Davina McCall: in at the deep end

Last month she was pulled out of a freezing Windermere midway through a punishing Sport Relief cycle, swim and run across Britain. What's Davina McCall trying to prove? She talks about meltdowns, addiction and family tragedy

Davina McCall set off from Edinburgh to London on a bicycle last month, preoccupied entirely by the physical ordeal ahead. She was going to cycle, swim and run the 500-mile journey through driving rain and wind and floods, and had just seven days to complete it. For celebrities who like the idea of an insanely outlandish endurance test, Sport Relief presents an annual opportunity to show us what they're made of. Eddie Izzard once ran 43 marathons in 51 days; David Walliams swam 140 miles down the Thames, tearing a spinal disc and contracting a parasitic infection along the way. Davina McCall, however, is not one of them. "There is not one piece of me that had
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