Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 3 May 2015

Bishop finishes 'week of hell'

John Bishop was greeted by wife Mel as he arrived in London
John Bishop was greeted by wife Mel as he arrived in London

John Bishop has completed his "week of hell" after finishing his final marathon to end his punishing Paris to London challenge.

The 45-year-old star cycled, rowed and ran from the French capital to Trafalgar Square, covering more than 290 miles in five days.

Bishop - in severe pain for the final stint after being diagnosed with acute shin splints - finished to the strains of Liverpool anthem You'll Never Walk Alone.

He has battled exhaustion, severe aches and pains, sickness and sleep deprivation since setting off on Monday. Bishop has endured a 185-mile cycle, rowed across the English Channel and completed three marathon distances.

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.

A charity spokeswoman said Bishop had been "in a really bad way" towards the end of the final day's running.

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."

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