The BBC announced tonight (10 July) that Sport Relief
'04 has raised £11,078,359 - money that will be used to change people's
lives - both here in the UK and in some of the poorest countries in
This figure is the amount donated on the night and will
be added to all the sponsorship money raised today at the Mile events.
Sport Relief Saturday kicked off at 1.00pm this afternoon
with an estimated 81,000 people turning out at over 150 events all over
the UK to take part in what was undoubtedly the biggest Mile event ever.
Leading the way were Princes William
and Harry who made the Sport Relief Mile in London
a Royal affair.
William, wearing his Sport Relief Red Sock, finished
his mile in 6 minutes 10 seconds but Harry, who could not join him because
of an injured knee, was at the start to cheer his brother on.
There was an overwhelming show of support around the
country too with thousands of people turning up.
The numbers taking part at each of the 14 official Mile
events were as follows:
|Belfast, Ormeau Park
|Birmingham, Centenary Square
|Brighton, Preston Park
|Bristol, Greville Smyth Park
|Cardiff, Black Weir Park
|Edinburgh, Murrayfield Stadium
|Ipswich, Chantry Park
|Leeds, Roundhay Park
|Manchester, Heaton Park
|Newcastle, Exhibition Park
|Nottingham, Wollaton Park
|Plymouth, Central Park
|Southampton, the Avenue
As well as Prime Minister Tony Blair,
who completed his mile at Chequers on Friday, other celebrities taking
part in the 14 official Mile events around the country included Rachel
Stevens in Birmingham, Jo Brand in Brighton,
Jonathan Davies in Cardiff and Nicky Campbell
Rachel Stevens said: "It's been a really brilliant
day here at the Birmingham Mile. Everyone's really got into the spirit
of the event. I think everyone up and down the UK who has taken part
in Sport Relief should give themselves a big pat on the back."
Everyone taking part donned their red socks and encouraged
the nation to get off their sofa, get sponsored and Go The Extra Mile
for Sport Relief.
The celebrities were joined by some very imaginative
'milers' who really did Go The Extra Mile today.
In Bristol, a group of 'monks' tied together fell over
for most of a mile, thanks to the amount of mead they seemed to have
drunk; dogs made a few special appearances with running numbers attached
to their leads.
In Cardiff, a group of space-hopping milers did their
thing until one burst and they all decided to carry them the rest of
Edinburgh saw the fastest mile of the day with the RAF
Falcons doing a mile-high parachute jump.
A lot of hardy Scots braved what were chilly conditions
and sported swimming costumes and even bikinis.
BBC TV highlights
Sport Relief took over the airwaves with a five hour
television extravaganza on BBC ONE.
Highlights of the show included: a special edition of
Superstars: Battle of the Channels; a boxing bout between
celebrities Ben Fogle and Sid Owen;
Ron Manager interviewed England captain David Beckham
and Jon Culshaw performed a unique impersonation of
England and Everton star, Wayne Rooney.
Gary Lineker and Gabby Logan
introduced the first half of the evening's entertainment live from BBC
TV Centre in London.
BBC wins Superstars
In Superstars: Battle of the Channels, Cilla Black and
Clare Balding brought us a thrilling contest as BBC, ITV, Channel 4
and Five all went head to head for the first time ever to decide which
is the fittest channel.
After four tough rounds, the BBC team emerged as the
winning channel with Nigel Harman as the winning captain.
Sports quiz draw
They Think It's All A Question of Sport
was a battle of the sports quiz shows, hosted by Stephen Fry.
It was a tense match and the final result was a draw
with team captain Sue Barker's A Question of Sport team and Nick Hancock's
They Think It's All Over team sharing the spoils.
Jodie and Jeremy speed ahead
At 9.00pm there was a switch-over to BBC TWO for Top
Gear's Stars in Fast Cars where celebrities
went wheel to wheel to discover Britain's best celebrity driver.
The competition had all the excitement of the Grand
Prix, with Jodie Kidd and Jeremy Clarkson coming out on top.
