The Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge is a gruelling 112 mile sportive challenge ride for charity
around the Lake District, run in memory of Fred Whitton
. From 2014 it starts & finishes in Grasmere, and the route
includes the climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes.
Until his untimely death at the age of 50 in 1998, Fred Whitton was an extremely popular member of the Lakes Road Club. In his capacity as club secretary he was full of enthusiasm for the club and ran it practically single handedly. He was the organiser of the Lakes Road Club Easter 3-day each year which attracted many of the UK’s top riders