Amateur, first timers and celebs are all warming up this week as they will soon be getting there running shoes out onto the streets of Sheffield for this years Bupa Great Yorkshire Run.
The 10 kilometre race is this Sunday and starts at 10am on Arundel Gate where it will then head along Penistone Road, through to Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium and then finally returning to the city centre.
An expected 6,000 runners are due to take part in the annual race and will be spurred on by live music coming from the Sheffield Bands on the Run Festival which also takes place during the Bupa sponsored race. Some of the musicians and bands playing at the Sheffield Peace Gardens include Feelix, Croft House, The Coachmen, The Albion Choir and the Concord Youth Music.
As an extra bonus to celebrate Yorkshire’s success at the Olympics a custom made gold medal will be awarded to the 2,012th runner to finish the race and four silver medals will be awarded to individuals picked at random. The medals are no joke award though as each is worth more than £250 each!
Runners from both Yorkshire and Lancashire will be entering a ‘war of the Roses’ battle as entrants pledge allegiance to their own county. The winning county will be the one with the fastest overall average time from the group of runners.
The run will also see celebrities and actors from people’s favourite shows taking part, including stars from Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Shameless and The Bill. They will all be hoping to raise as much money as possible for their chosen charities.
Young runners can also join in the fun with a 1.5k mini run for three to eight year olds and a 2.5k junior run for nine to fifteen year olds who want to take part and do their bit for charity.