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Zoe Ball in Shropshire: McFly star Harry Judd joins presenter's charity ride

By Mat Growcott | Ironbridge | News | Published: | Last Updated:

Radio host Zoe Ball was joined by McFly's Harry Judd as she cycled the second leg of her trip through Shropshire this morning.

The former Live & Kicking presenter travelled through Ironbridge today as part of day three of her 350-mile Hardest Road Home challenge, travelling 68 miles from Upton Magna to Stratford Upon Avon.

She has raised more than £85,000 for Sports Relief through the trek so far, which will take her from Blackpool to Brighton over five days.

Along the way she's meeting various celebrities, including Harry Judd, who was travelling with her for about 20 miles.

She was also joined by Professor Greg Whyte, who trained her and has been riding with her.

'If you're going to have a big hill, don't put it on a bend'

The tough hills around Ironbridge proved eventful for the 47-year-old, who had a fall in the area.

"If you're going to have a big hill, don't put it on a bend," she said.

"That was hideous. The bottom of my back was shouting at me 'What are you doing, Ball?!'.

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"I felt like I was drunk. I've got back on. It was tough. I'm okay, my pride hurt more than my body, but still smiling."

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Zoe arrived at Upton Magna on Tuesday night to cheers from fans.

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And there were people waiting to wish her well on her travels this morning.

But despite the fall, Zoe had good things to say about Shropshire.

Zoe Ball was joined by McFly's Harry Judd on the second leg of her trip through Shropshire

"It was the most beautiful morning in Shropshire," she said.

"The mist had cleared, there was a bit of ice on the road, and the sun came up. Greg and I sang 'Jerusalem', and it was quite a poetic moment. I suddenly realised why people get up really early to go out cycling.

"It was like a religious experience I've had. I'm definitely coming back to Shropshire."

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 sportrelief.com/Zoe

Mat Growcott

By Mat Growcott
Reporter - @MGrowcott_Star

Shropshire Star reporter

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