Leader Spotlight – Stu W
In this series of mini-blogs we want to introduce you to some of the faces you’ll be seeing delivering sessions and leading runs across BRW – these guys volunteer their time on a weekly basis to lead groups and help others enjoy running! Without them the entire weekend (and probably running in Sheffield) would be on its knees!
This one is about the lovely Mr Walker of Runners Against Rubbish
When and why did you start running?
I started running when I first came to Sheffield, about 2003. I’m not sure why, I was doing lots of ski racing on the dry slope and lots of my friends were also orienteers so I used to go out to the Peak with them. Still can’t navigate though!
What groups do you lead/get involved with?
I am a proud ATR Flamingo and race for Scott-Accelerate. I’m a qualified run leader but most of the leading I’ve done recently has been taking journalists “plogging”! I started a charity called Runners against Rubbish a few years ago and picking up litter (or talking about litter and the environment from a runner’s perspective) has become a major feature of my running!
What was your favourite thing about Big Running Weekend last year?
Unfortunately I couldn’t come as I was skiing, but from what I saw I think my favourite bit would’ve been Ben Mounsey’s talk, or Pizza. Probably pizza. If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life if would be pizza.
What do you do when you aren’t running?
I work at the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering, where I try to help small companies grow in an environmentally positive way, or to develop low carbon products and businesses. I also work on developing Tidal energy (it’s like wind but better). When I’m not doing that or anything to do with running I play with dogs or rummage about in my garage.
Do you like to do any events/races? If so, what have you got planned this year? If racing isn’t your thing what inspires you to run?
I like racing, sometimes. Long ones mostly. I also like solo challenges as I am quite antisocial. More recently I’ve enjoyed being involved in races from the organisation side, helping organisers put on sustainable events. I’m really excited about how much the Big Running Weekend has adopted this attitude and can’t wait to be there and see it all in action. See you there!