John Bishop trained by Professor Greg Whyte

05 March 2012

John Bishop has successfully cycled, rowed and ran from Paris to London in five days to raise money for Sport Relief.

Giving him training to ensure he completed 'Bishop’s Week of Hell' is LJMU's Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science, Greg Whyte, who has been involved with most Sport Relief challenges, giving training to David Walliams and Chris Moyles, among others.

John's 'Week of Hell' consisted of a gruelling 18.5 hour cycle ride, from Paris to Calais, accompanied by Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman. On Tuesday he rowed across the Channel, negotiating the World's busiest shipping route, with a team including Davina McCall, Freddie Flintoff and Denise Lewis.

The running stage of the epic triathlon saw John take on three marathons in three days, while being joined by Dermot O'Leary, Frank Skinner and Robbie Savage, who provided much-needed support, before he finished, welcomed by a huge crowd, in Trafalgar Square, London on Friday.

All the ups and downs from 'John Bishop's Week of Hell' will be captured for a BBC documentary, broadcast during the build up to the Sport Relief Weekend, which is taking place from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 March.

Bishop was hoping to to raise enough money not only to pay for a vaccine against five deadly diseases for 250,000 children in Africa, but also to help people living incredibly tough lives in the UK. The amount raised so far well exceeds this expectaion - the total to date is £1.6 million.

For further information about Sport Relief 2012, see

To read an interview with Greg Whyte, focusing on John Bishop's challenge, see

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