BBC Children in Need and The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge comes to Marlborough
At approximately 3pm on Monday (12 November) Marlborough will have the chance to see the Children in Need Rickshaw as it passes through the town doing a lap of the High Street before attempting the daunting Kingsbury Street en route to the overnight stop at Royal Wooton Bassett. This will be the fourth day of the 423 mile route.
The Rickshaw Challenge or Tour de Rickshaw as it has come to be known, is now in its eighth year. This year there is a new route, a new rickshaw and a new team which was announced live on The One Show on October 10.
A team of six young people, all of whom have been supported by BBC Children in Need-funded projects, will be joined by The One Show’s Matt Baker on the eight day challenge. The young people come from many different parts of the country and have all overcome a range of personal challenges.
The team will be starting out from Calais on Friday November 9 and will pedal 31 miles through the service tunnel of the Channel Tunnel - a route only travelled previously by the likes of professional cyclists. The route will take them north from Folkestone before finally finishing in Salford on Friday November 16, during the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show. The full route with a real time update can be seen here: https://pudsey.viewranger.com/
On Day 4 the team will enter Marlborough along London Road (A4) and leave by Kingsbury Hill Street. It is to be hoped that the new rickshaw, which has been built by a team of engineering experts from McLaren Racing and McLaren Applied Technologies will benefit from their Formula One expertise and whizz up the hills.
The new rickshaw is now more accessible to the young people taking part, but still a challenge for those riding it. A new drivetrain has been installed to improve its reliability, as well as new braking mounts. Additionally, an inter-changeable seat post has been installed which can be easily changed along the route to suit whoever is riding the rickshaw.
Ahead of this year’s challenge, Matt Baker said: “This is the eighth year that we’ll be heading out on the roads with the Rickshaw Challenge and I can’t wait to get back in the saddle alongside six truly inspirational young people.”
“Every year the support that we get never ceases to amaze me, it’s fantastic to see how people from all across the UK get behind the Challenge and I’m looking forward to seeing all those friendly faces willing us on again this year, and helping us to raise so much money for a charity which is incredibly close to my heart.”
Fellow The One Show presenter, Alex Jones added: “The Rickshaw Challenge is a chance for our viewers to really see how funding from BBC Children in Need is making a difference to young people’s lives. It’s one of the highlights of our year at The One Show, and I can’t wait to cheer on the team as they conquer another epic journey across the country on the rickshaw.”
The team’s progress will be broadcast live on The One Show throughout the week.
Since 2011, The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge has raised over £21 million for BBC Children in Need, with every penny going on to make a difference to the lives of children and young people across the UK who need it most.
This year the public are being asked to take on their own cycling challenge to raise money and ‘Ride with Team Rickshaw’ with support from cycling app Strava. The public can do their own cycling challenge by logging their miles through the app, and Strava will automatically add their distance to the collective total.
From October 10 there is also the chance to win a bike with Strava by entering the ‘Ride 50 Miles for BBC Children in Need’ challenge. Members of the public also have the option to log their miles manually, just check out the FAQs on the BBC Children in Need website to sign up and for guidance on using Strava.
To support the Rickshaw Challenge, you can donate £5, £10 or £20 by text.
To donate £5 text the word TEAM to 70405.
To donate £10 text TEAM to 70410.
To donate £20 text the word TEAM to 70420.
Texts will cost your donation plus your standard network message charge. All of your donation will go to BBC Children in Need. You must be 16 or over and please ask for the bill payer's permission. For more information and full terms and conditions go to bbc.co.uk/pudsey. The Text to donate Service will close at 23:59 on the 31st December 2018.