Nick Grimshaw pulls out of Sport Relief with heat exhaustion

Nick Grimshaw has had to miss out on the second day of Sport Relief’s latest celebrity challenge due to heat exhaustion.

The radio DJ has succumbed to the extreme conditions as he and other famous faces take on the 100-mile trek across the Namib desert in sweltering heat. 

Sport Relief: The Heat Is On, saw the celebs cycle for the first leg, parking their bikes to trek 24 miles on foot on day two.

Too hot to handle! Nick Grimshaw has had to miss out on the second day of Sport Relief’s latest celebrity challenge due to heat exhaustion [pictured with Judge Rinder]

Nick, 36, was forced to drop out of the 35 mile cycle though, on medical advice, just shy of the day’s finish line due to heat exhaustion.

Following further advice and orders from the support team on the ground, Nick has had to sit out the next part of the challenge.

Nick said: ‘I’m absolutely gutted not to be with the team today. I was mentally prepared for it but the medical team have decided I need to miss today.

‘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.

Grueling: The radio DJ has succumbed to the extreme conditions as he and other famous faces take on the 100-mile trek across the Namib desert in sweltering heat

Grueling: The radio DJ has succumbed to the extreme conditions as he and other famous faces take on the 100-mile trek across the Namib desert in sweltering heat

‘I feel much better today and I’ll be fine but they have advised that my body needs to recover so I can re-join the challenge.’

The rest of the team – Frankie Bridge, Karim Zeroual, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Louise Minchin, Rob Rinder and Samantha Womack – will be trekking on foot through the desert for more than eight hours, battling temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius.

The team are doing this for Sport Relief, to help break down the stigma of mental health and raise money for mental health services.

One in four people will be affected by a mental health problem in their lifetime, and each of the celebs taking part have their own experiences with the cause – hoping to help crush the stigma surrounding this issue.

Tough terrain! Louise Minchin and Nick ride on their bikes on the first of the Sport Relief challenge, as they traverse the Namib desert in Namibia, Africa by foot, bike and ski

Tough terrain! Louise Minchin and Nick ride on their bikes on the first of the Sport Relief challenge, as they traverse the Namib desert in Namibia, Africa by foot, bike and ski

Before departing for the second day of the challenge – which took place on Pancake Day – BBC news presenter Louise Minchin said: ‘We did have pancakes this morning you’ll be pleased to hear! When I fell over on the sand yesterday I screamed because it burned me, that’s how hot it was.

‘I know people at home are supporting us and that’s what keeps us going. Yesterday was a really tough day. When I pushed my bike over that final sand dune and I saw Rob, who had been there for quite a while by the way, I felt such a sense of relief to have made it to the first camp.’

Frankie Bridge said: ‘Yesterday was probably one of the worst and hardest days of my life. It turns out I’m no good at cycling.

‘Everything is dead out here – we haven’t seen anything alive apart from beetles. I’ve got massive blisters on my feet and the medic had to burst them all and wrap my feet up before we set out to walk 24 miles today.

Out! Nick was pulled from the task at the end of day one, and cannot participate on day two

Out! Nick was pulled from the task at the end of day one, and cannot participate on day two



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