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Sport Relief is a biennial charity event from Comic Relief, in association with BBC
Sport, which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world's poorest countries. At the heart of the campaign is the " Sport Relief Mile", which involves members of the public doing their bit for charity. Comic Relief teamed up with the newly established Sport Relief initiative in 2002 and alternates with Sport Relief, airing every second year in March.


1 On television

1.1 Presenters

2 Official singles 3 Sport Relief 2002 4 Sport Relief 2004 5 Sport Relief 2006 6 Sport Relief 2008 7 Sport Relief 2010 8 Sport Relief 2012

8.1 Before the main event

9 Sport Relief 2014 10 Sport Relief 2016 11 Sport Relief 2018 12 Sport Relief Mile 13 Other events 14 Partners 15 See also 16 References 17 External links

On television[edit] Like Comic Relief, the television programming begins in the afternoon, with CBBC
having various related reports and money raising events. This is all in-between the regular programmes, but after the six o'clock news, the usual BBC One
schedule is suspended at 7pm in favour of a live telethon, with a break at 10pm for the regular news programme. However, whilst the BBC News at Ten
BBC News at Ten
is aired on BBC
One, Sport Relief continues on BBC
Two, and then resumes on BBC One
at 10:35pm, with each hour overseen by a different celebrity team. These celebrities do the work for free, as do the crew, with studio space and production facilities donated by the BBC. Presenters[edit]

Current presenters

Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker
(2002–present) Davina McCall
Davina McCall
(2006–present) Claudia Winkleman
Claudia Winkleman
(2010–present) Ore Oduba (2014–present) Freddie Flintoff
Freddie Flintoff
(2018–present) Paddy McGuinness
Paddy McGuinness

Former presenters

Jamie Theakston (2002–04) Clare Balding
Clare Balding
(2002, 2014) Ulrika Jonsson (2002) Gabby Logan
Gabby Logan
(2004, 2014) Tess Daly
Tess Daly
(2004) Chris Evans (2006) Richard Hammond
Richard Hammond
(2008–12) Fearne Cotton
Fearne Cotton
(2010–2014) James Corden
James Corden
(2010–12) Patrick Kielty (2010–12) Christine Bleakley
Christine Bleakley
(2010) David Walliams
David Walliams
(2012–16) Dermot O'Leary
Dermot O'Leary
(2012) Miranda Hart
Miranda Hart
(2012) Jack Whitehall
Jack Whitehall
(2014) Greg James
Greg James
(2016) Alesha Dixon
Alesha Dixon

Official singles[edit] The first Sport Relief single in 2002 was "Your Song", re-recorded as a duet by original artist Elton John
Elton John
and Italian opera singer Alessandro Safina, reaching number 4 in the chart. In 2004 "Some Girls" by Rachel Stevens
Rachel Stevens
made it to number 2 and in 2006, the third ever Sport Relief single, "Don't Stop Me Now"/"Please, Please" by McFly, was the first to top the chart, selling 36,496 units in the week ending 29 July 2006. In 2008 the Sport Relief single was by Leona Lewis with her single "Footprints in the Sand", though it was officially released as a double A-side with "Better in Time".[2] In 2010 the single was "Morning Sun", sung by Robbie Williams. In 2012 the song was "Proud", sung by JLS
and in 2014 "Word Up!" sung by Little Mix
Little Mix
both peaking at the 6th position. In 2016 "Running" sung by James Bay peaked at 60.

