John Bishop completes 2nd leg of "Week Of Hell" Sport Relief charity triathlon


He's done it! Comedian John Bishop completes the second leg of his 'Week Of Hell' charity triathlon

He's undergone acupuncture, had his legs strapped up and spent last night being sick from the sheer pain and torture of it all.

But comedian John Bishop should be feeling mightily proud of himself this evening after completing the second leg of his charity triathlon for Sport Relief.

The Liverpudlian funny man completed his 28-mile run and finished in Gravesend, his target town, at about 6pm this evening.

And relax... for now: John Bishop is snapped in Gravesend this evening at the end of his 28-mile run today - tomorrow his begins his final leg to London

And relax… for now: John Bishop is snapped in Gravesend this evening at the end of his 28-mile run today – tomorrow his begins his final leg to London

And he was joined on the last eight miles of the run by comedian Frank Skinner who kept with him until the end.

It was another gruelling day for Bishop, 45, who has already cycled 185 miles from Paris to Calais, then rowed 26 miles to Dover.

Tomorrow he will begin the last leg of the triathlon which will see him run from Gravesend to London and hopes to finish in Trafalgar Square by tomorrow afternoon.

That should be funny! John was joined by fellow comedian Frank Spencer for the last eight miles of his run today

That should be funny! John was joined by fellow comedian Frank Spencer for the last eight miles of his run today

Do they manufacture this for Smurfs John tweeted picture of himself strapped up with blue tape for his Achilles tendons

Do they manufacture this for Smurfs John tweeted picture of himself strapped up with blue tape for his Achilles tendons

And he has slogged on, despite braving crippling pains in his Achilles tendon which led to medics strapping him up with blue tape to ease the pressure.

He joked: “The daft thing is, this is professional stuff that all sports people use but they must manufacture it for Smurfs – it's blue.”

And earlier today it was revealed he ran 10 miles during his first marathon yesterday worrying about his son, who had been involved in a bike accident.

In pain: John is starting to struggle as he nears the end of his week-long Sport Relief charity triathlon as he takes on his second marathon

In pain: John is starting to struggle as he nears the end of his week-long Sport Relief charity triathlon as he takes on his second marathon

But John was soon told his son was alright as he set about completing his week-long challenge.

A string of posts on the Sport Relief Twitter page reads: 'John just told @CHRISDJMOYLES that one of his sons had an bike accident yesterday and he ran 10 miles not knowing if he was ok.

'Word eventually reached him that his boy was fine and well. Extraordinary. #BishopsHell.'

Radio 1's Chris Moyles was one of the star guests who turned up to support John as he runs his second out of three marathons.

But he was unaware the DJ was going to turn up as he started to run beside him.

Yesterday John was joined by Dermot O'Leary and Moyles' co-host Comedy Dave as they ran beside him to give him motivation.

Support: Bishop's wife Melanie joined him for his run on the first leg this morning to help motivate him as he becomes increasingly tired

Support: Bishop's wife Melanie joined him for his run on the first leg this morning to help motivate him as he becomes increasingly tired

And John started off today's task by having his wife Melanie run alongside him.

But although it was a welcome helping hand, John has had his share of difficulties as he aims to complete the challenge in a final marathon which ends in London's Trafalgar Square tomorrow.

The joker woke up feeling sick and had to then have his legs taped up to help him get through the latest run.

And despite receiving acupuncture to relieve his shoulder pain and getting a physio to help his muscles, John started to struggle halfway through the day.

He wrote this afternoon: 'Feel like I am on fire!' while posting a picture of his legs in tape.

A post on the Sport Relief page put up this afternoon reads: 'We are underway again. He has seized up quite spectacularly over lunch despite the physio. #BishopsHell.'

Medical attention: The funnyman has had to have acupuncture and physio, as well as having his legs taped up

Medical attention: The funnyman has had to have acupuncture and physio, as well as having his legs taped up

And after Moyles joined him for some motivational running fellow comedian Frank Skinner took over later in the day.

