Nick Grimshaw Forced To Miss A Full Day Of Sport Relief Trek On Doctors' Orders

The Radio 1 presenter is one of several stars currently on a 100-mile expedition across the desert.

Nick Grimshaw was forced to miss a day of his current Sport Relief trek across the Namib Desert on medical grounds.

The Radio 1 DJ is one of seven celebrities who have taken part in the 100-mile expedition in aid of Sport Relief, alongside Strictly Come Dancing star Karim Zeroual, TV judge Robert Rinder and journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

However, on Tuesday, Grimmy was forced to miss a 24-mile leg of the journey due to heat exhaustion.

I’m absolutely gutted not to be with the team today,” he said on Tuesday. “I was mentally prepared for it but the medical team have decided I need to miss today.”

Nick Grimshaw pictured on Monday
Nick Grimshaw pictured on Monday
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A day earlier, the presenter was forced to abandon a 35-mile cycle for the same reason, when he was close to the finish line.

Nick explained: “I got pulled by the medic just 2k from the finish line and treated for heat exhaustion. I’d been drinking, eating, resting regularly, but it came on so quickly.

“I feel much better today and I’ll be fine, but they have advised that my body needs to recover so I can rejoin the challenge tomorrow.”

Other stars taking part in the trek include BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin, former The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge and soap actress Samantha Womack.

Sport Relief has said the aim of the expedition is to “break down the stigma of mental health” and “raise money for mental health services”.

The stars are aiming to have completed the 100-mile trek – via ski, bike and on foot – by Thursday.

Originally, the expedition was supposed to have taken place in Mongolia, but this was changed a week before the start date due to “ongoing coronavirus health and travel concerns in neighbouring China”.


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