Two-legged amputee racing driver Billy Monger said he had “never been so exhausted in my life” after completing a 140-mile triathlon-inspired charity challenge across England.
The 21-year-old tackled this grueling event over the past five days to raise money for Red Nose Day – completing the final 50 mile walking and cycling laps of the Brands Hatch race track in Kent from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.
He started by walking 18 miles from the Millennium Bridge at Gateshead to Durham Castle, before kayaking six and a half miles across Lake Ullswater in the Lake District.
But 50 mph winds and stormy conditions on the lake meant he had to start a day later than expected, when he undertook a 65 mile cycle from Birmingham to Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.
Monger, who lost both legs in a racing accident three years ago, said: “The last laps seemed like a lifetime to me.
“It was the most exhausting experience of my life. Sometimes I’ve never had to dig this deep. I never did this for myself, it was about raising as much money as possible to change people’s lives.
“It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do in my life, but without everyone’s support I couldn’t have done it. I’ve been to places where I haven’t been physically, mentally, and emotionally for a long time.
“But I want to thank you for all of your donations and support because they will make such a difference in people’s lives and that’s what it has all been to me. So please continue to donate if you can.
“This morning, especially after completing today’s cycle, I have never been so exhausted in my life.
A documentary on his challenge will air on BBC One in March.
Monger started racing at the age of six, but in April 2017 suffered life-changing injuries in a crash during a UK F4 race that resulted in both legs being amputated.
However, he was back behind the wheel within a year and had months of training to take on the charity challenge.
A spokesperson for Comic Relief said: “Although Billy has risen to the challenge, there is still a long way to go to raise money for Red Nose Day and help tackle issues such as homelessness, hunger, domestic violence and mental health issues, all of which have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, in the UK and around the world. “
Donations can be made at www.comicrelief.com/rednoseday/challenges/billy.