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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 June 2006, 14:31 GMT 15:31 UK
Sport Relief presents... Celebrity Pigeon Racing
Davina McCall gives Pam the pigeon a pep-talk
Davina releases Pam the pigeon for a training run
Sport Relief has a very special 'tweet' in store for viewers cooped up in front of their TV's on Saturday 15th July.

Sport Relief is finally bringing Celebrity Pigeon Racing to the prime time Saturday night audience it deserves.

Viewers will be perched on the edge of their seats on July 15th as a frenzy of feathered fun unfolds before them.

Chris Evans, Gary Lineker and Davina McCall have all taken an elite avian specimen under their wing.

The plucky pigeons will race from London's Television Centre to their home in East Acton - covering their very own Sport Relief Mile.

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But the presenter whose bird trails in last will be subjected to a forfeit live in the Sport Relief studio.

We take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look to see how our presenters have been bonding with their birds.

Davina McCall

Davina gives Pam the pigeon a pep-talk
Name: Pam
Trainer: Davina McCall
Training: Keeping it real
Odds: Evens
Davina has been giving her pigeon prodigy a bird's eye view of the goings on in the Big Brother house.

She will be hoping the time spent on set will prevent Pam the pigeon suffering from stage fright on the big night.

McCall has also been imparting words of wisdom to her pigeon in the confines of her Big Brother dressing room.

She hopes her motivational diary room pep talks will inspire Pam to leave her rivals flapping.

We can't be sure what has been said behind closed doors but Davina will be anxious to avoid public humiliation on the night.

Chris Evans

Chris Evans gets in the zone with Monty the pigeon
Name: Monty
Trainer: Chris Evans
Training: Alternative, man.
Odds:2-1

Chris Evans believes inner peace will be the key to victory for him and his winged warrior on July 15th.

He and Monty have been meditating on the golf course and listening to mystical Eastern music in an effort to reach a higher spiritual plain.

Chris may have enhanced his appreciation of the sitar whilst on a cricket tour with the Sport Relief Redsocks in India.

It's not clear if Monty or Chris is benefiting most from the chill out music.

But Chris seems confident that inner peace is the route to success when it comes to pigeon racing.

Monty has also been spending time in the radio Two studio listening to Chris' drive time show.

Sadly his requests for the Housemartins, the Byrds and Alice Cooper have largely been ignored.

Gary Lineker

Alan the pigeon waits patiently for Gary Lineker to return from Germany
Name: Alan
Trainer: Gary Lineker
Training: Lacklustre
Odds:4-1
Gary Lineker has been too busy at the World Cup to spend any time with poor Alan.

The forlorn pigeon is reduced to catching fleeting glimpses of his illustrious mentor during the BBC's World Cup coverage.

Alan realises Gary's absence is for the good of the nation but sources close to the pigeon say he is a shadow of his former self.

However he has displayed his discipline and unselfish nature by following Gary's strictly imposed training regime to the letter.

Lineker is said to be livid that he can't devote more of himself to Alan's development but has been sending motivational postcards on a regular basis.

Make sure you are watching on Saturday July 15th to find out which pigeon triumphs and which of our hosts will be humiliated.

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