Jo’s on the homestretch!

28th June 2017

Final day of Jo Brand’s BT Sport Relief Challenge and trainer Greg Whyte says it will be “a brute of a day”

Jo Brand is going to have to dig deep to keep battling those blisters and aching limbs, as today she struggles through to the finish line on the final leg of her BT Sport Relief Challenge. After a week full of wind, rain, blisters and ice baths, Jo aims to reach her final destination in Liverpool tonight (Thursday 28 January).

The challenge has seen the 58-year-old comedian walk east to west across the width of the country in just seven days, starting at the Humber Bridge last Friday. The challenge is sponsored by BT, a long-term supporter of Comic Relief challenges since 2009.

Her day started at 5.30am this morning from Warrington, and by 7.30am this morning she had already walked 10,000 steps. The final leg of Jo’s mammoth challenge will see her walk through Widnes, Hale, Allerton, Sefton Park, Toxteth, finishing up in Liverpool at approximately 7pm.

Jo will be joined today by celebrity friends including BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin, BT Sport Relief Challenge champion John Bishop and comedy legend Ricky Tomlinson.

Trainer Greg Whyte said, “It’s the last day and Jo is absolutely battered. Today is going to be an absolute brute. We’ve had an extremely early start today because we need to make sure we have an on time delivery into Liverpool”.

Three hours into her walk this morning Jo said “The thing I’m looking forward to most about finishing is lying down for about a week and a half, and shouting orders at my husband and children”.

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

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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. 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.*

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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