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.
In 2002, Comic Relief and BBC Sport teamed up to create a new initiative, aiming to unite the sporting community and culminate in a night of sport, entertainment and fundraising on BBC One. The idea initially came from Peter Salmon, the then Director of Sport at the BBC, and Kevin Cahill, the Chief Executive of Comic Relief. The campaign deliberately alternates with Red Nose Day, Comic Relief's flagship event.
Sport Relief 2002 
The first Sport Relief show was presented by Gary Lineker, Ulrika Jonsson, Jamie Theakston and Clare Balding and included Stephen Fry hosting a special edition of They Think it's a Question of Sport, John Inverdale and Suzi Perry resurrecting the classic 1970s series Superstars and the first ever bout of Celebrity Boxing when Bob Mortimer beat Les Dennis.
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 and contributions from Nick Hancock, Patrick Kielty, Angus Deayton, Ronni Ancona, Alistair McGowan, Audley Harrison, Alec Stewart, 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 against 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 
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 and Gaby Logan and the second half by Jamie Theakston and Tess Daly.
In the first half of the show (19.00 - 21.00) 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 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 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 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 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 looked at Sports Stars in adverts, Lionel Richie and Badly Drawn Boy performed live in the studio, Jon Culshaw unveiled his Wayne Rooney impersonation, and Paul Whitehouse's Ron Manager interrogated 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 and Matt Dawson and in this year's Celebrity Boxing Ben Fogle beat Sid Owen. Colin Jackson, Sir Steve Redgrave and 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 in Peru.
The campaign itself involved 253 celebrities and raised £16 million.
Sport Relief 2006 
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 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 and Jimmy Tarbuck, the second part of A Question of Sport Relief, Jon Culshaw's live performance as George W. Bush, Catherine Tate in a new football sketch as "Nan" from The Catherine Tate Show and Sir Steve Redgrave and 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 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 singer Bradley McIntosh. It was presented by Mark Durden-Smith with Dave Spikey as ringmaster.
Sport Relief 2008 
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 & Davina McCall. Bruce Forsyth & Tess Daly presented Sport Relief Does Strictly Come Dancing. Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson & James May presented Top Ground Gear Force. Jimmy Carr presented A Question Of Sport Relief with the team captains Sue Barker and Gary Lineker. Sir Alan Sugar presented Sport Relief Does The Apprentice. There were occasional appearances by Jonathan Ross, Jimmy Carr, Sir Michael Parkinson, Patrick Kielty, Claudia Winkleman & Tess Daly
The final total raised on the television broadcast was £19,640,321. During the telethon, a mystery donor donated £5.5million to the charity.
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 - 01:30. A special of 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 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 also performed various comedy sketches with British Athletes like Andy Murray (tennis), David Beckham (football) and Tom Daley (diving).
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 
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 Tennis Tournament with lots of sports stars, Twenty Twelve with Zara Philips and Sir Steve Redgrave talking about how they should advertise the Olympics on Sport Relief, "Strictly Come Dancing Underwater" with Chelsee Healey and Harry Judd, Horrible Histories and Stephen Fry with Amir Khan and Jermain Defoe, Benidorm meets 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 takes on the race of his life against Misery Bear, 8 out of 10 Cats, Mock the Week, Kate Moss, Stella McCartney, Colin Jackson and Linford Christie are among the star names appearing with Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley in a special edition of Absolutely Fabulous and Jake Humphrey presents a special Never Mind the Buzzcocks with Louise Redknapp and Mel C alongside the regulars.
The total raised on the night of broadcast was £50,447,197.
Before the main event 
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 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 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 swims the Thames".
Sport Relief 2014 
Sport Relief 2014 will take place from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 March 2014.
Sport Relief Mile 
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 BBC1 on the morning of Saturday 15 July was presented by John Inverdale and Colin Jackson and drew an audience of almost a million with an 18% share.
Televised Miles were also held in Brighton, Southampton, Plymouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Belfast, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle/Gateshead, Leeds, Hull, Nottingham, Birmingham and Ipswich.
In 2010 a large amount of schools in Britain did a Sport Relief mile.
Sport Relief single 
The first Sport Relief single in 2002 was Your Song by Elton John and Alessandro Safina, reaching number 4 in the chart. In 2004 "Some Girls" by 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 released. It reached Number 1 for one week, selling 36,496 units (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". In 2010 the single was "Morning Sun", sung by Robbie Williams. In 2012 the song was "Proud", sung by JLS.
|Release Date||Title||Artists||Peak Position|
|July 2002||"Your Song"||Elton John and Alessandro Safina||4|
|July 2004||"Some Girls"||Rachel Stevens||2|
|July 2006||"Don't Stop Me Now"/"Please, Please"||McFly||9|
|March 2008||"Better In Time"/"Footprints in the Sand"||Leona Lewis||2|
|March 2010||"Morning Sun"||Robbie Williams||45|
Other events 
Sport Relief provides material for the BBC and is part of a UK registered charity 326568 called Charity Projects.
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 swam the 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 for the 2008 campaign.
On 26 July 2009, 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.
Money raised on night of broadcast 
- 2002: £14,000,000
- 2004: £16,000,000
- 2006: £18,000,000
- 2008: £19,500,000
- 2010: £31,000,000
- 2012: £50,447,197
- Bannatyne's Health Clubs
- Ernst & Young
- Fitness First
- Highland Spring
- John Smith's
- Manchester City F.C.
- Barclays Premier League
- Royal Caribbean International
- Sock Shop
- Sports Direct
- The FA
- Fitness First
- £5m mystery gift to Sport Relief BBC News, 15 March 2008
- Star-studded launch for Sport Relief BBC Sport, 15 January 2008
-  Sport Relief
- Sport Relief Website
- Sport Relief at BBC Online
- Sport Relief at BBC Programmes
- All Out For India
- Sport Relief Fairtrade Cotton Socks
- Bench Press Challenge