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Just two stages left and they're pretty short and flat for presenter who has raised more than £650,000 to date...

BBC TV presenter Matt Baker arrived in Peterborough at around 10.30pm this evening, leaving him with two more days in the saddle in his Children In Need Rickshaw Challenge from London to Edinburgh. So far, the former Blue Peter host, who now works on The One Show, has raised nearly two thirds of a million pounds for the charity ahead of its annual appeal this Friday.

Matt’s arrival at BBC Television Centre is timed to coincide with The One Show’s live coverage of Friday’s Children In Need Appeal on Friday evening, and he’ll be relieved to have put three consecutive 70-mile days behind him, with tomorrow, at 41 miles, being the shortest day of the challenge.

That ride will take him from Peterborough across the Fens to Cambridge, and as long as the wind doesn’t get up too much the flat terrain should also provide some welcome relief for Matt following what has turned out to be a pretty tough week.

The lowest point was perhaps reached yesterday on the 78-mile stage from York to Lincoln, when the presenter, who had already battled with saddle sores in the course of his 484-mile journey, also succumbed to knee pain. As a result, it took him 16 hours to cover what in terms of mileage is the longest leg of his eight-day ride.

With a total of 90.3 miles left and two days over mostly flat ground in which to cover him, hopefully Matt, who has been carrying a range of passengers throughout the ride – today, he had that Warwick Davis in the back of the  pedicab – now has the worst behind him.

Yesterday, meanwhile, Russ Downing teamed up with Matt to ride alongside him in full Team Sky kit – possibly the last time he’ll be seen in it in the media, given the announcement of his signing for Endura Racing the same day.

You can follow his progress online via the BBC Children in Need website, which also has daily video diaries and pictures, and on Twitter at @BBCCiN, @bakermattbaker and by searching the hashtag #CiNrickshaw.

Donations of £5 can be made by texting "MATT" to 70705, with texts costing £5 plus one standard rate message, with £5 going to BBC Children in Need.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Gkam84 [9089 posts] 4 years ago
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I know ever penny helps and all this............but in times when everyone is watching the pennies and are lucky if they can watch the pounds, where on earth is all this money coming from?

Any bets Children in need go on to raise another record breaking total AGAIN this year, even with the whole country being aware that its getting tight cash wise and will probably get worse before better

I'll stick to raising money for charities like Kidney Research UK, at least its help my family out with an inherent disease, the money is ALL spent here in the UK and you can see results, unlike CiN where you get the sob story films, but not much end product  39

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Tony Farrelly [2869 posts] 4 years ago
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Well, people may be tightening their belts GKam but Britain is still a very wealthy country and the British are a generous bunch a lot of people giving a little bit of money adds up to a lot of money pretty quickly + I think that it's a recognised phenomenon that giving to these sorts of things often goes up in hard times. Doesn't bother me where they spend the money as long as they spend it wisely.

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arrieredupeleton [576 posts] 4 years ago
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'...with tomorrow, at 41 days, being the shortest day of the challenge'. He might miss the finish in London tomorrow then.

Fair play to him for utilising his housewives favourite persona for the benefit of charitable causes. Gkam's comments may be relevant but apply to many of the bigger charities. If you prefer the gratification of knowing that your donation is being used where you can see it, stick to those which are geographically or issue specific to you. I doubt many African kids benefit from donations on their doorstep though.

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Simon_MacMichael [2457 posts] 4 years ago
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arrieredupeleton wrote:

'...with tomorrow, at 41 days, being the shortest day of the challenge'. He might miss the finish in London tomorrow then.

Yeah he'd be a bit saddle sore after that alright. Cheers for the spot.

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Dr_Lex [326 posts] 4 years ago
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Looks like Matt is in Rapha; smart!

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John G [56 posts] 4 years ago
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"today, he had that Warwick Davis in the back of the pedicab – now has the worst behind him" - well phrased, I don't like Warwick Davis either.

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Coleman [335 posts] 4 years ago
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Will he arrive in the studios with four tourists squashed in the back wondering how it cost £10 to go round the corner?

(London-centric posts only from me, obviously)

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cat1commuter [1421 posts] 4 years ago
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Tough job pedalling a heavy, very un-aerodynamic bike against the prevailing wind!

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OldnSlo [135 posts] 4 years ago
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definitely worth a fiver of anybody's cash.
a bargain.

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Simon_MacMichael [2457 posts] 4 years ago
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OldnSlo wrote:

definitely worth a fiver of anybody's cash.
a bargain.

Agree, I want to be writing a seven-figure sum when we come to cover the end of the ride tomorrow  1