Lobster Greg nips in to semi-final showdown of Ninja Warrior UK
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An Ickleford man – who took on TV’s Ninja Warrior UK challenge, which was televised on Saturday night – watched his show with a cheering crowd at the village’s recreation ground.
Greg Trevelyan, who once ran the London Marathon dressed as a lobster to break a world record, donned the costume again for the ITV challenge.
He said: “The actual event itself was such a rush of emotion and adrenaline, so being able to watch it with no pressure was much more pleasurable. I hope it provided good TV anyway, especially with one final attempt to beat the wall.
“We had a large gathering at the local Ickleford Recreation Ground, so I had a lot of supporters cheering me on.
“Many of them didn’t know how I had got on, so it was great to see their faces the more I progressed through the course!
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“I also have a lot of family still in Devon, so I hear there was a big gathering down in Devon who also cheered me on!”
The 41-year-old made it through to the semi finals – and was suprised at his achievement.
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He said: “Reaching the semis means I have another chance to run the course, albeit with new challenges.
“Obviously, with progressing through comes harder obstacles, so people will just have to tune in and see how my run went. Of course, this will still be in the lobster suit!
“I was very suprised to have made it through, especially looking back at some of the shakier moments.
“It was funny to hear Chris ‘Kammy’ Kamara say he was ‘shocked’ I had got through having said on a number of occasions during the commentary that I was ‘going in the water’.”
Greg, who trained for Ninja Warrior UK while on holiday in Sicily, set a world record for fastest marathon dressed as a lobster back in 2016, when he completed the course in three hours and 17 minutes – but this time was beaten last year.
“Ironically, the stresses and strains of training for Ninja Warrior UK meant I underwent shoulder surgery in December, so I was unable to train for the London Marathon,” he said.
“However, I have deferred until 2019 and my shoulder is now all healed.
“I aim to reclaim the world record as the fastest crustacean ever to run the marathon.”
Ninja Warrior UK is on Saturdays at 6.30pm on ITV, and you can catch up on previous episodes at itv.com.