Charity Link’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks

Our award-winning  Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge is taking place on Sunday 26th September 2021 – starting and finishing at Bawdon Lodge Farm.

General registration has now closed (there are no on the day registrations). If you are interested in taking part or have questions, please email 

If you are a registered Challenger, we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!  Further updates and information can be found here.

Read our 2021 event pack here.


About our award-winning challenge

Charity Link launched the ‘Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge’ in 2016.

The challenge raises vital funds to buy items such as food, clothing, beds and cookers, to help ensure that all local people have a decent standard of living, no matter what crisis, illness, disability or difficulty they are facing.

Be part of the next Leicestershire 3 Peaks team making strides to help local families living in desperate need!  It takes place each September.

After running slightly differently as ‘Strides Apart’ in 2020 due to the pandemic, our 2021 event will run as normal, with us all getting together (as guidelines allow) to take on the 16 mile challenge on Sunday 26th September.

The challenge takes in the two highest peaks in Leicestershire – Beacon Hill (814ft) and Bardon Hill (912ft), along with the famous Old John Tower in Bradgate Park, plus a few other hills along the way!

This is a unique route, designed by Charity Link, and those who have taken part have loved seeing some parts of the Leicestershire countryside that they never ever knew about! It is a tough 16 mile (approx!) trek with fields, woodland and even quarries, but with a bit of training, Charity Link’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks should be suitable for most.

Each challenger is given a detailed route map on the day with the route* – which includes Broombriggs Farm Country Park, Beacon Hill, Charley Woods, Bardon Hill, Billa Barra Hill Nature Reserve, Hill Hole Nature Reserve.

For those who have joined us on previous challengers, the 2021 event will be slightly different. We’ll be starting and finishing the event in the beautiful grounds of our Proud Business Supporters Bawdon Lodge Farm.  The route will be the same, but in a different order and we can’t wait for your supporters to cheer you across the finish line at the Farm.

Most see it as more of a ‘power walk’ – rather than a leisurely countryside amble (you need to earn your sponsorship money after all!) – but you can take on the Challenge at your own pace.  Whatever your finish time we are sure you will get a great sense of achievement at the end and you will also see some amazing and in some cases rarely seen parts of the Leicestershire countryside (we know this as we often have to hack down the undergrowth before the walk!).

Challengers really make the event their own – some supporters have taken part each year and go out looking to beat their personal best (and therefore choose not to stop at our refreshment stops or take a break for a sandwich!). Others have a few minutes rest on the way round (many enjoy a quick lunch break at the top of Bardon Hill – although you don’t want to seize up by stopping for too long!).

Most challengers are finished by 4pm / 4.30pm and our support team at the finish-line will be there to provide water, your medal, certificate and glass of bubbly to celebrate your achievement.  We always have a tail-walker so you’ll not be left behind!

Prizes include ‘the first home’ and ‘biggest team contribution’ and of course our Team  Cup Competition! kindly supported this year by Steven Mather Solicitor.

Running the challenge
Runners are welcome to take on the challenge – which is tough as the terrain is so varied and the course needs navigation – but that’s why previous runners have loved the experience so much! Could you beat the current Charity Link Leicestershire 3 Peaks record of 2 hrs and 21 minutes?!  If you plan to run the challenge, complete your registration as normal but please let us know that you are running and give us an idea how long you expect it to take you to run the route so that we can make our support team aware.


We love having dogs (with well behaved owners!) who are up to the challenge come along.  We do go through areas with livestock so please do ensure your dog is under control / on a lead and that you clear up after your four legged friend.  Please do let us know if you intend to bring your dog with you on the challenge so that we can make sure we have enough doggie goodie-bags at the finish-line – kindly supported by NFU Mutual Market Harborough.

Watch our video of Blaze and Indie as they talk about why they’d like more four legged friends to join them on this year’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge. Click here to watch …

Support from the business community 
We would also love to hear from local businesses who may be interested in supporting the event. We have a number of support opportunities. Contact for more information.

Be part of the support team
If taking part in the challenge itself is not for you, why not consider being part of the support team? We need people to act as marshals, to cheer our walkers on, to give out medals and goodie bags at the end of the walk etc.  If you may be willing to help, please get in touch – email 

What’s it like?!
Hear what previous Challengers, Georgia, Jeff and Simon said about the challenge.  You can also find out how our record holder, Graham Grewcock, found the experience here.

Find out what our first ever Corporate Team Challenge Cup holders, Octopus Energy, thought of the Challenge here.

You can also visit our Facebook page for lots of photos from previous events.

Thank you to all the businesses supporting this event.

*Route subject to change

Our Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge won the ‘Rising Star’ award at the 2020 East Midlands Charity Awards in the category of Best Fundraising Event


Due to the pandemic, 2020 saw the event change to ‘Strides Apart’ where challengers took on their own 16 mile challenges!


We had 100 Challengers take part and everyone got home – the first being Graham from Taylor Hobson who set a new course record of 2 hours 21 minutes!

The winners of our first ever Team Cup Competition  were ‘One Tentacle Loose’ – a team from Octopus Energy in Leicester.  Thanks to all the other teams  including Regional Recruitment, Deli France Wigson, Reynolds (Red Hot Chilli Steppers), Freeths, AMS Charitable Foundation, Taylor Hobson and Glen Dental.

A special mention to Siyana from Glen Dental who at 11 years old is our youngest ever challenger.

Well over £14,000 was raised.

Visit our Facebook page for lots of photos of the day.

Extra information for registered challengers here