Leaden Boot Challenge



9th Leaden Boot Challenge: Sunday 19 May 2019

Update 10 May 2019

Here are the Final Instructions 2019

Update 1 May 2019

Eighteen days to go and here are the route instructions for 2019.  Those of you who have done the route before will note that there are changes in the Ecton Hill area in the lead up to Checkpoint 5.  The route will be clearly marked with yellow arrows and ribbon as usual but you should be aware that there is now a steep descent to Checkpoint 5 at Ecton and we would ask you to take extra care in this area.

Route Instructions v14

Conditions here are looking good despite the recent rain and we hope you are feeling optimistic.  Don’t forget to join our new Vicar in the Old School Garden adjacent to the Village Hall at 8.30 am before you set off for the blessing of the boots.

Please check this space before you leave home in case of any last-minute alterations.

Update 30 January 2019

Today Alstonefield is looking like a winter wonderland with a light covering of crisp fresh snow.

Thank you to all those who have sent in their entry forms.  As predicted, the event is now fully booked.  As usual, we shall keep a waiting list and all those on it can expect to be allocated places.  When the waiting list is full the booking forms will no longer be available on this website.

This year we are trying to become more environmentally aware and, in common with many other events, we would like you to provide your own drinking receptacles which can be refilled at checkpoints.  We shall of course make cups available for those who need them but we shall not be purchasing any more plastic cups.

Final route instructions should be available here from Monday 6 May.

Happy training!

13 November 2018

We are delighted that so many of you have already returned your booking forms for the 2019 challenge.  130 of the 300 available places are now taken so, to avoid disappointment, please don’t leave it too long before you send in your form.

Update 29 September 2018

Here are the entry forms for 2019.  We look forward to receiving your entries and would also be interested to know if any of you amazing people have completed all eight previous challenges?!?

For further information, please contact the organisers at admin@leadenboot.org.uk .

Entry fee includes snacks and beverages at six check points and a hot pie supper at the finish. Certificates and badges will be awarded to those who complete the challenge. A barbecue breakfast will be available at the start.

We shall expect to be fully booked by January 2019.  Entries will only be confirmed when payment has been received.

Please note the lower age limits presented in Item 5 of the Ts&Cs on the Booking Form.  These have been introduced to comply with LDWA, UKA and HSE guidelines.

If you have any questions/comments please do not hesitate to contact Carrie Ross, Leaden Boot Secretary, at carrie@brianandcarrie.co.uk.

Update 6 September 2018

Greetings from Alstonefield where we are enjoying the wild produce of autumn – blackberries from the hedges and mushrooms from the fields.We would like to think that all potential LB challengers have had a good summer and are feeling fit and raring to go.  We are hoping many of those who have previously taken part will return but we also look forward to welcoming newcomers.The challenge is to walk or run 26.2 miles in 12 hours over a stunning high level route in the Peak District which includes over 5800ft of ascent and descent.  The challenge starts and finishes at Alstonefield Village Hall.

So, why the Leaden Boot Challenge?

Lead stolen from the church roof of St Peters, Alstonefield in 2010 prompted numerous fund raising activities within the Parish to raise £10,000 needed to re-lead the roof and to introduce a security system.  One of the many fund raising schemes was the development of a challenge event centred around the Parish.  A small team of local walkers sought to create an event that was both challenging and fun!

The result is the Leaden Boot Challenge, a 26.2 mile walk/run that entails 5800 feet of ascent, and descent, starting and finishing in the White Peak village of Alstonefield. Start at the Memorial Hall in the centre of Alstonefield at 09:00 and finish no later than 21:00 (12 hours maximum). Hot breakfast rolls are on sale at the start to help you on your way. There are six manned checkpoints (plus two unmanned checkpoints), spaced approx 4 mile apart. Each manned checkpoint has water, squash, snacks, first aid facilities and radio-communication, provided by RAYNET, between checkpoints and the Memorial Hall for additional support as required. Locally made pie and cakes are provided for all participants at the finish (included in entry fee). Certificates and cloth badges will also be given at the finish for those who successfully complete the challenge.  Although principally a challenge walk (following LDWA guidelines), the event is open both to walkers and to runners.  The shortest time to complete the LBC is 4 hours 22 minutes set by Damian Thacker in 2013.Following the success of the various appeals to reach the initial goal of £10,000 by August 2010, the Leaden Boot Challenge has moved on and now supports local good causes.  To-date, the event has raised over £25,000 for a variety of local causes.

