Presentations – Tues 7/7 • Prince of Wales • Foxfield
2016 event is Sunday 8th May, Sunshine booked with light winds.
We would like you to join us to celebrate reaching our target of One Million Pounds that the event has raised over the years for our special charities, it is with your effort that we can achieve our target for our presentation night Tuesday July 7th, at the now world famous Prince of Wales pub in Foxfield.
Linda and Stewart at the Prince will organise the food and beer – we will organise the ride … 30 miles around Coniston Lake. Starting at 6.30pm from the Square, Broughton-in-Furness. Don’t be shy, everyone is welcome – let’s make it the best night of the year.
Thank you for helping us to make 2015 the safest ride yet
Managing an event with 2,000 riders in the remotest parts of Cumbria is no simple task and it involves so many volunteers who come together to create what we think is the best UK cycle sportive. If you agree, please vote for us here on cyclosport.
To view your event photos by award-winning photographer Steve Fleming Click Here
See The Fred on TV
The Radio 5 programme BeSpoke did a feature on the Fred Whitton Challenge. OJ Borg discovers exactly why the Fred Whitton Challenge is known as the toughest sportive in the UK. (The programme lasts 15 mins – the Fred is featured from around 2 mins in)
Round of Applause
Thanks so much to everyone who helped to make The Fred Whitton Challenge 2015 a brilliant event. It is perhaps the busiest weekend of the year for sporting events in the Lake District and safety is paramount, this turned out to be the safest event to date. We are always grateful to the various rescue services who do a sterling job, but even happier when we don’t need to call them out.
- Thanks to the marshals who stood in the rain for hours, cheering the cyclists on and boosting their morale. We have received countless email and Facebook messages telling us just how much your efforts are appreciated and how important you are to the cyclists. One person who marshalled last year and rode the Fred this year said that the marshalling was much more difficult. BIG THANKS!
- Thanks to all our bell ringers, big and small who stood at Whinlatter or at the finishing line. You helped to create a wonderful atmosphere!
- Thanks to Grasmere school for providing the supporters and riders with really yummy snacks to keep them going as they waited for the riders to get back home. And for helping us have internet access during the event weekend.
- Thanks to Results Base who managed, despite the dodgy mobile 3G service in Grasmere, to capture all the results.
- Thanks to all of the emergency services who stood by waiting and ready.
- Thanks to RAYNET who helped to set up radio reception points in remote places.
- Thanks to all the people who served refreshments in the refuelling points around the course. So many of the riders commented on how much this kept them going at crucial points on the ride.
- Thanks to all the people who helped to set up and take down the site at Grasmere, this on a flooded field Monday morning!
- Thanks to Steve Fleming for your amazing photographs.
- Thanks to our ‘Good Samaritan’ who found a rider’s bike that had fallen from a roof rack and contacted us with his Fred Whitton number. Bike now intact and saftly returned to owner.
- Thanks to the support team who looked after all the 200 plus volunteers, not an easy job to juggle all that!
- Thanks to the riders who put in countless hours of training and help us to raise thousands of pounds for Fred’s chosen charity. Remember, if you have raised over £500 for MacMillan, this guarantees you an FREE entry next year. Please make sure that your MacMillan page includes Fred Whitton Challenge 2015 in the title.
- Thanks to Fred for inspiring so many to take up the challenge of riding the Cumbrian hills.
See you all next year! Paul.
The Fred Whitton Challenge is one of the most popular sportives in the UK and is also famed as being particularly difficult. Riders rank it alongside European events such as the Marmotte in terms of difficulty.
The Fred Whitton Challenge consists of a 112 mile sportive around the Lake District, starting at Grasmere and taking in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes.
As the name suggests, it is run in honour of Fred Whitton. Fred, who died aged just 50 in 1998, was an extremely popular member of the Lakes Road Club.
The very top riders complete the route in just under six hours but eleven hours and over are not uncommon for the average Sportive rider. This is a very tough route and going on rider feedback the hardest one day ride in the UK, the event includes all the Lakeland passes, one with a 30% gradient and this comes at 98 miles.
The Fred Whitton Film
An insight into the organising challenge behind the Fred Whitton Challenge
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The official Fred Whitton Challenge Photographer, Steve Fleming, recently won the Sports category in the Event Photography awards 2015 and came third overall across all the categories. Steve’s images have really captured the atmosphere of the Fred Whitton event in recent years so it’s a well deserved accolade! The winning…
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We are pleased to announce the final total of sponsorship raised on this year’s ride is a staggering £214,000. (from both the riders and the surplus on the event). We have now managed to increase our funding to our main charity Macmillan Cancer Support to £140,000, and donations to Air Ambulance of £30,000 and…
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Paul Loftus, is the 2014 recipient of Cumbria Tourism’s Bernard Gooch Tourism Personality of the Year Award on behalf of The Fred Whitton Challenge Paul was presented with the accolade at Cumbria Tourism’s Annual General Meeting, held at the North Lakes Hotel, Penrith, at the end of June. Each year…