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Greg Whyte OBE

Physical Activity Expert

Comic Relief

In the races, swims, cycles, climbs and marathons that Greg has been involved in, he and some of the best known faces in the UK have raised over £17 million.

Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK which strives to create a just world free from poverty – and they work 365 days a year to help that vision become a reality.

Over the years they’ve inspired a lot of people who don’t normally ‘do’ charity to, well, do charity. The support they’ve had from so many friends has always blown them away – and still does today.

Since the first campaign in 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £800 million that has helped change the lives of millions around the World.

Mount Kilimanjaro Climb

In late 2008, Take That singer Gary Barlow approached Greg with an idea of climbing to Africa's tallest peak all in the aid of Charity.

In March 2009 with the aid of Greg's expertise the dream was realised as Barlow along with other celebrities including Cheryl Cole, Kimberly Walsh, Chris Moyles, Ronan Keating, Denise Van Outen, Alesha Dixon, Ferne Cotton and Ben Shephard reached the summit.

Biting winds, temperatures of -15 and the high altitude made their trek extreme and it wasn’t until they began descending that any of them had a chance to watch the sunrise over the continent at the highest peak in Africa.

In an incredibly display of pure grit and determination, the nine celebrities have defied all odds to reach the summit as a team. Along the way they’ve overcome injury, vertigo and acute altitude sickness through their sheer resolve to raise as much money as possible for Comic Relief.

Watch documentaries of the climb.

£1 Million Bike Ride

In March 2010, Greg trained and guided a group of celebrities to complete the iconic journey from John O'Groats to Land’s End to raise the one million pound target they had set.

Led by David Walliams, the riders included Fearne Cotton, Miranda Hart, Russell Howard, Patrick Kielty, Davina McCall and Jimmy Carr successfully overcome truly treacherous conditions to jubilantly reach the finish line.

During the first night's ride conditions got so bad that organisers considered pulling the riders out but the wanted to cycle on to raise as much money as possible.

Greg remembers what it was like riding through the night:

" "Riding in that kind of temperature at night poses serious risks - it's potentially deadly. No one would have batted an eyelid if they'd have said, let's call this off. But they didn't and I'm amazed at how absolutely no one wants to let the team down."