Helen Skelton

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Helen Elizabeth Skelton is an English television presenter famed for her daring adventures.

Skelton was brought up on a dairy farm in Cumbria and graduated from Cumbria Institute of the Arts, where she gained a BA degree in journalism. During her time at college, she worked as an extra on Coronation Street and Cutting It.

Skelton was revealed as a new Blue Peter presenter in 2008, before leaving five years later to work on other projects as well as retaining her BBC reporter roles and presenting segments of Countryfile.  In December 2012, she took part in a Christmas Special edition of the BBC One programme Strictly Come Dancing.

Her many challenges have included kayaking the entire length of the River Amazon for Sport Relief in 2010, earning two Guinness World Records for the longest solo journey by kayak, and the longest distance in a kayak in 24 hours by a woman.  

In 2012, Helen Skelton raised more money for Sport Relief by becoming the first person to reach the South Pole using a bicycle. The bike was custom built for her trip, with 8-inch-wide tyres. She also used skis and a kite to help her pull a sled containing 82 kg of supplies.  During the expedition she became the first person to claim a world record for the fastest 100 km by kite ski, in seven hours 28 minutes. 


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