She struggled to adapt to life on the boat, and fainted minutes after the first challenge.

Victoria Pendleton ran into more trouble in Don’t Rock The Boat on Wednesday, as she clashed with actor Craig Charles after he accused her of being “toxic”.

The 40-year-old Olympic champion burst into hysterical tears after Craig indicated she was so focused on winning that he was “sad and embarrassed”.

Emotionally: Victoria Pendleton faced more suffering in Don’t Rock The Boat on Wednesday, as she clashed with actor Craig Charles after he accused her of being “ toxic. ”

Early in the show tensions escalated as Victoria indicated that Craig’s struggle with seasickness led to her being put off during an early stage of the race.

Things escalated as the two teams struggled with the more competitive members of the team, including Blues Denise Lewis, who accused Jack Fincham of spoiling the mood while focusing on negatives during class.

While the red team discussed the final challenge after losing another mission on the ground, tension erupted over who should take over the mission, with Victoria indicating she did not want to take Craig in the next 60-mile lineup to mainland Scotland.

Saab: The Olympic champion burst into hysterical tears after Craig indicated her intense focus on winning made him feel

Saab: The Olympic champion burst into hysterical tears after Craig indicated her intense focus on winning made him feel “miserable and embarrassed.”

Although he agreed that he would board the red boat for the next stage, Craig later announced that he would not paddle, telling hosts AJ Odudu and Freddie Flintoff that he didn’t feel comfortable participating.

While the Reds had a frantic meeting to explain their decision, Fleur East said: There is no point in winning this if we are ultimately miserable, and people feel they weren’t part of our victory. There is no point in doing this.

Adam Thomas added, “Is it really about winning? That’s really all, but it’s about winning.”

Challenge: Craig took the most brutal blow, saying:

Challenge: Craig took the most brutal blow, saying, “Victoria with the greatest respect, I felt really uncomfortable, I was really embarrassed, I felt really sad”

Hard: The actor admitted that he felt pressured to drop out of class by Victoria due to her competitive focus

Hard: The actor admitted that he felt pressured to drop out of class by Victoria due to her competitive focus

Embarrassing: He added:

Embarrassing: “It’s generally up to you,” he added. “Some of the energy you judge me is also pretty toxic.”

In an effort to calm the problem, Reds captain Judy Kidd said, “Well, some people are competitors and some are not.”

Victoria soon realized her comments about Craig had caused upset among the group, saying, “ I mean, I know the finger is directed at me, for being a competitive, and I’m a competitor, and I was born and raised that way.

“What I want to do with the team and how do I feel supported by you is by doing my best physically.”

Moving on to the blue team, where Victoria also remained a hot topic, Dennis said:That is it, it can’t turn it off. If she does, she gives it 100%. every-time.’

Jitter: The Blue Team also got its fair share of drama, with Dennis Lewis claiming that Jack Fincham wasn't pulling his weight during classes

Jitter: The Blue Team also got its fair share of drama, with Dennis Lewis claiming that Jack Fincham wasn’t pulling his weight during classes

Victoria continued, “ I’m totally ugly, because Craig feels so bad that he can’t go ahead and prove we’re all wrong which is what I wish it happened today. I really tried to be there for everyone on the boat.

Then Craig gave the most brutal punch saying, “ Victoria with the greatest respect, I felt really uncomfortable, I was really embarrassed, I felt really sad.

“And that’s up to you in general. Some of the energy that you judge me is also pretty toxic.

Fighting her tears, Victoria said, “This literally breaks my heart, Craig, this actually breaks my heart, and yes, just…” Before she burst into tears: “Just seriously!”

Despite Adam’s insistence that Victoria “didn’t know she was doing it,” it was agreed that Craig and Tom would remain on the ground and face the next Earth challenge, which saw them climb over a waterfall to collect the floats.

Viewers weren’t impressed with Victoria’s reaction, as they praised the show’s heart-stopping nature.

Split: Viewers were not impressed with Victoria's reaction, as they praised the heart-stopping nature of the show

Split: Viewers were not impressed with Victoria’s reaction, as they praised the heart-stopping nature of the show

One defended her, saying, “These women are more competitive. It would be a boring show if no one wanted to win,” while another said, “It’s nice to see real players on the team on #DontRockTheBoar NOT, Victoria Pendleton seems to think she’s in the Olympics,” Rest a woman!

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A third also posted: “ I can’t believe Victoria Pendleton and the way Craig treated Charles! Poor Craig! Rise above him. ‘

As the Blue team continued to fall behind in class, they were given a ray of hope, learning that the team that would win the next Earth Challenge would be awarded with Olympic champion James Cracknell.

Don’t Rock The Boat show continues tomorrow at 9 PM on ITV.

Coming back soon: Don't Rock The Boat show continues tomorrow at 9 PM on ITV

Coming back soon: Don’t Rock The Boat show continues tomorrow at 9 PM on ITV