Blue Peter presenters are known for taking on extreme challenges, but in the six years Helen Skelton fronted the programme she did more than most.
She broke world records for kayaking the Amazon, was the first person to travel to the South Pole on a bike, became only the second woman to complete the gruelling 78-mile Namibian ultra-marathon and walked a 150-metre tightrope between chimneys at Battersea Power Station, to name but a few. She also crossed 500 miles of Antarctica by bike, ski and kite.
After Blue Peter Helen presented BBC One’s Holiday Hit Squad, the show looking at whether holidays and hotels deliver what they promise, and was also part of the BBC team covering the London Olympics. Other sports coverage Helen has played a part in includes Wimbledon, the Derby, and the London Marathon (which she’s also run). She now fronts BT Sport’s coverage of FA Women's Super League football. After Blue Peter, Helen has presented everything from Holiday Hit Squad to Wimbledon, Countryfile to BT Sport’s Women's Super League football. She’s also taken on extraordinary challenges including desert ultra-marathons, kayaking up the Amazon, and walking a tightrope across one of London’s most familiar landmarks.
Helen returned to her rural roots as a presenter on Countryfile, showed her dancing skills on the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, and staffed Dictionary Corner on Countdown.
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