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Bishop completes second marathon

Battling Liverpudlian comic John Bishop has completed a 28-mile run after strapping his legs on the triathlon trail - after he spent the night vomiting.

The funnyman finished the run, following a marathon distance, an exhausting bike ride and a cross-Channel row.

His wife Melanie joined him on the run as he headed across Kent to his destination, Gravesend.

Bishop, 45, has been braving crippling pains in his Achilles tendon which led to medics strapping him up with blue tape to ease the pressure.

He said the journey was taking its toll, with his times for each mile getting progressively slower during his run on Wednesday.

He told Radio 1's Chris Moyles: "Things just started breaking down and my Achilles is very, very sore - that's why I slowed down a bit, but I've just got to keep going."

Since setting off for his "week of hell" on Monday, he has cycled 185 miles from Paris to Calais, then rowed 26 miles to Dover. He is running from the coast to finish in London's Trafalgar Square on Friday afternoon.

Wednesday's run was completed while he was worrying about his son who had been hurt in a bike accident and was due to have an X-ray.

"He drove his bicycle into a bus. I didn't know until the end of it whether he was OK or not. He's all right - but the bus is broken," Bishop joked.

Bishop's efforts for the BT Sport Relief Challenge have so far raised more than £900,000 to pay for vaccinations for up to 250,000 children in Africa.


From Belfast Telegraph