Documenting a charity challenge like no other, “Des Clarke’s Big TRY-Athlon for Sport Relief” is an hour long one-off programme, following a series of increasingly daring challenges that will see Scottish funny-man and all round good guy lose his inhibitions and ‘try’ to conquer some of his greatest fears. This is no normal challenge - Des is a man who has reached the ripe old age of thirty-seven without learning the core life skills of driving, cycling and swimming.
The programme, made by BBC Scotland, follows every push of the pedal, grind of the gears and lung full of water as Des attempts to battle through physical and emotional barriers towards the finish lines. Joined by a team of high-profile supporters - including Sir Chris Hoy, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and Strictly Come Dancing’s Susan Calman and Joe McFadden – Des travels Scotland as he attempts to achieve his goals.
From taking on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome with the man himself, to swimming in the bracing waters of Loch Ness, Des has been spurred on every step of the way to raise money for Sport Relief. The documentary sees him meet Scots living through incredibly tough times, from mothers with peri-natal difficulties to veterans facing mental health issues, all being supported thanks to projects funded with Sport Relief cash.
Des Clarke said: “Prepare to see a man with ‘all the gear and nae idea’. This is without a doubt, the toughest thing I’ve ever done but I hope it will help raise some serious cash for Sport Relief.”
Comic Relief CEO, Liz Warner said: “We have had amazing support from Scotland this year. Des has been brilliant and seeing the way he has faced his fears to take this on is so inspiring. We are incredibly grateful for his support as part of Team Sport Relief and hope the Scottish viewers will support him in his fundraising.”
For a professional funny-man, this is a challenge that will test his sense of humour – not to mention his physical and mental powers – to the full. Follow Des’ remarkable TRY-Athlon journey on Wednesday 21st March 2018, 9pm, BBC One Scotland as he sets out to conquer his fears for Sport Relief. To donate and support Des, visit sportrelief.com/Des.
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