The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge route through Hatfield and Potters Bar for BBC Children in Need

PUBLISHED: 11:11 13 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:25 14 November 2014

Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly, Team Rickshaw member Jess and Pudsey [Picture: BBC]

Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly, Team Rickshaw member Jess and Pudsey [Picture: BBC]

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The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge is set to cycle through Hatfield and Potters Bar this week to raise money for the 2014 BBC Children in Need appeal.

Team Rickshaw rider Jess delivers a speech to the stars and audience of Strictly Come Dancing, as part of her involvement with The One Shows Rickshaw Challenge raising money for BBC Children in Need [Picture: BBC]Team Rickshaw rider Jess delivers a speech to the stars and audience of Strictly Come Dancing, as part of her involvement with The One Shows Rickshaw Challenge raising money for BBC Children in Need [Picture: BBC]

The team of riders will be pedalling through the two towns tomorrow (Friday) – the final day of their gruelling eight-day, 450-mile journey.

So far they have raised more than £600,000.

Team Rickshaw left BBC’s Media City, near Manchester, last Friday and the riders’ Salford to Walford challenge is set to finish on the EastEnders set, at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, around 3.30pm tomorrow (November 14).

Accompanied by The One Show presenter Matt Baker, the 2014 Team Rickshaw riders are Matthew, 16, from Swadlincote, Derbyshire, 17-year-old Flo, from Powys in Mid Wales, Kettering teenager Jess, Tottenham’s Carolina, 18, and 20-year-old Alex, from Misbourne Valley, Buckinghamshire.

Team Rickshaw for BBC Children in Need

* To support the challenge and donate £5, text TEAM to 70705. Alternatively to donate £10, text TEAM to 70710.

* Texts cost £5 or £10 respectively plus one standard rate message; £5 or £10 will go to BBC Children in Need.

* Go to bbc.co.uk/pudsey for full terms and conditions. You must be over 16 and ask the bill payer’s permission.

Although the exact time the young riders will arrive in Hatfield is unknown at present, the BBC Children in Need’s Team Rickshaw website has a map detailing the route they will be taking through Hertfordshire on day eight of their exhausting charity challenge.

Following a stopover in Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire on day seven, the final day of the trek will see the riders pass through Flaunden, Chipperfield, Kings Langley at around 10am, Bedmond, Potters Crouch and into St Albans.

Their route through the historic city will, according to the BBC’s Children in Need tracker, take the riders along Bluehouse Hill, down Verulam Road, onto Folly Lane and then Catherine Street.

They will then progress along Hatfield Road, with a brief stop planned around noon, past Oaklands College and towards Smallford on the A1057.

The One Show hosts Alex Jones and Matt Baker [Picture: BBC / Ray Burmiston]The One Show hosts Alex Jones and Matt Baker [Picture: BBC / Ray Burmiston]

The rickshaw crew is set to continue along St Albans Road West into Hatfield, heading in the direction of The Galleria shopping centre.

Team Rickshaw members are due to cycle along Cavendish Way towards Hatfield town centre and then turn right up Woods Avenue.

Near the Oxlease Methodist Church, the riders are due to turn down Oxlease Drive and onto the Great North Road, heading towards Brookmans Park.

The cyclists will follow the A1000 to Little Heath, before turning down Church Road and then along Darkes Lane, Potters Bar.

Alex Jones from The One Show cycling through Welwyn Garden City during the 2013 Team Rickshaw challengeAlex Jones from The One Show cycling through Welwyn Garden City during the 2013 Team Rickshaw challenge

The route will continue down Baker Street, along Dancers Hill Road, Trotters Bottom, Galley Lane, Barnet Road and Rowley Lane as the riders approach Elstree Way, in Borehamwood, and their final destination.

Last year’s Team Rickshaw challenge went through Welwyn Garden City, with Alex Jones joining the riders.

In a first for 2014, The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge riders are also delivering speeches, talking about their motivations for the challenge and their own personal journeys.

Sixteen-year-old Kettering resident Jess, who has achondroplasia dwarfism, delivered hers to the stars of Strictly Come Dancing.

Children in Need presenters Fearne Cotton, Rochelle Humes, Terry Wogan, Nick Grimshaw and Tess Daly [Picture: BBC / Dan Kennedy/Ray Burmiston]Children in Need presenters Fearne Cotton, Rochelle Humes, Terry Wogan, Nick Grimshaw and Tess Daly [Picture: BBC / Dan Kennedy/Ray Burmiston]

Introduced by Strictly host Tess Daly, Jess addressed the audience members, as well as Strictly judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Darcey Bussell.

Using the speech to shed light on her experiences with BBC Children in Need and the Dwarf Sports Association, Jess talked openly about the day-to-day challenges and prejudices she faces as a dwarf.

Speaking afterwards, Jess said: “The location for the speech was kept a secret until the morning it happened. It was definitely a surprise, and while I was obviously excited to be going, it did make my nerves worse.

“Thankfully I studied drama, which has helped me with public speaking, so I think it helped pay off. It was all a bit of a blur, but I’m definitely happy with the results. We also got to meet some of the Strictly contestants, who were all lovely. Everyone was really supportive.”

Tess Daly added: “It was an absolute pleasure for all of us to welcome Jess to the stage; her speech was so powerful that you could hear a pin drop in the studio.

“It probably seemed daunting at the time, but I’m sure that’s nothing compared to what the team are feeling for the rest of the challenge.

“We will be cheering on Jess and the rest of Team Rickshaw as they continue their journey, and are wishing them lots of luck with their challenge. Here’s hoping it will bring in more of the much-needed donations for BBC Children in Need.”

* Viewers of The One Show can follow Team Rickshaw’s progress each day, and updates will also be available online at bbc.co.uk/pudsey and on Twitter via #TeamRickshaw. The route and current progress are also shown at pudsey.viewranger.com

* If you spot the Team Rickshaw riders in Hertfordshire, email your pictures to the Welwyn Hatfield Times and Potters Bar Edition at news@whtimes.co.uk


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