VIDEO: Thousands take part in Great Yorkshire Run 2015

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Charity was the winner as thousands of people pounded the streets of Sheffield for the Morrisons Great Yorkshire Run.

Around 5,000 people took part in the 10km on Sunday, which was taking place for the ninth time in the city this year.

The Great Yorkshire run gets under way

The Great Yorkshire run gets under way

From elite club runners to people dressed as Batman and Robin, Spiderman and even a rooster, those running the tough course were all cheered through the streets by thousands of spectators.

The race was won in 29 minutes and 12 seconds by Jonny Mellor from Liverpool Harriers, with the first woman to cross the line being Lauren Howarth from Leigh Harriers.

At the other end of the field was famous Sheffield fundraiser ‘The Mad Man with the Pram’ John Burkhill, who shook hands with Lord Mayor of Sheffield Talib Hussain as he set off on his latest event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The race was also run by celebrities including referee Howard Webb and Chris Chittell, who plays Eric Pollard in Emmerdale.

Runners get going at Great Yorkshire Run.

Runners get going at Great Yorkshire Run.

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Many of those taking part were doing so to raise cash for charities close to their hearts, including 46-year-old Dave Smith from Chesterfield.

Running in a Scooby Doo outfit, Dave raised around £1,000 for the stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands.

Fancy dress was popular with many runners

Fancy dress was popular with many runners

He said he was supporting the cause in memory of his grandson Theo.

Dave said: “He would have been a year old but sadly was stillborn.

“I have come as Scooby Doo because the kids love it and it draws attention - that is what it is all about.”

The course started from Arundel Gate, moving along West Bar and into Shalesmoor and up towards Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium before coming back along Penistone Road and past Ponds Forge to the finish line.

John Burkhill at the start line

John Burkhill at the start line

Many crossed the line arm-in-arm with partners, relatives and friends, with others hugging loved ones as they made it across.

There was a War of the Roses competition in the race to see whether runners from Yorkshire or Lancashire would complete the event quicker, with Yorkshire managing to claim victory.

Yorkshire were captained by ‘Mohican Runner’ Richard Hayes, who is trying to complete 100 races in a year to raise £2,500 for The Children’s Hospital Charity.

Richard, 33, from Stocksbridge, was nominated for the honour by his wife Sarah and managed to complete the course in around 36 minutes.

His opposite number as Lancashire captain was the inspirational Ben Ashworth, from Preston.

Diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer in 2012, he committed to running 6 marathons in 6 months last year, and has since completed 17.

Men's winner Jonny Mellor finished the course in under 30 minutes.

Men's winner Jonny Mellor finished the course in under 30 minutes.

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Talib Hussain helped start the race and said it had been a fantastic event to be part of.

He said: “It is brilliant - I have seen thousands and thousands of runners and so many are running for charity. It is really good for Sheffield. The atmosphere has been very loud and exciting.”

A junior race also took place in the afternoon.

Following the race, runners and their friends and families headed to the Peace Gardens, where there was an afternoon of live music.

To see the results, visit www.greatrun.org/myresults.

*Pick up tomorrow’s Star for a two-page picture special from today’s event.

Winner of the ladies race Lauren Howarth

Winner of the ladies race Lauren Howarth

Runners get started at the Great Yorkshire Run.

Runners get started at the Great Yorkshire Run.

The Great Yorkshire Run.

The Great Yorkshire Run.

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