Jordan North enjoys a well earned Guinness after rowing 100 miles to Burnley for Comic Relief

Jordan North has finished his fifth and final day of his Comic Relief rowing challenge to crowds of roaring supporters.

The radio 1 DJ finished the challenge in Finsley Gate, Burnley after completing the 100 mile journey.

As a result of his perseverance, Jordan was able to raise an impressive £681,664 for Comic Relief.

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Speaking to him after he completed the challenge, Jordan told LancsLive: “It hasn’t sunk it yet, it’s just so mad and a very humbling experience, especially with all the people that have come down today and all the people that have donated.

“Before I’m a Celeb I never would have thought I could do something like this, but I’ve always said, if I can get in a coffin full of snakes and get on a plane and go to New York because I’ve always wanted to go there then I can get on a boat and row from London.

“It’s a new lease of life but I’ll never do it again!”

Jordan also reflected on where the original idea came from, stating that he was the one that approached Comic Relief as he felt he should follow in the footsteps of his colleagues at Radio 1.

Past Comic Relief activities include Scott and Chris who famously took part in “Lolathons” and Greg James who completed a Pedal to the Peaks challenge back in 2018.

Jordan said: “I just said look, I reckon it’s time I did something and then they got back to me in October last year and asked if I was up for rowing.

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“I stupidly said ‘how hard can rowing be?’ and let me tell you, rowing is pigging hard – it’s so hard.

“I’ve got a rowing machine at home but I’ve told my mum to get that thing out – I don’t want to see that thing in my bedroom when I get back, so yeah, I won’t be going on that again.”

Jordan North hugging his mother Wendy

Jordan’s mum, Wendy North, was filled with pride when talking about her son’s achievements.

She said: “I have that many emotions it’s unbelievable – I’m happy, overwhelmed, proud, emotional.

“What he’s doing is incredible and the amount of money he has raised so far is unbelievable.

“The fact that he’s doing his job at the same time as well, he’s still working at Radio 1 whilst completing the challenge. I was worried about it at first about the rowing, he’s always loved his football but this is so new.

“But he’s trained so hard, he’s even got a rowing machine at home but I don’t think he’ll be using it anymore – he actually stubs his toe on it every morning!

“He’s just so amazing and I’ve got him a victory pint of Guinness for when he crosses the finishing line.”

Wendy North, mother of BBC Radio 1 DJ Jordan North, holds a pint ready for her son for when he completes the final day of his 100-mile Rowing Home With Jordan challenge from London to Burnley
Wendy North, mother of BBC Radio 1 DJ Jordan North, holds a pint ready for her son for when he completes the final day of his 100-mile Rowing Home With Jordan challenge from London to Burnley

When Jordan crossed the finishing line, he was greeted from a crowd of friends and family, screaming his name and chanting “Jordan’s coming home.”

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I have arrived at his final destination at around 1.45pm today (Friday 4).

Taking to Twitter, fellow Radio 1 DJ Kate Thistleton posted about Jordan’s high spirits on the final leg of his journey, it said: “I’m on one of the boats for the Blackburn – Burnley stretch and it’s just @jordannorth1 having banter with Blackburn residents shouting ‘up the clarets’ from his rowing boat and getting abuse back.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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