The People Behind ShAFF

There is an amazing team of people that help make ShAFF happen every year. From volunteers, to judges find out more below about this talented team. If you'd like to get involved in ShAFF (by which we mean doing lots of hard work in return for a free T-shirt), please get in touch, ideally sending a photo of yourself in a silly hat.

ShAFF ambassadors are climbers, bikers, runners and other active folk who live in or near sheffield and who are famous within their circles. Check out the list of ambassadors who have endorsed ShAFF and what it's all about. there are links to their blogs and websites plus a bit of info about each of them. Being an ambassador means tickets to the festival too, so you might well bump into them in the bar.

Adam Dunajko

Adam is a runner, cyclist and swimmer. When he's not crocked he can occasionally be quite good. His palmeres include winning the White Peak marathon, twice winning the Endurer Dash, finishing 89th at London marathon, a top 20 in the BUCS road hillclimb champs, and an age-group third place at the Outlaw iron-distance triathlon. What he lacks in sense he makes up for in injury.

Ben Travis

Ben Travis

Carolina Kyllmann

Half-Mexican, half-German freelance writer fascinated by the outdoors.

Carolina Kyllmann. My favourite substance is mud, I think beds are overrated and a spoon is a superior eating utensil. Keen trail runner, failed mountain biker, ex-fencer and climber in training.

Chris Fung

Steel City native. An avid skier, climber, runner and former free ski competitor and instructor at the Sheffield Ski Village and Chill Factor-e in Manchester. The outdoor culture of Sheffield and growing up with the Peak District on the doorstep has been a major influence on me to get involved in adventure sports where possible, whether that be mountain biking in Colorado, climbing in Fontainebleau or kayaking in Arizona. Excited to be a part of SHAFF this year to be involved in an event that helps staple Sheffield as the outdoor city and showcases what adventure sports have to offer

Dan Tett

Skier, Mountain Biker, Orienteer who should of been born in the mountains.... But Sheffield is good enough

Skier, Mountain Biker, Orienteer who should of been born in the mountains.... But Sheffield is good enough. Always looking for a new spot to ride my bike or skis.

Eleanor Oxtoby

Eleanor Oxtoby

Eleanor Tidswell

I run, cycle, climb, ski, skate, surf and then relax on a paddleboard! I love trying new sports so ShAFF often fuels even more if I need encouraging! I love going to ShAFF each year and hearing people's stories behind their films and meeting the people who created them. It's also lovely to meet people who love the sports as much as I do so I'm really excited to be volunteering this year.

Ellen Downs

Looking forward to my first time volunteering at ShAFF, after enjoying watching some of the screenings in the last few years. Particularly looking forward to the climbing and trail running films!

Francesca Eastment

Francesca Eastment

Geraldine Gosling

Geraldine Gosling

Hannah Crolla-Parkhouse

I'm super excited to get involved with SHAFF this year having a love for all things outdoors and the people that go with it!

Hannah Griffith

Volunteer Coordinator

Skydiver, trail runner, climber and full time van-life adventurer. Hannah has spent the last 7 months travelling in Europe pursuing her passions and enjoying spending as much time as possible in the outdoors. This will be Hannah’s second year with ShaFF and she is very much looking forward to working with the awesome volunteers that help make it possible.

Helen Blundell

Helen likes to spend much of her life outdoors, whether that’s climbing, running, wild swimming or having a wander around some hills. When she’s not outdoors, there is usually cheese, coffee, cake or mad guinea pigs involved.

Holly Wilkinson

Holly Wilkinson

Issy Budd

Sustainability and Activism volunteer

I'm a geography student, climber and runner based in Sheffield. This will be my third year volunteering for ShAFF and this year I'm excited to be helping out with the great programme of sustainability events that are being showcased at the festival.

James Gowers

All round outdoors guy from traveling to camping / hiking and kayaking

James Gowers

James Mackeddie


James Mackeddie is a Brand Manager, Trail Running Blogger and Photographer. Having first attended ShAFF in 2012 representing GoPro, he has since returned a volunteer, helping with Fringe events, presenting sessions and looking after Film Makers and VIPs. With a huge passion for trail running, James competes in trail and ultra distance events, whilst also shooting races such as UTMB for clients. For regular mumblings of training and gear reviews you can follow him at

Jodi Swift


Student and 2nd time ShAFF volunteer, who loves climbing, hiking and being outside!

Leo Hawthorne

Leo is a keen climber, runner and film watcher. He's pretty terrible at the first two but loves spending as much time as possible doing all three!

Lisa Pratt

Lisa is a passionate account manager. With several years experience agency side, she enjoys working as a team to bring creative ideas to life. Also, she has worked on a variety of projects including digital promotion, print, promotional merchandise and exhibitions. Outside of work Lisa likes to socialise, drink coffee, and walk dogs with the odd running event thrown in!

Mark Shakespeare

Mark Shakespeare

Matthew Chin

Since moving to Sheffield as a student I feel more at home outside and in the peaks than I have done in the suburban areas of London. As runner I've found a zest of adventure where I find most joy climbing, hiking or a spontaneous wild swim. A love for the outdoors and film makes me excited to see the inspiring array docs and short films on show this ShAFF.

Sabrina Senior

Sabrina Senior

Sue Carrott

Never too old for adventure

Sue Carrott

Tina Page

Escapading Wannabe Adventurer who's a bit of a vanlife hobo.

As a self-confessed, decidedly below average trail runner I love nothing more than biting off ultramarathons of way more than I can chew and generally finishing at the back. After setting an unlikely record FKT of a National 3 Peaks 500 mile trail run my current knee anihilating project is to run 1000 Mountains of the British Isles in 365 Days , generally just trying to survive, enjoy the glorious outdoors and raise some cash for Mountain Rescue England and Wales, Mountain Rescue Search Dogs and Fix the Fells. Such shenanigans all came about partly by watching inspiringly epic adventurous films like those those at ShAFF be careful, you never know where ShAFF might lead you!😉

Tom Drysdale

I'm Tom, a keen climber, runner and cyclist. I spend most of my free time in the Peak District and ShAFF is my annual dose of psych!