A cycling charity challenge has raised £1 million for Macmillan Cancer Support as of its 20th birthday.

The competition is a tribute to Fred Whitton, a popular member of the community who passed away in 1998.

Lakes Road Club take part in the challenge which is considered to be a big test even for experienced riders. The challenge is widely believed to be the hardest one day cycling challenge available in the UK.

And the membership has grown since it started, from 70 riders taking part in the first, raising £1000 to 2,650 riders at present.

Recently, the ride has donated over £100,000 a year to its main charity, Macmillan.

However, the Fred Whitton Challenge has also given financial backing to Cumbrian's two air ambulances, youth cycling projects and the Mountain Rescue.

The popular event started in Coniston for 15 years but has since moved to Grasmere Sports Ground. Cyclists travel from all around to take part in the endurance challenge. Over the years the Fred Whitton Challenge has seen riders from Russia, Holland, Australia, France and Switzerland.

Although there is not enough places to accommodate them, over 5000 riders apply each year. Such is the draw of the prestigious Cumbrian event.