Thanks a Million
With your help we have reached our One Million Pound target
It has taken us 16 years but we have now achieved something beyond our wildest dreams. This has been made possible through the sponsorship support we have received from you either donating or taking part. We cannot thank everyone that has been part of the event over the years, the riders and sponsors, enough for your fantastic efforts to raise money,and give support to the event.
With the continuing support from Saddleback our main sponsor, we intend to keep the Fred Whitton Challenge Great Britain’s best One Day Cycle Event.
This year again we will be donating over £110,000 to our main charity Macmillan Cancer Support, £30,000 to the Air ambulance, and £20,000 to The Mountain Rescue. These amounts will likely increase and we will keep you all up to date with donations.
We now need over 200 volunteers in total to run the event, all our helpers are voluntary and put in a tremendous amount of work not only on the day, but before and after to make the ride possible.
This year after 16 years, I am stepping down from organising the ride and handing over to Stuart Emms. Stuart has been involved with the Fred Whitton Challenge from the start both as a rider or helper, and I am sure he will keep the special atmosphere of the event alive. Stuart will be introducing himself to you over the coming weeks, and I would like to wish him success in the years to come him, on his way to the next Million
All the best and thanks again, its been a pleasure.
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.
Alistair’s grand day out!
A short film about the Fred Whitton Challenge – the iconic, 112-mile cycle challenge over all the major passes of the Lake District National Park. “It’s beautiful, difficult, simple, but not easy”… by Alastair Humphreys. He has not ridden the event, and it’s not exactly factual but it is quite a good take on the ride.
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…