Thousands ready for Sheffield fundraising run

Map of the route for Sunday's Great Yorkshire Run.
Map of the route for Sunday's Great Yorkshire Run.
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THOUSANDS of runners will pound the pavements and roads of Sheffield as the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run comes to the city.

About 6,000 people are expected to descend on the city when the annual 10km race starts on Sunday. Traffic will come to a standstill as spectators line the streets to watch entrants give it their all in the name of charity.

From seasoned runners to celebrity participants to first-timers, the army of fundraisers boasts a mixture of ages and abilities.

A number of road closures will be in place throughout the day, with the first wave of participants setting off from Arundel Gate at 10am.

Some of the stars who have signed up to take part in this year’s event include Rotherham-born actor Dean Andrews, best known as DS Ray Carling in Life on Mars and actress Rachel Leskovac, who recently starred in BBC drama Accused opposite Sean Bean.

Soap fans can also do some star-spotting on the day as Paula Lane - Coronation Street’s Kylie Platt - is also set to take part.

Motivation will come in the form of live music from the Sheffield Bands on the Run festival, which takes place during the race. There will also be a variety of performances across the course and in the Sheffield Peace Gardens, including Feelix, Pallav Roy, the Albion Choir and Concord Youth Music.

And to celebrate Yorkshire’s success at the Olympics, a custom-made gold medal will be awarded to the 2,012th runner across the finish line, while four sterling silver medals will be given to individuals picked at random.

All five medals, which are worth more than £250 each, have been specially produced by the Sheffield Assay Office and each will include a special commemorative hallmark celebrating the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Young runners between the ages of three and eight can also take part in a 1.5km Mini Run, while nine to 15-year-olds are set to compete in a 2.5km Junior Run as part of the Great Yorkshire Run activity in the city centre.

Last minute entries will be accepted at the Race Information Office in the Winter Garden, Sheffield, tomorrow, between noon and 5pm.

Entry is £27 for adults while entry to either mini or junior runs cost £9.