Brits are gearing up to raise money for charity with Sport Relief on 13 March. The high-energy version of Comic Relief is asking people to lace up their running shoes, put on their swimsuits or get on their bikes to tackle issues such as mental health stigma, domestic abuse, homelessness and poverty, both in the UK and around the world.
In the two years since the last Sport Relief, the money raised has helped 13 million people in the UK and in the developing world.
The campaign traditionally asks various celebrities to do sporting challenges on film in order to encourage the general public to do the same. This year group of eight presenters, journalists and DJs had agreed to walk, run, and bike 100 miles across a frozen lake in Mongolia. But given the uncertainty of safety because of the coronavirus outbreak, a new challenge has been fined for them. It couldn’t be more different from the first. They are going to undertake a four-day, 100 mile expedition across the Namib desert in Nambia instead. They will cover the distance on foot, by bike and by ski.
A challenge for the general public is to "Beat Beethoven" in his 250th anniversary year. Thousands run 5 km, trying to do it faster than the BBC Philharmonic plays Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
Schools are always enthusiastic participants in sport relief and this year they can do it in music with a great song. (See our webpicks.)
They can also participate in a competition for which the winning school will win a visit from double Olympic gold medallist and World Champion gymnast Max Whitlock.
You can find some excellent Sport Relief teaching resources in our Webpicks.