TV stars hit top notes for Sheffield Bupa Great Yorkshire Run - PODCAST

And they're off: Nicola Wheeler and Jamie Darling fighting for the finish line with John Mayock.
And they're off: Nicola Wheeler and Jamie Darling fighting for the finish line with John Mayock.
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EMMERDALE soap star Nicola Wheeler and Animal Hospital presenter Jamie Darling hit the right notes to launch registrations for this year’s Bupa Great Yorkshire Run, writes Digital Editor Graham Walker.

The percussion playing duo, who will take part in the 10k race for their chosen charities, teamed up with Sheffield band Mr Proper, highlighting a musical theme for this year’s run through the streets of Sheffield.

Big hit: Nicola Wheeler, Jamie Darling and John Mayock with the band Mr Proper.

Big hit: Nicola Wheeler, Jamie Darling and John Mayock with the band Mr Proper.

A host of local bands will be playing across the course on race day - Sunday, October 9.

AUDIO: Listen to our special podcast report on the launch of this year’s Bupa Great Yorkshire Run - click the External Link in the column on the right.

Nicola, who plays Nicola King, will be running for Leukaemia and Lymphona Research and Jamie for the Alzheimers Society.

BBC sports presenter Rob Walker made a special appearance at the launch to introduce Nicola and Jamie to the stage where they took part in a musical performance.

Nicola said: “The band here today has given me a taste of what to expect on the day running through Sheffield with the Bands on the Run event spurring us on, and hopefully the sun will still be shining on race day come October.

“I do a lot of running for Leukaemia and Lymphona Research taking part in every year since it began, and I’m thoroughly looking forward to the day.”

The 2011 Bupa Great Yorkshire Run aims to attract more than 10,000 participants for the first time in its history. Entry levels have increased year on year with 4,500 participating in the inaugural race in 2007.

Former athlete John Mayock, is the main organiser of the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run. He said: “The race really boasts a great day to be had by people of all ages, whether that be in the 10k, junior fun runs, or for those coming to hear the music in Bands on the Run.

“Race day is just over five months away, but with the launch a little earlier this year it gives people the perfect amount of time to train enough to get in great shape for the big day. So come on everyone sign up now, get fit and raise money for charity!”

The launch took place at Leopold Square who also play part in the run by offering participants discount vouchers to use throughout the weekend of the race.

The Bupa Great Yorkshire Run will start on Arundel Gate, before heading along Penistone Road to Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium, before returning to the city centre.

The Run is supported by Yorkshire Forward and is brought to you by a partnership between Nova International, event organisers, and Sheffield City Council and is sponsored by leading international healthcare company, Bupa.

Bupa’s purpose is to help people lead longer, healthier, happier lives.

A leading international healthcare group, we offer personal and company health insurance, run care homes for older people and hospitals, and provide workplace health services, health assessments and chronic disease management services, including health coaching, and home healthcare.

With no shareholders, it invests profits to provide more and better healthcare - committed to making quality, patient-centred, affordable healthcare more accessible in the areas of wellness, chronic disease management and ageing.

Employing nearly 52,000 people, Bupa has operations around the world, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, New Zealand and the USA, as well as Hong Kong, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, India, China and across Latin America.

The Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland are calling for runners to support them in one of the 2011 Bupa Great Runs across the country.

For further details visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/greatrun or telephone 0870 417 0192. Runners in Scotland can visit www.alzscot.org or telephone 0845 260 0789.

SIGN UP FOR THE BUPA GREAT YORKSHIRE RUN

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

The Bupa Junior and Mini Great Yorkshire Run will take place on the same day as the main race (Oct 9) and involve a city centre route. Youngsters aged 3-8 can take part in 1.5k Mini Run, while the 3k Junior Run is for ages 9-14.

Anyone interested in running can enter online now at www.greatrun.org