It’s that time of year again when runners pull on their trainers and take to the streets of Sheffield for the Great Yorkshire Run.
The annual 10k race – and Junior and Mini runs for children – take place in Sheffield city centre on Sunday, September 27.
Every year thousands of people take part in the event, which sees runners set off from Arundel Gate and make their way out to Hillsborough before returning to the city centre.
There is a carnival atmosphere in the city with bands performing along the route, celebrities taking part and hundreds of supporters cheering their loved ones along.
This year organisers from The Great Run Company and race sponsor Morrisons have launched a competition to find two captains – one representing Yorkshire and one representing Lancashire to lead their county to victory in the annual War of the Roses battle.
When entering the event, runners must pledge their allegiance to their county, and a white or red rose will be printed on their run number.
Yorkshire and Lancashire will then battle it out and the average time of each county determines the winner.
David Hart, from The Great Run Company, said: “Yorkshire are the current Morrisons Great Yorkshire Run War of the Roses title holders, but you can never predict the result, as Lancashire won for two consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.
“We’re looking for two people worthy enough to lead their county to victory – and take home the glory!
“If you think you, or someone you know, will wear Yorkshire’s white or Lancashire’s red rose with pride, then we want to hear from you. “The captains could be well-known in the local community, a charity fundraiser, or simply a person who loves their county.”
It is the ninth time the event has taken place in Sheffield city centre and the 10K is going from strength to strength.
Thousands of pounds is raised for charity at the event and many runners don fancy dress.
Last year celebrity runners included Life On Mars star Dean Andrews, who is from Rotherham, his Last Tango In Halifax co-star Josh Bolt, Downton Abbey star Allen Leech and his Sheffield TV presenter girlfriend Charlie Webster. Rotherham world cup referee Howard Webb also completed the six mile race.
For the first time this year, runners can enter via the Star’s website here:
Junior & Mini race
To nominate a County Captain go to greatrun.org/yorkshire.
Organisers will shortlist six people – three for Yorkshire, three for Lancashire, and the two County Captains will be voted for by readers of The Star and Lancashire Evening Post.