man walking across field for true grit challenge

Walk it or run it on Saturday, 25th April 2020

After a fantastic event in 2019, where 55 walkers trekked a combined 1,900 miles in the Peak District, we are back in collaboration with Will4Adventure.

What is the A4D True Grit Challenge?

Each year Action4Diabetics (A4D) organise a fundraising walk in the Peak District called the A4D True Grit Challenge.

With two different routes easily accessible and starting in Sheffield – one at 25-miles and the other at 50-miles – there is something for everyone. Families and experienced athletes alike are welcome! All you need to do is complete it within 24-hours.

Along the route there will be marshals who will keep you fed and watered as well as pick up anyone finding the course too tough!

Read about our 2019 challenge here: A4D True Grit Challenge 2019

Enter: A4D True Grit Challenge 2020!

Entry Fees:

Junior Individual (under 16) – £25.00 
Adult Individual – £50.00 
Family Team (up to 4 juniors with up to 4 adult chaperones) – £50.00
Adult Team (up to 4 adults) – £100.00
family on walk true grit challenge charity

Why do a fundraising walk in the Peak District for Action4Diabetics?

Action4Diabetics (A4D) is a UK registered charity that provides essential medication and support to young people with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in Southeast Asia.

T1D strikes indiscriminately and if untreated is fatal. In the UK, people with this condition receive free care through the NHS but in the countries where A4D operate, there are still hundreds, if not thousands, of young people who die every year through lack of access to Insulin and blood testing equipment. But A4D are trying to change this.

Enter: A4D True Grit Challenge 2020!

£450 is enough to provide one child with the care they need to survive and thrive for one year.

Join us for the A4D True Grit Challenge 2020 and raise money to save and transform a life!

Learn more about A4D

The ‘Race to Ranmoor Inn’

For those teams taking on the 50-mile route we have an (unofficial) race to see which teams can get to the Ranmoor Inn before last orders. Last year both ‘Peaks and Troughs’ and ‘Team Toomey’ managed to make it in time.

* people in the Ranmoor Inn Sheffield after charity fundraising walk
Enjoying a beer after a 50-mile day on the hills.

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze – Volunteering

Do you know someone doing their D-of-E volunteer bronze award who enjoys the outdoors?

This year, we are offering a great package to help young people do a meaningful volunteer experience for their D-of-E Bronze certificate.

Find out more:

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze with A4D

Why ‘True Grit’?

The Peak District is famed for its coarse-grained Sandstone. Known as Gritstone, it forms the iconic rock-climbing edges in the rea. 

This rock has long been an important natural resource as it makes perfect grinding millstones becasue of its rugged and tough texture. As these are two characteristics that help to complete a 50-mile walk, we decided to call this A4D Challenge the ‘True Grit Challenge’.

stunning scenery of the peak district for fundraising walk
The stunning scenery of the Peak District
Enter: A4D True Grit Challenge 2020!

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:

For more information about the event, please contact Diana Maynard:  (07941 524635)

Some shots from 2019

Peak and Trough Team on True Grit Challenge 2019
Team ‘Peaks and Troughs’
Will4Adventure on walk with is family in the Peak District for True Grit Challenge
Still smiling, despite the rain!
Nearly there!
Two girls in a carpark in Sheffield about to start a fundraising walk
Getting ready for the 25-mile walk
True Grit Challenge banner at the end of a long 25-mile fundraising walk.
True Grit Challenge banner at the end of a long 25-mile fundraising walk.
Daniel Versloot and his mother walking in to the night for the 50-miles challenge
Daniel from team ‘peaks and troughs’ with his mum on the 50-mile route
On the 25-mile route fundraising for Action4Diabetics on the Peak District
Helen Jones and Lizzie Bizzie
Two people with head torches on the peak district for a fundraising walk
Walking into the night on the 50-mile epic!
Gritstone edge in the wet with two walkers fundraising for A4D
It was a wet day on Gritstone Edge in Peak District for the True Grit Challenge
Neil Astill and friend fundraising for Type 1 Diabetes charity Action4Diabetics
Gold walkers: Neil and Toby
Team A4D take on 50-mile route in the Peak District for the True Grit Challenge 2019
Before the start of the 50-mile route in Sheffield
Computer science team who did 25-mile fundraising challenge for the A4D
25-mile silver team of computer scientists

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