David Walliams supported by wife Lara Stone as he kicks off most gruelling charity adventure yet


David Walliams supported by wife Lara Stone as he kicks off most gruelling charity adventure yet

Splashdown! David Walliams is supported by wife Lara Stone as he kicks off his most gruelling charity adventure yet

1:32 PM on 5th September 2011

And he

And he”s off: David Walliams takes his first strokes in his attempt to swim the 140mile length of the Thames for Sport Relief

Powering through: David hopes to swim about 140 miles to finish at Big Ben in the heart of London in just eight days

Powering through: David hopes to swim about 140 miles to finish at Big Ben in the heart of London in just eight days

Support: Walliams

Support: Walliams” wife Lara Stone was on hand to send her man off into the water

Beginnings: Walliams started as close to the Thames source as possible in Lechlade, Gloucestershire, and hopes to swim about 140 miles to finish at Big Ben in the heart of London in just eight days

Beginnings: Walliams started as close to the Thames source as possible in Lechlade, Gloucestershire, and hopes to swim about 140 miles to finish at Big Ben in the heart of London in just eight days

Off he goes: The comedian wades into the Thames at Lechlade, Gloucestershire where he kicked off his epic charity swim

Off he goes: The comedian wades into the Thames at Lechlade, Gloucestershire where he kicked off his epic charity swim

Bit of a nip: The comedian appears to gasp as he goes deeper into the waters

Bit of a nip: The comedian appears to gasp as he goes deeper into the waters

Cheers mum!: Comedian David Walliams kisses his mother Kathleen as he begins a 140 mile swim down the length of the river

Cheers mum!: Comedian David Walliams kisses his mother Kathleen as he begins a 140 mile swim down the length of the river

Come on in, the water

Come on in, the water”s great!: Walliams will face many dangers on his route which stretches 140 miles into London

Admirable challenge: David hopes the public will turn out to cheer him on along the route

Admirable challenge: David hopes the public will turn out to cheer him on along the route

Epic journey: This will be Walliams

Epic journey: This will be Walliams” (bottom left) toughest challenge to date