Release Date Title Artists Peak Position

15 July 2002 "Your Song" Elton John Alessandro Safina 4

12 July 2004 "Some Girls" Rachel Stevens 2

17 July 2006 "Don't Stop Me Now" "Please, Please" McFly 1

9 March 2008 "Better in Time" "Footprints in the Sand" Leona Lewis 2

8 March 2010 "Morning Sun" Robbie Williams 45

16 March 2012 "Proud" JLS 6

16 March 2014 "Word Up!" Little Mix 6

11 March 2016 "Running" James Bay 60

Sport Relief 2002[edit] The first Sport Relief show was presented by Gary Lineker, Ulrika Jonsson, Jamie Theakston and Clare Balding
Clare Balding
and included Stephen Fry hosting a special edition of They Think it's a Question of Sport, John Inverdale and Suzi Perry
Suzi Perry
resurrecting the classic 1970s series Superstars
and the first ever bout of Celebrity Boxing when Bob Mortimer beat Les Dennis. The first event took place on Saturday 13 July 2002.[3] The final total on the night was £10,072,068.[4] Other items were Sport in the Square where cast members from EastEnders
and Holby City/Casualty took part in a series of sporting challenges, Runaround, with Johnny Vegas, music from Gareth Gates and Will Young
Will Young
and contributions from Nick Hancock, Patrick Kielty, Angus Deayton, Ronni Ancona, Alistair McGowan, Audley Harrison, Alec Stewart, Tanni Grey-Thompson
Tanni Grey-Thompson
and Sir Steve Redgrave. One of the highlights of the campaign came at the end of the final of the Stella Artois tennis championship when there was a surprise additional match for Sport Relief between the Prime Minister, Tony Blair and Pat Cash
Pat Cash
against Ilie Năstase
Ilie Năstase
and Alistair McGowan. Blair and Cash won the specially reduced set 4-1. Tony Hawks was the courtside commentator and the game was shown live on Sunday Grandstand. Sport Relief 2004[edit] The second Sport Relief was on Saturday 10 July 2004. the main show was on BBC One
from 19.00–00.30. The first half was presented by Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker
and Gabby Logan
Gabby Logan
and the second half by Jamie Theakston and Tess Daly. In the first half of the show (19.00–21.00) Cilla Black
Cilla Black
hosted a celebrity version of Inter-Channel Superstars
where the BBC
squad took on teams from ITV, Channel 4 and Five, the stars of Strictly Come Dancing performed a special routine to a re-mix of iconic BBC
Sport theme tunes, Bruce Forsyth
Bruce Forsyth
was on hand to present a cheque, Patrick Kielty was live in the studio to talk about the Indian railway project he had visited, Rachel Stevens
Rachel Stevens
performed the Sport Relief single, Some Girls, Dick and Dom introduced Ray Stubbs being swung from a crane into a giant ball of dung and Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry
hosted another edition of A Question of Sport Relief. While the News and Lottery were on BBC
One, there was a brand new show on BBC
Two, Stars in Fast Cars which featured Alan Davies, Jodie Kidd, Patrick Kielty, Jimmy Carr
Jimmy Carr
and Darren Jordon competing in a variety of car related races and stunts. The second half of the main show was back on BBC One
from 21.30 to 00.30. Angus Deayton
Angus Deayton
looked at Sports Stars in adverts, Lionel Richie and Badly Drawn Boy
Badly Drawn Boy
performed live in the studio, Jon Culshaw
Jon Culshaw
unveiled his Wayne Rooney impersonation, and Paul Whitehouse's Ron Manager interrogated David Beckham
David Beckham
about his texting technique. Eamonn Holmes was the host when Rugby took on Football with teams that included Dion Dublin, Lee Sharpe, Martin Offiah
Martin Offiah
and Matt Dawson
Matt Dawson
and in this year's Celebrity Boxing Ben Fogle
Ben Fogle
beat Sid Owen. Colin Jackson, Sir Steve Redgrave and Arsène Wenger
Arsène Wenger
were amongst the sporting names who also appeared live on the show. The show also included highlights of some of the Sport Relief Miles which had attracted 81,000 at giant and local events in all parts of the UK. Jo Brand was on hand to represent them and talk about her experiences at the Brighton Mile. Throughout the night there were also a whole series of appeal films to show where the Sport Relief money had already been spent and where the need was greatest. They were made by BBC
Bristol and included Nick Knowles in Africa, Patrick Kielty in India and Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham
in Peru. The campaign itself involved 253 celebrities and raised £16 million. The final total on the night of the telethon was £11,078,359.[5] Sport Relief 2006[edit] The third Sport Relief took place on Saturday 15 July 2006 with a whole day of programming across the BBC
that culminated in the main evening show on BBC One
at 7pm. Gary Lineker, Chris Evans and Davina McCall were the hosts for the entire evening. Once again the programme came live from TC1 at Television Centre and featured its biggest line up of names to date. The second half was back on BBC One
