LJMU Professor trains John Bishop

March 2012

John Bishop has successfully cycled, rowed and run from Paris to London in five days to raise money for Sport Relief, with help from LJMU’s Professor Greg Whyte.

Greg,  Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science, who has been involved with most Sport Relief challenges, gave John the training he needed to ensure he completed 'Bishop’s Week of Hell.'

The challenge consisted of a gruelling 18.5 hour cycle ride, from Paris to Calais with Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman and the next day 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, being joined by Dermot O'Leary, Frank Skinner and Robbie Savage, who provided much-needed support, before he completed the challenge in front of a huge crowd in Trafalgar Square, London.

All the ups and downs from 'John Bishop's Week of Hell' were captured for a BBC documentary., which can be seen by going to:

John’s aim was 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 expectation - the total to date is £1.6 million.

For further information about Sport Relief 2012, see www.bbc.co.uk/sportrelief

To read an interview with Greg Whyte, focusing on John Bishop's challenge, visit the Liverpool Echo website.

Page last modified 30 August 2012.

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