The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge in aid of the BBC Children in Need appeal pedalled into Buxton on Sunday evening.
A crowd of well-wishers - some who had been in position since late afternoon - welcomed the rickshaw as it arrived at the Pavilion Gardens shortly after 9pm, at the end of day three of the eight-day, 450-mile ‘Salford to Walford’ journey across England.
Driven by a team of inspirational young people, ‘Team Rickshaw’ departed the BBC’s Media City, near Manchester, on Friday, and is due to finish live at the iconic EastEnders set during the BBC Children in Need appeal on November 14.
‘Team Rickshaw’ consists of five riders who have each been supported by projects funded by BBC Children in Need: Matthew, 16, from Swadlincote; Flo,17, from Powys in Mid Wales; Jess, 16, from Kettering, Northamptonshire; Carolina, 18, from Tottenham; and Alex, 20, from Misbourne Valley, Buckinghamshire.
Day three of the challenge, from Liverpool to Buxton, saw the team bid farewell to Merseyside and set out across Cheshire before, under the cover of darkness, entering the Peak District with an ascent of the gruelling A537 Cat and Fiddle.
This prompted a delayed arrival in Buxton, but the team received a rousing reception as Derbyshire team-member Matthew guided the rickshaw onto the Pavilion Gardens promenade, with the welcoming committee including High Peak Mayor Cllr Alan Barrow and Pudsey the Bear.
The One Show presenter Matt Baker, who is cycling alongside the team to offer support, said: “It was a wonderful reception. It felt quite isolated when we were on the top because it was pretty dark and pretty cold, but when we came down here we received such a wonderful welcome, and that is what keeps ‘Team Rickshaw’ going, so to sense that was just magic.
“This is day three, of eight. It’s a long, long journey and every single day their confidence builds and builds. To do something like this, which they achieved as a team, is a wonderful thing. They decided how they wanted to get up that hill; the team camaraderie is just fantastic. They are flying now, absolutely flying.”
And describing the achievements of Team Rickshaw so far as “simply awe-inspiring”, Cllr Barrow added: “It was a privilege to meet the children and be able to see all the hard work that they have put in. Children in Need is a wonderful cause and it unites the whole country.”
Monday’s leg from Buxton to Nottingham will see the team set out early across the Peak District, with their route taking in Flash and Longnor, before joining the A515 near Hurdlow and heading out towards Newhaven and the A5012 to Cromford.
From here it will join the A6 to Ambergate and then follow the A610 all the way to Nottingham, apart from a quick detour through Kimberley and Nuthall. Check the website link above for updates on the team’s progress.
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.