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Last Updated: Monday March 01 2010 13:31 GMT

Blue Peter star over finish line

CBBC star triumphs in Amazon challenge

Blue Peter star Helen Skelton has finally completed her epic Amazon challenge for Sport Relief.

Crossing the finish line, Helen became the first woman to kayak 2,010 miles down the Amazon River on her own.

She started her journey on 20 January near Nauta in Peru and finished on 28 February, near Almeirim in Brazil.

Along the way, she also set a record for the longest distance kayaked by a woman in a day, paddling her way through 75 miles of Amazonian waters.

But it wasn't all plain sailing.

Helen's challenge stats
Helen is doing the challenge for Sport Relief
1,005,000 strokes
366 hours of paddling
50 metres of medical tape on her hands
Average speed of 5.5mph
150 insect bites
2 injections for heat exhaustion
0 capsizes!!!

During her six-week adventure, Helen had to battle with exhaustion, sea sickness, aching limbs, a sunken support boat and even a splintered kayak!

Helen said it had been tough but there were enough highs to make it more than worthwhile.

"My bottom is bruised, my shoulders are sore and the muscles in my neck are making it hard to differentiate between my head and my shoulders," she said.

"But to be honest I am proud of the war wounds.

"I reckon that you shouldn't shy away from things because they're tough or you might fail. Get stuck in and you never know where you might end up."

If you want to rise to your own challenge for Sport Relief, find out how you can get involved by visiting the Sport Relief site through the link on the right.

* Although other people have claimed to kayak further in the past, Helen has become the official Guinness World Record holder for the longest solo journey by kayak.