast from the East’ has swept across the nation. With temperatures plummeting, the DJ powered through snow blizzards and howling winds as he struggled to reach the summit of England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike.

Alex Burkill, Meteorologist at the Met Office, said:" Of all the weeks to choose from Greg’s entire broadcasting career, weather wise this is the worst. Today he can expect further heavy snow showers and even windier conditions than he's experienced so far. With gale force gusts up to 50mph at the top of Scafell Pike, it will feel colder than -20C."

Sport Relief trainer, and former Olympian Professor Greg Whyte said: “This is the worst weather we’ve ever had on a Sport Relief challenge. Air temperature is the coldest we’ve had, but when you add wind-chill on top of that it makes it a really, really tough environment.”

Speaking to Radio 1 at the summit, Greg said: “That was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever had to do. I feel really, really broken. My muscles are really aching, I feel quite dizzy and light headed – we climbed 950m. The snow was up to my knees, it was completely ludicrous. My feet were going in and the snow was going over my knees – it felt like I couldn’t do it but somehow I got to the top.”

Listeners can keep up to date with Radio 1’s Gregathlon: Pedal to the Peaks for Sport Relief throughout the day on BBC Radio 1. Greg’s not shirking his presenting duties either – he’ll be stepping in for his own show live every day, joined on the road by co-host Adele Roberts.

Greg is taking on his epic challenge to raise money for Sport Relief, helping vulnerable people across the UK and the world, to live happier, healthier and safer lives. Throughout Greg’s challenge, BBC Radio 1 will be taking a special look at projects which use Sport Relief cash to help support young people living with mental health issues here in the UK.

His motivation on the way is coming from people he met earlier this month at the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, which is supported by money raised by Sport Relief. The programme sees elite athletes mentoring young women to raise their aspirations, self-esteem and get them into training and employment.

Greg needs the public’s support to keep him going as he takes on his Gregathlon. You can sponsor Greg at in new window).

Greg has a qualified and experienced team around him who are taking all necessary precautions, and will make the decision to stop or make changes to the challenge at any time should conditions become unsafe. People inspired by Greg are encouraged to sponsor him rather than attempt to follow in his footsteps.

For the first time ever Sport Relief 2018 is asking the entire nation to take on a huge collective challenge – beating a billion steps a day, every day, from 17th-23rd March. For more information on how to get involved with this year’s Sport Relief campaign, download the Sport Relief App or go to



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