The One Show’s Matt Baker announces his Rickshaw Challenge for Children In Need 2011

by Lisa McGarry

The One Show’s presenter Matt Baker announced today that he will be undertaking one of his most daunting challenges yet: The One Show Rickshaw Challenge for BBC Children in Need, which will see him ask Britain to get behind him as he cycles a rickshaw from Edinburgh to London in eight days.

Matt will embark on his arduous journey on the morning of Friday 11th November from Edinburgh Castle Esplanade and will attempt to complete the marathon 484 mile journey to the BBC in London, finishing live on The One Show’s Children in Need special on Friday 18th November on BBC One.

The One Show will go live to Hawick on Friday 11th November, the first stop in Matt’s Rickshaw Challenge. The programme will greet him live on air every weeknight as Matt crosses the finishing line at each location. Every day viewers will be able to follow Matt’s progress online at the BBC Children in Need website and on Twitter at @BBCCiN, @bakermattbaker and #CiNrickshaw, as he travels onwards from Hawick to Hexham, Barnard Castle, York, Lincoln, Peterborough, Cambridge and finally London.

Throughout the challenge, Matt will be picking up passengers along the way, these will be a variety of surprise guests and Children in Need’s very own Pudsey. He will brave the harsh winter elements and battle steep hills, to cycle his rickshaw for up to ten hours each day and burn up to 9000 calories daily.

Matt Baker said “For this year’s BBC Children in Need I’m hitting the roads of Britain for a relentless Rickshaw Challenge. I’m hoping to arrive in time for The One Show’s live Children in Need special, but the hilly roads, winter weather, and the tough schedule will not make it easy. I’m going to need your help and support so please get behind me, turn up and cheer me on. Any support would be greatly appreciated, even something tasty to keep my strength up. Hopefully I’ll see you on my rickshaw route to raise thousands!”

David Ramsden, BBC Children in Need Chief Executive, added: “It is fantastic that Matt is undertaking this massive challenge. Peddling 484 miles in eight days through the November weather will be an incredible achievement. He’s going to raise us lots of money that will help us change the lives of disadvantaged young people across the UK who are facing their own challenges.”