Come on Jo!

28th June 2017

Jo hopes Day 3 is a better day after wading knee deep through bogs yesterday

After a long and gruelling day yesterday, Jo Brand today is joined by presenter Gabby Logan as she continues on day three of her BT Sport Relief Challenge: Jo’s Hell of a Walk, a brutal ordeal which will see the 58-year-old attempt to walk an incredible 150 miles in just seven days.

The challenge will see her walk east to west right across the width of the country, roughly following the Trans Pennine Trail, finishing in Liverpool next Thursday. The challenge is sponsored by BT, a long-term supporter of Comic Relief challenges since 2009.

As Jo set off this morning she said “Every morning I sit here smiling and looking forward to the day. By four o’clock a dark vacuum has fallen inside my head and a great fat gloom descends upon me. All I want to do is lie down and cry, but I won’t because I refuse to cry in public. So just imagine me up in my room at about 11pm, sobbing and holding my leg”

Yesterday Jo walked 21 miles, starting at 7.30am and finishing at 9.15pm, walking 49,000 steps whilst battling peat bogs, painful legs and fatigue. Today Jo will walk 21 miles from Thorne to Harlington for 13.5 hours, passing through Hatfield Colliery, Dunscroft, Armthorpe, Doncaster, Hexthorpe and Warmsworth.

Jo’s trainer Greg Whyte said “It should be better today. Yesterday’s terrain was really brutal, at some points she was wading knee deep through bogs. Today, we’re going to have to balance the good terrain against the fact that she’s very, very fatigued right now. She’s got the attrition from yesterday and she’s going to be fatigued and frustrated”.

Starting out her career as a psychiatric nurse, Jo has spent many years since her rise to fame raising awareness about mental health issues - so it is fitting that during her journey she will highlight the work that Sport Relief does around mental health and issues that impact women and girls across the UK and the world’s poorest communities. Jo will be joined by famous friends and people helped by funded Sport Relief projects along the route to spur her on.

  • Jo needs the public’s support to keep her going as she is taking one Hell of a Walk. Sponsor Jo at

  • Inspired by Jo’s challenge? Then take on your own challenge by signing up to the Sport Relief Games - go to to find out how

The BT Sport Relief Challenge: Jo’s Hell of a Walk isn’t the first Sport Relief Challenge BT has sponsored. From John Bishop’s Week of Hell, David Walliams’ epic swims and who could forget Davina McCall’s brave run, cycle and swim across the country, BT has been there all the way.

BT will again be supporting Sport Relief through the BT Speaking Clock and Chat for Change Day. Between 18th January and 20th March 2016, for every call made from a BT fixed line in the UK to the BT Speaking Clock, BT will donate 10p to Sport Relief.*

So far £156,000 has been raised to support Jo, including funds raised by BT. Over the course of the ‘BT Sport Relief Challenge: Jo Brand’s Hell of a Walk’ BT has committed to help raise at least £350,000 for Sport Relief.

On Tuesday, 26 January 2016, BT will also hold Chat for Change Day, where 1p from every call made from a BT fixed line in the UK will be donated to Sport Relief.**

Over the course of the ‘BT Sport Relief Challenge: Jo Brand’s Hell of a Walk’ BT has committed to help raise at least £350,000 for Sport Relief.

All the ups and downs of Jo’s challenge will be captured for a BBC documentary, to be broadcast in the run up to Sport Relief Weekend, which is taking place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March.


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