from 22.30 to 01.00. It included golf legend Nick Faldo
Nick Faldo
competing against Lineker and Evans in a comedy pitching competition on the roof of the studio where they had to get their balls into the mouths of giant cut outs of Bruce Forsyth
Bruce Forsyth
and Jimmy Tarbuck, the second part of A Question of Sport
A Question of Sport
Relief, Jon Culshaw's live performance as George W. Bush, Catherine Tate
Catherine Tate
in a new football sketch as "Nan" from The Catherine Tate
Catherine Tate
Show and Sir Steve Redgrave and Colin Jackson
Colin Jackson
taking part in a live power pint competition. There was also the last ever edition of Footballer's Wives which had been transferred from ITV for the night and included a guest appearance by Graham Norton, José González performed in the studio, several members of the Sport Relief Red Socks cricket team were there to talk about their tour to India, including Harry Judd, Nick Hancock, Nick Knowles, Jack Russell and Phil Tufnell
Phil Tufnell
whilst Derek Acorah starred in a new sketch based in the Match of the Day studio. The third Sport Relief Celebrity Boxing bout was won by Jack Osbourne who defeated the formed S Club 7
S Club 7
singer Bradley McIntosh. It was presented by Mark Durden-Smith with Dave Spikey as ringmaster. British pop band McFly
covered the hit song "Don't Stop Me Now" originally by Queen as the official single for the event. It reached Number 1 in the UK singles chart. Sport Relief 2008[edit] Sport Relief moved to March in 2008. BBC
One's night of fundraising was held on Friday 14 March and the Sport Relief Miles took place all around the UK on Sunday 16 March. It was presented on stage by Richard Hammond, Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker
& Davina McCall. Bruce Forsyth
Bruce Forsyth
& Tess Daly presented Sport Relief Does Strictly Come Dancing. Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson
& James May
James May
presented Top Ground Gear Force. Jimmy Carr
Jimmy Carr
presented A Question of Sport
A Question of Sport
Relief with the team captains Sue Barker
Sue Barker
and Gary Lineker. Sir Alan Sugar
Alan Sugar
presented Sport Relief Does The Apprentice. There were occasional appearances by Jonathan Ross, Jimmy Carr, Sir Michael Parkinson, Patrick Kielty, Claudia Winkleman
Claudia Winkleman
& Tess Daly The BBC
presented another version of Sport Relief Does The Apprentice with 10 celebrities. Also, new for this year, a special episode of Strictly Come Dancing
Strictly Come Dancing
was shown. That year's Celebrity Boxing saw Ben Shephard
Ben Shephard
beat Lemar
on judge's vote. The final total raised on the television broadcast was £19,640,321. During the telethon, a mystery donor donated £5.5million to the charity.[6] Sport Relief 2010[edit] Main article: Sport Relief 2010 Sport Relief was broadcast on 19–21 March 2010. The appeal show was aired as usual on BBC One
and BBC Two
on 19 March from 19:00 to 01:30. A special of Strictly Come Dancing
Strictly Come Dancing
(filmed on The Live Tour on Saturday 6 February) aired as well as Let's Dance for Sport Relief. On CBBC
there were special shows dedicated to Sport Relief including a special edition of Dani's House
Dani's House
and Paddy McGuiness hosted a new series, Sport Relief does We Are the Champions. The total raised on the night of broadcast was £31,633,091. James Corden
James Corden
also performed various comedy sketches with British Athletes like Andy Murray (tennis), David Beckham
David Beckham
(football) and Tom Daley (diving). Lawrence Dallaglio
Lawrence Dallaglio
embarked on a gruelling cycle from Rome to Edinburgh during the RBS 6 Nations Championship to raise money for Sport Relief and the Dallaglio Foundation. The Dallaglio Cycle Slam took place over the course of a month, seeing a team cycling through all of the RBS 6 Nations countries, taking in each of the international rugby stadia along the way. The aim was to raise £1million and £1.14 million was raised with 50% going to Sport Relief 2010. Sport Relief 2012[edit] Main article: Sport Relief 2012 This year's appeal ran from 23 to 25 March 2012, with the television show airing on 23 March 2012. On the night, there was specials from Outnumbered with Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley, Miranda at Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall
Tennis Tournament with lots of sports stars, Twenty Twelve
Twenty Twelve
with Zara Philips
Zara Philips
and Sir Steve Redgrave
Steve Redgrave
talking about how they should advertise the Olympics
on Sport Relief, " Strictly Come Dancing
Strictly Come Dancing
Underwater" with Chelsee Healey and Harry Judd, Horrible Histories and Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry
with Amir Khan and Jermain Defoe, Benidorm
meets Britain's Got Talent
Britain's Got Talent
with the new judges, Saturday Kitchen' with the english football team, QI, A Question of Sport with 'Sue Barker' as you have never seen her before, Celebrity Juice, Mo Farah
