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Radio 1 DJ rests in Rugby during Red Nose Day rowing challenge

Editorial Correspondent 2nd Mar, 2022 Updated: 2nd Mar, 2022

A RADIO 1 DJ and reality TV star made a splash in Rugby during his gruelling 100-mile rowing challenge for Comic Relief.

Jordan North, who co-hosts BBC Radio 1’s drivetime show, rested overnight in the town on Tuesday (March 1) after rowing 24 miles in cold and wet conditions on the second day of his relentless Red Nose Day ordeal, arriving via the Oxford Canal.

The I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here runner-up is rowing for five days straight in a single scull rowing boat along the country’s canals to reach his hometown of Burnley, having started in London on Monday.

Despite a wet start to Day Two, Jordan remained positive as passers-by handed out biscuits to keep his spirits up.

Jordan said: “I’m feeling good and I’ve had plenty to eat so I’m ready to get back out there on the water and – hopefully – make it to Burnley by Friday.

“I wasn’t expecting it to be easy by any stretch of the imagination, but I didn’t expect it to be as tough as it was.

“My hands have now blistered over and my lower back is also quite sore. I don’t want to whinge as it is only the second day, but I really thought it would be Wednesday or Thursday when the pain and struggles hit me. But that happened midday yesterday!

“Six weeks ago, when I was stood by the side of the River Thames, I thought ‘how hard can it be to row a boat?’. Trust me, it’s very hard. There have been times where I’ve thought that I won’t be able to do this and have felt quite overwhelmed.

“Having said all that, I am also really excited. I’ve been putting my body through it and pushing myself as far as I can go in training.”

He said he felt proud and privileged to be able to take part in Red Nose Day.

“I grew up watching it on TV and know it raises money for such an amazing charity that does fantastic work.”

Jordan’s challenge is being broadcast live throughout the week on Radio 1, including daily canalside broadcasts of Going Home with Vick and Jordan with his co-host Vick Hope.

Rowing Home with Jordan North is also being filmed for a documentary due to air on BBC Three and iPlayer on Tuesday March 15 at 8.30pm in the run up to Red Nose Day, which returns on Friday March 18.

Money raised by Red Nose Day will support vital life-changing work in the UK and around the world which includes tackling homelessness, domestic abuse, poverty and mental health problems.

Visit www.comicrelief.com/rowinghome for updates, and to support Jordan.

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