CATHERINE Tyldesley is preparing herself to slide in cold waters this weekend to take on the Great Swim Challenge at Lake Windermere.
As ambassador for the The Great North Swim 2014, Catherine, who is dating personal trainer Tom Pitfield, of Standish, has been encouraging others to get involved and keep fit.
She told Good Morning Britain this week: “It’s freezing! I think that’s the only thing I struggle with, the temperature! But the beauty of it is you can swim for as far as you want, you can do a mile, two miles, five miles...”
The Coronation Street star, who used to swim for Salford, added that she wished she hadn’t watched Davina’s McCall’s swim beforehand, where the TV presenter burst into tears after feeling physically drained.
Meanwhile, the 30-year-old has spoken of how she will miss former Corrie cast mate Michelle Keegan, as they shared a dressing room.
She said: “Our dressing room is a lot tidier! I’m messy, but she’s a whole new level. She’s absolutely lovely and I do miss our little chats.”
Despite not working together anymore, the pair remain close with Michelle tweeting Cathering a good luck message ahead of her swim: “My mate @Cath_Tyldesley is swimming in Windermere for @RMCHcharity @Great_Swim go Cath!’”
Meanwhile, Catherine’s charity work does not end there - she was joined by paralympic medalist Jon-Allan Butterworth in launching the Northern Flyer leg of the Help For Heroes Hero Ride 2014 last week.
The 30 cyclists gathered at the start line at the National Cycling Centre and after four days of cycling will join together with 1,000 other riders to complete their journey into central London.
The journey is around 230 miles.
She said: “These riders have such a long way to cycle over the next few days and I wish them all the luck in the world.
“They have all worked so hard to raise money for Help For Heroes to support the incredible work they do. It’s fantastic to be involved in setting them off.”