10th Leaden Boot Challenge: Sunday 17 May 2020
Update 1 November 2019
- In 2020 we plan to hold our TENTH Leaden Boot Challenge. If you are entering and have completed all nine previous challenges, please let us know by adding something suitable (this is my tenth!) on the entry form. You are an elite group and we want to be able to celebrate with you.
- If you have applied for a place you should assume that a place is reserved for you provided you have sent in an official entry form and bank transfer/cheque. Formal confirmation of your entry number will take place in early December.
- Keep on training…
Update 29 September 2019
Here at last are the single and group entry forms and Leaden Boot Admin are ready and eager to hear from you. Entries will go live on 1 October and the entry fee will be 25 pounds per person.
As you probably know, this is a charity event and we at Leaden Boot Admin are all volunteers. If you have any queries or problems we would very much appreciate it if you would read through the list of frequently asked questions below before contacting us individually. We are grateful for your help in this and look forward to seeing you all on 17 May
9th Leaden Boot Challenge: Sunday 19 May 2019
Update 25 May 2019
Congratulations to all those who took part in a very successful event. We are delighted to say that, out of 308 starters, 284 were able to complete the challenge – 26.2 hilly miles in under 12 hours. Incredible!
The weather helped, as did the dry conditions underfoot, and one of the entrants, Kurt Fitch, was home first in an amazing time of 4 hours 12 minutes, beating his own course record time by a full ten minutes. Several others completed their 9th Leaden Boot Challenge and we shall be especially pleased to see them back next year.
Thank you all for everything you did to make this an enjoyable day. It was wonderful for the checkpoint marshals to see all your smiling faces as you saw the refreshments on offer! We are proud to say we bought no more plastic cups this year and we are very grateful to those who brought their own drinking receptacles to be filled at checkpoints.
Many of you have submitted photos to our Facebook page and we have our own collection of photos of the day which we hope to show here very soon. Meanwhile, those of you who use Facebook might like to join our Leaden Boot group.
We are hoping many of those who have previously taken part will return next year on 18 May 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.
Click here for a list of 2019 finishers
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
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2014 Results List CLICK HERE….. LBC 2014 result
To view the 2014 LBC picture gallery click on the image below