Radio DJ Jo Whiley is due to commence a 26-hour treadmill marathon today as people around the county gear up for Friday’s Sports Relief.
Hundreds of fund-raising events are set to take place across Northampton this week for the bi-annual BBC event, ranging from mile-long fun runs to a rugby masterclass.
Jo Whiley, originally from Great Brington, is set to start her challenge of running for 26 hours in a perspex box outside BBC’s Broadcasting House at 8pm today.
The former Campion School pupil was not due to finish until 10pm tonight, presenting two of her nightly BBC Radio Two shows in the process.
Mum-of-four Jo said: “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 I have to remember that every penny raised will be spent helping people living incredibly tough lives, that’s what will keep me going.”
Speaking to the Chronicle and Echo, her mother, 68-year-old former village post office owner, Christine Whiley, admitted she was nervous about Jo’s epic challenge. She said: “She is very competitive, she will be desperate to finish it. She won’t give in unless it’s a real emergency, I do worry about the effects though.”
To donate £1 to DJ Jo’s running challenge, text JO to 70011.
If you want to take part in Sports Relief, head to www.sportrelief.com/event-info/enter-now to find out about events going on near you.
If you want to get involved - Northampton Leisure Trust is holding a Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile at Becket’s Park on Sunday, March 23, between 10.30am and 2pm.