Going the extra mile for student scholarships

We would like to thank and congratulate our fantastic team of runners who completed the recent Sheffield Half Marathon in support of student scholarships. We are delighted to announce that they raised more than £3,600, enough for a full undergraduate scholarship.

Sheffield Half Marathon team

The team of 23 runners, including staff, students and alumni, took to the streets and peaks of Sheffield on Sunday 14 April 2019. The money they raised will help talented students in financial need pursue their dreams of studying here at Sheffield.

The Sheffield Half Marathon is a major event in the UK’s running calendar. Not for the faint hearted, the 13.1 mile challenge encompasses the incredibly tough Banner Cross hill and takes runners out to the edge of the Peak District via Ringinglow Road. In total the route has an elevation of over 950ft.

Matt Robson from the Department of Journalism Studies said: "I like running and the Sheffield Half Marathon is the challenge I need to keep me training through the winter when it's dark, wet and cold. Running up and down Sheffield's infamous hills is also sufficiently stupid to persuade other people to sponsor you to do it.

"I've run this race a few times for a couple of different charities. This year I decided to raise money for Sheffield Scholarships. I think it's really important that everyone gets a chance to study with us, however the fees and loans can be very off-putting to mature students or people from a lower income background. These are some of the people who will benefit most from the chances we can provide. Individually the money I can raise is a drop in the ocean, but doing this as part of a big event means that we can fund a whole scholarship and make a difference to someone's life."

Yi Wu

Bob Stern

Cameron Brown and Caitlin McQueen

Nicole Nation

It's really important that everyone gets a chance to study with us, however the fees and loans can be very off-putting to mature students or people from a lower income background. These are some of the people who will benefit most from the chances we can provide. 

Individually the money I can raise is a drop in the ocean, but doing this as part of a big event means that we can fund a whole scholarship and make a difference to someone's life.

Matt Robson

Robert Stern, Professor of Philosophy, took part in both 10K races for the Sheffield Scanner and this year took to fundraising again for the Sheffield Half Marathon, a race he has done more than 20 times. Bob said: “It was a great experience, and really fun to meet up with the rest of the team beforehand. I am very pleased we look likely to break our target for an excellent cause. The half marathon course is tough, but I would really recommend people have a try!”

Eric Bohun, from Estates and Facilities Management, came top in our University team. Eric said: “It was good to shave about a minute and a half from last year's time with a lot less training. I finished in one hour, 38 minutes and 16 seconds this time. Maybe it was the new trainers and running without feeling pressured to get a good time – it was a fun run. I was fastest on the team and we have funded a scholarship, which is excellent!”

Yi Wu, from Procurement in the Department of Finance, shared how she was feeling following the half marathon: "This is my very first half marathon, and I am very relieved and excited that I have completed it! The run is quite tough, especially in the first half with never-ending up hill climbs.

"I was very nervous the night before the run and had little sleep, but luckily all my hard work paid off. My finish time was 2 hours 11 minutes, which is almost half an hour quicker than I expected. More importantly, I raised money for Sheffield Scholarships, which is a great cause for students who may not be able to continue their studies due to financial difficulties.

"To see thousands of people running for different good causes is very moving. I did the 50-mile Big Walk back in 2017 for Sheffield Scanner. Both are truly worthwhile causes and I am proud to be part of our University fundraising team, giving something back to the community.

"Will I do another half marathon? I will decide when my legs are not aching. It may take a couple more days."

Thank you to our runners

Our runners are still fundraising, to keep up to date with their progress visit their team JustGiving page:

Make a donation to our University Half Marathon Team

Donations can also be made directly via the University. Please email communityfundraising@sheffield.ac.uk if you have any questions.

The team: 

Eric Bohun - Car Parking Operations Assistant, Estates and Facilities Management
Cameron Brown - Alumnus
Louise Glover - Senior University Teacher, Law
Gemma Greenup - Recruitment Manager, Engineering
Zheng Li - Masters’ Student, Computer Science
Greg Maddock - Project Manager, Strategic Change Office
Ruth Octavia Mallalieu - Scholarly Communications Licensing Manager, Library
Ellis Marriott - Teaching Technician, Multidisciplinary Engineering Education
Caitlin McQueen - Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Biomedical Science
Paul Mosley - Professor of Economics
Nicole Nation - Masters’ Student, ScHARR
Giulia Neri - Library Concierge/PhD student, EFM/Social Sciences
Matt Robson - Teaching Associate, Journalism Studies
Claudia Rogers - Teaching Associate, History
Kieran Spencer - Student, Psychology
Robert Stern - Professor of Philosophy
Lukasz Szulc - Lecturer in Digital Media and Society
Alasdair Warwicker - Research Assistant, Computer Science
Jennifer Watson - Acting Director Impact & Engagement, Politics
Matt Wood - Lecturer in Politics
Yi Wu - Procurement Category Manager, Finance
Shu-Gui Yang - Visiting researcher, Materials Science and Engineering

Feeling inspired?

If you feel inspired by our half marathon runners and want to raise money for Sheffield Scholarships, join us for The Big Walk 2019 on Friday 28 June 2019. This year you can choose whether to run or walk 23 or 37 miles to raise money to support talented students in financial need.

The Big Walk 2019

Professor Koen Lamberts introduces University fundraising for scholarships