Surprise! Radio 1's Chris Moyles showed up as a surprise fellow runner

Surprise! Radio 1's Chris Moyles showed up as a surprise fellow runner

'CHRISDJMOYLES stint has come to an end and Frank Skinner takes over. John really hobbling now and still 8 miles to go. #BishopsHell.'

He also had to have a pit stop just five miles before he neared the end of the route.

The comedian had to lay down on a stretcher as he covered his face with his hands after managing to run up a large hill near the end of the day's route.

And in photos throughout the day he has been seen wincing as he keeps going through Kent, while a number of pictures have been put up of him receiving medical treatment to help him on his way.

As he started his second marathon earlier today, John told ITV1's Daybreak about his pain: 'The next gig I do I think I'll be on a Zimmer frame.

'I was very ill last night, and what's happened is we've got a physio doctor who just tapes my legs.

'So I'm basically held together by tape to try and reduce the pain, and I just think a lot of painkillers. Because it's going to hurt – there's no point pretending it's not going to.'

He only finished his gruelling row on
Tuesday night, but on Wednesday Bishop stuck to his triathlon schedule
and managed to complete the first of his three consecutive marathons.

Exhausted: The mammoth challenge is taking its toll on John, who has already cycled, rowed and run one marathon so far this week

Exhausted: The mammoth challenge is taking its toll on John, who has already cycled, rowed and run one marathon so far this week

The
funnyman was left feeling 'delirious and gaunt' during his 26-mile row
across the Channel and even nodded off during the journey due to only
having one hour's sleep.

But he has credited fellow rowers Denise Lewis, Davina McCall and Freddie Flintoff with helping get him through it.

And he set off on foot from Dover yesterday morning, with Radio 1's Dave 'Comedy Dave' Vitty being the first star to join John on the beach at Dover as he set off on foot.

Star friends: John was joined by Radio 1's Comedy Dave, who helped motivate him through his 'Week of Hell' as he ran along the streets of Kent

Star friends: John was joined by Radio 1's Comedy Dave yesterday, who helped
motivate him through his 'Week of Hell' as he ran along the streets of
Kent

The pair were seen smiling widely as
they jogged along as onlookers watched on and Dave clapped the comedian
as he continued the challenge.

TV presenter Dermot O'Leary then joined him in Shepherdswell as he continued his 285-mile triathlon.

John even spoke out to reveal he was feeling much better after stocking up on some more sleep come Wednesday morning.

All smiles: John appeared to be on better form than the day before during his 26-mile row as Dermot O'Leary also joined him for the first marathon

All smiles: John appeared to be on better form than the day before
during his 26-mile row as Dermot O'Leary also joined him for the first
marathon on Wednesday

He told the Press Association: 'I have had a bit of sleep which has made a massive amount of difference. Yesterday (Tuesday) was awful.

'I was lucky because of the people I was with. The other three were amazing. They just carried me through, but in the middle of the Channel I was just so tired.

'There were little moments of enjoyment. When we got out, the four of us said we will never ever do that with anyone else in our lives. It was a brilliant feeling.'

We did it! Denise Lewis, Freddie Flintoff, John Bishop and Davina McCall arriving at Dover Port after rowing the 21 miles from Calais

We did it! Denise Lewis, Freddie Flintoff, John Bishop and Davina McCall arriving at Dover Port after rowing the 26 miles from Calais

You can do it! The group taking part in the rowing leg - John is aiming to complete a 285-mile cycle, row and run from Paris to London in five days

You can do it! The group taking part in the rowing leg – John is aiming to complete a 285-mile cycle, row and run from Paris to London in five days

His efforts have already raised more than 400,000 for Sport Relief.

And if he manages to keep going, Bishop is expected to make it to Trafalgar Square in London on Friday.

The aim is to raise enough money to vaccinate 250,000 children in Africa, as well as help with projects in the UK.

It's all for charity: John doing the cycling leg on Monday

It's all for charity: John doing the cycling leg on Monday

Video: John Bishop talks about his gruelling cross-Channel row

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