Pinkston welcomes Sport Relief

Pinkston Watersports Centre has welcomed a squad of celebrities to north Glasgow as they took to the Forth and Clyde Canal for an almighty Sport Relief challenge.

Jo Whiley and her BBC Radio 2 teammates Reverend Kate Bottley and Richie Anderson tackled the The Radio 2 Dare2Tri Challenge, which included an open water swim at Pinkston Watersports Centre in north Glasgow, to raise money for people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and around the world.

A community paddlesports centre, Pinkston boasts unique urban watersports facilities including Scotland’s only artificial whitewater course and is situated on the banks of the Forth and Clyde canal – an area fast becoming a destination for urban and water sport located just 10 minutes from Glasgow City Centre.

The demanding triathlon challenge saw the team take to the water at Pinkston before cycling a loop around north Glasgow and then running into the centre of Glasgow, finishing at George Square.

Hannah Blair, Pinkston Watersports Centre general manager and Glasgow Canal Co-op co-director, said: “It was fantastic to give the Sport Relief team an infamous Glasgow welcome at Pinkston and to help Jo Whiley, Reverend Kate Bottley and Richie Anderson complete this tremendous Dare2Tri challenge. At Pinkston we’re experienced in hosting all sorts of watersports activities and challenges and the team did extremely well to complete their open water swim in the chilly conditions.”

Glasgow’s corridor of the Forth and Clyde Canal is now a magnet for urban and adventure sport, with The Loading Bay skateparkEveryday AthleteGlasgow Wake ParkGlasgow Kayak Club and Red Bull Neptune Steps Challenge all calling it home.