After The Big Swim documentary David Walliams insists there will be no more challenges but he will get to carry the Olympic torch!
David Walliams has isnisted that he will nto be doing any more huge challenges for Sport Relief.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge swam a 140 mile length of the River Thames in aid of the charity in September of last year and though he raised £1.25 million in doing so, the funnyman encountered severe and long lasting stomach problems due to the bacteria in the water and suffered a torn disc.
Last night a documentary about his challenge aired on BBC One, which took in all the highs and lows of the journey that saw David pass through seven counties, make 111,352 strokes, burn 68,000 calories, battle a serious bacterial infection and even save a dog from drowning as well as enjoying visits from fellow comedians Miranda Hart, Rob Brydon and Jimmy Carr.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, David spoke about the swim and admitted that he doesn’t intend to put his body through that sort of strain again.
He told the presenters:
This is the final one. Because I got ill.
However, David will be returning to the world of sport later this year, as he has been appointed as a special ambassador for the British Olympic swim team and will also get to carry the infamous torch in the lead up to the games commencing.
I am an ambassador for the Olympic swim team this year and I’ve been asked to hold the torch as well, the Olympic torch not just a normal torch. I’ll be running with it and I’m not very good at running, but it’s only for 400 metres or something.
I hate running, I can cycle, I can row but I hate running.