BBC’s Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge returns this Friday, 8 November, 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.
Day One of the challenge starts in Holyhead and travels 57 miles finishing in Portmeirion. 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.
Where to see the Rickshaw
Be ready for an early start in Holyhead as the team prepare for this amazing challenge, with a scheduled start time of 6.30am on Friday 8 November.
Starting at the Admiralty Arch in Holyhead Port the team will then make their way across Anglesey, via Caergeiliog, Bryngwran, Gwalchmai, Llanfair PG and onto Menai Bridge. They hope to cross Menai Suspension bridge at approximately 11am and passing through Bangor shortly afterwards.
The team are aiming to arrive in Portmeirion at 7.15pm at the end of Day One, which will be screened live on The One Show. Admission to Portmeirion is free all day with donations being accepted towards Children In Need.
The One Show researcher Charlie Mott said: “We usually start very early in the morning as our riders have such a distance to cover during this huge challenge. I believe the current time for setting off is 6.30am.
“We are hoping to cross Menai Bridge around 11am, but as you can imagine, timing often change throughout the day and I would encourage you to follow the live tracker link.
“If you are hoping to come and cheer we absolutely love support and it really keeps our riders going.”
For more information about BBC’s Children In Need Rickshaw Challenge, for information about the amazing team of riders and to follow the Live tracker, visit the website here: