Getting Pally with Pudsey!
We’ve spent a lot of time talking about cycling recently. No, we’re not on a health kick; we’re going on tour with BBC Children in Need!
Over the last couple of months the PrettyGreen team has been busy shouting about BBC One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge, all in aid of the BBC Children in Need 2013 Appeal.
Now in its third year, this year’s Rickshaw Challenge that is taking place this week is the longest and most difficult yet. Riders (along with Bea and Claire from the PrettyGreen team!) are visiting all four UK nations and pedal around the clock to cover approximately 700 miles and raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.
‘Team Rickshaw’ is made up of five young people, each supported by projects funded by BBC Children in Need, who are riding with partners including The One Show’s Alex Jones. Rickshaw veteran Matt Baker is also supporting the ride, acting as a mentor and cycling alongside the riders on their eight-day relay journey across the UK.
Look out for Team Rickshaw who will be finishing the challenge at BBC Elstree live on the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show this Friday 15th November. One Show viewers will be able to follow Team Rickshaw’s progress each day, and updates will also be available online here and on Twitter via #TeamRickshaw.
Here’s a quick update from PrettyGreeners Claire and Bea on their (rather wet) journey so far…
Day 1: Friday 8th November at 4am at Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland marked the start of the challenge!
Tearing ourselves away from our toasty for a 4am start was a chilly shock to the system, but no mean feat compared to the gruelling challenge the riders have ahead of themselves. Plus the sight of the Giants Causeway at dawn quickly made us forget the wind and rain!
Martin Perry started the Rickshaw ride with partner Alex Jones and rickshaw challenge veteran Matt Baker rides alongside to motivate them on.
By the end of the day the team had made it to the Irish Sea and on board the ferry from Larne over to Ciarnryan with crowds of well wishers, the mayor and a team of bagpipers to send everyone off. We hadn’t even crossed the Irish Sea to Scotland yet but the bagpipes were playing in Northern Ireland? Sure.
The 1990 decor of a P&O ferry reminded us of school trips and seasickness, luckily no cases this time. The pedalling didn’t stop whilst on board, the riders continued to make up the mileage on the rickshaw inside the ferry after their live filming for The One Show.
Day 2: (Stranraer – Dumfries)
Morning in Portpatrick Scotland and our views over the rolling hills and clear blue skies were a far cry from London. Bea and Claire resist eloping together to the beautiful Portpatrick, we don’t want our relationship status confused by someone again ….ahem (less said about that the better).
Scottish lass Claire gets her quick fix of Irn Bru to get her pumped for the working day, not fitting the classic Scot stereotype at all. Not at all.
We pass Team Rickshaw and the convoy who are cycling down to Dumfries and are left slightly jealous of not being on a bike as the weather is incredible, until it starts to rain and we’re pretty glad to be in the car with Sid, our South Shields driver. He tasks us with the challenge of PR-ing South Shields, it’s not quite St.Tropez we tell him and we’re not so sure it will make the cut for Conde Nast Traveller, but we’d give it a go for Sid!
Preparations are made to greet the team in Dumfries as they cycle into the town centre and locals gather to cheer the riders on. The team has a much earned kip in Dumfries before the next day of the challenge.
Remember to show your support by tweeting @TeamRickshaw #TeamRickshaw and donating £5 by texting TEAM to 70705