(NEWSER) – A British TV host tried to run 20 miles across the Irish Sea. She nearly made it, too. Inside a 10-foot-wide inflatable ball attached to paddles, 25-year-old Lindsey Russell set off from Donaghadee in Northern Ireland at 6:30am on Thursday in an attempt to raise money for Sport Relief, which helps fund children's education, vaccines, mental health initiatives, and more.
The journey to Scotland's Portpatrick Harbor—which would see Russell roll the ball or "zorb" from the inside with her hands and feet—was expected to take about 14 hours, or the same time it would take to swim the distance, per the Belfast Telegraph andBBC. But 10 hours and 17 nautical miles into the trek, Russell was forced to give up due to bad weather.