Scott Mills raises £1m in treadmill challenge and Joe Wicks walk & runs ultra marathon – Proudly supported by S7RONGER, Places for People & Freemotion

Radio presenter and DJ, Scott Mills, has raised more than £1m in an epic, 24-hour treadmill challenge in aid of the BBC’s Children in Need charity. The “Great Scott TreadMills Challenge” saw the broadcaster run continuously for 24 hours from the 16th to the 17th of November.

“Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought this would be possible,” said Mills. “I’m feeling such an outpouring of love. I’m soaking it all up, I love it.”

Mills, who sprinted for the last 30 seconds of his challenge, completed the challenge on a Freemotion 22 SERIES Reflex treadmill. He was joined in the studio by a host of celebrities, who took their turn to run alongside the presenter during parts of the challenge.

Then today, Friday 18 November, fitness superstar Joe Wicks is completing an “Ultra Walk” – an 11-hour walking challenge aiming to pass the 50km mark – to further add to the Children in Need drive. Joe will be joined by invited guests to talk about Children in Need, fitness and mental health all while raising money for BBC Children in Need.

 Joe spent most of the day walking with fellow celebrities and members of the public, which meant that his pace was somewhat variable. To make sure he hit the required 50km distance, Joe topped up his steps on the Freemotion Incline Trainer specially delivered to the very iconic Pudsey's head office. 

The mental health of children and young people remains a significant concern for the vast majority of the BBC Children in Need funded organisations with 91% believing that mental health is the biggest challenge facing young people today

In all, S7RONGER – working with its partners Freemotion and Places For People – provided five 22 Series Reflex treadmill and one 22 Series Incline Trainer treadmill for the challenges, which provided the comfort and reliability required by Scott, Joe and their friends to complete the challenges.
“S7RONGER, Freemotion from iFIT and Places for People got together specifically to proudly support The Great Scott Mills Challenge and Joe’s walk in aid of BBC Children in Need. We as a team have had an incredibly fulfilling week working alongside the people of this magnificent charity; we feel very privileged” says Elena Lapetra, co-founder of S7RONGER.”
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About BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need believe every child and young person deserves the opportunity to thrive and be the best they can be.

BBC Children in Need’s ambition is to create lasting, positive change across the UK for the children and young people who need it most. Together with the BBC and partners, BBC Children in Need aim to inspire the nation in support of their work.

BBC Children in Need’s 2,200 local charities and projects work tirelessly in every corner of the UK to help children & young people overcome the additional challenges they currently face, including supporting children and young people living in poverty, providing emergency support to families in crisis, providing comfort to children feeling sad, lost and alone, helping children overcome social injustice and supporting children to feel safe and secure again.

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