Did anyone watch John Bishop’s Sport Relief hell last night? The Liverpudlian comedian undertook an amazingly gruelling feat in order to raise money for this year’s Sports Relief. He completed a 290 mile triathlon from Paris to London made up of 3 individual sporting events: cycling from Paris to Calais, rowing from Calais to Dover and running from Dover to London.
Along the way, Bish was aided and accompanied by some of his famous friends. Davina McColl, Andrew Flintoff and Denise Lewis helped him row across the channel, and famous faces such as Dermot O’Leary, Frank Skinner and Chris Moyles joined him for spells along his marathon runs. You could clearly see the terrible strain that the comedian was under at points during the triathlon, battling exhaustion and injury, but he kept going in order to raise a phenomenal amount of money for a great cause.
Sport Relief is a charity event which aims to raise money for vulnerable people in the UK and in the world’s poorest countries. It first came about back in 2002 as a joint venture between Comic Relief and BBC Sport. Alternating with Red Nose Day, Sport Relief occurs every two years. It brings the worlds of sport and entertainment together to raise money for a great cause, and has seen celebrities complete amazing sporting feats such as swimming the channel (David Walliams) or completing 43 marathons in 51 days (Eddie Izzard). The cornerstone of the Sport Relief fundraising efforts is the Sport Relief mile, in which people of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to gain sponsorship for running (or walking or crawling!) a mile.
One of the most heartwarming parts of the last night’s programme was when John’s pals from back home surprised him by joining the Scouse comedian during his cycle ride through France. They’d donned Fake Moustaches and Fake Beards to keep the exhausted funny man smiling through the exhaustion. Well, they do say that laughter is the best medicine!
By Jennie Humes