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Last Updated: Tuesday February 09 2010 17:35 GMT

Blue Peter star sets world record

Helen Skelton

Blue Peter's Helen smashes record

Blue Peter star Helen Skelton has smashed two world kayaking records as she paddles past the halfway point of her epic Sport Relief Amazon challenge.

Helen's attempting to become the first woman in history to kayak 2,010 miles down the Amazon River on her own.

So far she's clocked up just over 1,000 miles in just three weeks, tripling the current official record for the longest solo journey by kayak.

She's also set a record for the longest distance kayaked by a woman in a day.

Helen paddled her way through 75 miles of Amazonian waters to set the new Guinness World Record.

Helen is doing the challenge for Sport Relief
Helen's hoping to encourage others to rise to their own Sport Relief challenges

But despite her success so far, the CBBC star said she knows she's still got a long way to go.

"Every single day here is tough so all I can do is take each one at a time and get through it," she said.

"I have been suffering with the heat, my shoulders are sore and my legs are covered in mosquito bites but I'm battling on."

Helen started her journey on 20 January near a place called Nauta in Peru, and is due to finish in Almerim, Brazil, at the beginning of March.

To make it in time, she needs to keep up a gruelling pace to cover at least 60 miles a day, with only one day off a week.

* Although other people have claimed to kayak further in the past, Helen will become the official Guinness World Record holder for the longest solo journey by kayak, if she finishes her challenge.