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Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge

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Once again the main road through Chelford has been chosen to be part of a nationwide cycle event. Previously we have seen cyclists participating in the Tour of Britain Race hurtling along the Knutsford Road. This time, the BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge will be arriving in Chelford at approximately 2.45pm on Sunday 12th November.

The Rickshaw Challenge involves BBC One Show Host Matt Baker, together with a team of six young people, all who have been supported by Children in Need, cycling 500 miles from London to Glasgow over a nine day period. During the last six years the Rickshaw Challenge has raised over £16 million and last year the total was over £4 million.

The Rickshaw is part of a convoy of five cars, one transporter, two campervans and four motor bikes which on 12th November will be travelling the 69 miles from Cannock to Salford. The convoy will make a "Pit Stop" at Chelford Village Hall at approximately 2.45pm, which will allow the cyclists to take a comfort break and be provided with food and drinks from their catering van, over a 30 minute to 60 minute period.

There are many factors that could affect the timing on the day such as the weather, filming and how the young people are riding. It is also possible that in order to reach the finish in Salford on time, the Pit Stop may be cancelled.

Whilst the organisers appreciate that local people may wish to watch Matt Baker and the young cyclists pass through the village and contribute to the Children in Need collection, they have emphasised that there must be sufficient space for the convoy within the Village Hall car park. If not, they will cancel the planned Pit Stop and keep on pedalling. Consequently, one of the Village Hall's Management Committee will be on duty during the day to control access to the car park.

More information about the Rickshaw Challenge, its route and how to contribute, can be found on the BBC's Children in Need website.

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