South Yorkshire TV star Dean Andrews has launched the Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield alongside a local mums’ running group.
Rotherham man Mr Andrews - who is best known for his roles in Ashes to Ashes and Last Tango in Halifax - competes in the event every year with his daughters.
He joined women-only running group Strideout for a launch celebration at Sheffield’s South Street Amphitheatre.
The father-of-two said: “I think what Strideout do is fantastic. It’s good to exercise and keep fit, and they’re a great bunch of women.
“I’ll be running the Great Yorkshire Run again in September supporting Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
“The beauty about Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research is that they have made such great strides in the last 20 years or so. In the 80s, only a small percentage of children survived Leukaemia and now it’s 90 per cent.”
“There’s always a great atmosphere and support on the day and I think the best thing is that anyone can get involved.”
Local mums Andrea Barber and Gaye Fletcher formed the women’s only Strideout group in 2011 when they started running while their children were at gymnastics classes.
Initially they only had five members but they have grown rapidly and now have almost 500 members. Many of them are set to compete the Great Yorkshire Run on September 27.
Mother-of-two Andrea said: “Running with Strideout enables me to motivate others to move a little bit more, believe in their ability to run and gives me a great sense of pride and achievement.”
This year will be the ninth staging of the Great Yorkshire Run and will include live music from Bands on the Run and entertainment in the Peace Gardens throughout the day.
There will be a Junior and Mini Great Yorkshire run for those who do not fancy doing the whole 10km.
n Find out more and enter at greatrun.org/yorkshire