Helen Skelton is an English television presenter and actress. She co-presented the BBC children's programme Blue Peter from 2008 until 2013 and since 2014 has been a presenter on Countryfile. She also co-presented two series of the BBC One programme Holiday Hit Squad alongside Angela Rippon and Joe Crowley. She also presented the daytime series The Instant Gardener that ran for two seasons. She hosts a weekly slot on BBC Radio 5 Live on Sundays and acts as temporary co-host on BBC Radio 5 Live Drive Time with Tony Livesey.
She has taken part in many physical challenges. In 2009, she became only the second woman ever to finish the 78-mile (126 km) Namibian ultra marathon, and just weeks later, she completed the London Marathon. She has kayaked the entire length of the River Amazon for Sport Relief, for which she achieved two entries in the Guinness World Records: the longest solo journey by kayak, and the longest distance in a kayak in 24 hours by a woman. In addition to these, she has walked a 150-metre tightrope for Comic Relief, become the first person to reach the South Pole using a bicycle for Sport Relief, and took on seven challenges set by Comic Relief, her Magnificent 7.