Volunteers Make for ‘brilliant day’

Oughtibridge-based Tour Makers ready to go.
Oughtibridge-based Tour Makers ready to go.
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Hundreds of volunteers lined the route to help spectators and ensure the Tour de France passed through Sheffield without a hitch.

Volunteer Tour Makers were stationed along the route at crossing points and obstacles, as well as at key transport routes to help the hundreds of thousands of race-goers.

Cycling fan and volunteer superviser Rob Green was leading a team of Tour Makers in his home village of Oughtibridge.

The 49-year-old sales manager said: “I’ve always followed the Tour and this was too good a chance to miss.

“Seeing the riders so close was a real highlight.”

New Zealander Lee-Anne Baldwin was also supervising in Oughtibridge.

The 48-year-old mum-of-two, of Loxley, who has lived in the UK for 25 years said: “I thought it would be exciting and a lifetime experience I would not have the chance to do again.

“I was at the bottom of the hill in Oughtibridge and had a great view of the riders coming down.

“It was an absolutely brilliant day.”

Retired office manager Maureen Wall, of Upper Haugh, Rotherham, volunteered as a crossing and route marshal in Oughtibridge.

The 66-year-old said: “It was wonderful.

“I saw the Olympics and the volunteers and thought I’d like to do that and this was on my doorstep.

“It was a thoroughly lovely day.”

Cycling fan and fellow marshal Mark Woodhead said: “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be involved.”

The 42-year-old, from Totley, said: “The racing was brilliant.”