14 November 2019 10:34
Children in Need's Rickshaw Challenge is back for its ninth year, with a fresh route, a committed team and a newly improved rickshaw. Last week, The One Show's Matt Baker set off with his willing young teammates for the gruelling 400-mile race across the UK. Baker, 41, and his group are raising money for the BBC's annual charity drive by taking on the eight-day ride from Holyhead in Wales to London. As the finish line approaches, here's everything you need to know about the fundraising feat. What is the Rickshaw Challenge?
The annual event sees Baker and a team of six inspiring youngsters travel across the country on a rickshaw to raise money for disadvantaged children across the UK. It has become one of the highlights of Children in Need since Baker first took on the challenge in 2011, when he rode alone from Edinburgh to London, raising more than £1 million. Since then, he has been joined by a new group of dedicated young people each year, all of whom have their own personal tales of endurance and resilience to share. The 400-mile journey takes eight days to complete, ending in time for the BBC's main telethon on Friday. Children In Need: Got It Covered album - In Pictures 7 show all Children In Need: Got It Covered album - In Pictures 1/7 Olivia Colman PA 2/7 Helena Bonham Carter PA 3/7 Jodie Whittaker PA 4/7 Jim Broadbent PA 5/7 David Tennant PA 6/7 Suranne Jones PA 7/7 Got It Covered: the album PA 1/7 Olivia Colman PA 2/7 Helena Bonham Carter PA 3/7 Jodie Whittaker PA 4/7 Jim Broadbent PA 5/7 David Tennant PA 6/7 Suranne Jones PA 7/7 Got It Covered: the album PA What is this year's route? This year's start line was in the port town of Holyhead, with the team travelling through Wales for three days before crossing into England on Sunday night. So far they have successfully made it to the highest village in the UK – Flash in the Peak District – and the steepest street in the world in the Welsh town of Harlech. Their day-to-day route has been set out by the BBC as follows: Day 1 - Holyhead to Portmeirion Day 2 - Portmeirion to Machynlleth Day 3 - Machynlleth to Oswestry Day 4 - Oswestry to Crewe Day 5 - Crewe to Matlock Bath Day 6 - Matlock to Melton Mowbray Day 7 - Melton Mowbray to Bedford Day 8 - Bedford to Borehamwood Day 9 will see the rickshaw riders make their way to the finish line at BBC Elstree Studios on Friday, to coincide with the Children in Need Appeal Show. Who are this year's participants? Baker has been joined by six teenagers from across the UK, all of whom have surmounted their own personal challenges – including cancer, sight loss and learning difficulties – to take part in the endurance event. They are: Adelle, 17, from Belfast; Emma, 18, from Nottingham; Josh, 17, from Lancashire; Kelsey, 17, from Watford; Thomas, 17, from Swindon; and Uche, 20, from London. How do I watch the Rickshaw Challenge? The One Show is broadcasting updates on the team's progress each day at 7pm on BBC One. You can also view an interactive map to track the rickshaw's location in real time here. How do I donate to the Rickshaw Challenge? You can pledge money to a range of causes supported by the challenge here. When is Children in Need? Children in Need airs on Friday, November 15 from 7:30pm on BBC One. The program will be broadcast until 2am on Saturday morning, on both BBC One and Two.