Alex Jones has set off to begin her incredible charity endurance challenge – but that means saying goodbye to husband Charlie and son Teddy.
The One Show presenter told fans she’d been a bit teary as she said her goodbyes before joining the rest of her teammates en route to Scotland.
Alex, 40, shared a beautiful picture of Charlie lovingly planting a kiss on Teddy, which appeared to have been taken during a family holiday abroad.
She told fans: “It was a tearful goodbye to this pair this afternoon. Inverness bound for Mother of All Challenges for Sport Relief. Here we go!”
Alex’s fans left her supportive messages wishing her well in the upcoming challenge.
One wrote: “Good luck Alex! It won’t be long before you see your boys again!!”
Another said: “Good luck x and think of the amazing hug you will get when its finished.”
A third added: “You’ll smash it and make sure your lovely son sees what a strong mum he has and what women working together can achieve. I am sure your boys were as sad to see you go too. Good luck.”
Alex, who gave birth to son Teddy in January 2017, will battle freezing temperatures and agonising blisters as she travels across the UK for a relentless schedule of swimming, hiking, cycling, caving and running.
The presenter is teaming up with four other mums from around the country for The Mother Of All Challenges to help raise awareness of maternal health and raise cash for Sport Relief 2018.
Alex said: “I have taken on challenges before, but this is a whole week’s worth of tests. Tackling them as part of a team of mums makes this the most special thing I have done for Sport Relief.
“It will push us out of our comfort zones and really test us physically, mentally and emotionally.
“I can’t wait to get started with these fantastic women.”
The challenges start on Mother’s Day (March 11) at Loch Ness, with the group doing a relay swim in the lake, where the average temperature is 5C (41F) at this time of year.
Next they will lace up their hiking boots to conquer Helvellyn via Swirral Edge in the Lake District. The tricky mix of climbing and walking includes a daunting ascent of 2,854ft (870m) and a descent of 2,625ft (800m).
The following day the mothers will cycle up three of the Lake District’s toughest passes, before they travel to Alex’s home country of Wales to navigate a maze of dark caverns to make it out of Porth Yr Ogof cave in the Brecon Beacons.
The final challenge, on March 16, will see the group tackle a relay coastal run across the hilly Welsh coast, taking in clifftop views, secluded coves and wild landscapes.
Viewers can follow the group’s progress on The One Show each night on BBC One during the week of the challenge.
Alex previously said of her teammates: “Thanks to these super women for taking part. It’s gonna be tough, but every penny raised will make it 100% worth it. It’s great that we’re doing it as a team and I’m very grateful to them for volunteering to get involved.
“Cycling, swimming, hiking, caving and running a marathon in freezing temperatures is no easy feat as well as giving up their precious time to train and agree to be away from their loved ones for the duration of the challenge itself.”
Good luck, everyone!
To donate visit www.sportrelief.com/mums
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