Walk far…. Together!

This year’s True Grit Challenge is being held in the stunning Peak District National Park on Saturday 27th April 2019. Whether you have a young family or are a seasoned pro, the three different routes offer something for all ages and abilities. The aim? To walk as much of your chosen route as possible in 24 hours!

Saturday 27th April 2019 – Walk the Peak District

 What is an A4D True Grit Challenge?

Every year, A4D organise a fundraising physical challenge in the U.K. It is all about doing your best and raising money for disadvantaged young people with Type 1 Diabetes. Hundreds of children still die every year from lack of access to Insulin and Blood Glucose testing equipment in South-East Asia, but A4D are trying to change this!


When and where?

This event will commence on Saturday 27th April 2019. It will finish on Sunday 28th April at 7 am… or when walkers can walk no further, whichever happens first!

There are three challenge routes available:
Gold: 50 miles – 0700 start – King Edward VII Lower School, Sheffield, S10 5RG
Silver: 25 miles – 0930 start – Nether End pay and display car park, Baslow, DE45 1SR
Bronze: 15 miles – 0900 start –Longshaw Estate car park(S17 3BL)

The Routes

An outline of the three routes can be viewed on MapMyRun. Click on the routes below to see where they go.


Gold 50 miles – 1381m height gain
Silver 25 miles – 648m height gain
Bronze 15 miles – 238m height gain

This is for you to get an idea of where your route goes – but it is not so good for navigating by on the day. While these routes are not overly hilly, it is in the Peak District – so there will be hills to walk up and down: though nothing too steep. The routes follow footpaths, bridleways, and byways, and some roads. They should be easily navigated and pleasant to follow.

Marshals will be located along the way to help point you in the right direction. All walkers are expected to print off and to carry the detailed route description which will be available 2 weeks prior to the event. Having quick access to it on your smartphone on the day will also help since many key locations are hyperlinked to online maps.

Family Friendly Charity Challenge! 

We want to encourage young people to do the True Grit Challenge as they become role models and show solidarity with the children we support in South East Asia. This really makes a difference and helps give the families we support HOPE for a healthy and happy future!

We have two family-friendly length walks at 15miles and 25miles, so please sign up!


A4D family friendly charity challenge


OS Landranger 1:50,000 sheet numbers 110 and 119.

Entry Fee

Adult individual – £50
Adult team (up to four people) – £100
Junior individual (under 16) – £25
Junior team (up to four team) – £50

What does the fee include? 

  • Route notes (emailed)
  • Refreshments on the route
  • Hot meal at the halfway location
  • Vehicle lift back to start (for Bronze and for anyone who can’t quite make the full fifty miles)
  • Finishers’ certificates

But we hope you will fundraise too …

If you can raise £400, this will be enough to support one child for a whole year with essential medication and support. So we encourage you to please try to fundraise as much as you can for this very worthwhile cause.



Event Support

This entire event will only work with the help of volunteers. We are also looking for kind souls to fill these jobs:

* drivers to ferry people back to rendezvous points (day and night shifts)
* stationary marshals to check people through the checkpoints

Let us know if you are willing and able to help us out and please do ask around if you know anyone that may be able to help. Your assistance will be vital, and we assure you, you will totally enjoy being a part of the team on this great day. Think you can help us out? Please contact us using the form on the right. We will be hugely grateful.


Runners are welcome to apply for a place. We can only accommodate you though if we have enough marshals on the day to support you. (Everyone is a volunteer for this). Please do get in touch.


Please note that this is not specifically an LDWA event – though all are welcome. Certificates are available for finishers.

Some Rules … 

  • Participants must follow the route as described in the route card.
  • Gold participants need to make it to the halfway station inside 11 hours and to Calver (37 miles) by midnight in order to continue beyond those points.
  • Unless agreed beforehand, walkers will not be allowed to walk beyond the halfway point alone.
  • The route covers some sensitive areas of the Peak District during nesting season. To that end, we’re really sorry but dogs are not allowed.
  • Please be exceptionally polite to everyone supporting this event: they’re a volunteer giving up their time to make this day happen.

If you would like to be a marshal for the event, please contact:  will@will4adventure.com

For more information about the event, please contact Diana Maynard: diana@action4diabetics.org  (07941 524635)




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