Tom Daley, Olympic gold medallist and Team GB’s most decorated diver of all time, cycled through the villages of Dorset this morning as part of a fundraising challenge for Comic Relief.
Tom’s Hell of a Homecoming Challenge is an epic journey from London to Plymouth, stopping off at places close to his heart.
Day one saw Tom begin his journey at the Aquatics Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where he won his first Olympic medal at the London 2012 Olympics. He began with a six-mile row along the Thames, before switching to a bike at the Tower of London. From there, he cycled to Team GB’s rowing training ground, the Redgrave Pinsett Rowing Lake.
Day two started with an icy 1,000 metre swim in the rowing lake – the equivalent of 50 lengths of a swimming pool – followed by a 63-mile cycle to Southampton, where Tom began his diving career.
This morning – day three – saw Tom start off from Southampton, heading for Bovey Castle in Dartmoor, 130 miles away.
Along the way, he cycled through Fordingbridge, Alderholt and Cranborne, making a pit stop in Gussage All Saints, much to the excitement of children from Wimborne St Giles First School and Cranborne Middle School, many of which came out to welcome him in.
Despite still having 100 miles ahead of him today, Tom stopped to chat and thank the children for the signs they had made. To one, he said that “gold is his favourite colour” and, asked whether he’d had his Weetabix before he set out this morning, he confirmed that he had, in fact, had porridge today.
After a short break, Tom continued on towards Blandford and Dorchester before heading on to Devon for the last day of the challenge, which will see him take on a 30-mile ultramarathon, ending in his home town of Plymouth.
Good luck for the rest of your challenge Tom!
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