The elliptical route minimises the use of the more popular trails and other challenge routes around the Staffordshire Moorlands and Derbyshire Dales. Starting from Alstonefield, the route goes through Milldale, over Baley Hill, into Nabs Dale, across the Dove at Ilam Rock, climb to Aires Cottage, then descend Bunster Hill, past Ilam Hall, through Musden Woods and up to Slade House Farm, then past Throwley Hall, through Grindon, across the Manifold at Wetton Mill, over Ecton Hill, Hulme End, Sheen, around Sheen Hill, across the River Dove at Pilsbury, Hartington, Beresford Dale, Narrow Dale and back to Alstonefield.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Leaden Boot Challenge 2018


Leaden Boot Challenge 2017

Click here for a List of finishers 2017

Click here for photos of the day 2017



If you require overnight accommodation, there are several B&B’s, youth hostels and camping barns in the area. Click on the Accommodation links to the right, under Visitors.


click here for Gallery of Photographs “a stroll around the route”


6th Leaden Boot Challenge : 22nd May 2016

Another wonderful event, with almost perfect weather.   Despite the mud and slippery conditions at some locations, all those that we spoke with thoroughly enjoyed the day from every aspect.  

Thank you all for joining us, and a huge THANK YOU to around 50 volunteers who make the so day special, RAYNET emergency communication team and the Salop Medical Support team.

This year, we gave almost £4,700 to local good causes: £1,320 to Alstonefield Village Hall, £1,800 to St Peters Church, £882 to Wetton Village Hall, £498 to Alstonefield Local History Group and £196.47 to Alstonefield Village Emergency Telephone System.

Please click here to view a list of times:  2016 LBC times

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of the 2016 Leadenboot Challenge:-

  • National Trust, Ilam
  • White Peak Farm Butchery, Tissington 
  • Hartdale Motors, Hartington
  • Slade House Farm, Carlton
  • Hartington Village Farm Shop and Tearooms
  • Marks & Spencer, Ashbourne
  • Failure Characterisation Consultancy, Milldale


2015 Leaden Boot Challenge:  An outstanding success!


This year the weather was kind, enabling more entrants to finish and most to better their previous years’ times. The fastest was Andrew Hunter in a time of 4 hrs 25mins. Nick Pope of Butterton was first local home in 5 hrs 3 mins, but special mention goes to Peter Linley of Astonefield, just 15, who finished in 5 hrs 8 mins, raising nearly £700 for Cancer Research. First local lady home was Charlie Mollatt, also of Butterton in 6 hrs 54 mins.

But it needed 50 villagers from Alstonefield and surrounding villages to help make it such a success. So, whoever you are, and whatever you did to help so many people do so well, the Leaden Boot Committee would like to extend a massive THANK YOU!   It is directly due to you and your help, that we received such positive feedback: “we were made to feel safe and valued,'” and “brilliant, friendly, well organised”. And as to the food: “outstanding pies and cakes”

Thanks also go to the farmers, land-owners and National Trust who helped ensure that it is indeed  “a great event with stunning scenery”. And we can all agree with one runner who commented “It seemed like all of Alstonefield and beyond had come together to make it a really special event. Please keep it going for the future.”

And the best news of all?   This year, we gave over £4,700, to Alstonefield Village Hall, St Peter’s Church, Wetton Village Hall, Alstonefield Cricket Club, Wetton & Alstonefield Community First Responders and Alstonefield & District Friendship Club. Cheques will be handed out by the Chair, Noel Peat at the Wakes Service.

With grateful thanks to our sponsors:


2015 Leaden Boot Challenge Results click here: 2015 LBC Results

Images from the 2015 Challenge can be viewed by clicking here

E-mail for queries: admin@leadenboot.org.uk



 2014 Results List  CLICK HERE….. LBC 2014 result

To view the 2014 LBC picture gallery click on the image below

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Leaden Boot Challenge 2016

Leaden Boot Challenge 2015

Leaden Boot Challenge 2014

Leaden Boot Challenge 2013

Leaden Boot Challenge 2012

Leaden Boot Challenge 2011

“Bless My Sole”

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