Gales and blizzards no problem to TV walkers

BBC Look North’s presenters are made of tough stuff.

Nobody would have been surprised if they had called off their fundraising stunt on one of the wildest weekends of the year, weather-wise.

But Harry Gration, Amy Garcia, Keeley Donovan and Paul Hudson went ahead, pulling and pushing the red sofa they sit on for the programme from Filey RNLI to Scarborough RNLI.

En route, they passed through Gristhorpe, Lebberston, Cayton and Osgodby.

It took seven hours and 21 minutes to cover 12 and a half miles - battling through strong gales and blinding blizzards.

A small crowd turned out in a bracing Siberian breeze to see them off at Filey.

Countless people lined the route here and there, cheering the team on and making donations. Passing vehicles blew their horns in support and tossed cash into collecting buckets.

They stopped off at the Stained-Glass Centre in Killerby for lunch in its cafe and at three pubs, the Bull in Gristhorpe, the Star in Cayton and the Barn in Osgodby.

It was bitterly cold. The temperature hovered around zero all day but it felt much colder with windchill.

Occasional blizzards dramatically reduced visibility, especially on the Esplanade, where Harry was nearly blown over by the powerful easterly.

Harry and Paul were barely recognisable, swathed almost completely in warm clothing plus, in Paul’s case, dark sunglasses. Paul left halfway through to attend a private event.

At the end of the leg, the others put their feet up over a cup of tea in the crew-room at Scarborough lifeboathouse, where Martina Moscariello of That's North Yorkshire TV interviewed them.

And then they were straight off to Bradford for the next part of their gruelling eight-day challenge.

It was part of a tour of 50 places in Yorkshire and Derbyshire to mark the programme’s 50th anniversary and raise funds for Sport Relief.

By the time they finished, they had pulled and pushed the sofa for 100 miles over eight days.