Bishop completes first marathon
Aching John Bishop has finished the first of three agonising marathons - with tears in his eyes.
The comedian reached his target after struggling through severe pains in his Achilles tendons, six-and-a-half hours after he set off this morning.
Bishop, 45, has already been on the verge of exhaustion after a 185 mile cycle ride and a 26 mile row across the English Channel. on consecutive days. The star is powering himself from Paris to London in just five days during his "week of hell" in the BT Sport Relief Challenge.
He was mobbed by supporters as he finished the punishing 26.4 mile route today in Faversham, Kent, after setting off from Dover.
Bishop said: "It was such a lift, I had tears in my eyes when I saw all the crowds of people with placards cheering me. It's so great that people are getting behind me, I even had people thrusting money in my hands for Sport Relief. Every penny helps bring us closer to our target of 250,000 vaccines."
He was being given an ice bath to ease the pain in his legs to prepare him for a 26 mile stint tomorrow. Bishop is due to finish in Trafalgar Square on Friday having completed around 290 miles.
His trainer, Professor Greg Whyte, said: "Overnight, we will work on combating John's muscular pain, especially his Achilles which are giving him a problem and his feet are very sore. He had a good day today but he showed a lot of pain on his face during the last five or six miles. Most people who run a marathon, don't get up and run another marathon the next day which is exactly what John has got to do."
Bishop stumbled and fell this morning not long after setting off, but carried on regardless.
And despite the agony of his gruelling days earlier this week - with just one hour's sleep separating the cycle ride and the rowing stint - he made a promising start with 10 minute miles.
He slowed in the later stages and a lunch break and regular stops added to his time.