The Star Says: Will you be captain in the Great Run?

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Could you be the person to lead Yorkshire into ‘battle’ with our Roses enemy from across the Pennines?

If so then your county may need you for the Great Yorkshire Run, which takes place in Sheffield on Sunday, September 27.

This year organisers from The Great Run Company and race sponsor Morrisons have launched a competition to find two captains – one representing Yorkshire and one representing Lancashire to lead their county to victory in the annual War of the Roses battle.


Enter Great Yorkshire Run here now

When entering the event, runners must pledge their allegiance to their county, and a white or red rose will be printed on their run number.

Yorkshire and Lancashire will then battle it out and the average time of each county determines the winner.

It is the ninth time the event has taken place in Sheffield city centre and the 10K is going from strength to strength.

Thousands of pounds is raised for charity at the event and many runners don fancy dress.

It is a terrific idea, which adds even more fun to what is becoming one of the city’s best-loved events.

Running and keeping fit has become more than a craze – the amount of runners that you see pounding the streets is making it almost the norm.

I say almost because it still requires a lot of motivation and a certain amount of good health to get out there in your running gear.

The Great Yorkshire Run and the newly named Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon (April 10 next year) give people two good opportunities to test themselves in race situations.

There are of course many other races in our area, which provide year-round competition.

For the first time this year, runners can enter the Great Yorkshire Run via The Star’s website.

To nominate a County Captain go to

Organisers will shortlist six – three for Yorkshire, three for Lancashire – and two County Captains will be voted for by readers of The Star and Lancashire Evening Post.

If getting fit, running in a race and getting the sense of satisfaction from finishing it aren’t enough motivation then putting one over our dear neighbours certainly helps.

And if you just want to cheer our team on that’s fine too, but remember to dig deep for charity as well!


Click here to enter the 10K

Click here to enter the Junior & Mini race