Strictlys Tess Daly in bits as she releases emotional message over Vernon Kay

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    Strictly Come Dancing's Tess Daly shared an emotional message online after the support for her husband Vernon Kay.

    BBC Radio 2 presenter Vernon is halfway through a gruelling 115-mile ultramarathon to raise money for Children In Need. He started his journey at Victoria Park in Leicester and plans to finish at Bolton Wanderers stadium in his hometown of Bolton by Friday night.

    So far, the radio favourite has helped raise over £1.2 million for various Children In Need charities. He's already covered 67 miles of his ultramarathon as of day two.

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    The entire event will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds and fans have been leaving their support through the fellow presenters. Tess expressed her gratitude influx of love, saying on her Instagram Stories: "You might have heard that Vernon is doing an ultra ultramarathon for Children In Need which is basically 115 miles in four days… I just want to say thank you for your support."

    "It honestly means so much because he needs it to keep him going, he didn't sleep much last night, his knees [are] hurting. He's never run more than eight miles before so this is epic.

    "So thank you and thank you for all your lovely messages to me as well and your support because I'm in bits. I just want him to do it and complete this challenge. I know he will. Thanks very much. Go Vernon!"

    Tess later commented on a video shared by BBC Radio 2 showing Vernon get a message of support from a particular listener that has sent him letters over the years. The dance show host said the clip "made me weep".

    Barbara sent her message to Richie Anderson – who is covering Vernon's Radio 2 show – and said: "Hello, Vernon. It's Barbara. Now I just wanted to send you lots and lots of encouragement, on running your ultra ultramarathon. Wow. But I know you can do it. Now if it gets tough, just think of all the smiling faces of the children you're helping. I'm so proud of you. Now I wish I could be there to cheer you on, but I shall be there in spirit. So, just lift up those feet and keep going. And I'm sending you lots of hugs, take care."

    As soon as Vernon heard that it was Barbara he was overcome with emotion and burst into tears. When Richie asked if Vernon was okay, Vernon took a moment to compose himself before he explained the support she had given him since he joined the radio.

    He told Richie "Oh that's done me that. I didn't want to cry until Friday." Vernon went on: "We've got so many special people associated with this show."

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