'Elated' Bishop ends week from hell
Comedian John Bishop shrugged off fears he could have suffered a stress fracture as he ended his "week from hell" with his third marathon in five days.
The Liverpudlian admitted he was in pain as he completed his punishing Paris to London charity challenge in the capital's Trafalgar Square with his leg strapped up.
He also appeared to struggle going down stairs due to his injury, which is either acute shin splints or a stress fracture, and was rushed off to see a physiotherapist as soon as he finished giving interviews and speaking to well-wishers at the finish line.
Bishop, 45, who said he was looking forward to "a cup of tea and a lie down", insisted that all that mattered was the £1.6 million he had raised through the BT Sport Relief Challenge.
His family members looked emotional to see him back home in one piece, with his youngest son in tears as he watched his father run the final few steps to the strains of Liverpool anthem You'll Never Walk Alone.
Bishop has endured a 185-mile cycle, rowed the English Channel and run the equivalent of three marathons - covering more than 290 miles in total for the charity, which helps people in developing countries and the UK.
Hundreds of people were waiting at the finish line, including fellow comic Jason Manford, waving flags and cheering 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.
Bishop's wife and sons Joe, 17, Daniel, 13, and 15-year-old Luke gathered round to congratulate him on his achievement.
A charity spokeswoman said Bishop had been "in a really bad way" towards the end of the final day's running.
The gruelling challenge has raised £1,660,198 so far, organisers said. After hearing the total, Bishop 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." Bishop said the support of people along the way had "brought tears to my eyes".