Stephen Nolan has had a fun weekend – getting lost up a mountain and then locked in a car park before making it back just in time to host his 5 live show.
The presenter decided to kick-start his new fitness regime at the weekend by heading to the granite Northern Ireland mountain range, the Mournes, with the intention of climbing up part of it.
Nolan famously lost 6 stone over a 15 week period last year after following a 500-calorie a day diet. In the past 12 months though he has seen the weight creep back on and has now decided to try to get fit and once again lose the pounds.
He says: “I decided to climb a mountain. I started climbing and I’m quite stubborn I was determined to get to the top. I didn’t have any suntan lotion and I didn’t have any water and flimsy training shoes. I was that determined to do it I didn’t think things through.”
Stephen’s Twitter followers offered him support as he made his way up the mountain whilst he treated them to some live Periscope action and updates en-route.
He adds: “I started at 1 o’ clock and I thought I’m on air tonight so have to be at 5 live for 8pm.
“What time did I get to the top at? Half past six! Five and a half hours later. I go to phone 5 live to say listen I’m not going to be able to make it tonight. My phone at that stage is out of power so then I was in trouble.”
After a sprint down the mountain, a five mile walk in the wrong direction (with a pulled ham-string) he got to his car at ten to nine, only to find the car park it was in had been locked.
Is this sign for the cliff top or my belly ? pic.twitter.com/8eYz7fVi0d
— Stephen Nolan (@StephenNolan) June 14, 2015
Nolan was finally rescued by police after charging his phone in the car and dialling for help. He narrowly made his 5 live talk show, broadcast from BBC Belfast studios, with minutes to go.
Controller of 5 live, Jonathan Wall tweeted: “I’ve been working in radio for 24 years and never has a presenter nearly missed a show because he got lost up a mountain!”