Vernon Kay exhausted as he starts heroic final leg of Ultramarathon after just hours of sleep – but the end is in sight | The Sun

VERNON Kay looked exhausted as he started his heroic final leg of his Children In Need Ultramarathon.

The Radio 2 star, 49, was seen embarking on the last part of the route in the early hours of Friday morning.

At around 6.30am, Vernon kicked off his final leg to Bolton, which was met with supportive chants from his team saying: "You've got this Vernon, bring it home."

The TV presenter is set to complete the challenge today.

The official Radio 2 Instagram page shared the clip and captioned it: "It may be very early but he’s off and on his way to Bolton."

Many fans have raced to share supportive messages, with one writing: "Wow go go Vernon. Been listening over the last three days… tears in my eyes. What an incredible effort helped along by thousands & thousands of generous listeners. You’ve got this V!"



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Another posted: "Knighthood for Vernon please, he deserves it."

A third said: "Oh bless him soooo early! Go on Vernon. Think of the lovely hot bath and lie in tomorrow morning! You’ve been a true hero and inspiration to the nation. I’ve been in tears with you this week! Good luck for your last day!"

On Thursday, Vernon got a hero’s welcome as he headed into the final leg of his 40 mile day which marked the end of the hilliest part of his 110 mile route.

Speaking on the move, Vernon said he'd been handed Bakewell tarts to fuel his journey, adding: “We've got several, we're saving then until later.

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Vernon is fighting through pain to complete the epic challenge, admitting: “The left leg's been alright it's the right leg that has been playing up.”

He will go straight into an ice bath when he finishes up this evening ahead of the third leg of his journey which will see him making his way to Manchester tomorrow.

Yesterday Vernon spoke to his Radio 2 co-host Zoe Ball and admitted he had struggled to get a good night’s kip ahead of the run yesterday.

He said: “It was on and off the sleep. I woke up at half past five in pain, I was sleeping wonky on the dodgy hip.”

Fans can donate to his fundraiser for Children In Need at

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