The One Show's Rickshaw Challenge to ride through Hatfield for BBC Children in Need

PUBLISHED: 17:46 29 October 2014 | UPDATED: 17:46 29 October 2014

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

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

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The One Show's Rickshaw Challenge will pass through Hatfield next month to raise funds for BBC Children in Need.

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

This year’s Team Rickshaw riders will cycle through Hatfield on the last day of their challenge on Friday, November 14, before arriving at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood for the live broadcast.

Beginning at the BBC’s Media City near Manchester, the rickshaw will undertake an eight-day ‘Salford to Walford’ journey across England, finishing live at the iconic EastEnders set during the BBC Children in Need appeal.

Team Rickshaw 2014 will be made up of five young people, each supported by projects funded by BBC Children in Need.

"We’re hoping that Team Rickshaw will raise more than ever, so the pressure is really on for the riders. "

Matt Baker

They will power the rickshaw for more than 450 miles across England.

In addition to pedalling, the riders – Matthew, Flo, Jess, Carolina and Alex – will be asked to give a speech to an audience, talking about their motivations for the challenge and their own personal journeys.

The trek begins on Friday, November 7 in Salford, Manchester, where the group will journey north to Blackpool, before making their way back across the country, through Hatfield on day eight, the route ending in ‘Walford’ – otherwise known as Elstree Studios.

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.

The One Show presenter Alex Jones cycled through Welwyn Garden City last year with the team.

But this year she will be in The One Show studios, with co-presenter Matt Baker cycling alongside the young rickshaw riders.

Matt said: “We’re hoping that Team Rickshaw will raise more than ever, so the pressure is really on for the riders. And of course, to the Great British public, we need your support.

"This year’s team is fantastic, so here’s hoping their sheer determination will get them through."

Alex Jones

“It’s such a fantastic fundraiser, where people who have benefited from the charity first-hand can really give back, and this year we’ll be getting much more of an insight into their own stories, which brings opportunities and challenges of its own.

“Alex and I have both previously taken on the Rickshaw Challenge so we understand how tough it can be. We will support them every step of the way.”

Former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Alex Jones added: “The Rickshaw Challenge is always tough, but this time it will test the riders both physically and mentally with the addition of the speeches.

Rickshaw Challenge 2014 Route

Day 1: Manchester to Blackpool

Day 2: Blackpool to Liverpool

Day 3: Liverpool to Buxton

Day 4: Buxton to Nottingham

Day 5: Nottingham to Alton

Day 6: Alton to Coventry

Day 7: Coventry to Misbourne Valley

Day 8: Misbourne Valley to ‘Walford’, Elstree

“I can still recall the aches and pain from last year’s challenge and can vouch it’s a seriously tough journey – even harder without support from the adult riders.

“This year’s team is fantastic, so here’s hoping their sheer determination will get them through.

“Once again we’re calling on everyone to show their support and push Team Rickshaw to their most successful year yet.”

To date, the Rickshaw Challenge has raised more than £5 million for BBC Children in Need, with every penny going to projects supporting disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK.

David Ramsden, BBC Children in Need chief executive, said: “The One Show Rickshaw Challenge is very special event.

“At its heart is an amazing team of young people who help to unite the UK in making a real difference for young people.”

* Viewers of The One Show will be able to follow Team Rickshaw’s progress each day, and updates will also be available online at bbc.co.uk/pudsey and on Twitter via #TeamRickshaw.

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