TV stars suffering on Comic Relief desert trek

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 February 2011
Comic Relief

The Comic Relief BT Red Nose Day Desert Trek team

Olly Murs, Dermot O'Leary and Lorraine Kelly have all been struck down by painful injuries as they battle to complete the gruelling 100-kilometre BT Red Nose Desert Trek

Olly Murs, Dermot O'Leary and Lorraine Kelly have all been struck down with painful injuries in Kenya.

The telly trio - who are currently taking part in gruelling 100-kilometre BT Red Nose Desert Trek across the African country's inhospitable Kaisut Desert to raise vital funds for Comic Relief - are all suffering at the hands of the scorching heat.

'X Factor' star Olly has developed a painful case of chafing on his legs and groin area after walking 16 kilometres in just one morning yesterday (23.02.11).

He said: "It's a severe case of nappy rash! I've got a lot of chafing on my legs and it's really painful. I keep applying lubricant and cream to soothe it each morning but as soon as I put it on, we've got to start walking and the chafing starts all over again."

Meanwhile, TV presenter Dermot has had his aching blisters drained by a camp medic and the usually chirpy Lorraine Kelly is suffering from painful mouth ulcers.

However, despite being forced to return to base camp and receive treatment for blood blisters yesterday - which could have become infected if they didn't receive urgent medical attention - visually-impaired Radio 4 presenter Peter White has vowed to battle on and finish the tireless trek by Friday.

Peter said: "Come hell or high water I'm going to finish this trek on Friday. The medic that looked at my feet, who happens to be an ex-soldier, said he's seen squaddies removed from battle for having feet as bad as mine."

Having already reached the halfway point of the challenge - which will raise money through Comic Relief for disadvantaged people living in the UK and Africa - the team still have another 50 kilometres to go to complete the trek, with today (24.02.11) set to be the "longest and most exposed" yet.

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