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20th Aug, 2022

An emotional pit stop in Stratford for TV celebrity Zoe Ball

IT WAS an emotional moment for Zoe Ball when she finally pedalled into Stratford to complete the third leg of her Sports Relief challenge.

Zoe arrived at Bancroft Gardens exhausted but cheerful on Wednesday and was greeted by supporters on the steps of the RST.

The TV presenter is now more than half way through her ‘Hardest Road Home’ challenge – a 350 mile cycle from Blackpool, her birthplace, to her now home city of Brighton.

Before setting off on day three from Upton Magna in Shropshire, Zoe said she was beginning to feel weary and during the journey took a fall she admitted was ‘probably coming’.

‘But I’m still smiling’ she told the camera before continuing on her way along with supporter Harry Judd of McFly and Strictly Come Dancing fame, and trainer Professor Greg Whyte.

The celebrity spent the night in the town and began her journey from Waterside this morning, along with much-needed encouragement from lorry drivers Zoe described as having a ‘toot-off’.

She is planning to arrive in Marlow in South Buckinghamshire later today, before completing her last leg towards Brighton on Friday.

Zoe is taking on the challenge to raise money for Sport Relief which helps support mental health projects across the UK. So far she has raised over £84,000.

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