Helen Skelton, the Blue Peter presenter whose gruelling expedition to the South Pole is featured in a BBC documentary on Friday (March 16, 2012), has gotten engaged to her boyfriend Richie Myler.
The 28-year-old, who trekked to the South Pole for Sport Relief 2012, told fans that Super League rugby star Richie had finally popped the question, saying, "I am a very lucky lady! Thanks for all your kind messages". The presenter also joked that the Warrington Wolves star had "excelled on the ring" and she immediately changed her status on Facebook to "engaged", much to the delight of her friends. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Helen's "Polar Adventure' saw the presenter cover 329 miles by kite ski, a further 103 miles by bike and a final 68 miles by cross country ski. Her efforts led her to claim the world record for the fastest 100km covered by kite ski. Back in 2010, she kayaked over 2,000 miles along the Amazon River and in 2009, Skelton became only the second woman in history to finish the 78 mile Namibian Ultra Marathon.
She briefly worked in public relations before joining Border Television, going onto become a breakfast presenter on BBC Radio Cumbria in 2005. Her big break came three years later, when she replaced Zoe Salmon on Blue Peter.