Two BBC Radio Leeds presenters are to navigate the entire length of the Leeds-Liverpool canal in a pedalo boat in aid of the corporation’s Sport Relief appeal.
It’s expected to take Adam Pope and Katherine Hannah 10 days to do the 127-mile trip at an average speed of 2mph.
Katherine said: “I’m going to the gym five days a week, doing a combination of running, cycling and weights to try and strengthen my leg muscles. I’m excited about taking on such a massive challenge and hopefully raising lots of cash for Sport Relief. Some of the scenery along the route is really beautiful and no doubt we’ll meet loads of interesting people on the way.”
The challenge will start in Liverpool’s Albert Dock, heading through places like Wigan, Blackburn, Burnley and Skipton before the final leg through West Yorkshire to Leeds.
Adam added: “Liverpool is where I was born and the Albert Dock is where I proposed to my wife so it’s a very special journey for me. I keep thinking about how brilliant it will feel for me and Katherine when we finally achieve our aim and land back in West Yorkshire.”
The journey will start on 14 March with progress tracked on BBC Radio Leeds as well as the regional television programme BBC Look North.
Katherine co-presents breakfast on BBC Radio Leeds Monday to Thursday with Martin Kelner and Fridays with Adam Pope. Adam also works as a sports presenter at the station.
Katherine said: “With it being March, the weather could be really cold and wet. Not fun if you’re stuck outside on a pedalo. Plus, 10 days pedalling next to Popey, well, have you heard his jokes?”