John Bishop Sport Relief challenge: Comedian ends Week of Hell charity triathlon


'That's just blown me away': Comedian John Bishop finally ends Week of Hell charity triathlon, raising 1.6m for Sport Relief

He aimed to cycle, row and run 290 miles over the last five days and now comedian John Bishop is celebrating after finally crossing the finishing line.

The funnyman has endured crippling pains as he struggled to complete the gruelling task but he was given a last minute bit of motivation from his wife, who was there to greet him as he entered London with a hug.

And as he reached the final destination of the Sport Relief charity challenge this evening he admitted he was 'blown away' after being told he has so far raised 1.6m.

'Bishop, Bishop': The funnyman was greeted with cheers as it was revealed he's so far raised 1.6 million for the charity

'Bishop, Bishop': The funnyman was greeted with cheers as it was revealed he's so far raised 1.6 million for the charity

Finished! Comedian John Bishop has completed his 290-mile charity triathlon for Sport Relief after a gruelling five days from Paris to London

Finished! Comedian John Bishop has completed his 290-mile charity triathlon for Sport Relief after a gruelling five days from Paris to London

At times it looked like he might not be able to make it as he underwent physio and acupuncture for his shins and back.

But he overcame the final hurdle today as he ran the third of three marathons in the same number consecutive days.

Given a boost: His wife Mel was on hand to give him a hug as he finally entered London earlier today

Given a boost: His wife Mel was on hand to give him a hug as he finally entered London earlier today

Not only did footballer Robbie Savage turn up to help motivate him as he ran beside him, but it soon turned into a family affair as two out of his three sons also ran beside the star.

His boys Luke and Daniel, as well as John's brother Eddie, all joined him as he ran through the streets of London.

And fellow comedian Jason Munford was
there to greet him, along with hundreds of fans, as he completed the
triathlon this evening.

He was greeted with chants of
'Bishop, Bishop' as he ran the final leg into the square, while the
Liverpudlian also entered to the sounds of Liverpool anthem You'll Never
Walk Alone.

But the ever modest star insisted it
was the fans who had given the biggest achievement by helping to raise
so much money for vaccinations for African children.

He told onlookers as they cheered him along: 'Just arriving here in Trafalgar Square – amazing. You've changed the lives of people. I haven't.'

And when he was told the final tally of his fundraising, he was stunned, adding: 'That's just blown me away. That money's going to change lives. It's going to change the lives of people we don't know.'

John set off on the trek on Monday, starting off on a solo mission to cycle from Paris to Calais.

And after getting just one hour's sleep he then endured a row across the English Channel with celebrity rowers Davina McCall, Freddie Flintoff and Denise Lewis helping him on his way.

Congratulations! John was joined by his wife and three sons, Daniel, 13, Luke, 15, and Joe, 17, as he finally completed his Bishop's Week of Hell

Congratulations! John was joined by his wife and three sons, Daniel, 13, Luke, 15, and Joe, 17, as he finally completed his Bishop's Week of Hell

Waving at the crowds: The comedian has received support from thousands of people as he battled through his different sporting challenges

Waving at the crowds: The comedian has received support from thousands of people as he battled through his different sporting challenges

The
funnyman was left feeling 'delirious and gaunt' during his 26-mile row and even nodded off during the journey due to his lack of pillow time.

He then set off on foot from Dover, 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 to carry out three marathons.

The comedian set off today looking
relaxed and in good spirits as he stretched and warmed up before the
long run from Gravesend to London.

Family affair: John's brother and two of his sons ran the final bit with him to give him the motivation he needed

Family affair: John's brother and two of his sons ran the final bit with him to give him the motivation he needed

...And he hobbled along with Robbie Savage as another star supporter as well

…And he hobbled along with Robbie Savage as another star supporter as well

The
45-year-old was running his third marathon and was clearly excited to
be so close to the finish line as he made some phone calls before the
28-mile run with a huge smile on his face.

The Liverpudlian completed a marathon last night and arrived in Gravesend, his target town, at around 6pm.

Much needed hug: John's wife Mel greeted him during his first official stop in London at Greenwich this afternoon

Much needed hug: John's wife Mel greeted him during his first official stop in London at Greenwich this afternoon

Greg James joined Bishop for moral support along the way as he passed Bluewater in Kent, and the duo continued running along.

The BBC Radio1 DJ was happy to help out and was was really pleased that he was allowed to take part in the run, even if it was only for a little bit.

He said on Twitter: 'What a brilliant bloke Bish is. He's STILL smiling. 5 miles done with him now back to R1 for 1pm – amazing support for him along the route.'

Ready to go: John Bishop makes a quick phone call before starting his final marathon for Sport Relief 2012, earlier today

Ready to go: John Bishop makes a quick phone call before starting his final marathon for Sport Relief 2012, earlier today

He later added: 'Thank you to the lovely people of @sportrelief for letting me run for a bit. Amazing team and you should follow them NOW!!! or else.'

Fighting through the pain barrier Bishop struggled to continue running and his legs began to give way as the run continued.

The pain became so bad that the funny man had to stop for lunch but luckily his wife was on hand to give him a much needed hug and a big moral boost.

The final countdown: The comedian went through some last minute preparations before setting off

The final countdown: The comedian went through some last minute preparations before setting off

The final countdown: The comedian went through some last minute preparations before setting off

Helping hand: Greg James joined the comedian for part of the run before heading to his day job

Helping hand: Greg James joined the comedian for part of the run before heading to his day job

Helping hand: Greg James joined the comedian for part of the run before heading to his day job

And while John's two sons also joined him for the final run, his third son was unable to
support him until he crossed the finish line as he was involved in a bike accident last week as he was hurled
through a bus window while out of the country.

But keeping to his comic tones, John joked when asked about his son: 'There wasn't any permanent damage… The bus was a proper mess.'

Bishop has been given lots of encouragement by his celebrity pals and he was joined on the last eight miles of the run to Gravesend yesterday by comedian Frank Skinner who kept with him until the end.

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.'

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

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

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

On Wednesday 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 yesterday'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 throughout the testing week.

The joker woke up feeling sick and had to then have his legs taped up to help him get through Thursday's 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.

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

As he started his second marathon, 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.'

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

The money raised will go towards vaccinating 250,000 children in Africa, as well as help with projects in the UK.

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

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