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Stephen Nolan breaks pain barrier for Sport Relief mile run

By Clare Weir

Heavyweight shock-jock Stephen Nolan has temporarily removed himself from the airwaves — after claiming to have broken both his feet during a Sports Relief challenge.

The 22-stone DJ braved a six-mile charity jog in Belfast yesterday alongside fellow local personalities including boxing champ Joe Egan, comic Paddy Kielty, former Miss Belfast Gemma Garett and MLAs Barry McElduff and Conall McDevitt.

However, despite his vocal cords being in full working order, Nolan cancelled his BBC Radio Five Live show last night and also pulled the plug on his popular Radio Ulster show this morning.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last night, Nolan admitted he hadn’t consulted a doctor, but was convinced he had broken both his feet.

“I’ve never been in such excruciating pain in my whole life,” he wailed.

“I’m like a beached whale, I can’t stand or walk, I am stuck in bed.

“Five Live wanted me to phone into my show to prove I wasn’t dead. I only got up to two miles in training on a treadmill, so I think I overstretched myself — I ran the first while, then did short bursts of running and ran the last mile, which nearly killed me.

“If this is what exercise does to you, then I’d rather be fat for ever. I want Belfast Telegraph readers to help tell me what I have done to myself and how I can make it better. In the meantime, I would welcome food parcels, especially prawn cocktail crisps.

“I know people think I am drama central, but this is so painful.

“I spoke to Michael McGimpsey the Health Minister during the week and I think it is time to call in some favours.”

Despite his agony, the big-heart ed broadcaster said he will be trying again next year.

“Being lapped by wee fat Barry McElduff was demoralising and Paddy Kielty raced around like a whippet,” he said.

“There were five-year-old kids beating me and I was third last to finish. But this has been the most successful Sports Relief yet and my goal next year is to double the challenge and complete 12 miles — and finish sixth from last.”

Kicking off at the Albert Clock, the Belfast Mile took runners down High Street, past City Hall and onto Donegall Square North, before crossing the finish line back in Custom House Square.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Conservative leader David Cameron also took part in sponsored ‘Miles’.

Earlier this month, funnyman Patrick Kielty joined David Walliams, Jimmy Carr and Davina McCall on a non-stop cycling relay from John O’Groats to Land's End.

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