Children’s charity seeks teams to compete in PLOD overnight trek | Action Medical Research

Children’s charity seeks teams to compete in PLOD overnight trek

6 December 2013

Teams of tenacious walkers are being sought to hit the hills and take part in overnight endurance events taking place in some of the UK's greatest walking regions. The PLOD series raises funds for children’s charity Action Medical Research with events taking place next summer in a choice of five stunning UK locations – on either the Cotswold Way, South Downs Way or following sections of the Rutland Round, in England; in the Trossachs National Park in Scotland or in Northern Ireland's beautiful Mourne Mountains (see listing for full details).

It may be a charity walk but don’t be fooled, these events push their participants hard! Starting at midnight, teams compete against each other, navigating tough terrain in the dark using head torches. As day breaks they are rewarded with breathtaking views and stunning scenery while pushing on, against the clock, to the finish line.

David Graham, PLODs organiser at Action Medical Research, says: “Whether you take one on as a workplace wheeze, a team bonding test or as a bunch of mad mates seeking a new challenge, the PLOD will deliver both pain and glory! They are tough events but great fun for all involved and very rewarding, with many teams coming back the next year to beat their previous time.”

Teams participating in PLOD events will be raising money to fund vital medical research to help save and change the lives of sick and disabled babies and children.

Action Medical Research has played a significant role in many medical breakthroughs for over 60 years, starting with the development of the first UK polio vaccines. It is currently funding research into many conditions, including preventing early labour and developing treatments for babies affected by premature birth, helping children with disabilities and tackling rare diseases for which there are currently no cures. 

PLOD events require teams of four walkers and a support driver (plus vehicle).

For more information about the PLOD series visit

Dates and details of specific PLODs are as follows:

PLOD - Cotswold Way 6 June 2014

A 40-mile route follows the escarpment of the Cotswold Hills giving panoramic views across the Severn Vale and finishes at Cleeve Hill, the highest point in the Cotswolds.

PLOD - Mourne Mountains 13 June 2014

Set in the magical Mountains of Mourne, this tough 32-mile challenge follows one of the most gruelling routes on Northern Irish terrain. Beautiful Lough Shannagh is also on the route.

PLOD - Rutland Round 4 July 2014

This 40-mile trek starts on the shoreline of Rutland Water and follows sections of the Rutland Round. The scenic route is studded with picturesque villages and stunning views.

PLOD - South Downs Way 25 July 2014

A 40-mile challenge setting out from the ancient site of Devil’s Dyke, just north of Brighton. Follows the South Downs Way to Beachy Head, Eastbourne, taking in Ditchling Beacon and Birling Gap along the way.

PLOD - Trossachs 22 August 2014

This 32-mile trek starts near the pretty village of Aberfoyle and passes through some of the most challenging and breathtaking landscapes the Trossachs has to offer, past mountains and lochs including, Loch Drunkie, Loch Achray and Loch Venachar, through the village of Brig-o-Turk and sections of the Rob Roy Way.

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For further information please contact:

Toni Slater, Communications Manager
T 01403 327478

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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research.

We want to make a difference in:

  • tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
  • helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
  • targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

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