Jo Whiley is preparing to embark on a mammoth 26 hour treadmill challenge as part of a fundraising event for Sport Relief. Her test of endurance is part of a wider project that will see several BBC Radio stars attempt to run, swim and cycle 25,000 miles, just over the circumference of the world.
Although relatively new to the sport - Whiley completed her first ever half marathon at last year’s Bupa Great North Run - the BBC broadcaster is aiming to stay on the treadmill for 26 continuous hours. The challenge will begin at 8pm on Wednesday 19 March and will conclude at 10pm the following evening.
Looking ahead, Whiley commented: "I'm extremely nervous yet excited about my challenge. I've always wanted to do something for Sport Relief but I certainly didn't see this coming! It's going to be ridiculously tough, but the one thing I have to remember is that the money raised will be spent helping people living incredibly tough lives - that's what will keep me going."
The radio crew will begin their challenge to cover 25,000 miles during Nick Grimshaw’s Breakfast Show on 17 March in a transparent box at Broadcasting House.
Sport Relief aims to bring together celebrities and sports stars to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world’s poorest countries. The event takes place biennially, with the 2012 appeal raising over £50 million.
To view this year’s programme, visit the Sport Relief website.