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Christine Bleakley waterskis the English Channel

12th March 2010

The One Show presenter Christine Bleakley has completed her water-ski challenge across the English Channel in one hour and 40 minutes.

The star had aimed to complete Sport Relief challenge in just over an hour, however high winds and choppy conditions sparked concerns that Christine might not make it.

She raised thousands of pounds by crossing the 22-mile busy shipping lane to France.

Christine, suffered several delays to the start of her challenge because of bad weather. Strong winds meant she faced sub-zero temperatures.

Beforehand the presenter had admitted that she was "petrified" by the challenge as she is frightened of water, and is not a strong swimmer.

She had been in training for just a few weeks and only recently started water-skiing. Christine decided to take on the "crazy" task for Sport Relief after visiting East Africa last year.

"I went to Uganda where I met Hajjara, a teenage girl carrying the weight of the world on her young shoulders," Christine said.

"After losing her parents to Aids, she's been left all alone to care for her younger siblings."

Footage of her challenge will be shown on The One Show which starts at 7pm tonight on BBC One.

A whole host of stars have been taking part in sporting challenges for the charity.

Earlier this month David Walliams, Fearne Cotton and Davina McCall, Russell Howard, Patrick Kielty, Jimmy Carr and Miranda Hart completed a bike ride from John O'Groats on the tip of Scotland to Land's End in Cornwall.


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