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Sport Relief personalities arrive in York
10:21am Wednesday 14th March 2012 in News
RUGBY great Paddy Johns, athlete Sonia O’Sullivan and television personalities Craig Doyle, Diarmuid Gavin and Amanda Byram were among the stars who arrived in York yesterday as part of the biggest event to be staged for Sport Relief.
The week-long First Nation Home Challenge, which began on Saturday, sees celebrity teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland sail, row, cycle and run more than 1,000 miles across the British Isles to raise funds for this year’s appeal.
The first team to return to their respective capital city will be crowned the winners.
The teams, which are made up of television and sport stars, will be each stopping in York during their race, and yesterday Team Ireland were welcomed by the Lord Mayor of York, Coun David Horton, and city residents at the Eye of York.
Team Scotland were the first to arrive in York on Saturday. Team Wales will arrive tomorrow and Team England, represented by TV presenter Phil Spencer, Rugby World Cup winners Josh Lewsey and Phil Vickery, and sailing champion Dame Ellen MacArthur, will arrive on Friday.
Money raised will go to Sport Relief, which aims to transform the lives of poor and vulnerable people in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries.