Cancelled – Pedal, Paddle, Peak

Event Date
26 September 2020
The Lake District
Registration fee
10% OFF (limited time only) - £175.50 per team
Minimum sponsorship
£2000 per team of 4

Due to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled. It will now take place on 2 July 2021. To talk about your place, please contact events@musculardystrophyuk.org.

Get a team of four friends or colleagues together and Pedal, Paddle, Peak in the beautiful Lake District in September! This popular challenge event is back in 2020 for the fifth year and entries are now open! Take on this challenge and help beat muscle-wasting conditions. 


What is Pedal, Paddle, Peak?

  • Pedal – starting in Penrith, your team of four will take on a 30mile cycle, split into two stages of about15 miles during the day. The route will take you on a scenic tour around Ullswater Lake, surrounded by The Lake District peaks. The course is a mixed bag, with some small hills and one large climb after you finish the paddle. We’ll provide mountain bikes and helmets. 
  • Paddle – give your legs a rest as you take on a 2mile canoe paddle on the stunning Ullswater Lake.  Your team will compete in two connected canoe boats creating a stable raft, keeping the team together. When you’re finished, you’ll all get back on your bikes for a steep pedal up to the base of the Mountain Peak Challenge. 
  • Peak – leave your bikes behind and get ready to climb the second highest peak in England, the magnificent Helvellyn Mountain. For the tough climb to the top you’ll go via the ‘white side’ and ‘lower man’ and return the same route. Once complete, it’s back on your bikes for the final 15mile pedal to finish in Penrith. 
  • Finish – celebrate your achievement with your team and others and enjoy your complimentary postevent celebration meal. After a well-deserved shower,  enjoy barbecue or an indoor catered buffet, and then wind down and reflect on your brilliant day. 

The event is a challenging and fun teambuilding event, where all team members complete all three challenges together. On average, the event takes eight to nine hours to complete and we strongly advise training for the event. The longest element of the event is the mountain climb, which will take about four hours. 


  • Friday 25 September – Event briefing – The day before the event, you will arrive for an evening briefing (approx 6pm) at our event base Newton Rigg College, Penrith. Here you will be given a full overview of the day ahead, a chance to answer questions and also get your bike sized up.
  • Saturday 26 September – After the event there will be a presentation ceremony and a celebratory dinner or barbecue with all other teams.

What is included?

  • All equipment hire – bikes, helmets, canoes and lifejackets. If you wish to use your own bike it will need to have a safety check at the event briefing to ensure it is fit for the event. 
  • Lunch, power snacks and drinks throughout the day and then an evening buffet. 
  • Transport of a luggage bag between each of the stages to carry any change of clothes/footwear. 
  • Qualified staff support along the route from our event delivery partners The Adventure Element 
  • First aid support (just in case!). 
  • A new trendsetting finisher T-shirt and medal. 
  • Showers at the finish venue. 

What’s not included?

  • Accommodation – options will be provided for you to choose from upon registration. Penrith is a wonderful town with an array of hotels and B&Bs to suit all budgets. Our event base, Newton Rigg College, is also an option. 
  • Dinner on Friday is not included; there are many options available in Penrith and surrounding towns. 
  • Travel to the Lake District from your home location. 

Team Jed took on Pedal, Paddle Peak in 2016

2016 was the inaugural Pedal, Paddle, Peak with over £27,000 raised for Muscular Dystrophy UK. The event was generously sponsored by leading interdisciplinary property consultancy, McBains Cooper, who raised funds for the Ullrich CMD Appeal with Muscular Dystrophy UK family fund Team Jed. Here’s what they had to say…

“We entered fivMichael Thirkettle and Ben Keene teams from McBains Cooper and the comradery before, during and after the event created a real buzz within our offices. The event is organised brilliantly with quality equipment, staffing and venues across the event. The BBQ at the end of the day was the icing on the cake, with a great medal and t-shirt to remember the whole experience for many years to come. The challenge itself is tough but do-able, perfect for a variety of abilities. My advice is to find three people and enter!”

Michael Thirkettle, McBains Cooper CEO and Captain of Team Jed.

If you have any questions or want to know more about the event please contact events@musculardystrophyuk.org or call 0207 803 4820


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