Challenge level: 3 out of 5
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Think you and your team have got what it takes to Race the Sun across the Lake District? Join us for this incredible an all-day team challenge to save the lives of sick children and babies.
Welcome to the sixteenth year of Race the Sun – Lake District, an incredibly popular team event that brings hundreds of people every year to one of the most beautiful parts of the UK to raise vital funds for the children’s charity, Action Medical Research.
We challenge you in teams of four to cycle 50 miles through stunning scenery, trek to the top of Helvellyn and canoe a course on the gorgeous Lake Thirlmere – all in one day! Working every muscle in your body has never been more fun or rewarding as you and your team conquer this three-activity challenge together, knowing all the while you’re raising funds for an invaluable cause.
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.
Pre-book your food for Race the Sun
Deadline to book: Tuesday 27 August 2019
Good news: your optional breakfast and post-challenge food menu for Saturday is ready!
If you'd like to enjoy breakfast on Saturday morning and/or a Hog Roast (with veggie options available) after the challenge, please check out the food menu and pre-order here.
Please note, it's important that you pre-order by Tuesday 27th August so that the Newton Rigg College know how many to cater for. You won't be able to buy the meal(s) on the day.
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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
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 trekking Helvellyn will be transported to the foot of the mountain so that it’s waiting for you when you finish the first cycle leg. Our Dream Team then transports it back to the finish line once the final team has left for their second leg of cycling after the trek. We recommend you remove all sweaty clothing and replace it with dry clothing before each section.
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 split into two boats and canoe in pairs. The canoes, paddles and buoyancy aids are provided and we also have qualified canoeing instructors to brief and help you out if needed.
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.