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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.
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The excitement begins on the Friday evening before you race the sun on Saturday. Teams meet at the Newton Rigg College in Penrith, Cumbria, for registration, which opens at 6pm. You’ll then have a compulsory briefing at 7pm, where the challenge is explained in full and you have the chance to ask any questions you may have. Then it’s to bed for a good rest before your early start tomorrow!
The challenge is on for your team to cycle, trek and canoe against time, racing the sun (and other teams) and aiming to finish by sunset. Starting bright and early, you mount your saddles and set off in waves from Newton Rigg College, to greet the day with an approx. 23-mile cycle on the quaint country roads of this idyllic National Park. This first leg of cycling takes you right to the foot of the lush Mount Helvellyn, where our support team – aka. the Dream Team – collect your bikes and cycling gear and set you on your way to the summit. On every step of your trek, you’ll enjoy the breath-taking panoramas the Lake District is renowned for. The natural beauty that surrounds you more than makes up for your aching limbs and you wait till you get to the top. What a view – and a perfect opportunity for a team selfie! Then it’s back down you go to meet your bikes at the bottom. Just two pedals and a paddle left now! Hopping back on the saddle, you’ll ride for approx. 3 miles to the shores of the wonderful Lake Thirlmere where your boats and our qualified canoe guides await. Now it’s time for some arm work! Don’t worry – no previous canoeing experience is necessary and we provide all canoeing equipment. After a quick briefing, you and your team will climb aboard two person sit-on canoes and conquer a course marked by buoys on the stunning lake. Once you’re back on dry land, your back on your bikes once again for a last approx. 24 mile stretch to the finish line back at Newton Rigg College. There, you’ll collect your official Race the Sun Lake District medals and enjoy a well-deserved rest.
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.