The fun side of Sheffield’s Great Yorkshire Run - SLIDESHOW

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SHEFFIELD’S Great Yorkshire Run proved another runaway success - with 8,000 competitors flocking to the city to take part in the annual event.

The 10k race, starting on Arundel Gate in the city centre took competitors to Hillsborough and back along Penistone Road.

Some took a break from saving the universe to run in Sheffield

Some took a break from saving the universe to run in Sheffield

Bands lined the route, playing music to encourage runners - many in fancy dress - to the finishing line.

Alison Shepherd, from Wadsley did the race with Julie Moore, from Grenoside, in aid of the Sick Children’s Trust charity which helped her family.

Her sister Helen Wragg’s two-year-old son Charlie has been in and out of hospital all his life with a problem with his oesophagus and the charity provides ‘home from home’ accommodation to allow relatives to stay close to sick children while they are in hospital.

Helen said: “The race and the whole day was fantastic with lots of good causes benefiting from all the runners taking part.

“The Sick Children’s Trust is amazing - for the first year of my son’s life when he was in hospital there was nowhere for us to stay so we had to leave him, which was horrible. Now you can stay there and be with your children all day and night.”

World Cup referee Howard Webb, from Rotherham, took part in the event to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Actor Dean Andrews, who plays DS Ray Carling in Life on Mars, also took part along with Emmerdale actress Nicola Wheeler, who plays Nicola King and Chris Chittell, better known as Eric Pollard in the ITV1 soap.

Jenny Baker, 37, of Nether Edge, was among the thousands who lined the route to support runners. She was supporting husband Nick in the race.

“It was a great atmosphere - I am inspired to run it myself next year,” she said.

First time entrant Charlie Rodd, a 19-year-old student from Crookesmoor, finished the race in 44 minutes.

“This was my first ever 10k and I thought it was really good but I couldn’t have run much further. I will definitely be back next year.”

Philippa Thompson, 45, from Beauchief, said: “I really enjoyed it - the music was great, it kept you going and the whole thing seemed really well organised.”

Her son Tom Bentley, six, ran in the mini event.