Mo Farah
takes on the race of his life against Misery Bear, 8 out of 10 Cats, Mock the Week, Kate Moss, Stella McCartney, Colin Jackson
Colin Jackson
and Linford Christie
Linford Christie
are among the star names appearing with Jennifer Saunders
Jennifer Saunders
and Joanna Lumley
Joanna Lumley
in a special edition of Absolutely Fabulous
Absolutely Fabulous
and Jake Humphrey
Jake Humphrey
presents a special Never Mind the Buzzcocks with Louise Redknapp
Louise Redknapp
and Mel C
Mel C
alongside the regulars. On the night there was performances from LMFAO, Snow Patrol, JLS
with Sport Relief single, Emeli Sandé
Emeli Sandé
and JLS
with rugby players chorus. JLS
also did a concert for Sport Relief. The total raised on the night of broadcast was £50,447,197. Before the main event[edit] In January 2012, there was a series called The Great Sport Relief Bake Off, which had celebrities competing. Anita Rani won the series, which also featured Angela Griffin, Arlene Phillips, Sarah Hadland, James Wong, Saira Khan, Pearl Lowe, Joe Swift and Fi Glover
Fi Glover
amongst the other contestants who took part. Another series of Let's Dance for Sport Relief ran up to the telethon weekend for five weeks. It was won by Rowland Rivron who danced to "Weapon of Choice" by Fatboy Slim. A new series of Sport Relief does Glee Club
Glee Club
started on Monday 12 March running with one episode each weekday. The first eight episodes were 30 minutes long then there was a live semi-final and final, on Sport Relief day, which were 45 minutes long. Segments of this and past Sport Relief events aired as part of "Sport Relief Goes Global" weeks after the event, in which parts of the program could be viewed in other countries including sketches from Miranda, Outnumbered, Smithy, and " David Walliams
David Walliams
swims the Thames". Sport Relief 2014[edit] Main article: Sport Relief 2014 Sport Relief 2014 took place from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 March 2014. The official campaign launch took place on Tuesday 21 January 2014. The Annual Live Telethon
was broadcast live from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the first time, on Friday 21 March. It was hosted by Gary Lineker, David Walliams, Davina McCall, Fearne Cotton, Jack Whitehall and Claudia Winkleman. The Clash of the Titans was hosted by Gabby Logan
Gabby Logan
and Clare Balding. In January 2014, the BBC
announced that the 2014 edition of its Sport Relief broadcast on 21 March 2014 would feature a new Only Fools and Horses sketch.[7] During the three weeks before the telethon, Sport Relief's Top Dog aired on BBC Two
with Gaby Roslin as host. The Sport Relief Mile was joined by three major cycling events (in London, Manchester and Glasgow) and over 600 Swimathons, under the umbrella title of "The Sport Relief Games". The main public faces of the three sections of the "games" were Jessica Ennis-Hill, Ellie Simmonds and Chris Hoy. Advance entry opened on 24 September 2013, nearly four months ahead of the official campaign launch. John Bishop and Sebastian Coe
Sebastian Coe
competed against each other for the Clash of the Titans event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
along with their celebrity teams. The total raised on the night of broadcast was £51,242,186. Sport Relief 2016[edit] Main article: Sport Relief 2016 Sport Relief 2016 took place from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 March 2016. The Sport Relief Mile and Swimathon both returned. John Bishop, Gary Lineker, David Walliams, Claudia Winkleman, Davina McCall, Greg James and Alesha Dixon
Alesha Dixon
hosted.[8] Ore Oduba and Dan Walker hosted 'Clash of the Titans' taking over from Logan and Balding. The total raised was £55,444,906. Sport Relief 2018[edit] Main article: Sport Relief 2018 Sport Relief 2018 took place from Saturday 17 to Friday 23 March 2018. The total raised was £38,195,278.[9] Sport Relief Mile[edit] The Sport Relief Mile was created to give the campaign a focus with an event that was open to anyone to run, walk, jog, wheel, bounce or crawl, regardless of ability or age. It was also designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sir Roger Bannister's first sub-four-minute mile. Participants can also choose to cover 3 miles or 6 miles (close to, but slightly shorter than, the 5K and 10K distances more commonly used in mass runs). 81,000 people took part in the first Sport Relief Mile, sponsored by Fitness First, in 2004. Sainsbury's
is now the official sponsor of the Mile. In 2006 more than 423,000 people took part in the Sport Relief Mile, making it one of the biggest mass participation events in history. The Sport Relief Mile Show on BBC One
on the morning of Saturday 15 July was presented by John Inverdale
John Inverdale
and Colin Jackson
Colin Jackson
