Bolton born Vernon Kay has been busy getting ready to take on an ultramarathon challenge in support of the BBC Children in Need appeal.

He took to Instagram to share a video of him going for his last jog before starting the challenge tomorrow.

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.

Vernon appeared as a guest on Zoe Ball’s show this morning, telling her how he is feeling in the run up to the challenge.


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During the show he received messages of support from Alan Carr, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Angela Griffin.

Schwarzenegger said: “If you can visualise your goal and if can see yourself at the finish line, I think that you can do it.

“It’s seeing it, visualising it, believing it is achieving it. 

“He will make it, there’s no two ways about it because if that’s his goal, there’s nothing that can stop him.”

The Bolton News: Vernon responded by saying that he “randomly” had a good night out with Arnold but could not reveal this on air.

Fellow Radio 2 presenter, Scott Mills, also popped into Vernon’s show to wish him luck and share a care package of goodies, as suggested by listeners to his afternoon show, which included pants, Vaseline, a Pudsey Bear, Pudsey ears and sweets.

Scott did the 24 Hours TreadMILLS challenge for BBC Children in Need last year.

Vernon will travel from Wogan House to Leicester today on a bus with the Radio 2 team before he starts his challenge tomorrow morning during The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show.

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 during the finale.

The public can register for the tickets to the finale here from now until 11.59pm tonight ( ).

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.

Donations can be made for £10,£20, or £30 by texting the word TEN, TWENTY, or THIRTY to 70710.

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