Big Walk volunteers needed

Volunteers play a vital part in the Big Walk. They make sure the day runs smoothly and keep our Big Walkers hydrated, fuelled and motivated. If you want to be part of the atmosphere but can’t commit to the walk, sign up to volunteer.

The Big Walk 2019

Our Big Walk volunteers will work on campus and in the Peak District. You could be marking people through checkpoints, filling up water bottles, handing out much-needed flapjack or walking with the last walkers between key checkpoints. The Big Walk is a real challenge for our walkers and many comment on the difference that our volunteers and marshals make to their day.

If you’re keen to support our Big Walkers on Friday 28 June 2019, please sign up now, and if you have any questions email Maddie Sinclair at m.sinclair@sheffield.ac.uk

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Colleagues tell us why they enjoy volunteering:

Hannah Murton - IP & Commercial Contracts Assistant, Research Services

"I have been involved with the Big Walk every year since 2016 when I was part of the team that walked the Trans Pennine Trail from Southport to Sheffield, and it helped to completely change my life - quite literally as my boyfriend and I met after both being on the same team!

"It kick-started a fitness journey for both of us, and we have now both competed in five half marathons, and will soon be taking on number 6. We also keep in touch with the rest of the team and meet up when we can, although that seems to be proving quite difficult with so many conflicting schedules at the moment! We know that going through such a unique experience together means that we really have made friends for life though.

"Since that first walk, we have subsequently walked the 50 miles in 24 hours route in 2017 (never again!), and volunteered for the first time in 2018. Having participated twice, you can really appreciate the difference that volunteers make to the day for the walkers; whether it's at the rest-points providing some much-needed sustenance, or a smile and a few words of encouragement at the checkpoints, so it feels great to be able to give something back to a very worthy cause."

Having participated twice, you can really appreciate the difference that volunteers make to the day for the walkers; whether it's at the rest-points, providing some much-needed sustenance, or a smile and a few words of encouragement at the checkpoints.

Hannah Murton and colleagues on Big Walk

Peter Wright

Peter Wright - HR Adviser, Human Resources

"I am volunteering this year as I see this as the best way to be involved due to not being able to do the walk. I also felt that it would be a great way to support my HR colleagues who are taking part. Doing the walk last year was one of the main highlights of 2018 and it made me feel as if I belong to an amazing organisation with some truly lovely people. Being a stereotypical Yorkshire person I am extremely proud of our local countryside and community and feel that the big walk brings everyone together for a great cause."

Doing the walk last year was one of the main highlights of 2018 and it made me feel as if I belong to an amazing organisation with some truly lovely people.

Becky Masaba-Kituyi - Communications Officer, Student Recruitment & Admissions

"I have taken part as a walker in the Big Walk for two years now and it was a real challenge for me. I love the atmosphere of the events and wanted to stay a part of it all. The physical challenge would have been far too much for me this year, but to be able to support others is just as important. There were a couple of sections last year that were a bit trickier for directions and having a smiley face to direct the way was a great help. Also the refreshments were very much appreciated. The Big Walk fundraiser is another great cause and I am thrilled to be able to support it again."

There were a couple of sections last year that were a bit trickier for directions and having a smiley face to direct the way was a great help. Also the refreshments were very much appreciated.

Becky and the Big Walk Heroes

Robert Hebblethwaite and Big George

Robert Hebblethwaite - Assistant Director of Finance

"As well as wanting to ensure the success of The Big Walk, my reason for volunteering goes back to my younger days! During my 20s I was an active competitor in MotorSport, in particular Road Rallying mainly in the Peak District area. I also organised events and marshalled on them. The importance for competitors of having well organised events with helpful and enthusiastic marshals and volunteers has never been lost on me. I love being outdoors and the Peak District scenery and roads are something that is really special. Being a Big Walk volunteer therefore ticks a number of boxes for me!"

During my 20s I was an active competitor in MotorSport. I also organised events and marshalled them. The importance for competitors of having well organised events with helpful and enthusiastic marshals and volunteers has never been lost on me.

Fran Marshall - Research and Evaluation Manager, Partnerships and Regional Engagement

"I’ve taken part in the big walk one-day challenge for the past four years and have enjoyed each one. The 50-mile walk in 2017 was by far the most gruelling physical challenge which was definitely made easier with the fabulous marshals along the way. I’ve decided to support the walk by volunteering this year as I know how important it is to have good support on the route. I’m looking forward to being located in a sunny spot and encouraging colleagues with a ‘nearly there, not far now’, even if they’ve got a long way to go."

The 50-mile walk in 2017 was by far the most gruelling physical challenge which was definitely made easier with the fabulous marshals along the way. I've decided to support the walk by volunteering this year as I know how important it is to have good support on the route.

Fran Marshall

Nicholas Jefferson - Information Manager and Programmer, BiT Research Group, Management School

"I first became aware of the Big Walk one evening in 2017 as I watched dozens of walkers passing by my house, 40 miles into their hike through the Peak District. I later joined the University and heard all about this great fundraising campaign.

"This year I will be working as a volunteer supporting the walkers and runners out on the route. I am an experienced fell runner and walker, and I know the Peak District well, so my skills and knowledge should come in useful. I've taken part in events such as the High Peak Marathon and the Lakeland 50 ultra, so I know the kind of physical and psychological challenges that the walkers and runners will be going through!

"This year the Big Walk is raising money for student scholarships, which enable talented people from all backgrounds to come to University. I'll be doing whatever I can to help as many people as possible to succeed in this challenge and raise money for this important cause."

I am an experienced fell runner and walker, and I know the Peak District well, so my skills and knowledge should come in useful. I've taken part in events such as the High Peak Marathon and the Lakeland 50 ultra, so I know the kind of physical and psychological challenges that the walkers and runners will be going through!