and drew an audience of almost a million with an 18% share. Among the 20,000 participants who took part at London's Embankment were Lord Coe, Dame Kelly Holmes, Sportacus, McFly, Michael Watson, Tessa Sanderson, G4, Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver
and Sadie Frost. Televised Miles were also held in Brighton, Southampton, Plymouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Belfast, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle/Gateshead, Leeds, Hull, Nottingham, Birmingham and Ipswich. Children from Amsterdam, Netherlands
(The British School of Amsterdam) took part in 2008 and along with children from Voorschoten, Netherlands
(The British School in the Netherlands) again in 2010. John Inverdale
John Inverdale
has hosted every Sport Relief Mile Show, initially with Colin Jackson
Colin Jackson
in 2004 and 2006, with Jake Humphrey
Jake Humphrey
in 2008, with Chris Hollins, Fern Britton
Fern Britton
& Helen Skelton
Helen Skelton
in 2010 and from 2012 alongside The One Show
The One Show
presenters Matt Baker & Alex Jones. The Sport Relief Mile was changed for 2014 where participants can Run, Swim or Cycle 1 mile or indeed do all three. The Sport Relief Games were broadcast on Sunday 23 March 2014 on BBC One
and were hosted from London by John Inverdale, Alex Jones and Matt Baker with reporters in Cardiff, Glasgow & Belfast. The second Sport Relief Games was shown on Sunday 20 March 2016 on BBC
One. Other events[edit] Sport Relief provides material for the BBC
and is part of a UK registered charity 326568 called Charity Projects.[10] In 2009 the charity awarded a total of £36m in grants with net assets of £120m, of which £97m is in fixed asset investments such as funds in equities and bonds. The charity reported staff costs of £6m plus agency staff costs of £6m. The charity will be also be receiving a UK government grant of £5m in 2010. In 2006 David Walliams
David Walliams
swam the English Channel
English Channel
to raise money for Sport Relief. He trained for 9 months with Professor Greg Whyte of the English Institute for Sport and was also helped by the "King of the Channel", Mike Read, chairman of the Channel Swimming Association. Walliams' feat was documented for a BBC
programme called Little Britain's Big Swim. David also swam the Gibraltar Strait
Gibraltar Strait
for the 2008 campaign. In 2006, the BBC
staged a celebrity elimination show jumping competition called Only Fools on Horses, which raised over £250,000. On 26 July 2009, Eddie Izzard
Eddie Izzard
began running a series of 43 marathons over 51 days for Sport Relief. On 15 September, Eddie arrived in Trafalgar Square, marking the end of his 43rd marathon in only 51 days. He ran 42.195 kilometres (26.219 mi) a day, 6 days a week for 7 weeks straight, covering 1,166 miles (1,876 km) across the UK. Izzard raised over £1,152,510 for Sport Relief.[11] On 23 February 2016, Izzard began a series of 27 marathons in 27 days running across South Africa
South Africa
for Sport Relief; the number 27 refers to the number of years spent in prison by Nelson Mandela. He completed the last marathon on 20 March, arriving at the statue of Mandela outside the Union Buildings
Union Buildings
in Pretoria, covering 1,134 kilometres (705 mi), in temperatures in excess of 40 °C (104 °F), and raising £1,648,087.[12] He had attempted this effort in 2012, but was forced to back out due to health concerns.[13] In 2014, Davina McCall
Davina McCall
took on a Sport Relief challenge to raise money for the appeal. This was called Davina: Beyond Breaking Point, which saw the presenter tackle bike riding, running and swimming for seven days as she travelled from the north of the country (outside Edinburgh Castle) to the end (in Central London). Alex Jones also took part in a Sport Relief challenge which saw her climb up a rock in Utah, United States. Extensive coverage of this event was shown on The One Show. Partners[edit]

Amazon Bannatyne's
Health Clubs Better BBC BT Bing Ernst & Young Fitness First HSBC Highland Spring John Smith's Kellogg's Manchester City F.C.

Oracle Barclays Premier League RBS Royal Caribbean International RFL Ryman Sainsbury's Sock Shop Sports Direct Speedo The FA Unilever

See also[edit]

Comic Relief Sport Aid Children in Need


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- Press Office - Sport Relief raises £10 million". www.bbc.co.uk. 14 July 2002. Retrieved 24 March 2018.  ^ " BBC
SPORT - Sport Relief 2004 - A great night in".  ^ £5m mystery gift to Sport Relief BBC
News, 15 March 2008 ^ "Only Fools and Horses sketch to appear on Sport Relief". BBC News.  ^ "Programme Information for Sport Relief 2016". BBC
Media Centre.  ^ " Sport Relief raises more than £38m for charities". BBC
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Eddie Izzard
completes first of 27 marathons for Sport Relief BBC
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External links[edit]

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