An elated but exhausted Billy Monger completed his gruelling 140-mile triathlon inspired Red Nose Day challenge that saw him walk, cycle and kayak across England, as he crossed the finish line at his home race circuit, Brands Hatch, in Kent.
After crossing the finish line, Billy Monger said: “The last few laps felt like a lifetime. It was the most exhausting experience of my life. At times I've never had to dig that deep. I never did this for me, it was about raising as much money as possible to change people’s lives. I don’t think this is going to sink in for a very long time. I'm staying in bed all day tomorrow.”
Billy added: “This has been one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do in my entire life but without everyone’s support I wouldn’t have got through it. I’ve been to places that I’ve not been physically, mentally, and emotionally in a long time. I’m drained, tired but I’m super proud as it’s been a real journey over the last few days. But I want to say thank you for all your donations and your support as they’ll make such a difference to people’s lives and that’s what it’s all been about for me. So please keep on donating if you can,”
“This morning, particularly after finishing today’s cycle, I’ve never been that drained in all my life. I’m looking forward to having a sit down and be able to have a read through everyone’s comments on social media. I can’t wait for you guys to see the journey and the documentary that’s going to come out."
People at home will be able to see all the highs and lows of Billy’s challenge in an hour-long special documentary, filmed by a reduced crew that will be adhering to strict Covid-19 guidelines throughout the challenge, on BBC One in March.
Money raised by Red Nose Day this year will help tackle issues including homelessness, hunger, domestic abuse and mental health problems, all of which have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, in the UK and around the world.