Great run in aid of city hospital

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ORGANISERS of the biggest running event in Yorkshire have joined forces with a city cancer charity so proceeds from the race can help in the fight against the disease.

The Great Yorkshire Run has picked Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity as the local charity to benefit from this year’s race, which takes place on Sunday, October 9.

Since the event was launched in 2007 more than 24,000 people have taken part in the 10km run, raising thousands of pounds for dedicated causes across the UK.

Competitors can run in aid of Weston Park or Bupa Great Run national charity for 2011 - the Alzheimer’s Society.

Barnsley-born former Olympic middle distance runner and event organiser John Mayocksaid: “Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity was an obvious choice to support.

“It does tremendous work for people across South Yorkshire and surrounding areas.

“It is staggering to think one in three people are affected by cancer at some point during their lives, so anything we can do to support and raise awareness about the charity is crucial.

“Entries are coming in thick and fast, but there’s still time to sign up for the main race and junior runs, in October.

“The event offers the chance to raise as much money as possible for charity, whilst taking part in one of the biggest races in the region.”

Rachel Thorpe, director of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: “We are thrilled such a well-known and successful road race like the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run has chosen us to become the local organisation they want to support.

“The hospital offers fantastic care and treatment to people across the region and as a charity we need to raise £1.3 million every year so we rely on our community to support us, which is why this partnership is a fantastic collaboration.

“It would be brilliant if people who are thinking of doing something for charity would sign up to this fantastic race in Sheffield, and raise money to help us make a difference.”

More than 3,000 people have already signed up to take part in the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run.

n Entry is £25 for adults, while youngsters can sign-up to the Bupa Junior and Mini Great Yorkshire Run for £9 which take place on the same day in the city centre.

Visit www.greatrun.org to apply.