BBC’s Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge is back with a new route, a new team, and a newly modified rickshaw.

The annual challenge, which is now in its ninth year, will see a team of six young people and The One Show’s Matt Baker will take on an eight day challenge to cycle 400 miles from Holyhead to London. This year’s route will see the team ride to Flash, the highest village in the UK, and tackle the steepest street in the world in Harlech, Wales.


Day One of the challenge starts in Holyhead on Friday 8 November, the Rickshaw will make its way across Anglesey, through Bangor and on to Portmeirion. After crossing the Menai Suspension Bridge the team will make their way through upper Bangor, up Minffordd hill, through Glasinfryn, Tregarth and Mynydd Llandegai.

The team will make their way across Wales for three days before crossing over into England in Oswestry, and then make their way down to the finish line at BBC Elstree Studios on Friday 15 November during the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show.

In an exciting first for the fundraising challenge, The Hunter Foundation (THF) has pledged to give 40p for every £1 donated by the general public to the Rickshaw Challenge, helping to make the public’s generous donations go even further in making a difference to young lives.

The New & Improved Rickshaw

Last year, a new custom rickshaw was built by a team of engineers at the McLaren Technology Centre to make the rickshaw accessible to a wider range of riders. An innovative seat-post system allowed team members with a range of mobilities to join the team.

This year, McLaren has gone one step further and created an innovative solution that enables visually impaired and blind riders to take part in the challenge. A recumbent guide-trike, which fixes to the front of the Rickshaw allows steering and braking to be managed by a guide rider whilst a visually impaired rider pedals from the main driving seat of the Rickshaw.

Ride with the Rickshaw

You can support Children in Need by raising money with your own cycling challenge. Get on your bike, track your miles and ask for donations. It’s up to you whether you ride 400 miles across the UK or ride 5 miles on a static bike.


Photos: BBC/McLaren