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Pacing up the Peaks

On Saturday 19th September a team of six will be completing the Peak District Challenge to raise money for Paces Sheffield.

Setting off from Hathersage the team will self-navigate the 25km route, whilst fundraising for Paces Sheffield. The route will take the group past Grindleford, along the river and through woodland to Baslow. From there they'll be climbing up to Curbar and Frogatt edges, before heading over Millstone Edge and back to the finish at Hathersage.


The team are fundraising for Paces, based in Sheffield, which was founded by parents of children with cerebral palsy in 1997 and has worked ever since to support those families, children and adults who are living with neurological conditions. They offer innovative conductive education programmes to help transform their lives.

We are so incredibly grateful for the team at Henry Boot for taking on the Peak District Challenge to support Paces! All of the funds raised will be used towards building a brand-new school and centre and will help us to turn our vision into a reality.

By building our new home, this will mean that we will be able to support up to three times as many families and will no longer have to turn families away. We wish the team lots of luck on their trek.

Julie Booth, Head of Fundraising, Paces Sheffield

Meet the team

Karen is taking on the challenge for a second year after swearing she would never do it again following last years’ experience! This year, the rest of the team have decided to pack a pair of noise-cancelling headphones for the later stages of the course.

Since lockdown, Tony has managed to walk, cycle or run every day, resulting in him losing half a stone. He tracks his fitness on his Apple Watch and has impressively managed to close his activity rings 127 days in a row so far and counting. 

Tony added: “Last year on the Peak District Challenge I lost my balance on some rocks and managed to fall backwards into some bracken. After imitating a turtle for a while, the team noticed that I had disappeared. This year I expect a much stronger finish.”

Left to right: Melissa, Tony, Karen, Bradley and Craig
Sarah will also join the team for the challenge

Melissa also joins Karen and Tony for her second consecutive year climbing the peaks. As someone who enjoys running in her spare time and managed to run the Sheffield 10K the day after the Peak District Challenge last year, we are sure she won’t even be breaking a sweat this time around.

Having missed last year’s Peak District Challenge to watch his beloved Sheffield Wednesday, Bradley isn’t too bothered to be missing the game this year. Bradley said “Considering our twelve point deduction – the less said about that, the better – I’d rather put myself through the walk! We anticipate he’ll be keeping us all updated about the score during the event.

Craig is no stranger to the Peak District, often exploring the scenery on his mountain bike and finds himself in regular conversation with the Peaks walkers about the shared use of bridleway space. Craig added: “I’ll be packing my snood - not to keep me warm, but to make sure none of the locals recognise me”!

Sarah completed the challenge back in 2016 in the rain which left her feet in flip flops for days, vowing never to do it again. However, Sarah has made an exception this year and is hoping for a drier and more pleasant day.