Comic Relief celebrity climbers ‘back from hell’

Comic Relief‘s celebrity climbers have spoken of their delight at being back in Britain after an agonising slog to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, which raised more than £1.5 million for charity.

The tired celebrities were greeted with cheers and red noses after arriving at RAF Northolt in an executive jet.

After touching down, they talked about their tough trek, with Radio One DJ Chris Moyles declaring: “It’s brilliant to be back. We spent the week in hell.”

Take That singer Gary Barlow added: “To be in a warm room back in the UK is brilliant.”

Fellow climber Ben Shephard said: “You will never really know how emotional and how hard it was for all of us to get up there. It’s just such a relief to be home.”

Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole told how the public’s support gave a surge to the group saying: “There were times when you thought wow this is tough.”

Despite being tired the celebrities were still able to put on the style, with Cheryl donning high heels and a hat as she grinned for the cameras.

The climbers reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in the early hours of Saturday after an agonising slog. Several members suffered from altitude sickness during the five day ascent.

Ronan Keating spoke of the ‘big buzz’ at being able to come home, adding: “Even though it was 10 days it felt like a long, long time when you’re slogging up a mountain every day.

The team told how the phrase ‘taking a Barlow’ had been coined to describe a nap. Barlow explained that because he has left a baby behind “I wanted to catch up (on) some sleep”.

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