Meet Will Legon, co-organiser of the Big Walk 2017 

Will LegonAfter planning and running several large scale fundraising events since 2014 (the Ride Across Britain and two Big Walk events), for this year's event we knew we wanted to make the challenge bigger and better than ever, and open to more participants than ever before.

We were lucky to be introduced to Will Legon by former Director of DARE (and Big Walk 2017 participant) Robert Dufton. Robert had met Will early in 2016 and was inspired by his knowledge and enthusiasm for the great outdoors, and the Peak District in particular.

With Will's extensive experience of running his company, Will4Adventure, and of running several events just like the Big Walk since his time as a teacher at a number of Sheffield schools (including King Edward VII and High Storrs), Will was an obvious choice for someone who would be able to help us offer us a new and exciting walking challenge for 2017.

Here’s an extract from the Will4Adventure website:

“Will4Adventure was founded by and is run by, William Legon. Qualified mountain leader, rock climbing instructor, first aid trainer, well-travelled globe-trotter and adventurer, a graduate of Far From Help wilderness medical training, former Territorial Army officer and school teacher: Will has the hard earned skills and experience to organise and lead adventure holidays to all the corners of the globe. Challenging and adventurous environments are made all the more palatable by Will’s supportive approach and well placed sense of humour.

“Additionally we employ specialist leaders for different courses and treks overseas. All our leaders are highly skilled in their field, qualified to lead you, and all qualified first aiders. Almost as important, all our leaders are spirited and passionate about the outdoors, personable, professional and hugely supportive.”

So how is Will helping us with the Big Walk 2017?

Having run similar events in the past, Will has been responsible for drawing up our route for the Big Walk 2017 and will be our key organiser on the day, including monitoring the progress of all our registered walkers and co-ordinating marshalls, drivers and transport back to Sheffield for those not walking the whole 50-mile distance.

Over the coming weeks, Will will be sharing lots of tips and advice with us about all aspects of the Big Walk. In the meantime, please do have a look at this offer of a Free Walking Weekend in May that Will is extending to all of our Big Walker-ers.

If you have any questions for Will or the University's Big Walk co-ordinators please email bigwalk@sheffield.ac.uk and we will report back with answers in our regular updates.

Please visit the Big Walk 2017 web pages for more details about, and to sign up for, the event.

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