Cycling Weekly caught up with the BBC’s Matt Baker at Susworth’s Jenny Wren Inn between Scunthorpe and Gainsborough in Lincolnshire on Tuesday afternoon as he progressed on day five of his Rickshaw Challenge for BBC’s Children in Need.

Matt Baker, the presenter from the BBC’s The One Show, was riding from York to Lincoln on leg five of his 484-mile Rickshaw Challenge from Edinburgh to London which started last Friday November 11 from the Castle Esplanade in Scotland’s capital.

Baker has already completed four hard hilly days with the legs from Edinburgh to Hawick (53.5miles), Hawick to Hexham (59.2miles), Hexham to Barnard Castle (49.0miles) and Barnard Castle to York (70.6miles). Sunday’s epic routing saw Matt tackle the 20 per cent gradients out of Stanhope and then over the unrelenting Bollihope moors on his route to Barnard Castle. Those climbs alone took around three gruelling hours.

Tuesday’s leg, the longest at 78 miles from York to Lincoln, offered some respite over some flatter roads as he pedalled the heavy rickshaw down the country with various passengers on board.

Stopping at the Jenny Wren Inn at Susworth for a planned filming and refreshment stop, it was a chance for local well-wishers to meet Matt and pass on words of encouragement. Already behind schedule, Matt was looking at finishing in Lincoln at around 10pm.

Wednesday’s leg six, scheduled to start at 6am will take Matt from Lincoln to Peterborough (73.2miles). Thursday’s leg seven will see Matt ride from Peterborough to Cambridge (41 miles) before finally taking on leg eight from Cambridge to London (59.3miles) on Friday 18th November.

Matt plans to finish at the BBC Television Centre and to arrive during The One Show’s BBC Children in Need Live Special that goes out at 7pm on BBC1.

To donate to Matt’s Rickshaw Challenge which has currently raised over £515,500 – text “MATT” to 70705. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message. £5 will go to BBC Children in Need. Click on this BBC web link for full terms and conditions.


  • Sheila Leonard

    Well done MATT in this day and age of doom and gloom your energy, happy smiling face and determination to complete your charity ride against all odds is to be admired.

  • don francis

    well done matt afantastic achievement your great

  • S Savage

    Matt you are fantastic!!! You spoke to us in Susworth on your way past, and you were smiley and cheery, even though you must have been absolutely tired out!! – Well done!!

  • lee – liverpool

    What an achievement !!!!!!!

  • Ian Essex

    When I heard you say one night that the rickshaw was several times heavier than your ‘road bike’ I guessed you may be a regular keen rider,so all us old roadies know and appreciate just what you’re going through! So well done and good luck for what is a very good cause.

  • Vicky Brown

    Well Done Matt, you truly are an inspiration. Keep strong and think of the amount you have raised so far — its amazing.xx

  • Anne Lambert

    Well done Matt. What an amazing thing to do. We have just seen you at Gosberton Risegate with several hundred others looking on. Keep going – you will do it!!!!!!!!!

  • Jacqueline Earl

    Matt – You are an inspiration to us all, keep going we are all behind you and we know you will do your very best

  • Basil Clarke

    What a great ride we saw you at sturton by stow last evening you looked done for but carried on
    great . good look for the rest of the ride

  • Mrs GAY B SMITH

    Matt you are an amazing person you must be finding it so difficul at times but always have a smile on your face the whole country is rootting for you ,you are an insperation to us all VERY well done if i was the queen i would knight you !!!

  • Reg Briggs

    Why no comments_pg_Inspire.Shame.

    I will say to Matt WELL DONE, AS THEY SAY IN LINCOLSHIRE,AND I AM FROM BOSTON. KEEP PLODDING ON.