EXPERT metal workers at Sheffield’s Assay Office are hard at work producing medals to be given to runners at next week’s Great Yorkshire Run.
Up to 8,000 runners are expected to line up on Arundel Gate for the 10km run through Sheffield next Sunday, September 2.
And each of them will have a chance to win one of five unique medals being produced for the event.
A custom-made gold medal will be awarded to the 2012th runner across the finish line, and four sterling silver medals are to be awarded to lucky entrants picked at random.
All five medals, which are worth more than £250 each, are being specially produced by Sheffield’s Assay Office master Ashley Carson, who is himself taking part in the run.
Each medal will also include a special commemorative hallmark celebrating the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Former athlete John Mayock, who is organising the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run, said the medals are being produced to celebrate Yorkshire athletes success in the Olympics, winning a total of 12 medals, seven of them gold.
He said: “Yorkshire’s success was truly remarkable and one of the key highlights of the whole Games.
“We wanted to celebrate that achievement by providing every entrant into the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run with the opportunity to win their own gold or silver medal.
“You never know, the next Jessica Ennis or Alistair Brownlee might be taking part and these medals could be the first of more to come for the Yorkshire region.”
n Entry costs £27 for adults, while youngsters can sign-up to the Junior and Mini Run for just £9.
To enter the Great Yorkshire Run visit www.greatrun.org/yorkshire.