Race the Sun | Lake District Coniston Off-Road
Sat 13 Jul 2024 Coniston, Cumbria, UK 50% off

Race the Sun | Lake District Coniston Off-Road

An incredible dawn-to-dusk triple challenge off-road through the Lake District for teams of 2 or 4 to bike, hike and paddle in a race against the setting sun.

  • Sat 13 Jul 2024
  • 50% off
Coniston, Coniston

Race the Sun | Lake District Coniston Off-Road

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Age 16 & over

  • 28 miles mountain biking
  • 2.5 miles hiking + 803 m ascent
  • 2 miles kayaking


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. 


  • Team triple challenge

    Race the Sun through the stunning Lake District by bike, canoe and on foot.

  • Conquer the Old Man

    Summit one of Cumbria's most popular fells and stand atop the Old Man of Coniston for exhilarating panoramic views.

  • Twos or fours

    Ideal for pairs, couples and groups of friends, family and colleagues.

  • Challenge leaders

    Equipment and guidance is included so you can focus on the task in hand.

  • Mental and physical health

    Set an achievable goal for 2024 and stay motivated with your training.

  • Top organisation

    Brought to you by one of the most experienced charity events teams ever.

  • Action Medical Research

    Race for a reason and save the lives of sick babies and children.

Event video

  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Teams

Who is it for?

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. 

teams of 4
Teams of 4

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.

Bike type

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.

  • Accommodation
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Camping
  • Mountains
  • Paid parking
  • Restaurant
  • Rural
  • Toilets

Event HQ


  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Marshals
  • Mountainous
  • Out and back
  • Undulating
  • Water stations

Stage 1 - Bike 28 miles

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.


Stage 2 - Hike 2.5 miles

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.


Stage 3 - Paddle

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!


  • Public transport links

  • Chip timing
  • GPS tracking
  • Medal
  • Post-race meal


what's included
  • Challenge leaders and marshals
  • Safety briefing
  • Way-marked route
  • Canoes/kayaks, paddles, buoyancy aids
  • Changeover stations with drinks and snacks
  • BBQ and celebratory drink at the finish
  • First aid support
  • Bike mechanics
  • Timing tracker
  • GPX route files
  • Inspirational fundraising support/materials
  • Finishers medal
  • Team awards

Not Included

  • Accommodation if required
  • Travel to and from the event
  • Personal clothing
  • Personal spending money
  • Insurance

  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising required
  • Fundraising support
  • Submit fundraising up to 1 month after event

Sponsorship target

The training and fundraising are part of the challenge!

  • Each challenger will pay the registration fee and commit to raising the sponsorship target
  • A team of 2 people would need to fundraise £950
  • A team of 4 people would need to fundraise £1,900
  • Your team can have a joint fundraising page so it's a team effort

Action Medical Research

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.

Race for children like Jack

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.

  • Age 16 & over
  • Entries open
  • Enter online
  • Fundraising required

Entry fees

Pairs entry fee


Minimum sponsorship


Team entry fee


Minimum sponsorship


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.