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Age 16 & over
A new triathlon-style team challenge for 2024!
Get together with friends and/or workmates to Race the Sun in the stunning Lake District National Park next summer.
Race the Sun through the stunning Lake District by bike, canoe and on foot.
Summit one of Cumbria's most popular fells and stand atop the Old Man of Coniston for exhilarating panoramic views.
Ideal for pairs, couples and groups of friends, family and colleagues.
Equipment and guidance is included so you can focus on the task in hand.
Set an achievable goal for 2024 and stay motivated with your training.
Brought to you by one of the most experienced charity events teams ever.
Race for a reason and save the lives of sick babies and children.
Race the Sun serves up enough adventure to challenge those looking to lay down a fast time, as well as those who just want a fun, exhilarating day with friends and family.
It's achievable by people with a reasonable fitness level who are prepared to train beforehand. The more you train, the more you’ll enjoy it.
It’s a great incentive to get fit and work different muscles, knowing you’re raising funds for an excellent cause at the same time.
Gravel bike, hard-tail mountain bike or e-bike. Not road or hybrid bikes.
You will provide your own bike which should be in good working order. Getting your bike serviced before the event is recommended.
On-site bike mechanics will be available at registration on Friday evening, and throughout the event to help with mechanical issues encountered on the event.
In the interests of fairness using an e-bike means the entire team will not be eligible for any of the ‘fastest team’ award categories.
Please ensure to carry spare batteries, or other spares specific to e-bikes, as these may not be available from the bike mechanics.
You will wake early for a pre-challenge breakfast before teams begin this exciting adventure with the off-road riding section.
The 28-mile gravel and mountain route starts in Coniston and heads into the stunning Tilberthwaite Valley to Stang End.
After a feed station on the shores of Windemere, the route follows the flat cycle path along the west side of England’s largest lake before you take on Hawkshead Hill, a big climb but well worth the effort for the fantastic off-road descent through the woods back to Coniston.
Next up is the steep, thigh-bursting trek to the summit of the Old Man of Coniston, a classic Lake District mountain looming over the surrounding countryside.
At 803m it might not be the highest peak in the National Park, but you will ascend this height in under 2.5 miles of walking, so it’s a seriously steep test of your endurance!
From the summit you will have spectacular views over the lake to Grizedale Forest and beyond.
The final section puts your teamwork to the test on as you take to the water on one of the Lake District’s beautiful lakes.
Using canoes or kayaks, you will navigate around a 2-mile course on the water. All safety and canoe or kayak equipment is provided for you and you will be fully supported throughout by trained instructors, so no experience is needed.
Upon completing the water section, it is a short walk back to the finish line to celebrate your achievements with your medal, a drink on us, and a well-deserved bite to eat!
The training and fundraising are part of the challenge!
Race the Sun is organised by children’s charity, Action Medical Research.
By taking part, not only will you have a great time with first-class support throughout the day, but you’ll also be helping to raise vital funds to help sick and disabled babies and children.
Jack was born extremely prematurely at 25 weeks, weighing just 1lb 15oz.
He needed oxygen, help with his breathing and feeding tubes to survive. He suffered a collapsed lung and brain bleeds and contracted the potentially deadly bowel infection necrotising enterocolitis. Jack went on to endure many more serious health problems and spent four and a half months in hospital fighting to survive before he was finally allowed home. Jack's mum is so grateful for the work that Action does:
It is so important that studies like those funded by Action Medical Research are done. Without research, we wouldn’t have medical advances, and Jack probably wouldn’t be here.
Pairs entry fee
Team entry fee
I can highly recommend getting involved with an Action event, not only for participation in a personally challenging event, but also to support a very deserved charity. I will definitely participate again in the future!
We had a fantastic weekend, and loved the novelty of doing 3 different disciplines. What took the event from being really good to being really special was the atmosphere created by the Action staff and the other participants who were all incredible!
From the quality of the course to the incredible volunteers and ambassadors for this great cause. The help, support and on the day encouragement was superb. Here’s to September 2023 when we’ll be taking part in the Keswick event.