Sarah Malone

- Tell us a little about yourself...
I am a fan of all things City. Having lived in Birmingham, Paris, London, Madrid, and now Sheffield, I have experienced quite a few different types of cities and discovered what each city has to offer – all having different qualities.
My favourite way to explore a city is by running. I took part in the Madrid half marathon last year which steered me to parts of the city I had never been to before, while in London I joined a running club where we explored both urban areas and inner city parks such as Hampstead Heath and Regents Park. Here in Sheffield, I run with work colleagues in my lunch break and plan on doing the half marathon in April.
A former Economics Editor and English Language teacher, I now work in communications for Creative Sheffield/Sheffield City Council where I get to mix my love for writing and place with community projects.

- Where's your favourite outdoor spot in Sheffield?
Being a lover of urban life, my favourite spot has to be the Botanical Gardens. It's a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life but not too far away that you can quickly return to meet friends in the vibrant bars afterwards.

- What, for you, makes Sheffield the ideal "Outdoor City"?
In my opinion, it is the people that help to make Sheffield the ideal Outdoor City. When I moved here, I really noticed how big the outdoor activities community is. Every day at work, there is always a group of people heading out to run around Sheffield's many parks. These people also run, cycle or walk home. This is something I haven't found anywhere else and it's what I love about living here! What's more, the range of outdoor activities clubs and events is huge. One event that I am eager to try is the Round Run in June, an event with 11 timed stages which mixes socialising, networking and running – the perfect way to race!