Boltonian Vernon Kay is taking on an ultramarathon challenge in support of the BBC Children in Need appeal.

The BBC Radio 2 mid morning presenter will be braving 115 miles on foot across four days to get him from Victoria Park in Leicester, recent home of Radio 2 in the Park, to Bolton Wanderers’ football stadium in his hometown.

He joined Zoe Ball on her BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show today (Thursday, November 9) to reveal the news and put a call out for listeners to register to join a live outside broadcast of Zoe’s show from the stadium.

Vernon said: "I was just settling into my new mid morning routine and now this.

"Everyone who has previously undertaken a BBC Children in Need challenge has raised so much money for this brilliant charity, so the pressure is on, but I’m up for it, so come on, let’s do this."


He will start his challenge on Tuesday November 14 and aims to finish around 9am on Friday November 17, the Children in Need Appeal Day.

It will be broadcast live on Radio 2 and BBC Sounds across that time, with video highlights and further coverage on Radio 2’s social channels.

There will be special guests, plus live music from Emeli Sandé and Ultra Naté from the stadium.

The public can register for the tickets from now until 11.59pm on Monday, November 13 here ( ( ).

Tickets are free and successful applicants will be selected at random once the registration period has closed.

Tickets will be allocated by a random draw with 90 per cent of tickets going to Bolton postcodes and 10 per cent to the rest of the UK.

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