REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2023
You can join our Facebook group Leaden Boot Challenge or follow our updates on this website page
To enter, please download and complete this form located here
We need a separate form for EACH person please
2023 Route Instructions and GPX (Plotaroute) links are below.
These should be used together with OS Map White Peak Area 1:25,000. Please ignore all previous versions as there have been route changes this year.
Any queries please email email@example.com ot phone 07535 658 850
GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
The Challenge raises funds and makes grants to support local causes and projects with over £45000 being donated over the last 12 years to our local communities. We are now open until June1st 2023 for applications from this years funds.
Any queries about the event (including applying for a 2023 grant application form) should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
SEE BELOW FOR RESULTS AND REVIEWS OF PREVIOUS EVENTS
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
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