The Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge is currently full due to all entries being rolled over from 2020 to 2021 due to COVID-19.

All rolled on entries will need to be reconfirmed before 20th December 2020, an email will be sent to the email address you registered your original entry with. ** PLEASE CHECK YOUR JUNK FOLDER **

2021 Entry Info

All 2020 riders have been sent an email on 5th November which includes a bespoke link. Please use this link to reconfirm your place for the 2021 event, check all your personal details and make amends if any of your personal details have changed. You have until Sunday 20th December to reconfirm your place, after this, we will assume you cannot ride in 2021.

2020 Deferred Place
You won’t have received an email to sign up quite yet, but that’s ok you definitely have a place in the 2021 Fred Whitton Challenge. You will receive your link on or around the 20th December via email. 

2020 Reserve List 
Once all our 2020 riders have confirmed their places and we have signed up the 2020 deferrals, we will open up the remaining places to the 2020 reserve list. We cannot guarantee you a place at this stage, however, we hope to get as many of you riding as possible!

If you have any questions in regard to this process, in the first instance please refer to the FAQ’s (link included on your email). If that doesn’t help you or you have not received your email (check your junk folders) please email info@fredwhittonchallenge.co.uk.


When all riders have reconfirmed their entries we will release an updated rider list for the 2021 event on or before 20th January

Words from the wise…

The Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge is a tough day in the saddle across remote and mountainous terrain. Before entering for the first time, we always recommend you get experience in a 100 mile sportive and/or a hilly sportive with over 2800m of elevation gain to get a feel for the distance and climbing expected on the day.


Fund Raising

Please help our event charities by getting sponsorship for your ride. Our main event charity is Macmillan Cancer Support and most rider sponsorship money from the event goes to this well-known national charity. But we also support three smaller more local registered charities – the North West Air Ambulance, the Great North Air Ambulance and the Duddon & Furness Mountain Rescue Team. All three are an important part of the emergency services in Cumbria and the Lake District and they have helped us from the start of our event and we have supported them in their fund-raising over the years.

You can use a paper sponsorship form to raise sponsorship for Macmillan Cancer Support, by downloading and printing this Sponsorship Form. Alternatively you can use an on-line sponsorship system by setting up your own personal fundraising webpage for any of these four charities – the following links make this easy to do:-

Grasmere showground

Dates for your Diary

The next Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge will take place on the 9th May 2021. Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Fred Whitton Challenge, places for the 2021 event have already been allocated (rolled on from 2020). There may be a small number of places available for 2021 if people drop out. If this is the case we will announce these places on the website on the 5th January 2021.
All rolled on entries will need to be reconfirmed between 5th November and 20th December 2020, an email will be sent to the email address you registered your original entry with. ** PLEASE CHECK YOUR JUNK FOLDER **

5th Nov – 20th Dec 20
Riders reconfirm registrations. An email will be sent to the email address you registered your original entry with. ** PLEASE CHECK YOUR JUNK FOLDER **

20th Dec – 5th Jan 21
Any drops outs from the 2020 event will be filled by 2020 reserve list and deferrals

5th Jan – 15th Jan 2021
Any extra places will be made available via special charity entries and a ballot (we can not guarantee there will be any places available, this all depends on peoples reconfirmation responses

20th Jan 21
Announcement of extra places

Sunday 9th May 2021
Fred Whitton Challenge Event


Please make sure you have read the all the FWC T&Cs, and please note anyone with multiple entries will be excluded from the draw.
Best of luck to everybody entering the draw.

Frequently Asked Entry Questions

  • How old do I have to be to enter?

Sixteen years old

  • Can I enter on the weekend of the event?

No, you must enter in advance. Entry normally happens in December & January – for details see our website in the December prior to the event. Some cancellation places are usually available later, typically in April, but these are first offered to people who didn’t get a place in the event and asked to be put on our reserve list.

  • If I have to cancel will I get my registration fee back?

If your entry is successful and you later cancel, then after a small administration cost all of the rest of your fees will go to the event charities. However if you can’t ride the event and let us know and cancel your place in time for us to find a replacement rider (who pay their own entry fee), then we will save you a place in next year’s event (entry fee payable again next year if you take up that place). Note that we might not have time to do a replacement unless you cancel at least three weeks before the event.
See our event terms & conditions for more information.

  • If I raise more than £500 do I get a free entry the following year?

Only if the money raised is for one of our own special charities.

  • Do all riders have to wear a helmet?

Yes, Helmets are compulsory and to be worn at all times, this will be strictly enforced.

  • Can we ride as a team?

Yes, up to 4 riders can enter on one entry form

  • Do we / I have to be in a Cycling Club to enter?

No, Cycling Club membership isn’t a pre-requisite for entry.

Want to get involved?

It takes over 350 registered volunteers to keep the Fred Whitton Challenge going. If you’d like to help out at the event jobs for volunteers vary depending on location, time of day and skills. Please register your interest before the event. All volunteers are guaranteed a place on the following years' ride.

Or you can donate to any of our chosen charities. All donations are well received and go to helping fund these fantastic services in the community.