The Big Learner Relay is coming to Sheffield, and SDDIA member Becky Seaton will be at the front of the queue when the fund raising event for Children in Need runs down Penistone Road this November.

The Big Learner Relay is an annual event raising money for BBC Children in Need featuring a large number of driving lessons and even more learner drivers and their instructors. Renowned driving instructor trainer Lou Walsh will ride every leg of the 2022 Big Learner Relay. Along with passing Lou from car to car, the baton in this particular relay is a Pudsey-ified top sign.

142 legs will begin in Aberdeen on 6th November and travel a route down the east coast to Chelmsford before coming back up to Sheffield along the M1 corridor. The convoy hits Worksop and Cresswell Crags at around 12:00 on 11/11/2022 before looping through Leeds, across to Manchester and Liverpool, across the Mersey and back down through Wales and the Midlands.

From there the route runs down through Bristol, along the south coast and back up to London. The final day is a run across the M4 corridor to Goodwood, the home of the Festival of Speed, for a ceremonial lap of the historic Goodwood race circuit and a celebration black tie dinner held in the grounds of Goodwood House.

One of our members, Becky Seaton, will be the lead car for the leg from Cresswell to Hillsborough Park. She, one of her learner drivers and Lou will be at the head of a convoy of driving instructors and learner drivers on a driving lesson route.

Becky told us, “I’m excited to be chosen as a lead car for the Big Learner Relay. Being asked to take the lead on a leg of the route is a huge honour and the chance to have Lou Walsh ride along with me and my learner driver is a great opportunity.”

The route passing through Sheffield starts at Cresswell Crags Museum and Heritage Centre and runs through to Hillsborough Park in Sheffield S6. The preceding route runs from Mansfield FC to Cresswell Crags, the succeeding route from Hillsborough Park to Worsborough Mill in Barnsley S70.

Members wishing to support Becky are welcome to join the convoy at Cresswell through to Hillsborough, or to drop in and out en-route. You can either bring a learner driver or drive the route yourself. Members wishing to make a financial donation to Children in Need can do so at or by texting PASS and your donation amount, e.g. PASS05 to 70085.

Nicholas Smith

Nicholas Smith is an approved driving instructor and a member of the SDDIA committee responsible for the build and maintenance of the association website and content production. Nick draws on his experience of over a decade as a motorsport journalist alongside his driving and instructing roles.