John Bishop finishes Gravesend to London leg of Sport Relief challenge
PUBLISHED: 17:43 02 March 2012 | UPDATED: 18:25 02 March 2012
Comic John Bishop said “that’s just blown me away” as he arrived at London’s Trafalgar Square after leaving Gravesend to hear he had raised £1,660,198 for Sport Relief so far.
Bishop has endured a 185-mile cycle, rowed across the English Channel and completed three marathon distances in an epic 290 mile triathlon from Paris to London.
The Liverpudlian comedian has been raising cash to pay for vaccinations for African children.
Hundreds of people were waiting at the finish, including fellow comic Jason Manford, waving flags and cheering in central London as he reached his target after hobbling up The Mall with crowds chanting “Bishop, Bishop”.
And to compound the suffering, he had to head up the steps in front of the National Gallery to go through the “finish” archway.
The gruelling challenge. which saw Bishop’s legs strapped up and regular ice treatments and massages, has raised £1,660,198 so far, organisers said.
After hearing the total, he said: “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.”
Suffering from painful splint shints when he left Gravesend’s Community Square, his route today saw him go along London Road, Northfleet. through Greenhithe, past the Dartford QE11 Bridge and in to Bexleyheath via Danson Park. He then pushed on to Greenwich as hundreds of supporters turned out to cheer him in to the capital.
A charity spokeswoman said Bishop had been “in a really bad way” towards the end of the final day’s running.
Running alongside him today have been his brother Eddie as well as Radio 1 DJ Greg James and former soccer star turned Strictly Come Dancing contestant Robbie Savage.
Bishop was given a hug from his wife Melanie as he made his stop in Greenwich who also joined him in Gravesend, as about one hundred well-wishers waved him on his way at 9am.
His route yesterday (Thursday) saw him pass the Sir John Falstaff pub, Higham, in the early afternoon before heading to Gravesend with celebrity pal and comedian Frank Skinner.
The first leg, which started in Paris on Monday, involved a 185-cycle from Paris to the coast. He then had to row 26 miles from Calais to Dover on Tuesday, while the third leg, which started Wednesday, involves running three back-to-back marathons.
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