Leaden Boot Challenge 19th May 2024


Leaden Boot raises funds for local good causes. To date in excess of £55,000 has been donated to our local communities. Grants for amounts from £200 – £2000 are welcome until June 1st 2024

For an application form please email: leadenboot22@gmail.com or see download link below

Dogs no longer allowed in event

After careful consideration the Leaden Boot Committee has taken the decision not to allow participants to be accompanied by a dog(s) in 2024 and subsequent years. As previous entrants will know, the majority of the route is across open farmland and every year we have to get permission from many different landowners and tenants for the event to cross their land. Their main concern is of course the welfare of their livestock. Sheep will for the most part keep a wide berth of a dog on or off the lead but cattle, in particular young stock and cows with calves are curious and can be aggressive. As organisers our main concern is the welfare of our runners and walkers. Last year we received several phonecalls to HQ during the event from people who were unable to get to stiles and gates because they were blocked by cattle attracted by a dog. Some were quite panicked by the proximity and excitement level of the animals and had to wait for other small groups of walkers in order to continue en masse.

As a committee we feel we should take action before anything more serious occurs therefore we are saying NO to dogs from 2024. We are hopeful that you will understand and support this decision.

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Any queries please email: leadenboot22@gmail.com 


The Challenge raises funds and makes grants to support local causes and projects with over £52000 being donated over the last 13 years to our local communities. Applications for amounts between £200 – £2000 are welcome from April 2024.

To download the form, please click here

This year a magnificent £6600 has been donated to local good causes in need! Successful grant applications were received from:

Alstonefield Village Hall, Alstonefield St Peter’s Church, Grindon Village Hall, Hartington Village Hall, Ilam Parish Council, Wetton Parish Council, Wetton Village Hall

Once again the Leaden Boot Committee would like to extend our grateful thanks to all those fantastic volunteers and competitors who made this years event a success and helped us raise this money for our community. 

Next years event will be held on Sunday May 19th so please save the date!


Any queries about the event (including applying for a 2024 grant application form) should be emailed to: leadenboot22@gmail.com 


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


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 the£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 4800 feet of ascent, and descent, starting and finishing in the White Peak village of Alstonefield. Start is from the Village 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 mobile communications between checkpoints and the Memorial Hall for additional support as required. Walkers who retire will be transported back to the start.

Locally made hot food 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 to both walkers and runners.  The shortest time to complete the LBC is 4 hours 12 minutes set by Kurt Fitch in 2019, and he also was the first to complete the 2022 challenge with a time of 4 hours 22 minutes, (also taking the record as the first person to win the challenge twice). 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 £45,000 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.

Leaden Boot Website Links



Leaden Boot 2023

Leaden Boot 2022

Leaden Boot 2021 – Postponed due to COVID

Leaden Boot 2020  – Postponed due to COVID

Leaden Boot 2019

See report https://www.alstonefield.org/wp-content/uploads/Leaden-Boot-report-2019.docx

Click here for a list of 2019 finishers

Leaden Boot  2018

Click here for a list of 2018Finishers

Leaden Boot  2017

Click here for a List of finishers 2017

Click here for photos of the day 2017

Leaden Boot 2016

See report https://www.alstonefield.org/wp-content/uploads/Leaden-Boot-report-2016.docx

2016 LBC times

Leaden Boot 2015

See report https://www.alstonefield.org/wp-content/uploads/Leaden-Boot-report-2015.docx

Click here: 2015 LBC Results

Images from the 2015 Challenge can be viewed by clicking here

Leaden Boot 2014

2014 Results List  CLICK HERE….. LBC 2014 result

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

Click the image to view the gallery

Leaden Boot Challenge 2013

Leaden Boot Challenge 2012

Leaden Boot Challenge 2011

“Bless My Sole” 2011