'Shropshire is a beautiful county. I'm going to spend more time here' - watch Zoe Ball on her charity ride

By Ian Harvey | Wem | News | Published:

She may be aching all over but TV and radio presenter Zoe Ball says she is "definitely coming back to Shropshire for a holiday" after being wowed by the stunning countryside during her mammoth 350-mile charity cycle ride.

Zoe Ball with Professor Greg Whyte in Wem

The former Live & Kicking presenter cycled into Wem yesterday afternoon on the second day of her Sport Relief Hardest Road Home challenge, along with Professor Greg Whyte who trained her and has been riding with her.

She then road on to Upton Magna where she spent the night at The Haughmond before setting off on day three early this morning, passing through Atcham and Ironbridge before heading into the wider West Midlands as part of her ride from Blackpool to Brighton.

McFly drummer Harry Judd meets a fan. Photo: The Haughmond/Facebook.

McFly drummer Harry Judd was at The Haughmond this morning told help cheer her on.

'I'm going to spend more time here' - Zoe is wowed by Shropshire:

"So many people have come out to see us along the way," said Zoe last night..


"Schools out, whole schools out, along the road and it makes you really emotional. Lots of tooting, lots of cheering and some beautiful scenery..

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She added: "Shropshire is a beautiful county. I'm going to spend more time here."


"To come into Upton Magna and all the kids came out and chanted and it made me cry. It was amazing.

"All in all a great day. Have to say I'm walking a bit funny now. There's quite a few aches and pains starting up but we made it to the end of day two."

This morning she was up early to set off on day three of her journey and was cheered off by well wishers.

Watch Zoe set off again this morning:

The 47-year-old is taking part in the Sport Relief Challenge to raise awareness of mental health issues after her boyfriend Billy Yates hanged himself.

To sponsor Zoe, visit

Ian Harvey

By Ian Harvey

Shropshire Star Internet Editor based at the head office in Ketley, Telford


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