Ready, Steady, Pedal! Radio 1’s Mollie King sets off on an epic 500km journey by bike from London to Hull in aid of Red Nose Day

11th March 2024

Mollie King leaves BBC Broadcasting House, London as she heads to Hull on 500k challenge for Red Nose Day
  • Mollie King was joined by BBC Radio 1 hosts Greg James, Matt Edmondson, Rickie, Melvin and Charlie and Sam and Danni in a special send-off show on Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James

  • Family members including fiancé Stuart Broad and daughter Annabella joined the DJ as she set off on the biggest endurance challenge of her life

  • From Monday 11 March to Friday 15 March, Mollie will pedal across England, setting off from the home of Radio 1 in London and crossing the finish line in Hull, the hometown of her late father

  • Despite having never cycled on roads before, Mollie King will be taking on a mammoth journey to raise life changing money for Red Nose Day

  • Day one will see Mollie pedal power her way from London to Towcester in a 100km journey that navigates busy towns and winding roads

  • The money raised could help break the cycle of poverty for people in UK and around the world

  • Red Nose Day returns on Friday 15 March

  • For more information and to support Mollie, visit:

Monday 11 March: BBC Radio 1’s Mollie King set off on the biggest endurance challenge of her life this morning. Swapping her mic for a bike, the DJ was surrounded by friends and family, including her fiancé Stuart Broad, daughter Annabella, and fellow Radio 1 hosts: Greg James, Matt Edmondson and Rickie, Melvin and Charlie, Sam and Danni, for a very special send-off show on BBC Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James.

The show took over the Piazza at BBC Broadcasting House in London with the Some Voices Choir providing a soundtrack of All Fired Up by The Saturdays as Mollie took to the saddle and began the first leg of her five day journey.

Day one of Mollie King’s Pedal Power for Red Nose Day on Radio 1 will take Mollie to Towcester. The 100km distance will put Mollie on the road where she will pass through: Marylebone, Watford, Kilburn, Burnt Oak, Kings Langley, Hemel Hempstead, Dagnall, Edlesborough Village, Great Billington, Leighton Buzzard, Great Bricknal, Fenny Stratford, Milton Keynes and Old Stratford ahead of finishing in the market town of Towcester this evening. 

Mollie said: “Today I start my weeklong journey cycling from London to Hull, via Manchester - we wanted to throw in some extra miles! It’s going to be an almighty challenge, six -weeks ago I had never cycled on a road and today is the day I make my way to Hull. I’ve been so nervous over the last few days, but I can’t wait to get going and I know that I have the Radio 1 listeners behind me as well as my amazing friends and family. Knowing that this journey will make such a difference to so many people will help keep me going to that finish line.

Speaking about why she has taken on the challenge, Mollie said: “I unexpectedly lost my dad, just over a year ago, he was unexpectedly diagnosed with a brain tumour and we lost him just three-months later. So, the reason for me doing this challenge is because I want to support people who are struggling, people who are hurting. Just anything at all, if I can possibly raise money then that is what I am doing this for."

Matt Edmondson, Radio 1 presenter and Mollie’s co-host says: “I’ll be travelling alongside Mollie, encouraging her when times get tough and providing all the latest updates from the road. This week, she’s going to be spreading her magnetic energy throughout the UK, in a way that only Mollie can do.

“She really wants to help people and her reason for this is so close to her heart. To set off on this challenge a year after losing her dad is extraordinary, she wants to raise money and will need our support and motivation to get her all the way to Hull."

Greg James, Radio 1 Breakfast host said: “Mollie will have a love affair with this bike, she’ll want to throw it into a ditch but will guard it with her life at the same time! It’s going to be a life changing experience in the most positive way. My main advice is to take it all in. There are so many people supporting Mollie and we’re all behind her on this epic adventure”.

On her journey, Mollie will pass through villages, towns and cities where Comic Relief funded projects are providing essential support to people who need it most. Mollie King’s Pedal Power for Red Nose Day on Radio 1 will be broadcast live on Radio 1, BBC Morning Live and BBC Sounds across the week, with video highlights on Radio 1’s social channels.

The money raised for Mollie King’s Pedal Power for Red Nose Day on Radio 1 could help break the cycle of poverty for people in UK and around the world. This includes support for children and young people who are experiencing neglect, abuse, stigma and physical and mental trauma.

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