All riders entered into the May 2021 event have been automatically moved onto the September 2021 date (Sunday 19th). If you do not have an place for the September 2021 event, the only way to guarantee your place is via our special charity entries, for entry and more information see below.

Limited number of special charity entries available

Fred Whitton Entry 2020
Fred Whitton Challenge Entry

The current rider list for the September 2021 event

Special Advance Charity Entry
  • These places are for riders who will guarantee to raise at least £250 for one of the following three registered charities we support:
    • The North West Air Ambulance
    • The Great North Air Ambulance
    • The Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue
    Please Note ; these places are not available for Macmillan Cancer Support.  

  • The cost of charity entry is the £250 sponsorship paid with entry, which will all go to our charities, plus the event entry fee of £70. (There will also be a small fixed payment transaction charge that the banks take.
  • If you raise your sponsorship using the online Just Giving or similar website, which sends your sponsorship directly to these organisations (click the name to go to their donation site):
  • Later, if requested, we can return your original £250 sponsorship that you paid with entry, once the amount you have raised online has reached this amount.

    Please Note : These charity entries are not available for Macmillan Cancer Support, Macmillan is the main charity of The Fred Whitton Challenge and is generously supported by the event itself.

Words from the wise…

The 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


If you intend to start between 06:00 – 07:00 lights are MANDATORY and no one without lights, in this time period, will be allowed to start. (Sunrise 06:52 , Sunset 19:18)


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.

Dates for your Diary

All riders entered into the May 2021 event have been automatically moved onto the September 2021 date (Sunday 19th). There may been some extra places available for the September 2021 event, if there is, we will announce this in summer. 

Sunday 19th September 2021
Fred Whitton Challenge Event

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.