Ben boxes to victory
At 9.30pm it was back to BBC ONE for the second part
of the show presented by Jamie Theakston and Tess
Stepping into the ring for the second Sport Relief Light
Entertainment belt was Ben 'The Bear' Fogle and Sid 'The Snake' Owen.
Officially licensed by the Amateur Boxing Association,
the UK public were asked to vote for their winner at the end of the
Ben Fogle was named boxing champion and he takes away
the coveted Sport Relief belt.
Football's coming home
Eammon Holmes presented Rugby v Football
with five top football players against five rugby players.
Brian Moore and Graeme Le Saux commentated on a series
of challenges designed to test stamina, agility and fitness.
Winning footballers Dion Dublin, Jermaine Defoe, Mario
Melchiot, Mark Delaney and Lee Sharpe came out on top.
Rachel Stevens performed
the official Sport Relief single, Some Girls, live in the studio; Strictly
Come Dancing champion Natasha Kaplinsky
was joined by Chris Parker and Martin
Offiah to perform a very special Sport Relief dance routine
to a medley of BBC Sports theme tunes; Ray
Stubbs proved he would do anything for Sport Relief as he was
furled bodily into a giant conker of horse poo under the guidance of
Dick and Dom.
Inspired by Euro 2004, Jon
Culshaw did a striking impersonation of Wayne Rooney and Lionel
Richie and Badly Drawn Boy
gave live music performances.
The show also included several appeal films explaining
how Sport Relief money can help, including reports from Victoria
Beckham, Nick Knowles and
Peter Salmon, Director of BBC Sport, said: "Our record
breaking day has united people from all walks of life, all over the
UK. That's the power of sport and of Sport Relief
"Tens of thousands ran the Sport Relief Mile, millions
enjoyed a fantastic night's television on BBC ONE and TWO and we raised
a staggering amount of money.
"The second ever Sport Relief has been a thumping
success which is a great credit to everyone across the BBC and at Comic
Relief and we're already looking forward to the next one in 2006."
Kevin Cahill, Chief Executive of Comic Relief, said:
"We are totally overwhelmed by the response of the UK public today
at the events and during the TV show.
"We will now wait and see how much we raise from
the Milers sponsorship money to add to the total so far.
"We would also like to extend a huge thank you
to Fitness First who helped make the day so memorable."
Notes to Editors
Sport Relief was set up by Comic Relief and BBC Sport
to use the power and passion of sport to tackle poverty and disadvantage,
both in the UK and in some of the world's poorest countries.
To donate to Sport Relief call 08457 910 910 (calls
are charged at local rate) or visit www.sportrelief.com.
Sport Relief would like to thank Ernst & Young for
helping them Go The Extra Mile and raise millions of pounds by continuing
its role as honorary accountants.
The official Sport Relief single, Some Girls, recorded
by Rachel Stevens will be released on 12 July and will be available
in all high street retailers.
To accompany the single there is a video written by
Richard Curtis and directed by Paul Weiland.
The video stars Pat Cash, Audley Harrison and Colin
In A Mile In Their Shoes, the Sport Relief documentary,
Nick Knowles, Patrick Kielty and Victoria Beckham went on extraordinary
journeys to follow the incredibly tough lives of three children in Zambia,
India and Peru.
This was recently shown on BBC ONE.
CBBC presenter Kirsten O'Brien also took part in a special
documentary for CBBC.
Kirsten Goes To India followed Kirsten's journey to
the Indian village of Garwah where she saw how Sport Relief money is
spent there and took part in a very special Mile event.
Half of the money raised by Sport Relief '04 will be
spent in the UK, funding projects that make a difference through sport.
The other half will be spent on work trying to help
kids who are having really tough lives in some of the poorest countries
in the world.
In the UK, Sport Relief '02 cash is levelling the playing
field - helping tackle poverty and bringing young people who have been
divided by conflict and tension together through sport.
Overseas, Sport Relief '02 is helping children like
10-year-old Elisabeth who lives in Peru. Elisabeth used to get up at
5.00am every day to work in a quarry making bricks.
Thanks to the money that everyone helped raise, Elisabeth
can now go to school and be a child again.
Sport Relief made its debut in 2002 and raised a staggering
Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered