Fans kept waiting on Matt’s rickshaw route

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FANS in South Holland were kept waiting for TV star Matt Baker as he fell behind schedule on his 484-mile Rickshaw Challenge for Children in Need.

FANS in South Holland were kept waiting for TV star Matt Baker as he fell behind schedule on his 484-mile Rickshaw Challenge for Children in Need today.

The One Show presenter was expected to pass through Spalding before 5pm but was running late after a hard day pedalling, and was only just entering South Holland at that time.

Earlier in the day he had been forced to detour from his planned route through villages further north in the county because of roadworks.

His route through South Holland saw him pass through Gosberton Clough, Pinchbeck, Spalding and Crowland, before heading off towards Peterborough, where it had been hoped he would appear live on the BBC One Show from 7pm.

But Matt’s progress on his week-long journey has been slowed by pain and injury, with the former Strictly Come Dancing runner-up suffering saddle soreness, swollen thighs and painful knees.

Speaking after his third day on the road, Matt said: “It has all been about battling the landscape, just getting the miles.

“I am absolutely shattered.

“I now have quite a lot of sympathy for my children who used to have nappy rash – hours in the saddle in damp conditions certainly hasn’t helped.”

After stopping in Peterborough tonight, Matt will continue south tomorrow, with the aim of arriving back in London for the live BBC Children in Need The One Show Special on Friday night.