Vernon Kay says his body is ‘shot to bits’ as he returns to his Radio 2 day job after raising £6million for Children In Need with 115 mile Ultramarathon

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By Ketrin Agustine

Vernon Kay said his body ‘is shot to bits’ as he returned to his day job at Radio Two on Wednesday, after raising more than £6milllion for Children In Need with a mammoth marathon. 

The TV presenter, 49, has raised the staggering amount for charity after he completed the 115-mile Ultramarathon challenge.

Vernon was welcomed with confetti, a celebratory cake and a special artwork gift from illustration artist Lucy Claire Dunbar featuring Vernon and Pudsey Bear as he returned to his regular 9.30am slot.

Vernon revealed to Zoe Ball his body was ‘achy’ following his accomplishment.

Zoe said: ‘You look way too good! […] How’s the bod after that incredible accomplishment, young man?’

Vernon Kay says his body is ‘shot to bits’ as he returns to his Radio 2 day job after raising £6million for Children In Need with 115 mile Ultramarathon

Hello: He was welcomed with confetti, a cake and a special artwork gift from artist Lucy Claire Dunbar featuring Vernon and Pudsey Bear as he prepared to return to his 9.30am slot

Vernon replied: ‘Well my Achilles is shot to bits, that’s completely gone, I’ve got to have a little bit of work on that.

‘The knees are achy, calves are sore, thighs and quads, gluteus maximus is a little bit achy as well. But that’s to be expected. And apart from that… we raised 6 million quid!’

Zoe added: ‘6 million pounds, Vernon! (…) Do you remember last week and you were a bit like ‘Oh you know, if we could get that, that would be good.’? And it just kept going…’

Head of Radio 2, Helen Thomas, said: ‘It’s fantastic to welcome Vernon back to his day job on mid mornings on Radio 2 after his incredible feat in aid of BBC Children in Need. 

‘Thanks also go to the generous Radio 2 listeners, who not only came out in their thousands to cheer Vernon on during his Ultra ULTRA Marathon, but who have now raised over £6m for the charity.’

The charity’s 43rd appeal show raised an incredible £33.5million.

During Friday’s live broadcast, Vernon struggled to contain his emotion as show host Alex Scott, 29, read out the impressive amount.

Vernon, who had only hours earlier completed the final day of his challenge, looked in total shock as the studio audience applauded – Alex branded him ‘amazing’ and’ incredible’.

Pushing through: The TV presenter, 49, raised £5,067,847 towards the station's lump sum for the charity after he completed the 115-mile Ultramarathon challenge

Amazing: During Friday's live broadcast, Vernon struggled to contain his emotion as show host Alex Scott , 29, read out the eye-popping amount

Tough: Vernon who only hours earlier completed the final day of his 115 mile Ultramarathon challenge looked in total shock as the studio audience applauded

Commenting on the evening, Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive at BBC Children in Need, said: ‘The overwhelming kindness and generosity shown this evening – especially when things are incredibly hard for so many – is remarkable. 

‘I want to thank the UK for once again showing children and young people that we are here for them. To each and every person that gave so generously this evening, thank you.’

Earlier in the day, Vernon was greeted by his mum Gladys and dad Norman at Toughsheet Community Stadium in Bolton with his parents wrapping their arms around him.

He was welcomed into the stadium by roaring cheers from crowds, as the moment was recorded live for Zoe Ball’s BBC radio show.

The father-of-two soon spotted his parents in the crowd and rushed over to give them a hug as they emotionally reunited after the run.

A video of the moment was shared on Instagram and Vernon’s wife Tess commented underneath: ‘Give him a massive squeeze from me Gladys!’.

Another clip revealed the moment Vernon discovered he had raised £4,014,362 for the organisation so far thanks to his marathon efforts.

In another shot, Vernon was surrounded by a group of cheerleaders as they celebrated his return to the stadium. 

Well done! The TV presenter struggled to contain his emotion as the charity's 43rd appeal show raised an incredible £33.5million

Challenge: Starting in Leicester's Victoria Park, the radio host finished up in his hometown at the Bolton Wanderers' football stadium on Friday

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