Ref on the run in charity race

Howard Webb running in last year's Bupa Great Yorkshire Run.

Howard Webb running in last year's Bupa Great Yorkshire Run.

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World Cup referee Howard Webb will lead a host of local celebrities taking part in the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield next month.

Howard will be taking part in his second Bupa Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield on Sunday, October 9, after making his debut in the 10k race last year.

The Rotherham-born referee, who officiated the 2010 World Cup final, will run for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston.

Howard’s three children will also be taking part in the mini and junior runs on the same day as the senior event.

He said: “I really enjoyed the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield last year and I’m pleased to be able to run again.

“There was a terrific atmosphere in the city and with even more people likely to be running this year I’m sure it will be quite an occasion.

“Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice is a local charity close to my heart.”

Other celebrities taking part include South Yorkshire actor Dean Andrews, who played DS Ray Carling in Life on Mars, Animal Hospital presenter Jamie Darling and Dean Smith, who played Phillip Ryan in BBC1’s Waterloo Road.

The race will also have a strong contingent of actors from ITV drama Emmerdale, including Chris Chittell, better known as Eric Pollard and Nicola Wheeler, who plays Nicola King.

All the celebrities and runners will be spurred on by music around the course as the Sheffield Bands on the Run festival returns for a second year.

Sheffield Wednesday and England Kop band will be one of seven bands playing at different stages around the 10k course, which starts on Arundel Gate and heads to Hillsborough before returning to the city centre.

Former athlete and race organiser John Mayock said: “Every year of the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run has been widely supported by a host of celebrity runners and the 2011 race will be no different.

“We are delighted Howard enjoyed it so much last year that he has returned for a second attempt.

“This event is unique in that it brings together some of the world’s best elite runners, with TV celebrities and amateur enthusiasts all competing on the same course.”

Entry is £25 for adults, while youngsters can sign up to the 2011 Bupa Junior and Mini Great Yorkshire Run for £9.

The Bupa Junior and Mini Great Yorkshire Run will take place on the same day as the main race and involve a city centre route. Youngsters aged three to eight can take part in 1.5k Mini Run, while the 2.5K Junior Run is for ages nine to 14.

n Enter online now at www.greatrun.org.

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