Our classic Great Urban Fell Race route is becoming blighted by fly-tipping and industrial-scale littering, turning the flanks of the majestic Wincobank Hill into an unofficial rubbish dump. We're teaming up with Runners against Rubbish (RvR) to try to do something about it - and we need your help!
We're asking you if you can spare a few hours on Saturday, March 3rd to help to clean up the sections of the GUFR route around Firth Park, which is to be the focus of Sheffield's efforts for the Great British Spring Clean that's being organised by Keep Britain Tidy.
Our aim is to clear up as much rubbish and junk as we can by running the worst-affected sections of our race route, filling our bum bags and rucsacs along the way, and proving the truth of the RvR catchphrase that "Binners are Winners”.
Never heard of Runners against Rubbish? No idea what the Great British Spring Clean is all about? Wondering why DPFR have decided to get involved? OK, here’s the story…
As well as being a very gifted runner, Dark Peak member Stuart Walker is also a passionate environmentalist who cares about the places he runs in. He’s single-handedly set up the RvR campaign, and amongst other things is now organising a team of runners to clean up the entire South West Coast Path this summer. Ambitious or what?!
The club are very keen to support Stu and RvR, and we’d encourage as many members as possible to get down to the south west in July to Pick the Path.
But we’d also like to do something closer to home. So when we recently saw a call to a meeting about a Sheffield-wide clean-up, I was delegated to go along with Stu to find out more.
Over a pint in the Sheffield Tap, we heard the Sheffield Litter Pickers group lay out their plans to join in the Great British Spring Clean. They’re using social media to spread the word, and with the backing of the Sheffield Star they hope to get together enough people to make a real difference in the city.
The meeting decided to focus on one of the worst affected areas rather than run the risk of spreading ourselves too thinly across the entire city, and the consensus was that Firth Park would fit the bill. We suggested we could use our fitness to reach the parts of our Great Urban Fell Race route that could use a bit more love, e.g. Wincobank Hill, Fir Vale, Longley and the Shirecliffe area.
That’s the plan. Once we know how many people are willing to take part, we can start filling in the detail, e.g. which bits of the route shall we cover, shall we split into teams for different areas, shall we do it competitively as some kind of race, shall we do it as part of the main clean-up, or do something separately in the morning and then join in the main effort in the afternoon?
Stu and I will be in Tha Sportsmen after the Rivelin Landmarks Race next Wednesday, (Feb 14th), when we can hopefully hammer things out a bit more, and when Stu will say more about RvR, sign you up if you want to join, (a bargain at just two quid), and explain more about the Pick the Path adventure.
In the meantime, we would really, really appreciate it if you could start expressing interest in the ‘Great Urban Clean-up’ so that we can reassure ourselves it won’t be just the two of us doing it. If it’s worked properly, you can do that very quickly and easily by clicking on this Google Form and answering a few questions: https://goo.gl/forms/juRDjzsvhtXPxBX72