BBC and ITV celebrities go head to head Sport Relief 2018 Boat Race

The broadcasters swap ratings wars for rowing oars as the BBC and ITV compete for charity bragging rights

Sport Relief ITV vs BBC Celebrity Rowing

Forget Oxford and Cambridge, Sport Relief is about to bring us the biggest ever clash on the waterways.


The BBC and ITV have put together teams of their best actors, presenters and TV stars to go head to head in an epic rowing boat race.

The Clash of the Channels Boat Race for Sport Relief will see (amongst others) BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker facing off against Charlotte Hawkins from Good Morning Britain. We get the feeling Piers Morgan will have something to say about this…

The BBC team is as follows: Dan Walker (BBC Breakfast), Sara Cox (Radio 2 DJ), Rory Reid (Top Gear), Sophie Raworth (BBC newsreader), Dev Griffin (Radio 1 DJ) and Ellie Harrison (Countryfile)

Sport Relief ITV vs BBC Celebrity Rowing

Meanwhile the ITV team is made up of: Charlotte Hawkins (Good Morning Britain), Nicola Thorp (Coronation Street), Jake Canuso (Benidorm), Ferne McCann (The Only Way is Essex), Chris Bisson (Emmerdale) and Chris Hughes (Love Island)

Sport Relief ITV vs BBC Celebrity Rowing

The celebrities have been training for eight weeks for the 1,200m-long race, and Sir Steve Redgrave has been giving his expert advice to both teams as they prepare for the race at Salford Quays. James Cracknell has been coaching the BBC team, while Olympic champion Helen Glover has been on hand helping ITV’s team.

Sport Relief ITV vs BBC Celebrity Rowing

Steve Redgrave said, “Training for such a synchronised team sport like rowing is going to be a huge challenge for all of them. They’ll need explosive energy, stamina and a great sense of timing, so anything could happen!

“Both teams have got world-class captains to lead them to the finish line. It’s going to be a fantastic effort with some good old-fashioned rivalry thrown in. I can’t wait to see who wins.”


Clash of the Channels Boat Race: BBC vs ITV will air during Sport Relief on Friday 23rd March on BBC1

Here’s how you can donate to Sport Relief

By text: You can text GIVE to 70205 to donate £5 or text GIVE to 70210 to donate £10. A full list of numbers for how to donate can be found here.

Online: You can donate any amount you want on the Sport Relief website, and pay by Pay Pal or debit/credit card. 

By phone: Call 03457 910 910 to donate using your debit or credit card 

By post: To donate by post, send in a cheque or postal order (made payable to either Red Nose Day or Sport Relief) and a giro slip if you have one to EY, PO Box 51543, London SE1 2UG

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