The Big Walk 2017

Text from email (2 March 2017) from Development, Alumni Relations & Events.

We invite you to take part in The Big Walk 2017 to raise funds for the Sheffield Scanner, which will transform our understanding of serious conditions such as cancer, dementia, heart and lung diseases, MND, Parkinson’s and stroke and the way we treat them in the future.

You may know that since 2014 hundreds of staff, alumni and students at the University have raised over GBP 184,000 for hearing research, lung disease research and support for refugee students and at-risk academics by taking part in cycling and walking challenges organised in conjunction with HR and Juice.  

This year’s Big Walk will be in aid of the University-wide GBP 2 million campaign for the Sheffield Scanner to provide an MRI-PET facility in Sheffield – the first such facility in Yorkshire.

We are hoping that The Big Walk 2017 will break previous records and raise over GBP 100,000 towards this target.

Following the big walks in 2015 and 2016 we have listened to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants and noted the enormous popularity for walking out in the Peak District. So with the help of Will Legon from Will4Adventure, we have come up with this year’s challenge:

The Big Walk 2017
50 miles in 24 hours Walking Challenge
7am Friday 30 June – 7am Saturday 1 July 2017

Join us to see how much of a 50-mile circular walk you can cover in up to 24 hours!

Starting and finishing at the Octagon, the walk takes in stunning scenery in the Peak District, including Stanage, Burbage, Froggatt and Curbar Edges, the Chatsworth Estate, Bakewell and part of the Monsal Trail.  A hot meal and chance for a rest will be provided at a midpoint in Over Haddon, and transport will be provided back to Sheffield from various points for those who are unable to complete the whole distance.

Will has successfully organised similar walks in the past and he assures us that many people end up walking much further than they expected, and up to 60 per cent complete the entire 50 miles. There’s even the chance to run the route!

So whether you’re already an experienced Pennine Way, Trans Pennine Trail or one-day challenge big walker, or someone aiming to get off that couch, here is a challenge that will allow you to push yourself to a new level and achieve something new.

The University has agreed to offer walkers and volunteers the opportunity to take part without using annual leave on Friday 30 June. Before you can accept a place offered, the terms of your leave MUST be agreed with your line manager and, if need be, in consultation with your department HR advisor.

If you would like to take part in The Big Walk 2017, we ask you to please pay a small entry fee of GBP 10 and commit to fundraise a minimum of GBP 150. Ideally many of you will be able to raise significantly more than this. We will provide fundraising support and help you to set up a page via Just Giving.

In previous years many people have chosen to walk and fundraise in teams, and this has worked very well – so do encourage your colleagues to join you.  You’ll be able to swap ideas, set up joint fundraising events and motivate each other on the walk itself.

And if you’re not so keen on walking we will also need volunteers to sign up as marshals and drivers, so here’s a chance to support the walk minus the walking boots!

Interested?  We hope you’ll want to sign up, either as a walker or a volunteer.  If you’re available on Friday 30 June – Saturday 1 July and would like to apply to take part or for further information, see the guidance document and entry form at:

And by the way, if you are planning a fundraising challenge of your own this year, please consider raising funds for the Sheffield Scanner campaign – let us know and we’ll be able to support you.

Please help us make The Big Walk 2017 the biggest and best yet!

With best wishes
Development, Alumni Relations & Events

Information related to this message is available at