Our annual Fred Whitton Challenge each May is so popular that we simply
can't accommodate everyone who wants to ride, and sadly have to limit
the numbers. But of course the route is on public roads and is available
to ride at any time. So we've teamed up with
GoLakes and the
Lake District National Park
to launch a timed self-led challenge ride, called the
Four Seasons Fred Whitton,
that you can do at any time of the year, when it suits you, with friends or
clubmates for example. This is one of many activities
that make the Lake District into the UK's
One of our timing cards|
(actual size is smaller)
You can register to take part at any time of year. You'll be loaned one of our timing cards, which you can then use to self-time your ride, using SPORTident electronic boxes that are at the start and finish in Coniston and at various checkpoints around the route. You MUST then return our timing card, so that other riders can use it.
You need to register and get a timing card in advance, and then you can do your ride when it suits you. All the timing boxes are on outside walls, so the buildings don't have to be open for you to do your ride. And after checking in at the finish box in Coniston you then hand in the timing card at the counter, in the store that kindly hosts the start and finish boxes, and your ride time will then be uploaded to the Four Seasons results page. (If the store is closed you must post it back to us, but it's open for long hours every day.)
You can also download a personalised Four Seasons Fred Whitton Challenge certificate,
which you can print and keep as a memento of your ride. To get your certificate,
go to the
Four Seasons results page
and click on the printer icon at the left hand side of the row containing your results.
You don't have to do the challenge non-stop. You can have a break at any of the
checkpoints (one's at a pub, another's at a garage shop), by checking in and then later checking
in again at the same box - the time in between won't count to your total ride time.
This enables you to take the challenge in chunks, or take more than one day if you like.
The ride times are recorded and uploaded to the web for interest - it's not a race,
it's a challenge just to complete course, so riders of various abilities can have a go at it.
It's Only £4 But Please Raise Money For Charity
Cumbria Tourism kindly funded the set-up costs of the Four Seasons, but we have to cover the equipment maintenance and admin costs. So we charge £4 per rider to cover these costs and the post and packing costs to send the Four Seasons
timing card to you.
But as with our annual Fred Whitton Challenge event in May, one of the main aims is to raise money for charity. So if you do the Four Seasons Fred Whitton then please try to sponsor yourself and get further sponsorship from friends and family, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
The route for the Four Seasons Fred Whitton is the same as the route for our annual
Fred Whitton Challenge event in May - see our route page for details -
but there are differences in the checkpoints, and of course no feed stations are provided.
Click Here for full details of
the Four Seasons Fred Whitton and how to register.