The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh launched BBC North’s Sport Relief Mile during her Diamond Jubilee tour of MediaCityUK, today.
The Royal couple visited Salford Quays and waved a flag to kick-start the race for hundreds of participants.
More than 700 BBC staff pulled up their Sport Relief socks and took part in the fun run as a warm up to the Sport Relief Miles that take place all over the UK on Sunday March 25.
Kevin Cahill, Chief Executive of Comic Relief, says: “We’re thrilled The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have attended today’s event.
“It’s a fantastic start to the Sport Relief weekend, which sees the culmination of a week when more than a million people across the country will have done the Sport Relief Mile to raise money for people living tough lives in the UK and the world’s poorest countries.
“We hope even more people will be inspired by today’s race to enter their local Mile this Sunday.”
The Sport Relief weekend kicks off tonight on BBC One from 7pm.
There is still time to enter the Manchester Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile at www.sportrelief.com.