Scott Mills will never walk alone as he had Sam Ryder for company while beginning his treadmill challenge.
The BBC Radio 2 presenter has embarked on the Great Scott TreadMills Challenge, which will see him exercise for 24 hours to raise money for Children In Need.
As the exhaustive mission began on Wednesday morning, Scott, 49, was joined by a very special guest with Eurovision winner Sam popping up on a treadmill beside him in the studio.
Sam, 33, is currently on tour in Europe but kindly flew back to the UK just to support Scott – and even wrote a new version of his hit single Space Man which is now aptly remixed to Pace Man.
‘I’m feeling great. Ask me in 12 hours. I just had a voice note from Rylan [Clark] saying, “You’re looking really well”,’ Scott told Zoe Balls on her Radio 2 breakfast show.
Zoe informed Scott that he could press a red button up to five times whenever he needs support and encouragement during the challenge.
After pressing the button to test it, Scott was surprised to see Sam arrive to give a special performance of Pace Man.
Lyrics included: ‘I’ll be your pace man, I’ll be your pace man, when your legs begin to burn, there’s blisters on your souls, I’ll be your pace man, until I’ve got to go home.
‘I’ll be your pace man, slow and steady wins the race man. When your lungs are fit to burst and you can’t feel your toes, I’ll be your pace man.
‘Scott, you’re not all the way over this hill. God knows your thighs are like a flan that didn’t set. They say runners hit a wall, for your sake I hope it’s small, but you’re not all the way over it yet.
‘But truly I just think you’re great, you’ve helped so many kids today, so grab your phones and dial the number and donate.’
After flying back from his European tour, Sam only had time to drop off his bags before hopping in a taxi where he wrote the song in 20 minutes en route to the BBC studios.
Sam told Zoe: ‘The energy this bloke has and the kindness in his silly but amazing little heart, it’s wicked to see,’ while Scott joked he would be attending Ryder’s London show next week on crutches.
During the treadmill challenge, Radio 2 presenters will continue to broadcast their regular live shows from the BBC Radio Theatre in London, where the challenge will also be taking place before wrapping up on Thursday.
The Great Scott TreadMills Challenge will be broadcast live on Radio 2, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds for the full 24 hours.
You can donate to Scott’s cause here.