Last men home

Richard Mayson and Miles Stevenson on the routeOn 30 June - the Big Walk took place with 272 staff, alumni and friends attempting to walk up to 50 miles in 24 hours through the Peak District to raise funds for the Sheffield Scanner appeal.

Richard Mayson (alumnus, Chair of the Alumni Board and Pro Chancellor) completed the first half of the Big Walk this summer with Miles Stevenson, Director of Advancement at the University. However, Richard kept on thinking about having another go to do the second half and to complete the walk. So, before the clocks went back and winter set in, he decided to give it a go. When asked if he would like to join him, Miles responded with a diplomatic smile, which Richard took as a firm “Yes”.

Accompanied by Richard's friend - Andrew Joly - the three walkers set off at 8.30 am on Saturday 21 October from Richard's home in Ashford in the Water - and walked back to Sheffield along a similar route to that of the Big Walk, via Longstone Edge, Hathersage, Burbage Moor, Ringinglow and the Porter Valley - getting back to Sheffield in the late afternoon, and celebrating with cold beers at the University Arms. All told they covered 21 miles to make up the rest of the route and finally put the challenge to bed.

Miles commented:

“The Scanner appeal continues to generate masses of interest from the entire Sheffield community. I am consistently impressed by how many people are involved raising funds for the cause - from auctions, cake bakes and quizzes to people doing ‘Big Swims’ and 10K runs. Their example encouraged Richard, Andrew and myself to complete the Big Walk on a very wet and windy Saturday. But it was lots of fun.”

Richard and Andrew checking the map A well deserved drink finishing at the University Arms

To find out about the full Big Walk route take a look at the Big Walk web pages, and to find out more about the appeal please visit the Sheffield Scanner web pages.

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