Announcement: All entries from 2020 have been rolled over to 2021. A reconfirmation email of your place will be sent out in early 2021.
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.
The types of entry
- if we’ve emailed you offering a deferred entry
- for (people who withdrew from this year’s event and were replaced), volunteer entry (people who helped at this year’s event),
- or complimentary entry (people who raised over £500 for our charities in this year’s event).
You’ll also be able to enter the lottery either individually or as a group of up to 4 people. If you enter as a group then the group will get one ticket in the lottery and if that ticket is chosen then the whole group will get places in the event. This means that your group will either all get places or none get places in the event; this will suit you if you only want to ride the event if your friends can also ride (e.g. if you want to travel together to the event). Entry £70 per rider.
Overseas Rider Entry
There are some pre-entry places available for genuine riders living abroad please contact us in December for the email entry form to guarantee a place in the next event. Entry £70 per rider.
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.
This opens on 6th January until 17th Jan and is the main way to enter. This is so we can be as fair as possible to all riders and avoid an “internet race” to get places in the event. When the ballot opens you must register your interest via the link on the website. It doesn’t matter at what point you register, all entries are given the same chance. The ballot is drawn around the end of January and riders are notified by email. If you are unsuccessful in the ballot, you can put your name on a reserve list, which is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis if riders drop-out. Every year the event is oversubscribed. Entry £70 per rider.
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:-
Dates for your Diary
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 and Facebook in early January 2021
Advance Entry opens: N/A
Ballot Entry opens: N/A
Ballot for additional entries (TBC if available): Early January 2021
Rider list announced: Late January 2021
Fred Whitton Challenge Event: Sunday 5th May 2021
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.
If you want to guarantee your place in the event, rather than taking your chances in the lottery in January, then please first read the notes below.
These Advance Entry places are for riders who will guarantee to raise at least £250 for our registered charities (The North West Air Ambulance, The Great North Air Ambulance & The Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue) by paying it ‘up front’ with entry. A limited number of these Charity entry places will be available.
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). Unfortunately this is due to the ever rising costs of organizing this large event, road closures are not cheap to provide, neither is 2,500 meals, various marquees, printing, toilets, temporary roads, insurance, hire of Show Ground, and lot lots more.
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.
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.