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Race the Sun Lake District

Challenge level: 2 out of 5

When can I go?

1 September 2018 On Sale
Duration 1 day

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info £195
Remaining amount
Total commitment Info

Race the Sun Lake District

Race the Sun is a hugely popular team challenge set in the stunning Lake District. Teams of four are challenged to cycle 50 miles, climb Helvellyn and canoe Lake Thirlmere.

This is the fifteenth year of this exciting triathlon-style adventure challenge. We set off cycling at sunrise into this stunning landscape and your sense of awe is only going up as we then begin our summit of Helvellyn with a vertical height gain of over 2,500ft. As you climb, you begin to feel the challenge's rewards with spectacular views of hills rolling over the horizon and the mountain lakes below. But what goes up must come back down - the descent gives you a well-earned breather before we jump back on our bikes and set off for the shores of Lake Thirlmere to tackle a 3km canoe course. The home straight is a cycling section to the finish line at Penrith, but can you race the sun and get there before the sun sets?

All funds raised by the challenge will support the work of children's charity Action Medical Research, offering hope to the many thousands of families across the UK who are dealing with the trauma of a baby born too early, striving to support a child affected by disability, or facing the challenge of caring for a child with a rare and devastating disease for which there is no cure.

Your itinerary

31st Aug | Evening Briefing
Compulsory Evening Briefing

Registration and event briefing. Our event begins with registration on Friday afternoon from 6pm, followed by a compulsory safety and event briefing at 8pm, where the challenge will be explained in full, and you have the chance to ask questions and meet other teams.

Challenge Day
Ready, Set, Race!

From the start point in Penrith, Cumbria there will be a staggered start at one-minute intervals for the first leg of the cycle route, which is approximately 23 miles. This section is all on road. The way-marked and marshalled route will take you to the foot of Helvellyn where you will leave your bikes with our support team and head off on foot to the summit – a vertical height gain of over 2,500ft from the start point. Then it is back down to the start point to retrieve bikes and set off for the shores of Lake Thirlmere some 2 miles away to tackle a 3km course. Two person sit on canoes and buoyancy aids are provided. Once the canoe section has been accomplished it is back on your bikes for a final dash back to Penrith. This cycling section is all on road and approximately 24 miles to the finish line!

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Funding options


The more money raised by participants on the challenge the higher the percentage of funds that directly support the work of Action Medical Research.


Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee per team of four (not per person) when you sign up for the challenge.
  • Raise a minimum amount (per team) for Action Medical Research
  • In order to be confirmed on the challenge your team must have a third of the funds in by 20 July 2018.
  • The remaining money should be paid in by 1 October 2018.
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Race the Sun Lake District

We provide full event support, including fundraising advice and sponsor forms, route cards and equipment lists. We also provide qualified event marshals, first aid support,
certificates, medals, trophies for winning teams, t-shirts and event refreshments.

Race the Sun Lake District is an exciting action event. It is achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness, who are prepared to put in plenty of training beforehand. The more you train, the more you will enjoy the challenge. It is a great incentive to train and get fit for, whilst at the same time knowing you are raising funds for an excellent cause.

This challenge is now all on road so a road bike is suitable.

Your equipment for climbing Helvellyn is transported to the mountain check in point so it is waiting for you when you finish the first cycle leg. It is then transported
back to the finish line once the final team leaves the mountain check in base.

You need to provide your own bikes and we would recommend a road bike or a hybrid bike as there is no longer any off road section on this challenge. Your bike must be well maintained and in good working order and a thorough service before the big day is recommended. You should carry a puncture repair kit and pump and you are advised to carry a spare inner tube as well. There will be a bike mechanic on hand to deal with any serious repairs.

Canoe experience is not necessary for this challenge. Your team of four will use two Canadian style canoes, which are tied together to form a raft. The canoes, paddles and buoyancy aids are provided.

It is essential that you come prepared with the correct equipment for the challenge. A cycling helmet is essential and we insist that you have walking boots or fell running shoes for the hiking element of the challenge. You must also have a map, compass and appropriate waterproof clothing.

Don't worry if you haven't confirmed your team of four people yet, you can register now to secure your place and then send us details of your other team members as soon as they are confirmed.

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