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Going the extra mile for Sport Relief 2012

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Carl Doran | 06:00 UK time, Thursday, 19 January 2012

Sport Relief is back! We are launching the 2012 campaign today and it promises to be the biggest and best Sport Relief ever.

The joint initiative between Comic Relief and the BBC started back in 2002 and has so far raised over £127m for good causes here in the UK and across the world's poorest countries.

As we celebrate the 10th Sport Relief anniversary in this very special year of sport we're hoping to get more than one million people doing the Sport Relief Mile, making it one of the biggest ever UK mass participation events.

The main television broadcast of this year's Mile Show will come from the Mall in London, outside Buckingham Palace, which will look incredible and is an especially significant location with it being the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year. We will also have cameras at all 17 of the flagship mile events that are taking place in major cities across the UK.

This year you can do one, three or six miles - as a family team, with your friends, against the clock or just as a gentle stroll to enjoy the company - it should be lots of fun and encourage even more people to go the extra mile and help raise millions of pounds.

In 2010 the Sport Relief Miles were a great success and my children have been asking when they can run the Mile again ever since, although my youngest daughter Daisy will be walking it as she's only six! My son Reece wants to do it in his Everton top with his grandad, while Amy, my eldest, is too cool to do it with the younger ones and will be with all her friends from school.

My family will be running and walking the mile in Manchester, where the second largest event is taking place. They are also keen to swim the Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief in April - you can also do this as a team - although I think as all three of my children can only do a few lengths between them I'll have to swim a lot of it myself!

Before the Mile Show on Sunday, 25 March, Sport Relief will take over BBC television on Friday, 23 March with some hilarious moments planned and some of the UK's favourite stars from sport, entertainment and music booked in to bring them to you.

I'm also the editor of BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and was blown away by Smithy's (James Corden) Sport Relief performance two years ago where he shared a bath with David Beckham, had a beer on a pedalo with Freddie Flintoff and danced with Wayne Rooney before turning up at Sports Personality and insulting some of the biggest stars in sport to create one of my all-time favourite Sport Relief moments. Enjoy! 

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This year Miranda came along to Sports Personality of the Year in Salford - and I can tell you she raised more than a few eyebrows with her filming at the pre-show reception. It's all top secret at the moment, but there'll be quite a few of the biggest names in sport involved with all the shenanigans. I can't wait to see how this one turns out.

Other things to look forward to on the night will be a special episode of Horrible Histories featuring Amir Khan and Jermain Defoe and plenty more that we are keeping under wraps for now.

Although Thursday, 19 January is the official launch day, things have already started apace. The incredible Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton is currently attempting a phenomenal challenge, traveling 500 miles to the South Pole by ski, bike and kite to raise money for Sport Relief and inspire children across the country to go the extra mile for Sport Relief too. Her diary makes for some frightening reading!

The Great Sport Relief Bake Off went out on BBC Two last week and was hugely popular. I thought it was a fantastic series and special congratulations to Anita Rani, who was crowned queen of the cakes after beating actress Angela Griffin and BBC Radio 4 presenter Fi Glover in the final. If you missed it, you can still catch up on BBC iPlayer. You can also see some tips on holding your own bake sale - a great idea, especially if you've got three kids!

Don't miss the BBC Radio 5 live Sport Relief launch show on Thursday night at 1930 GMT to look ahead to this year's events.

And don't forget the place to register for a Sport Relief Mile and keep up to date with all of the latest Sport Relief news from now until the weekend of the 23-25 March is the BBC Sport Relief website.

Good luck whatever you do to go the extra mile!

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