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2014 Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge Raises Record Amount

by Nick Gregory

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The Fred Whitton challenge presentation evening took place on Thursday 19 June with riders departing Broughton-in-Furness square at 6:30pm for a ride around Coniston lake before finishing at the Prince of Wales, Foxfield, to meet family, friends & supporters for refreshments and a general reflection on another successful event. 

The event raises money for various charities, including the Cumbria Macmillan Cancer Support, and this year alone has brought in a staggering £200,000. One of the biggest cheques presented on the night went to Macmillan Cancer Support who received £125,000. 

Sue McDonald, Macmillan fund-raising manager - Cumbria said: "The total raised from the Fred Whitton challenge this year is simply unbelievable! Macmillan Cancer support is very proud to be associated with the Fred. We are so grateful to the Lakes Road club and friends for the hard work they have put in over the past 15 years, under the leadership of Paul Loftus - they have all given so much of their own time to grow this fantastic event to what it is today. This is very much appreciated, both by Macmillan and the local people affected by cancer. There simply aren't words to express our gratitude." 

Other local charities to benefit were the Duddon & Furness Mountain Rescue team (£20,000), The North West Air ambulance (£15,000) and the Great North Air ambulance (£15,000.) 

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Organiser, Paul Loftus said: "It's a tremendous achievement and we're moving steadily closer to raising our target of £1 Million; after the fantastic response we have had this year we are sure we can achieve this in 2015. What started off as a memorial event for one of our well respected club members has now become an major international event." 

2014 was different from all previous 'Freds' as the event moved from Coniston to Grasmere in order to accommodate more riders and provide a larger facility to run the event. This has proved a big success and the date has already be set for May 10th 2015. 

The event is held in memory of the late Fred Whitton of the Lakes Road Club, who died of cancer at the age of 50. The annual Lake District event was first held in 1999. This year's edition attracted more than 2,000 riders to the start line.  

More details about the event can be found at: www.fredwhittonchallenge.org.uk.





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